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NOAA Releases 2013 Fisheries of the United States Report; Seafood Landings, Revenue Up From 2012

Oceana explains the report

NOAA released the 2013 edition of its annual Fisheries of the United States Report, detailing an increase from 2012 in overall landings by volume and by revenue. New England and Alaska remained at the top of U.S. seafood rankings. New Bedford, Massachusetts retains its title as the most valuable port in the nation by revenue, while Dutch Harbor, Alaska is once again the largest port by volume. Elsewhere in the rankings, the commercial menhaden fishery leads along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, being responsible for 5 of the nation's top 10 ports by volume. In the Western Pacific, which recently made headlines with the establishment of the world's largest marine monument - from which commercial fishing will be prohibited - Honolulu remains the region's most valuable port, and 6th most valuable nationwide.

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Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation Launch 1st Annual Good Food Org Guide

The first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than four hundred U.S.-based groups including five from every State who are cultivating a better food system. Click HERE to download.

The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, developed the first annual “Good Food Org Guide.” This definitive Guide highlights nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the United States in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. Only nonprofit, scholarly, and municipal initiatives have been selected in order to spotlight efforts that are focused on community building and engagement, advocacy, and service.

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Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Gulf Guardian Awards

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program partnership developed the Gulf Guardian awards as a way to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and organizations that are taking extraordinary steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive.

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USDA Launches New Initiative: Finances First Energy Efficiency Program Loans in Arkansas and North Carolina

New Effort Designed to Promote Rural Economic Growth, Support President Obama's Climate Action Plan

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has funded the first two loans under the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program, which is designed to help consumers reduce energy bills through energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems.

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Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Improve the Energy Efficiency of US Commercial Buildings

 

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001168

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Buildings Integration Program has announced the availability of nearly $9 million for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001168, “Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings.” The FOA encourages investments in energy-saving upgrades that can be widely adopted in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and other commercial buildings.

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ACEEE: Massachusetts Tops California as Most Energy-Efficient State, While Arkansas, D.C., Kentucky, and Wisconsin are Most Improved

Top 10 States are MA, CA, RI, OR, VT, CT, NY, WA, MD, and MN; 5 States Most in Need of Improvement are ND, WY, SD, MS, and AK

Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states’ energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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