U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal programs in order to make food choices both healthful and appealing to students. Perdue made the announcement during a visit to Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia to mark School Nutrition Employee Week. Perdue signed a proclamation which begins the process of restoring local control of guidelines on whole grains, sodium, and milk. Perdue was joined by Sen. Pat Roberts (KS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Patricia Montague, CEO of the School Nutrition Association.
Southwest Virginia included in the 2nd round of federal funding to repurpose Appalachia’s old coal mining sites
A proposed federal spending bill that took shape in Congress over the weekend includes $10 million in funding for economic development projects to help communities in Southwest Virginia hit hard by the decline of the coal industry.
Children's Museum Selected for Dominion Energy 'Solar for Students' Program, a Dozen New Solar Projects Underway in Virginia
Solar for Students more than doubles in size with six new participants
As renewable energy becomes a growing part of Virginia's energy mix, Dominion Energy is expanding its Solar for Students program to give more students hands-on experience with solar power. Dominion Energy has selected five additional public schools in Virginia, as well as one children's museum, for the unique chance to observe and learn firsthand about harnessing solar energy from a solar array installed right outside the classroom. Four public schools piloted the program in 2015, so the program has more than doubled in size.
Virginia leading the way in the South in reducing carbon pollution
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took a decisive step forward to fight climate change and to show the nation that, despite key environmental protections being stripped away at the federal level, Virginia is moving forward.
Actions that bottled water companies continue to take to reduce their environmental footprint are highlighted on Earth Day, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced today.
“We agree with the organizers of Earth Day that education is the foundation for progress, which is why IBWA is taking this opportunity to educate the public about the bottled water industry’s continued efforts to reduce the impact of its products and its dedication to protecting our environment and natural resources,” says Jill Culora, vice president of communications for IBWA.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a talented young artist from Duffield, Va., took top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. A pair of trumpeter swans painted by 12-year-old Isaac Schreiber will grace the 2017-2018 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to educate and engage our nation’s youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation, and outdoor recreation.