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Hazard and Barbourville, Kentucky to Encourage Economic Expansion/ Local Foods

 

On behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities, including those of Hazard and Barbourville, Kentucky, have been selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, environmental, public health and regional economic experts will work directly with the communities to develop specifically identified local food projects. Project proposals include repurposing vacant land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains.

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EPA Awards Kentucky-based Conference of Radiation Control Directors Grant to Reduce Indoor Pollutant Exposure and Protect Public Health

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Conference of Radiation Control Directors in Frankfort, Kentucky funding to protect public health by reducing exposure to indoor pollutants, such as radon, and environmental asthma triggers commonly found in homes, schools, offices and other large buildings. The organization is one of eight from throughout the United States to receive up to $200,000 of the $4.5 million in funds that are being made available. Awards were obtained through a competitive grant process. These EPA-funded projects will ensure Americans, especially in low-income, minority and tribal communities, are able to reduce their exposure to indoor pollutants and safeguard their families’ health.

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Big Ass Fans Exposes Failings of Reversing Ceiling Fans in Winter

Big Ass Fans WinterLaboratory testing from Big Ass Fans®, reviewed by researchers from top universities, has debunked the long-held belief that reversing ceiling fans in the winter recirculates heat without creating drafts.

Engineers with Big Ass Fans conducted testing that determined traditional ceiling fans, operating in reverse, caused drafts in nearly half of the room. By contrast, running Big Ass Fans’ Haiku® ceiling fan in a forward direction limited drafts to less than 1 percent of the room and used 93 percent less energy than a traditional five-bladed ceiling fan.

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EPA Awards Northern Kentucky University with a Grant to Help Design Sustainable Technologies

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Northern Kentucky University with the People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) award for the 2014-2015 school year. Nationally the grants were awarded to 42 teams of college and university students. The teams will design innovative solutions to sustainable challenges in the developed and developing world.

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