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Specialized Yellow Pages Designed for Solar Industry Launches Search Service in California

  PASADENA, CA – A new specialized Yellow Pages service has popped up in California which is designed to help home owners locate and choose among a group of vetted vendors, manufacturers, contractors, roofers, lenders, and other service providers in the solar installation industry.   The site, called SolarYellowPages.com, is operated by Energy Advisor Hub, a technology start-up in the solar industry. The launch of the site was announced in a Business Wire press release where company executives Chris Gregory, Vice President of Sales and Amir Salahi, founder and CEO touted the services intended usefulness and purpose.   “When installing solar panels on a home, the three most important factors are the quality, dependability and cost effectiveness of the installer,” says Amir Salahi, founder and CEO of Energy Advisor Hub. “The Hub thoroughly vets every solar installer listed in the Solar Yellow Pages, so homeowners can rest assured they are selecting proven experts in the industry. With the help of our expert Advisors, homeowners now have an advocate who will shop around, create competition, price compare and even help compare financing solutions and coordinate the project. Our goal is to help homeowners go solar affordably and with confidence.”   The service is primarily an online search service which aims to connect homeowners in California with Solar energy experts and provides a simple means for consumers considering solar options to meet related providers already seeking new business. The site also intends to resolve what it states is limited choices which typically drive

EPA Invites Projects in California, Arizona to Apply for WIFIA Water Infrastructure Loans

Loans will help make critical investments in communities to improve water quality for 22 million Americans   LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting 12 projects in California and one project in Arizona to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. A total of 39 projects have been invited to apply nationwide.   “Through WIFIA, EPA is playing an integral role in President Trump’s efforts to improve and upgrade our nation’s water infrastructure and ensure all Americans have access to clean and safe water,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This year, EPA will help finance over $10 billion in water infrastructure investments that will create up to 155,000 jobs, upgrade aging infrastructure, reduce lead exposure, and improve the lives of millions of Americans across the country.”   EPA’s WIFIA loans will allow large and small communities across the country to implement projects to address two national water priorities – providing for clean and safe drinking water, including reducing exposure to lead and other contaminants, and addressing aging water infrastructure.   EPA received 62 letters of interest from both public and private entities in response to the 2018 WIFIA Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). After a robust, statutorily required review process, the WIFIA Selection Committee chose the following 13 prospective borrowers’ projects to submit applications for loans in EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region:   City of Phoenix; Water Main Replacement Program; $49 million (Arizona) San Mateo-Foster City Public Financing Authority; San Mateo Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade and

Yellow Pages Goes Green® Announces Yearly Environmental Scholarships

  Environmental telephone publisher announces $1,500 annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors whose career path is related to environmental science.   EAST NORTHPORT, NEW YORK, USA — Yellow Pages Goes Green®, an environmentally friendly telephone directory is offering $1,500 College scholarships, one per year, to distinguished graduating high school seniors whose career path is slated to take them into any field related to environmental preservation and environmental sciences. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage youth to pursue careers which impact Earth.   Those applying for the scholarships must adhere to criteria listed on the official scholarship page at https://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/scholarship.php   “The environment has sustained countless years of abuse at the hands of corporations and the only way to combat the damage is through supporting the next wave of environmental engineers, scientists, and preservationists, and that’s why we have instituted this scholarship contest which will offer yearly scholarships. We ask that those who have resources to spread our scholarship information to schools and financial aid departments help by doing just that” said Yellow Pages Goes Green® Founder and CEO Michael Keegan.   Yellow Pages Goes Green® Yellow Pages Goes Green ® (Yellow Pages Directory Inc.) provides an environmentally friendly search engine and directory vigorously supporting the green movement, promotes awareness and helps consumers easily opt-out of printed yellow pages delivery while providing a simple, effective, online alternative to print. For more information please visit https://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/

EPA’s SmartWay Honors Freight Carriers for Exceptional Supply Chain Efficiency

  WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring 40 truck carriers as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its annual SmartWay Excellence Awards at the 2018 American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas. Awardees represent the top performing, environmentally-responsible SmartWay carriers that move more goods more miles with lower emissions and less energy. Today’s awardees demonstrate how businesses in this crucial economic sector can save on fuel costs, shrink their emissions footprints and contribute to healthier air in the communities they serve.   “Today, EPA is honoring top-performing SmartWay Carrier Partners with this year’s 2018 SmartWay Excellence Award for their leadership in moving more goods with less fuel,” said EPA Office of Air and Radiation Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum. “These companies inspire others in the freight sector to invest in innovative technologies and business practices that save fuel, cut costs and protect the environment.”   The 2018 SmartWay Freight Carrier Excellence Award recipients are:   ABF Freight System, Inc. Arlo G Lott Trucking Inc C.A.T. Inc. C.R. England, Inc. Cliff Viessman, Inc. Contract Transportation Systems, Co. (Sherwin Williams) CRST Dedicated Services, Inc. CRST Expedited, Inc. Doug Andrus Distributing LLC Duncan and Son Lines, Inc. Eagle Transport Corporation Grammer Industries, Inc. Halvor Lines, Inc. Hirschbach Motor Lines Hub Group J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. K & S Carriers, LLC Knight Transportation, Inc. Logistics Trans West Inc. – Logistiques Trans West Inc. Meijer Logistics LLC Navajo Express, Inc. New World Van Lines NFI Industries Old

EPA Raises Awareness of Lead Paint Rules in Philadelphia

  PHILADELPHIA  – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with local partners to raise awareness of EPA’s lead-based paint rules in Philadelphia neighborhoods.   “By educating the public about the dangers of lead paint and increasing awareness of lead paint rules, we can help reduce lead poisoning in children,”  said EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “This initiative is a focused effort with our local counterparts to reduce lead exposure in Philadelphia, where there is a large amount of older housing stock with lead paint that has not been removed.”   The most common source of lead exposure is through deteriorating lead-based paint in residences and commercial buildings built before 1978. EPA, along with partners from other federal agencies, the city of Philadelphia, and independent non-profit organizations are targeting communities where pre-1978 housing stock is prevalent.   Outreach efforts include in-person meetings, distributing technical assistance information, visits to paint/hardware stores, awareness training for city inspectors and providing information to contractors/renovators and property management firms. Information is also provided to daycare centers, childcare and healthcare focused organizations.   EPA enforces and raises awareness of several rules. The Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) applies when a renovation or repair disturbs six square feet of interior (about the size of a standard poster) or 20 square feet (about the size of a standard door) of exterior painted surfaces.   The RRP rule requires that those working on pre-1978 housing be trained by an EPA-accredited training provider, be employed by a certified firm,

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