In food desert communities that can barely support themselves, traditional community supported agriculture (CSA) programs often struggle with balancing the need for the farmer to make a living wage and the need for low-cost food. The Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) program at the Rodale Institute turns the CSA format on its head and tears down the perception that fresh, high-quality organic foods are only for the well-to-do. It also provides a viable model for new or established farmers who want to enter these underserved markets.
You don't have to have a heart for clean energy--just be smart. And you don't have to be Google to understand sustainability, or do you? According to Greenbiz.com, Google executives believe that the company will generate long-term returns by investing in wind farms, utility-scale solar plants and even solar panels on the rooftops of homes and businesses. They are putting their money where thieir brain is--in clean energy.
Last year, Google invested more than $915 million in clean energy projects -- solar, wind and transmission.
That's a lot of money, even for Google, which had $38 billion in revenues in 2011. The investments don't appear to be core to the company's mission of organizing information, and they have attracted criticism, as well as some careless reporting, implying that the Internet giant is exiting the alternative energy business.
Does Google have an energy policy? Does it need one?
TCEQ approves fines totaling $849,429
Fines of $145,211 against Diamond Shamrock Refining, L.P. in Moore Co. and $103,800 against Micro Dirt, Inc. in Travis Co. included
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $849,429 against 44 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.