The Energy Department announced $17.6 million for 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. The funding will go towards projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to providing Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.
SEEA Awarded $1.5M by the U.S. Department of Energy to Increase Energy Code Compliance in Georgia and Arkansas
The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance is pleased to announce it has been awarded $1.5M by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to undertake a three-year series of energy code compliance programs in Georgia and Arkansas. SEEA will deliver these programs in partnership with Advanced Energy, a planning, technical and engineering services firm based in North Carolina, and Southface, a green building training provider located in Georgia.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host the 3rd Environmental Youth Symposium for Colleges and Universities in the Southeast on September 12, 2014. The event will be held at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Prolonged exposure to toxins from energy production facilities is tied to birth defects, heart and lung disease, asthma attacks and learning difficulties. Nearby energy production facilities also correlate to lower property values. The health concerns associated with exposure to toxins coming from these nearby plants disproportionately affect African Americans. These plants that affect the daily health and well-being of its communities are also major contributors to the greenhouse gases that drive climate change. Low income neighborhoods and communities of color suffer more of the direct health, education and economic consequences of these facilities. They are also affected more so by devastating natural disasters, rising food prices and water shortages and more.
Sets First Water Conservation Goal
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) published its eighth annual sustainability report, setting its first-ever water conservation goal and providing a progress update on moving retail locations toward "zero waste" and sourcing 100% certified sustainable palm oil.
Three rare plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee are now protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This protection becomes final on September 2, 2014, 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The plants, which are listed as endangered, are the fleshy-fruit gladecress, whorled sunflower, and Short’s bladderpod.