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PHOTO: A new program from the University of Utah offers discounts on solar products for those associated with the school. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah is partnering with a nonprofit organization to get more homes solar-powered. The program with Utah Clean Energy is called U Community Solar. Kate Bowman, solar project coordinator at Utah Clean Energy, says university faculty, students, staff and oth ...Read More

PHOTO: Health officials hope the DEA's Prescription Drug Take-Back event helps reduce the state's high rate of deaths linked to prescription drugs. Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

SANTA FE, N.M. – About 500 people die from overdoses each year in New Mexico, according to state health officials who are hoping that events such as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday help the state lower that overdose death rate. Melissa Heinz, prevention coordinator for th ...Read More

PHOTO: As the nation celebrates Earth Week, New York conservation advocates are applauding a new move by the Governor to improve groundwater protection, an effort dealing with the number one threat to the drinking water, bays and harbors on Long Island. Photo credit: Ryssby/Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK – As the nation celebrates Earth Week, New York conservation advocates are applauding a new move by the governor to improve groundwater protection – even during super storms. Marci Bortman, director of conservation programs for the Long Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy, ...Read More

PHOTO: The Listening Project team will survey people in Carroll and Columbiana to find out how hydraulic fracturing is impacting their lives. Photo credit: Paul Feezel.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some of those most impacted by the fracking boon in Ohio have a chance to share their stories. Volunteers with the Listening Project are surveying residents of two of the most heavily drilled counties, Columbiana and Carroll, to identify the positive and negative impacts of ...Read More

PHOTO: Sharlene Geraghty of Hastings was honored by AARP with the 2013 Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service. Nominations for the 2014 award now are being accepted. Photo courtesy AARP Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The search is on to find and honor those older Minnesotans who are making a difference in their communities through their volunteer work. Jay Haapala, associate state director for community outreach at AARP Minnesota, said the organization now is accepting nominations of those peo ...Read More

PHOTO: Walkability is one of the attributes of a livable community, and that's the topic of an AARP/Governing magazine forum today in St. Louis. Photo credit: 'skatemore' at morguefile.com

ST. LOUIS - It's the modern challenge - how to create a community that appeals to and meets the needs of residents of all ages - and one Missouri community is helping to lead the way. Livable communities are those which offer safe, walkable streets, age-friendly housing and transportation options, ...Read More

PHOTO: Purdue University researcher Bryan Pijanowski is collaborating with people from around the world for an Earth Day project, attempting to capture up to 1 million natural soundscape recordings. Photo courtesy of Purdue University/Tom Campbell.

INDIANAPOLIS - A global project based in Indiana is capturing the earth's acoustics, one upload at a time. Led by Purdue University ecologist Bryan Pijanowski, "Global Soundscapes Day" encourages people from all walks of life to record the soundscapes of their world, and upload them to be shared and ...Read More

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - One in three Washington residents makes time for some kind of volunteer activity during the year, and the value of these time contributions totals an impressive $5.6 billion. Today, the state is saying "thanks." On Volunteer Appreciation Day, Gov. Jay Inslee is honoring 44 people i ...Read More

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