(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is home to more than 1.5 million residents, is tackling obesity throughout the community. Approximately 67.9 percent of adults in the city and approximately 41 percent of youth aged 6-17 are overweight or obese.
FROM THE EDITOR
Saving Cash and the Planet: A Texas Town Votes for 100% Renewable Energy
Last year, Burlington became the first U.S. city to use 100% renewable energy. That radical plan might be expected in ultra-green, classically liberal Vermont. But now comes news from The Guardian that a similar size Texas town has chosen the same energy future. Georgetown, population 47,000, is noted for its historic Victorian buildings, the oldest university in the state (Southwestern University, founded 1840), and a high percentage (one-third) of retirees. The culture and politics of the area are certified Texan conservative. So why use 100% renewable energy for its power? Turns out that it’s the cheapest of the city’s options. So Georgetown has signed an agreement with SunEdison to provide all electricity within the city’s service area from wind and solar power by 2017. “It’s just business,” said one resident. Business, better, I’d say.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
When someone thinks of Google they likely think first of their browser. However, Google should come to the mind of renewable energy enthusiasts. The reason is simple: Google invests in renewable energy, with a goal of powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy.
California is suffering from one of the worst droughts on record. For the fourth straight year, residents of the golden state have been hearing about the meager rainfall and snowpack. Many state residents think fellow Californians can do much more to conserve water. A poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that two-thirds (66 percent) of Californians surveyed think people in their area of the state are not doing enough to respond to the drought.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Kraft Food Group's (KRFT) stocks continue to show improvement after its announcement that it has accepted a merger with H.J. Heinz Co. The buyout by Brazilian corporation 3G Capital Partners sets the groundwork for the world's third-largest food company, Kraft Heinz Co. The $35 billion is expected to have annual revenue of more than $28 billion.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In the U.S. most people would assume that music is taught in all schools, yet sadly they would be wrong. For many, when they were in school, music classes were a consistent part of the curriculum, but over the last few decades, schools have cut music programs under budgetary pressures. What the system has failed to appreciate is that students who study art are four times more likely to be recognised for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the EPA, plastics constitute almost 13 percent of the municipal solid waste stream, a dramatic jump from one percent in 1960. In 2012, the total plastic waste generated in the U.S. was 32 million tons, out of which only nine percent was recycled. The automobile industry has a significant opportunity to use recycled plastics and help keep them out of landfills to preserve the environment.