NEW YORK, NY – While the fight to sustain and protect the environment on this fragile little sphere that we all occupy is a constant uphill battle, 2018 was nonetheless a year that saw significant progress in advancing the “green” agenda, laying down the groundwork for an even more successful and productive 2019. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report in October of 2018 that the planet has only 12 years left in which mankind can institute changes – particularly a cut of at least 50 percent in carbon emissions by the planet as a whole – that will help to circumvent the most harmful and hard-hitting effects of global climate change. This report was given credence by a report put out approximately a month later by the United States government, backing up the IPCC’s claims, noting that climate change has already had a serious impact upon America in the form of an increase in wildfires and hurricanes and that the occurrence and severity of these events will only increase if something is not done. The widespread coverage these reports received in the media last year helped to communicate the vital importance of combating global warming by all countries, great and small. However, despite this grim news, 2018 also saw a great many stories regarding how the global community is taking steps to safeguard the environment in a number of effective and progressive ways, and that these efforts will carry over into the new year and beyond.
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
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/
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