U.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.
Columbia is presenting their first ever Outdoor Retailer fashion show at the Winter Market expo to raise money for the Conservation Alliance. Columbia will donate $5 to the alliance for every tweet that includes a picture from the show with the hash tag #orshowCA.
Despite 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).
Polartec has named Appalachian State University the winner of its Made Possible College Challenge. The contest, which began in early October, aims to promote collegiate outdoor programs, with the winner receiving a $10,000 grant and Polartec apparel.
Outdoor 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.”
Nordic 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.
On 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.