EPA, Schools Tackle Indoor Air Quality

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EPAThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held its 11th Annual Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools National Symposium in Washington, D.C. January 13–15. The meeting brought together school board officials, administrators, health association members, school nurses, teachers, parents, and others to take charge in protecting the indoor air environments of children in schools. At the symposium eight school districts across the country were recognized for leading the way to improving conditions at their schools.

Cincinnati: Fountainhead for New Water Technology Innovation Cluster

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WTICU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills have announced a new collaborative effort called the Water Technology Innovation Cluster (WTIC) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

EPA has invested $5 million to conduct key studies of the environmental technology market place for drinking water, acquire the services of a cluster consultant, and conduct technology and knowledge mapping of the region to gauge its strengths. WTIC will develop, test, and market innovative processes and technologies including those that: are sustainable, and water and energy efficient; will be cost effective for the utilities and consumers; address a broad array of contaminants; and improve public health protection.

OIA Extends Thanks to LWCF Coalition Members, Plans for New Push

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LWCFDespite a strong, bipartisan push in the final days of the lame duck session, the 111th Congress adjourned without acting on full and dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Support was strong. Calling for full and dedicated funding of $900 million annually, S. 2747 garnered 26 senate cosponsors. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), led a handful of Republican senators in support, carrying the message directly to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Peak 7 Adventures Partners with Outdoor Companies to Help At-Risk Youth

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Peak 7Peak 7 Adventures, an outdoor adventure organization based in Spokane, Washington, aims to help teens find the purpose they’re searching for by taking them out of their existing environments and introducing them to the great outdoors. The organization's ACA certified raft guides, ACA certified kayak instructors and highly experienced WFR certified guides and volunteers lead participants on whitewater raft trips, ascent (multi-day backpacking) trips and rock climbing trips along with other outdoor adventures around the Pacific Northwest. It targets youth who are underprivileged or have been labeled "at-risk."

Secretary of the Interior Restores Bureau of Land Management's Preservation Powers, OIA Extends Thanks

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OIAOutdoor Industry Association has thanked U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for acting to restore a policy of balanced management of public lands. During a press conference in Denver, Salazar issued an order which will restore the ability of the Bureau of Land Management to designate appropriate areas with wilderness characteristics as "Wild Lands" and to manage them to protect their wilderness values.

In issuing the order, Salazar said he was “establishing common-sense policy for the protection of backcountry areas where Americans recreate, find solitude, and enjoy the wild.”

President's Challenge Program Endorses Nordic Walking

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PCNordic Walking has been added to the list of selected activities by the nation's physical activity program the President's Challenge.

Developed by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the President's Challenge helps people of all ages and abilities increase their physical activity and improve their fitness through research-based information, easy-to-use tools, and friendly motivation.

Top US Officials to Participate in First White House Environmental Justice Forum

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WhitehouseOn December 15, Obama administration officials will convene the first-ever White House Forum on Environmental Justice. Environmental leaders from across the country will attend the day-long forum featuring White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

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