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Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

May 2014 Newsletter

Shasta Dam, Mt. Shasta in the distance

Federal Agencies Lead the Way in Conserving Water, Energy

Federal Green Challenge - Rethink sustainability

Federal agencies participating in the Pacific Southwest Federal Green Challenge program saved over $31.8 million by reducing waste, water, and energy use over the past two years. During this same period, these agencies have conserved over 350 million gallons of water. In a time of drought, this level of federal leadership on water conservation is critical.

Job Training for Unemployed Workers

The Cypress Mandela Training Center in Oakland, Calif., and Hunters Point Family in San Francisco, Calif., have received $200,000 each in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant funding to provide job training to unemployed and economically-disadvantaged residents of San Francisco, Oakland and surrounding East Bay communities.

Dealing with the Drought

In response to one of the worst droughts in California history, a coalition of public agencies launched Orange County Garden Friendly, a program to encourage Southern California residents to install climate-appropriate and low-water-use plants in outdoor spaces and gardens.

May Is Asthma Awareness Month

Asthma is a chronic, sometimes life-threatening disease; it affects almost 25 million Americans, including an estimated 7 million children. The annual cost of asthma, including hospital stays and lost school and work days, is $56 billion. EPA is working to educate people so that everyone knows what asthma is, how the environment can affect people with asthma, and how to manage environmental triggers.

Cleaning Up Contamination in Nevada

One of the world’s largest producers of titanium parts for jet engines has agreed to pay a record $13.75 million civil penalty and perform an extensive investigation and cleanup of potential contamination, stemming primarily from the unauthorized manufacture and disposal of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) at its manufacturing facility in Nevada.

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