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Energy Department Recognizes The Wendy’s Company, and its Franchisee Wendco Group, For Leadership in Energy Performance

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s restaurants and buildings, the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge recognized the Wendy’s Company and its franchisee, Wendco Group, for leadership in energy efficiency. This local restaurant achieved a 37 percent total energy reduction or more than 50 percent energy savings per sales transaction, and nearly $8,000 in savings annually.


Eagle Solar & Light Contributes Solar Lighting to Red Mountain Park: Now Park Guests Zip Line, Rappel & Climb at Night with ActiveLED Lighting


Eagle Solar & Light Contributes Solar Lighting to Red Mountain ParkBirmingham-based company, Eagle Solar & Light has installed and contributed a brand new solar lighting system for Red Mountain Park.  The donation has made possible the illumination of the Park’s 80-foot tall Kaul Adventure Tower.  Now Park guests can zip line, rappel and climb at night during special after-hours events.  The lighting system is made up of ActiveLED Solar Lights and Solar Lighting Controls, PV solar panels and batteries.  During the day, the solar panels charge the batteries that store energy to power ActiveLED solar lights once the sun goes down. ActiveLED’s ActiveREST dimming technology dims the lights when no one is on the Kaul Adventure Tower and raises lighting back to full power when guests approach.  And should Park staff forget to turn the lights off at the end of an exciting night-time Adventure? No problem—ActiveLED controls will automatically turn the lights off at dawn.


Black Belt Citizens and residents across Alabama to Unite at State Agency’s Headquarters to Demand Protection of Civil Rights


On August 19th, Uniontown residents and members from different and current Civil Rights Complaints throughout Alabama’s Black Belt region will unite in Montgomery at the next bi-monthly meeting of the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, the 6-member Governor-appointed commission that oversees the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). Residents from across the region are gathering at the meeting to address their concerns over reported Civil Rights Act violations by ADEM.  Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits any recipient of federal funds from discriminating on the basis of race, color, and national origin in its programs and activities.  According to Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice (BBC) President Esther Calhoun, “Here in Uniontown, our civil and human rights are being violated every day.  We feel like the permitting of Arrowhead Landfill to expand in size and trespass on New Hope Cemetery is a violation our civil rights.  That’s why we filed our Civil Rights Complaint in 2013 and that’s why we are here with other communities demanding justice.”


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