The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) have signed a three-year agreement designed to support the two organizations’ mutual goals with regard to increasing diversity in engineering. The agreement outlines collaboration in a number of areas to achieve NSBE’s main strategic goal, which is to lead the U.S. to graduate 10,000 black engineers annually, with bachelor’s degrees, by the year 2025, up from 3,501 in 2014.
"Greens & More Bar" Installed at Charles Barrett Elementary, More Schools to Follow
The United Fresh Start Foundation joined Alexandria school and community leaders to highlight the district’s first “Greens & More Bar,” currently being implemented at Charles Barrett Elementary School. The salad bar dedication event highlighted public-private partnerships as a way to create healthy school food environments in Alexandria and across the country.
Virginia House Bill 2030 (HB 2030) would allow the face-to-face sale of food products at farmers markets or through farm-based and home-based sales directly to consumers as long as the producer informs the consumer that the food product is neither certified, regulated, nor inspected. Foods sold under this bill are to be intended only for home consumption and cannot contain uninspected meat other than poultry.
HB 2030 was introduced by Delegate Nicholas J. Freitas to exempt from regulation foods sold in Virginia direct from producers to the end consumer. The foods covered by the bill can include items made from milk and poultry as well as other foods “processed or prepared by a private home or a farm.” Such producers will “be exempt from inspection and the inspection fees.”
CH2M and Alexandria Renew Enterprises recognized with Envision Platinum Rating for Nutrient Management Facility
The Nutrient Management Facility, owned by Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew), recently earned the first Envision Platinum certification from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in the Washington DC/Virginia metro region. The Envision rating system provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the environmental, community, and economic benefits of large infrastructure projects that incorporate sustainability throughout the project life cycle.
Six Leaders Honored for Business Leadership, Citizenship and Vision
The Specialty Food Association announces the six winners of the 2017 Leadership Awards, honoring industry frontrunners who have gone above and beyond in advancing food standards in society--and society itself--by creating social, economic and environmental impact through innovation and vision.
A report released highlights the economic development potential of more than a dozen abandoned coal mining sites in Southwest Virginia that could be repurposed into solar farms, community parks, sustainable farms or other innovative projects with funding from the RECLAIM Act, now pending in Congress.