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LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards Wins Top Honors in BRIT’s 2014 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing Competition

Five Additional Wineries from France, Italy, and the U.S. Receive Medals for Outstanding Ground-to-Glass Sustainability Programs

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is pleased to announce that LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards of Lodi, California has won the platinum medal in BRIT’s 2014 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition.  LangeTwins topped the field this year based on the winery’s on-going programs that address the three elements of sustainability - environment, economic, and social -- as well as wine taste. Five additional wineries, two from France, two from Italy, and one from the U.S., have also won awards based on their strong sustainable programs.

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DMA Solutions Continues Campaign to Honor Fresh Heroes

Since launching the campaign titled, Honor Your Fresh Hero, more than 35 fresh produce industry professionals took the time to say “thank you” to the special people in their lives. The honorees included inspirational friends and family to motivational industry colleagues and career propelling mentors.  

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Primus Green Energy Announces Small-Scale STG+ Solution for Flared Gas Applications

Gas-to-liquids technology can transform wasted flare gas into valuable fuels directly on-site

Primus Green Energy Inc., an alternative fuel company that converts natural gas and other feedstocks directly into drop-in transportation fuels and solvents, announced that it has developed a small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) solution for flared gas applications using the company's proprietary STG+ technology. The process is designed to transform flared gas that is now going to waste or stranded gas otherwise uneconomic to process into valuable liquid products directly on-site.

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Nissan Delivers 50,000th All-Electric LEAF In U.S. To Texas Family

Nissan, the global leader in electric vehicle (EV) sales, achieved another milestone this month as Dallas residents Todd and Lisa Bolt made Nissan LEAF the first all-electric model to hit 50,000 sales in the U.S. The Bolt family took delivery of their black LEAF SL earlier this month at AutoNation Nissan of Lewisville.

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Recycling Advocates Plan Demonstrations Against Rayovac in Wisconsin Later This Month

Environmental activists pressing battery maker Rayovac on their recycling policies have announced plans to travel to Wisconsin—the company’s home—for demonstrations later this month, and they will be raising money to support the RayovACTION Road Trip for Better Battery Recycling through an online crowdsourced fundraising effort. The fundraiser, launched this week by Texas Campaign for the Environment, had already raised more than 25% of their $6500 goal, and the group is busy recruiting local and regional allies to ensure a successful protest against Rayovac, who they describe as a “laggard” on battery recycling.

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EPA Grants Nearly $800,000 to Improve Houston-Galveston Area Air Quality

Houston-Galveston Area Council will use grant to reduce ozone-forming emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded nearly $800,000 to the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) to reduce emissions from non-road equipment and marine vessels. The council will distribute the funds to equipment operators to upgrade to cleaner-burning, more efficient engines.

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