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Darden Rice named outstanding ‘green’ elected official

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St. Petersburg Council member Darden Rice has been named the outstanding green elected official by the U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region. The nonprofit organization’s seventh annual LEEDership Awards celebration earlier this month recognized and honored outstanding projects, businesses, volunteers and individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are LEEDing the way to a more sustainable built environment in the Florida Gulf Coast community. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that recognizes…

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New data map shows all but one Florida county suffered a weather disaster over the past five years

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Environmental researchers at Eckerd College released data showing nearly every single Floridian lives in a county where weather-related disasters have been declared over the past five years. The Hitting Close to Home online map shows all but one of Florida’s 67 counties had a severe weather event declared a disaster by either the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Only Indian River County on Florida’s East coast averted disaster. “From massive floods to severe rain storms…

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Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi to speak at Eckerd College next month

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Opal Tometi, co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the head of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), is slated to speak at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg next month. A first-generation Nigerian-American, Tometi has been active in immigrant rights for much of the past decade. As director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, she became a vocal opponent of Arizona’s controversial SB-1070. She was picked last year by the Los Angeles Times as one of the new civil rights leaders…

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Eckerd College to send 80 students to Cuba this month

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Eckerd College is sending 375 students to study abroad this semester. Of those, 80 will head to Cuba in the coming days to study subjects such as economics, the environment and photography. The combined study abroad trips make up Eckerd’s largest class of travelers ever. The 80 students traveling to Cuba this month include a group of marine science and biology students led by professor William A. Szelistowski. The group will continue research on coral reefs, lionfish, and manatees begun…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 2 – Raw sewage

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and came up with a list of the top 10 most absorbing events. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 2 – Raw sewage Since August, Mayor Rick Kriseman has been plagued by toilet water. After the city experienced what was described as a 100-year rain event, his administration made the…

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St. Pete says Clam Bayou is clean; Gulfport council member disagrees

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St. Pete is discontinuing water sampling in areas where wastewater overflow was released in early August as a result of a heavy rain event. According to the city, all of the affected areas have been tested within Safe Beach criteria for at least one week. In some areas the levels of contaminants, particularly fecal coliform, have been within safe levels for three to five weeks. “All of the sample sites have demonstrated a long term consistency of results within the…

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Two letters show mounting concerns over the St. Pete’s wastewater infrastructure

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The City of St. Pete continues to face mounting criticism over an early August wastewater dump of 31 million gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into Clam Bayou, Tampa Bay and the Eckerd College campus following a review of the city’s wastewater system. Two separate letters addressed to Mayor Rick Kriseman ask the city to conduct an independent review, not an internal one. “It became clear that this is not the independent inquiry that the City Council requested and…

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