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Florida eliminates solar rebate programs; meanwhile, California curbs Homeowners Associations from prohibiting drought-tolerant plants.
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In late November, the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 3-2 in favor of a utility-backed proposal to eliminate solar rebate programs by the end of 2015 and lowering the state’s energy efficiency goals by more than 90 percent. This was decided after a very lengthy debate that lasted almost two hours, and the debate might not be over. Environmental groups are considering whether the PSC violated state law by instituting a policy that leaves utilities with virtually no energy efficiency requirements.

Codecon: Bloomberg's Own Bit of March Madness

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Originally posted on Bloomberg Now. 

We still have a bit of “March Madness” going on at Bloomberg.

Climate Change By Any Other Name...

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What’s in a name? As Shakespeare orated in his epic love story Romeo and Juliet, “that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” But in Florida Governor Rick Scott’s world, the perils of a warming planet are somehow diminished simply by changing the words we use to refer to them.

Conservatives and Environmentalists Join to Break Up Florida’s Solar Power Monopoly - The Minute

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You’d think that Florida, with the country’s third largest population and a politically conservative electorate that focuses on individual choice, would be a solar power leader. After all, the Sunshine State has plenty of the basic resource. But Florida ranks only 13th nationally in installed solar capacity, behind Number 12 Pennsylvania. The reason? Florida is one of only five states that prohibit third-party sales of solar power from non-utility companies. Consumers can buy electricity only from utilities.

FOX Sports University Teaches Students the Business Behind the Game

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After years of building relationships with top universities and their sports teams, FOX Sports saw an opportunity to become more involved in the classroom. In 2008, the company launched FOX Sports University, an academic program that gives college students hands-on experience in the sports business. The current academic year is the largest yet for the program, which now offers courses at 27 schools across the U.S.
 

CITGO And Its Local Marketers Sponsor “Battle Of The Bays” Sweepstakes

Wisconsin CITGO Marketers to Provide Three Lucky Fans with Pro Football Tickets and Trip to Florida
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October 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ - CITGO Petroleum Corporation and its local Wisconsin Marketers have teamed up for the “Battle of the Bays” sweepstakes to give three lucky fans the ultimate game day experience. Between now and Nov. 15, Wisconsin football fans are encouraged to visit participating CITGO locations in Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee, Wis. and fill out an entry form for the chance to win two tickets to see Wisconsin’s home team play in Tampa Bay on Dec. 21, with round trip airfare and hotel accommodations included in the prize.

FIU Brings STEM Education to Miami-Dade County Public Schools with “Engineers on Wheels”

Chrysler Group and The Chrysler Foundation Drive Support for the Introduction of Innovative STEM Education Initiative
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Florida International University's (FIU) College of Engineering and Computing will literally, roll engineering education into South Florida’s public school classrooms this fall with the launch of “Engineers on Wheels,” an innovative, hands-on STEM education initiative.

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Florida International University's (FIU) College of Engineering and Computing will literally, roll engineering education into South Florida’s public school classrooms this fall with the launch of “Engineers on Wheels,” an innovative, hands-on STEM education initiative.

Uncle Matt’s Organic Revolutionizes Florida’s Citrus Groves

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With its subtropical climate and rich pest population, Florida has been slow to embrace the organic movement: fewer than 8,000 of its 541,328 acres of citrus groves are organic. Matt McLean has made it his mission to change that. As the founder and CEO of Uncle Matt’s Organic—the largest and oldest organic orange juice company in the U.S.—McLean not only sells delicious juices, he’s making it easy for other small Florida citrus growers to transition to organic.

Florida Legislature Passes Important Legislation to Protect Waste and Recycling Workers

Slow Down to Get Around Laws Now in Place in Multiple States
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WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ — The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) applauds Florida Gov. Rick Scott for signing into law legislation aimed at preventing road accidents and fatalities involving waste and recycling workers and vehicles caused by careless drivers.

House Bill 7005, an omnibus transportation bill sponsored by Rep. Frank Artiles (R-Miami) and signed Friday by Gov. Scott, includes a section that added sanitation and utility vehicles to the “Move Over Act.”

Akhil Rekulapelli of Virginia Wins 2014 National Geographic Bee And $50,000 College Scholarship

Students from Florida and California Take Second and Third Place
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‘Geo Bee 2014’ to air Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD

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‘Geo Bee 2014’ to air Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD

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