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The Preserve at Rock Creek Present Upscale Mountain Living with a Unique Environmental Touch

Cashiers, NC (PRWEB) June 20, 2007

The Preserve at Rock Creek, a 281-acre community with 200 acres permanently protected from development by a conservation easement, offers residents the best of both worlds: Attractive home sites surrounded by lush natural forest.

Exclusively represented by Landmark Realty Group, The Preserve at Rock Creek is a private, gated mountain community with 16 five-acre home sites surrounded by serene natural forest. Eleven lots remain available, including two that feature their own weekend shelter, or guest house. Prices range from $ 325,000-745,000.

“For me, mountain living means less is always more,” said Tim Bright, Owner and Developer of The Preserve at Rock Creek. “I fell in love with this area as a child and when I returned as a developer, I wanted to maintain the unique beauty and natural state that I had grown up with. That is why I set aside 200 acres as a conservation easement, to ensure that it will never be developed.”

Bright set aside the conservation easement following an environmental assessment that identified more than 100 wildlife species at Rock Creek, including white-tailed deer, foxes, hawks, grouse, owls and native trout. In addition, nine endangered, threatened, rare or watch list species were also found, which include the Appalachian Bewick’s Wren, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Southern Appalachian Salamander.

The Preserve at Rock Creek features an eight-acre naturalized wildflower meadow, which Bright restored after acquiring the property. Other community features include hiking and ATV trails, a stocked trout pond, rock outcroppings, cliffs, caves, natural springs, stunning waterfalls and Rock Creek, which runs almost the entire length of the property. The lots also offer gorgeous mountain and lake views.

“The Preserve at Rock Creek is a controlled development with many unique natural aspects,” said Jane Ebberts, Broker-in-Charge and Owner of Landmark Realty Group, the exclusive representative of The Preserve at Rock Creek. “This community really brings together the best of both worlds by providing residents with an upscale lifestyle as well as the natural peace and beauty of mountain living. It is truly a rare combination.”

Surrounding areas offer 30 waterfalls, including Whitewater Falls, the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, as well as Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway. Nearby Panthertown Valley, 6,700 acres of lush national forest, offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and pristine waterfalls. With average temperatures during the winter months ranging from the 30s to mid 40s and a summer ambient temperature of 72 degrees, this region is the perfect place for year-round outdoor activities.

Located in Sapphire, and just eight miles from Cashiers, The Preserve at Rock Creek is also in close proximity to fine dining, lodging and unique antique and upscale shopping. The community is also a short drive from some of the world’s best golf courses, including Wade Hampton Golf Club, Chattooga Club and High Hampton.

About Landmark Realty Group:

Based in Cashiers, N.C., Landmark Realty Group (http://www.landmarkrg.com) is an affiliation of experienced, successful brokers offering professional brokerage and development services, ranging from general land and individual site planning to full scale development management with expertise in residential, commercial, vacant parcels, and large development tracts in Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Glenville, Toxaway and surrounding areas.

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Not What the Doctor Ordered: Rapid Environmental Change Threatens the Foundations of Human Health


Washington, D.C. (Vocus) November 5, 2009

Changes to the Earths land cover, climate, and ecosystems are endangering the health of hundreds of millions, possibly billions, of people worldwide and now represent the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century. The scale of these global changes is rapidly undermining human life-support systems and threatening the core foundations of healthy communities around the globe: access to adequate food, clean air, safe drinking water, and secure homes.

These are the findings of the new report, Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health , published today by the Worldwatch Institute and the United Nations Foundation. The report notes that, as a result of rapid changes to the climate and in land use, we are already seeing alterations in the distribution of malaria, schistosomiasis, and other infectious diseases in many regions. It concludes that poor populations, mainly in developing countries, are the most vulnerable to these environmental changes, even though they are the least responsible for contributing to them.

It is increasingly apparent that the breadth and depth of the changes we are wreaking on the environment are imperiling not only many of the other species with which we share the ecological stage, but the health and wellbeing of our own species as well, writes the reports author, Dr. Samuel S. Myers, M.D., M.P.H., an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Research Associate at the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

The report outlines a series of public health threatsfood and water scarcity, altered distribution of infectious diseases, increased air pollution, natural disasters, and population displacementthat collectively threaten large segments of the human population. But most of the death and disability from these threats is fundamentally preventable, Dr. Myers writes, if the political will can be mobilized to take strong, concerted action. The report outlines the need for national-level risk assessments to identify the greatest threats in different regions, as well as unprecedented technical and financial assistance from the international community to help developing countries adapt to the health impacts of accelerating environmental change.

Ultimately, the report argues, we will need to find new ways to generate economic growth that do not cause serious ecological deterioration, or the progress that has been made toward global health, nutrition, and poverty alleviation will be undone. At present, all of the major types of human caused environmental changeclimate change, changes in land use and cover, and ecosystem service degradationare accelerating, Myers says. To reduce the avoidable human suffering that will result, we must redouble our efforts to slow the pace of environmental change, reduce the rate of human population growth, and reduce the vulnerabilities of those in harms way.

In her preface to the report, Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Special Envoy on Climate Change to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, describes the report as a call to action. She writes that, The knowledge that we can make a difference means that we have a large responsibility to act. By fighting ignorance, inaction, and inequity, we can create the conditions under which health threats can be averted. Most importantly, we must take targeted collective action to reduce the vulnerability of the poorest people on the planet to threats they played little role in generating.

The United Nations Foundation, of which Gro Harlem Brundtland is a board member, supported this report. The UN Foundation connects people, resources, and ideas to solve the worlds global problems.

For a review copy of Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health or to interview Dr. Samuel Myers, please contact Darcey Rakestraw at drakestraw(at)worldwatch(dot)org or Julia Tier at jtier(at)worldwatch(dot)org or (+1) 202.452.1999 x594.

About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society. For more information, visit http://www.worldwatch.org.

About the United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. It builds partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work is focused on decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

Contact:

Darcey Rakestraw

(+1 202) 452.1999 x517

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Bonnet House and Kids Ecology Corps Partner on Mangrove Environmental Education

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 31, 2011

South Florida based Kids Ecology Corps, the non profit 501c(3) organization inspiring young people to take positive eco-action and make environmental stewardship a part of everyday life, has entered into a unique partnership with Fort Lauderdales historic Bonnet House.

KEC Outreach Director Lee Gottlieb created a countywide program for the 2011-12 school year that focuses on restoring the now-disappearing mangrove forests that once lined the shores of Broward Countys waterways. The Bonnet House landmark estate, with its natural barrier island habitat, provides a perfect living laboratory for KEC to educate kids about the significance of preservation and restoration of the mangrove forest.

Bonnet House offers participating school classes, teachers and parent chaperones free admission for a day of activities to learn about mangroves and the remarkable contributions the Bartlett and Birch families made to South Floridas arts and culture.

US Forest Service, National Environmental Education Foundation Connect Kids with Nature Through Prescriptions for Fun, Better Health


Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 28, 2012

The U.S. Forest Service is offering its 193 million acres of forests and grasslands as a prescription for healthier kids through an initiative of the National Environmental Education Foundation that connects children to nature.

The foundations Children & Nature Initiative trains health care providers to take a childs environmental history and give patients and their guardians a written prescription for outdoor activity, connecting them with a particular forest, park, wildlife refuge, nature center or other public land near their neighborhood. Outdoor activity can help prevent serious health conditions like obesity and diabetes but also can reduce stress and serve as a support mechanism for attention disorders.

Our nation’s forests and grasslands offer tremendous physical, psychological and spiritual benefits to an increasingly urbanized populace, said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. We hope kids and parents alike will follow the doctor’s orders when given a prescription for fun.

The initiative gives health care providers the technical support, tools and resources they need to be effective in prescribing outdoor activity to patients. Providers are trained to become nature champions for children in their communities.

There are wonderful and inspiring places managed by the U.S. Forest Service for children and their families to explore, while also benefiting from being active outdoors, said Leyla McCurdy, senior director of the foundations Health & Environment Program. We are excited to work with the Forest Service in making the Children & Nature Initiative even more accessible to families around the nation.

Disadvantaged children are at higher risk because they are often more cut-off from nature and their environment, in part because of conditions such as poor housing and less access to green space.

Dr. James R. Roberts, a pediatrician at Medical University of South Carolina and chair of the Children & Nature Initiative Advisory Committee, said the initiative is vital because with competing priorities and numerous entertainment options available to kids today, they are spending less time outside. A nature prescription gives kids something to take home and reminds them turn off their electronic gadgets and get outdoors to play when they can.

The Forest Service has a long history of environmental education for children and adults. This year, the agency continued to expand its availability of Childrens Forests and More Kids in the Woods programs, both of which provide young people with the knowledge and skills to become future land stewards. Those same programs complement President Obamas Americas Great Outdoors program and First Lady Michelle Obamas Lets Move Outside initiative, both of which outline the need for children to engage in more unstructured outdoor activity.

Last summer, the Forest Service and the Ad Council began a public service announcement campaign to unplug, an effort to motivate families and their children to disconnect from their electronics and reconnect with nature. Viewers are directed to DiscovertheForest.org, where they can search for areas to explore and ideas on what to do outdoors.

Chronic conditions associated with a more sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity have greatly contributed to the numerous health problems children face today. Conditions such as asthma, attention-deficit disorder, vitamin D deficiency, as well as childhood obesity have all increased the past few decades. These same conditions could lead to adult pulmonary, cardiovascular and mental health problems.

The nonprofit National Environmental Education Foundation provides knowledge to trusted professionals who, with their credibility, amplify messages to national audiences to solve every day environmental problems. The foundation partners with professionals in health, education, business and public land management.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Recreational activities on our lands contribute $ 14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

USDA works with state, local, and Tribal governments and private landowners to conserve and protect our nations natural resources helping preserve our land, and clean our air and water. President Obama launched the Americas Great Outdoors initiative in 2010 to foster a 21st century approach to conservation that is designed by and accomplished in partnership with the American people. During the past two years, USDAs conservation agencies the U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Farm Service Agency have delivered technical assistance and implemented restoration practices on public and private lands. We are working to better target conservation investments: embracing locally driven conservation and entering partnerships that focus on large, landscape-scale conservation.

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Announces 2007 Winners of the Texas Environmental Excellence Award

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) May 2, 2007

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) today announced the 2007 winners of the 15th annual Texas Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards are given to 12 innovative projects across the state that demonstrate positive effects on air, water, and land resources.

Among this year’s award recipients are a wetlands educational program that has acted as a classroom for more than 28,000 Texans; a community tool shed program that has removed more than 10 tons of trash and illegally dumped debris from El Paso; and a major company whose more than 140 pollution prevention projects have removed 398 tons of air pollution, 5,823 tons of solid/hazardous waste, and substantially reduced the plant’s energy consumption.

This year marks the first presentation of the Gregg A. Cooke Memorial Award for Exceptional Environmental Excellence, created to honor individuals who display passion, innovation, and persistence for protecting the environment. Gregg Cooke, a former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency in Dallas, was known for his tireless and innovative efforts to make Texas a healthier place to live.

Cooke passed away in September 2006 at the age of 51.

Recommended by a Blue Ribbon Committee of environmental experts from public and private industry, the awards honor individuals, businesses, and organizations that have created successful programs that conserve natural resources, reduce waste, and prevent pollution. Created by the Texas Legislature in 1993, the awards program reflects the goals of the TCEQ itself: to protect Texas’ human and natural resources and ensure clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

“Today we recognize the initiative of these dozen recipients who have answered the call of duty to protect and preserve our natural resources,” said Kathleen Harnett White, TCEQ Chairman. “They stand as exemplary stewards of our state’s natural resources, habitats, and environmental quality.”

“We applaud the Texans and our Texas companies and civic groups,” said TCEQ Commissioner Larry R. Soward. “Their innovative approaches to environmental stewardship serve as an inspiration beyond our borders.”

“These projects reflect a tremendous respect for both Texas and for our environment,” said TCEQ Commissioner H.S. Buddy Garcia. “We are proud to honor these world class standard bearers.”

The commissioners of the TCEQ will present the awards at the annual awards banquet on Wednesday May 2, 2007, at the Austin Convention Center as part of the TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair and Conference.

Following are brief profiles of the 2007 Texas Environmental Excellence Award winners. For more information about this year’s winners and finalists, as well as to submit an application for next year’s awards, visit http://www.teea.org.

2007 Texas Environmental Excellence Award Winners

BROWNWOOD

3M Company (Category: Large Business/Technical)

Since 2001, the 3M Brownwood plant employees have established almost 140 new projects, more than any other facility in the entire 3M Company. These projects have eliminated 398 tons of air pollution and 5,823 tons of solid/hazardous waste. The company has also reduced energy consumption by 150,000 MM BTUs with an associated savings of $ 16.3 million despite production growing steadily by almost 10 percent a year. These important achievements reflect the long tradition of environmental stewardship at the 3M Brownwood plant. The plant has been ISO 14001 EMS certified since 2000, is a charter member of the TCEQ CLEAN TEXAS Program, and is in the EPA’s National Performance Track Program.

CORPUS CHRISTI

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation (Category: Youth)

In 2000, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation launched the Science & Spanish Club Network to help students obtain science-based information about the Gulf of Mexico and regional ecology. This bilingual project has expanded to students in coastal zone communities from El Campo to Brownsville in Texas, to Matamoros and Tampico in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Clubs average 15-25 members who meet weekly and after school to participate in beach cleanups, explore their watershed and estuaries on field trips, and have near-shore experiences on their rivers, bays, and Gulf waters. Children are not charged to join a club, a factor that contributes to attracting a broad range of youth.

DENTON

Dan Fette Builders Inc. (Category: Small Business)

Dan Fette’s homes in the new Nevada Court subdivision are priced at almost 40 percent less than the city’s average for single-family new home construction, and they all exceed the federal Energy Star criteria. Codeveloped in partnership with the Denton Affordable Housing Corporation (DAHC), a nonprofit dedicated to sustainable housing, the average energy bill for heating and cooling a 1,340 square foot house may be reduced to about $ 50 per month at current prices. This low energy bill is due to the use of a broad range of energy conservation attributes, ranging from light-colored shingles and radiant barrier sheathing to hydronic home heating systems to hot water on-demand systems, low flow toilets and showerheads, and xeriscaping. Finally, each home is positioned at an angle that decreases sunlight exposure during the summer and increases sunlight during the winter. As a result, DAHC believes residents will consume less than half the electricity, natural gas, and water typically used by households in similar-sized, conventionally built homes.

EARLY

Leak Surveys Inc. (Category: Innovative Technology)

David Furry developed a groundbreaking new procedure to detect leaking gas pipes that has led to a change in the way the world monitors emissions. Prior to the invention of Furry’s Hawk Leak Detection System, the most effective way to find leaks was to walk over an entire system’s pipes. Furry’s new monitoring device, the Hawk Leak Detection System, uses a cryogenically cooled infrared camera that shows leaking gas in real time. By flying over pipelines with the system, workers can quickly discover leaks. The system is also used to detect volatile organic compound (VOC) leaks.

My-Tronic’s Numeric LED Display is Suited for Steam Baths or Special Environmental Conditions

(PRWEB) February 2, 2005

Suited for environments where time, humidity, and temperature need to be measured under special environmental conditions, my-display-406 consists of water-resistant, 60 mm wall clock with DCF77 radio-controlled clock and temperature and humidity sensors. It can show time in 24 or 12 hr format, display temperatures in °C or °F, and control brightness of display. Device switches between temperature, humidity, and time in adjustable intervals from 1–99 sec.

My-LED, a branch of my-tronic GmbH, offers innovative LED displays. Based on the customers’ requirements the company develops continuously new products. The my-display-406 is a 60mm wall clock (numeric LED display) for steam baths or for other environment where there is a need to measure time, humidity and temperature under special environmental conditions. The device is water resistant and has a DCF77 radio-controlled clock, temperature and humidity sensors. The my-display-406 series is a special line of products with a few special features, being able to show time in 24 or 12 hours format, to display temperatures either in Celsius or Fahrenheit and to control the brightness of the display depending on the ambient light so this way it is sure that no matter what light conditions are the displays will always have the optimal brightness. The device shows time, temperature and humidity, switching from one to the other in an interval adjustable between 1 and 99 seconds. There are two options for programming the device: DCF77 radio-controlled clock (included) or universal IR remote control. The housing was special designed for using under unspecific weather conditions. But the clock can be also used in conference rooms, industrial environment,as outdoor displays, for steam baths or swimming pools. Available colors: red, yellow, green, blue or white. The design makes the device attractive, and the colors are bright without being aggressive.

The company offers two years warranty for this line of products. Customized solutions are also available.

Mihaela Lica for my-tronic GmbH

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Environmental Concerns Prompt Ink Manufacturer to Install DCF Filter

Portage, MI (PRWEB) June 9, 2005

Situation:

Progressive Ink manufactures printing inks for flexible packaging, such as snack packaging, milk cartons and bread bags. In the St. Louis, Missouri manufacturing facility, pressurized bag filters used in the fill area were generating a lot of waste. During a batch run, up to twenty filter bags were replaced and thrown away. Progressive Ink was concerned about the large amounts of waste generated and its effect on the environment. There were other problems too. Occasionally, a bag would rupture and contaminate the ink being processed for shipping. Progressive Ink also experienced variations in the filtering performance of the bags.

Our Solution:

With few solutions available on the market, Progressive Ink had trouble finding a filter that could filter tight enough to meet the industry requirements of at least 75 micron retention. Their extensive search ended with the Ronningen-Petter Mechanically-Cleaned DCF filter — which offered filtration capabilities well beyond the industry standard. The company installed a DCF-800 filter that filters to 50 micron. It is equipped with pneumatic timers, Teflon