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Spodak Dental Group Announces 10th Annual Beach Cleanup Event in Partnership with Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- The Spodak Dental Group (SDG) is partnering with Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful to join forces for 10th Annual SDG Beach Cleanup and the Great American Beach Cleanup. The goal is to not only rid the beach of waste but to also create awareness about environmental impacts of single-use plastics and debris.

The amount of waste in the world's oceans is increasing at a rapid pace, with much of it cluttering the seabed and clogging up the stomachs of sea creatures. For ocean lovers, SDG's Annual Beach Cleanup event brings an opportunity to ensure Delray's waterways and oceans stand a fighting chance against increasing numbers of debris and waste. The statistics speak for themselves. More than a million plastic bags are used worldwide every minute, with estimates pointing toward 160 million metric tons ending up in the ocean by 2025.

This event is an opportunity to join thousands of volunteers of all ages across America who will be taking part in efforts to clean up and improve their local communities.

WHAT - 10th Annual SDG Beach Cleanup and the Great American Beach Cleanup

WHEN - Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m.

WHERE - Sandoway Discovery Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33483

WHY - "Our 10th Annual event shows our commitment to not only our planet, but also our community members with whom we share a love for our local beach," said Dr. Craig Spodak, general dentist. "Our goal for this year's event is to not only rid our beach of as much waste as we can, but to also increase awareness and create the biggest environmental impact now and for the future."

JOIN - Call/text (561) 303-2413 with any questions. To attend, simply show up on Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m. Everyone is welcome!

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About Spodak Dental Group

Spodak Dental Group, a 2017 Inc. 5000 honoree, is a comprehensive dental destination providing all general and specialty services in one convenient, state-of-the-art, LEED Gold Certified facility. The team of General and Restorative Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Prosthodontists, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Anesthesiologists are uniquely equipped to treat all dental health needs. Spodak Dental Group is located at 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. Call/text (561) 303-2413 or visit for more information.

About The Great American Beach Cleanup

The Great American Cleanup, a project of Keep America Beautiful, is coordinated in Palm Beach County by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. and the Solid Waste Authority. The mission of Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc. (KPBCB) is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County through programs and partnerships that encourage public agencies, private entities, resident, and visitors to reduce litter and waste, increase recycling, beautify, maintain, and sustain public spaces, and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Call (561) 686-6646 or visit for more information.

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Taylor Wilshire, CEO of the Wilshire Foundation receives ‘outstanding achievement’ praise from the United Nations

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- On March 3, 2020, the United Nations Economic and Social Council acknowledged the work that the Wilshire Foundation has done to support the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a blueprint for addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

Singled out for praise were the Wilshire Foundation's international microgrid communities that are aligned with the UN's sustainable development goals and also incorporate education, fair practices, health care, sanitation and micro businesses that transform struggling third world villages into thriving communities.

"We have a proud history of implementing policies and processes that support the tenets of the UN Global Compact in our microgrid projects around the world," said Taylor Wilshire, CEO of the Wilshire Foundation. "I am pleased to share our continued dedication to these important values with the public, and we look forward to making even more progress in the years to come alongside the United Nations and our fellow partners."

Recognizing that rural villages must develop and flourish without degrading the natural and cultural resources that sustain them, the Wilshire Foundation has worked for ten years to establish microgrid communities powered by a combination of traditional fossil fuels and wind, hydro, and solar power. This allows them to operate in tandem with central energy grids as well work independently and brings cost savings, lowered emissions, and increased reliability and resilience to underdeveloped areas.

But establishing sustainable energy sources is just one component of the Wilshire Foundation's international communities. Other initiatives include providing access to clean water, introducing organic farming practices and developing microbusiness.

CEO Taylor Wilshire recently commented on the mission of the Wilshire Foundation after being acknowledged by the UN's ECOSOC: "We create programs and invest in organizations that change the fabric of the planet by changing consciousness. Our microgrid communities are transformative and can lead us to uncover ways of addressing chronic environmental, social, and economic challenges."

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350 Bay Area Action Creating Climate Report Cards for California and Local Candidates

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Climate action group 350 Bay Area Action today announced climate report cards, to be issued for 2020 Bay Area candidates for the California Assembly and the state Senate. Local candidates in crucial city council and supervisorial races will also be rated. The group will endorse candidates rated as true climate champions in key regional legislative races, and selected candidates in local elections as well.

"Climate change is now the #1 priority for California voters, and climate impacts such as fires and drought are buffeting the state," said Judy Pope, co-lead of the 350 Bay Area Action Electoral Committee. "With our new climate report cards, we will make it easy for voters to act on climate, their #1 concern."

California is seen worldwide as a leader on climate change, ever since the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), in 2006. The 2020 goal, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, was met in 2016.

A subsequent bill, SB 32, updated California's climate targets - which, while ambitious, are not aggressive enough to meet science-based requirements. And many local governments, in California and elsewhere, have passed Climate Emergency resolutions. But the state is falling behind the 2030 goal, a 40% cut from those levels.

"We are seeing a rapid increase in awareness, especially among young people, that the climate crisis is happening right here and right now," said Laura Neish, Executive Director of 350 Bay Area Action. "Politicians have often resisted these concerns in favor of moneyed interests. So we're setting out to help get people elected who are listening to all of their constituents, especially the young. We want to elect people who will lead on urgently implementing solutions that will reduce climate- and health-harming emissions."

350 Bay Area Action is now reaching out to general election candidates and their campaigns with a questionnaire, seeking their positions on climate-related issues relevant to California. Current bills include SB 54, which bans single-use plastics, and AB 345, which establishes a buffer zone around schools, health clinics, and homes from oil and gas infrastructure. Local governments are being urged to pass Climate Emergency resolutions, to require the decarbonization of new buildings, and more.

In the coming weeks, questionnaire results will be tabulated, and answers will be publicized. The group will then rate candidates, issue candidate report cards, and announce endorsements.

"It will be a busy few months for the team," said Pope. "We are looking forward to issuing our report card ratings and endorsing candidates - especially for local races, where climate is often ignored as a campaign issue. We expect to help create a new generation of climate champions - across California, and beyond."

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The Earthshot Contest Is Unofficially Underway for One Contestant!

ALTA LOMA, Calif. -- Someone with autism has decided to put in their Earthshot entry early & he claims it is capable of restoring moisture to the atmosphere & counteracts global warming. This seems to be the first unofficial Earthshot entry & is being offered to the public as a gift. The conceptualizer, Zane Silverchild says the originating concept behind this gift to the world was to correct the earths dry regions by jump starting the atmosphere.

He believes that this is one of the building blocks that are desperately needed to solve the worlds drought problems. He also believes that this should not be used on its own.

Zane also says that this can really benefit our environment in a very short time frame within just a year or two depending on the region & can be used in conjunction with a green power source like a wind, solar or what seems to be quickly growing as the best choice of all in the opinion of many; a helium solar turbine array. One company based out of Los Angeles, California is already making this happen and a very well-known investor is also on board.

"Changes would still have to be made to everyone's lives in order to really make this work. It would be more like burning the candle at both ends otherwise. We still need to learn to reduce our carbon footprint & to maintain our efforts in the long run," says Zane Silverchild, conceptualizer of the atmospheric condenser array.

Helium is really such a great alternative to a system like this because it uses a gas that is not flammable & brings the risk of any explosion down drastically. Any compressed gas whether flammable or not is a still a risk due to its compressed state. The initial cost to charge the system is a little more but this should be seen as a good investment to most investors since it doesn't cost much more than a hydrogen based system & insurance rates would also be lower.

Zane wants everyone but especially the royal family to know that this really wasn't meant to upset any members of the royal family. He also says that he didn't want to wait because of the things that are already happening & the sooner we approach this problem with a working solution the sooner we can have a balanced environment.

You can find what Zane is calling his unofficial Earthshot entry on his YouTube channel by searching for his name on YouTube.

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About Zane Silverchild:
Zane Silverchild is a theorist, inventor, and conceptualizer of ideas. Born in Los Angeles, California. Zane struggles with high functioning autism which is sometimes still known as Asperger's syndrome. Zane spends a lot of his time thinking about the future and its potential problems with the intention of coming up with a solution for anything within reach. Zane can be reached for comment through email.

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HWPL Finally Here to Beautify California

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- On Jan 26, 2020 a non-profit volunteer organization called Heavenly Culture, World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) had joined forces with the city of San Jose to beautify the community and the parks of San Jose.

What kind of results can an international peace organization do for the community of San Jose? The results would be partnering up with the San Jose City to create volunteerism of 100 people to clean and beautify a local park that is known and loved dearly. All in a matter of a few days of planning prior to the event.

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light, colloquially referred to as HWPL, is a non-profit, non-governmental international peace organization. Although it was initially established in Seoul, South Korea, the peace group has branches located in over 200 countries, including one now established in the Northern California region.

As a group working alongside the United Nations to achieve global peace, HWPL collaborates with the International Women's Peace Group (IWPG) and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) as the organization's wings in accomplishing international tranquility. HWPL, within the last five years since the establishment of the organization, has found much success in achieving their goals toward peace and volunteerism. The HWPL volunteer programs are recognized as one of the most successful and active volunteer associations around the world.

With over 100 volunteers participating last Sunday, local neighbors, friends, and family filled bags of trash and debris to prevent pollution from washing into the creek and around the city park. With the help of the city providing supplies such as litter sticks, pairs of gloves, volunteer vests, and trash bags, HWPL volunteers were able to diligently give back to the community. Staff members gathered from 2:30 p.m. to collect the equipment and set up booths to distribute tools to pick up trash.

Participants started from 3 p.m. until sundown. Not only is the work of collecting the trash and debris beautifying the community, but it also helps with the anti-graffiti and anti-litter programs of San Jose in their mission to improve the health of the city's environment. This is done by preventing and removing trash throughout the neighborhood.

Arena Green Park, across the street from the San Jose Sharks stadium, is located in the heart of Downtown San Jose. Within the Silicon Valley, many residents struggle financially with the high cost of living beside the affluent, middle-class community. Despite the city's proactive approach to help the low-income and homeless citizens, some residents still face dire poverty.

"One of the biggest problems that the parks face are the trash produced by the homeless community. This is seen at Arena Green Park especially, where sports fans from all over the world visit," one HWPL volunteer stated. "It seems to be a never-ending problem."

With a goal of creating a cleaner and less-polluted environment for the people of San Jose, HWPL strives to collaborate with the city of San Jose to create a beautiful home for the residents of the city. Regardless of gender, race, religion, or political differences, the peace volunteer organization encompasses the human desire to volunteer and lend a helping hand.

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CONCRETE JUNGLE NO MORE – Catalyst Experiential to Bring Green Space Along Pennsauken, NJ Corridor

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — The Township of Pennsauken, New Jersey, in public private partnership with Catalyst Experiential, will bring some much needed green space back to the heavily commercial Pennsauken corridor in the form of two Community Landmarks, a Clocktower on Route 38 and a Monument on Marlton Pike. More than 70% of the land along Route 38 and 70 is zoned commercial, and commercial land can be 85% “impervious” – meaning concrete and asphalt as opposed to landscaping and greenery.

In keeping with that zoning, the actual percentage of impervious surfaces on the commercial land is. . . 85%. Further, businesses maximize the amount of impervious surface for buildings, parking lots, sidewalks, and other things that enable their business to flourish or allow people to get to them.

Catalyst Experiential is working with Pennsauken to introduce nature along two parcels. The first, a Clocktower on Route 38, will replace a car stereo installation shop that occupies an unsightly 1960s single-story purple building. The site, which is almost entirely covered in concrete, will be demolished, and the property will be converted into a vibrant green space with an extensive water feature. The current cold, uninviting concrete building will be transformed into an enticing Clocktower constructed of living plants, an extensive water feature, township identification, and, of course, a clock.

The second is a Monument on Marlton Pike that will replace a closed rug store. It will include a pond as well as township identification.

Amanda Toton, VP of Development for Catalyst Experiential, noted, “The projects both uniquely identify Pennsauken Township, welcome visitors, and revitalize two underutilized parcels in the community.”

The structures each feature high quality digital displays that, in addition to advertising, will be used by the Township as a communication platform that enables quick information-sharing with local residents about community events and other important messages, free of charge.

“Both of these sites have been on our wish list to revitalize,” said, Betsy McBride, former Mayor and a member of the Pennsauken Township Committee. “We are very excited to not only revitalize them, but to transform them into much needed green space in our community.”

The structures fall in line with the Pennsauken Green Team initiative that consists of residents and municipal employees who have a strong interest in the environment and who work towards making Pennsauken Township more sustainable.

The Township participates in Community Visioning, by which residents envision the future they want through meaningful public participation. Stakeholders imagine where they would like the community to be in 10 or 20 years. This shared vision creates the basis for developing goals and completing actions that move the municipality toward a more ideal, sustainable community. This vision is moving towards more green space in the area, with the transformation of two underutilized concrete spaces.

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Catalyst Experiential is redefining the physical form of communication by integrating visual communication technology with municipal landmarks, public safety facilities, and community gathering places. Imagine dog parks, pedestrian bridges, art centers, or fire stations that serve the public while enabling the local government, schools, charities, and businesses to speak directly to the community they serve.

Catalyst works closely with communities to understand their needs so that they can develop solutions at no cost to taxpayers. The solutions frequently transform the under-utilized property into a community asset that combines art, architecture, and advertising in a unique way.

Visit for more information. Follow Catalyst Experiential on LinkedIn for updates on the company and exciting new projects.

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Energy Optimizers, USA and E2 Host ‘Clean Energy at a Crossroads’ event in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio -- Recently, Energy Optimizers, USA co-hosted the E2 "Clean Energy at a Crossroads" event in Dayton, Ohio. In true energy-optimized fashion, the event was held at a renovated former steam energy plant in downtown Dayton. Energy Optimizers, USA founder and E2 Midwest Chapter Director, Greg Smith and staff organized the event, along with E2 Midwest Advocate Micaela Preskill.

Amid a backdrop of controversial state bills, like Ohio House Bill 6 (HB 6), and various rollbacks of fuel and emissions standards and other such policies, E2 and Energy Optimizers, USA gathered business leaders and lawmakers together to discuss ways of moving with positive economic and environmental decisions and policies.

Ohio House Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Jim Butler, among others, participated in discussions with more than 50 local business owners and interested parties. Butler defended his stance on the clean energy rollbacks of HB 6, but was receptive to the concerns of executives.

He said hearing from individual business leaders painted the conversation in a new light, and he appreciated the role that E2 and Energy Optimizers, USA played in bringing both sides together.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown shared the same views in this video he recorded for the event ( ).

In addition to productive conversations between lawmakers and business owners, Energy Optimizers, USA founder Greg Smith announced that he will personally fund scholarships for 20 E2 Emerging Leaders members every year for the next five years. This major gift will help young, clean energy professionals become part of E2.

Smith said one of his passions is getting more young people involved in the fight for climate and clean energy.

"It's something I think is important and that I'm personally excited about it," he said.

See here to learn more about the E2 Emerging Leaders program and see here to apply for a E2 Emerging Leaders program scholarship.

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Partnering Together to Preserve the Western Colorado Experience

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Four distinct Western Slope Land Trust organizations have formed an alliance to help preserve our western Colorado natural resources and open space. West Slope Conservation Partners is a new collective group, spanning the southwestern corner of Colorado that includes conservation efforts from the following organizations: Colorado West Land Trust, Crested Butte Land Trust, Montezuma Land Conservancy and La Plata Open Space Conservancy.

Combined with the support of great local communities, the West Slope Conservation Partners have been successful in conserving 193,238 acres of land in western Colorado.

The State of Colorado ranks #7 in population growth nationwide, gaining over 700,000 people over the last nine years. As a result of this continued growth, Western Slope areas are recognizing increasing pressures that threaten the land, agriculture, wildlife, and our quintessential lifestyle.

"We hope to address these profound challenges by working together to discover new opportunities and expand our public outreach efforts," said Rob Bleiberg, Colorado West Land Trust Executive Director. "It is our common goal to protect the lands where we live, work and play in western Colorado. Together we can preserve these priceless landscapes for future generations to enjoy."

The West Slope Conservation Partners just released its first collaborative report for the purpose of conservation and stewardship education. Together, these organizations have conserved 462 miles of rivers, creeks and streams, 75,971 agricultural acres, and 120,037 of elk habitat and migration corridors. These lands are now guaranteed sustainable for future use due to a total of 867 conservation easements and additional efforts from area municipalities and donors.

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To review the full report including area specific stories, recreational land preserved, stewardship efforts and upcoming projects, visit

As a private, non-profit alliance, the West Slope Conservation Partners relies on public support. Visit to learn how you can help preserve our Western Slope experience.

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RYPOS Expands Product Coverage to Refrigerated Container Transport

FRANKLIN, Mass. -- RYPOS, Inc., developer and manufacturer of advanced, exhaust filtration systems that reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines, have shipped their 600th clip-on generator set filter system to a large global integrated container shipment company. These retrofit exhaust filtration kits for diesel powered portable generator sets bring older engines into full California Air Resources Board emission compliance.

The filter systems, which are verified to the Level 3+ reduction standard by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), are now operational across a significant portion of the generator fleet.

The RYPOS Clip-On Active DPF is a filter that traps and burns soot reducing particulate matter emissions by more than 85 percent. Designed for ease of installation, this new product provides owners of model year 2015 and older generator units a low cost, compliant to end of equipment life option for making their gensets CARB compliant. Following an extensive field test program, the RYPOS Clip-On Active DPF was granted approval under Executive Order DE-11-008-01.

"This product is a natural extension our other product offering in the transport category space. The high quality of the product and the economic and operating benefits it provides the fleet operators of mid-life generator sets, make this product an attractive option when compared to costly unit replacement," said Peter Bransfield, RYPOS' CEO.

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RYPOS ( is a privately held Company with operations in Franklin, Massachusetts. They have designed and developed a number of leading-edge diesel exhaust filtration products for small and large engines that utilize their patented electrical regeneration strategy and technology.

RYPOS Contact: Trish Jacobs, 508-429-4552 or email RYPOS, Inc. ( ) / 40 Kenwood Circle, Franklin, MA 02038.

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Haibu partners with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on ‘Zoohackathon’

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Haibu is an award-winning series of books, films, cartoons and video games that promotes wildlife conservation around the world. Haibu has partnered with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) on Zoohackathon, a global competition to develop new and innovative technology tools to fight wildlife trafficking.

U.S. Embassies around the world host Zoohackathon events. Over 48 hours, university students, coders, scientists, and wildlife enthusiasts collaborate in teams at zoos, wildlife organizations, technology start-up facilities, and education centers to create software solutions for on-the-ground wildlife conservation problems.

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The U.S. Department of State plays an important role in the fight against wildlife trafficking by strengthening global enforcement, reducing demand for illegal wildlife products, and expanding international commitments.

"We are pleased to partner with Haibu to explore new ways to combat wildlife trafficking and engage the next generation of wildlife conservationists," said Rowena Watson, Lead for the Combating Wildlife Trafficking team, OES Bureau, U.S. Department of State.

Haibu is an animated animal and conservation activist designed to entertain and educate the future generations while increasing global awareness. The vision for Haibu was sparked by Hollywood veteran creator Blake Freeman and he is thrilled to partner with OES on Zoohackathon to create awareness for this worthy cause.

"Our mission is to inspire children to be adventurous, help the cause of animals, and make the world a better place by living courageously and overcoming challenges. We teach kids the value of kindness and the importance animals play in the world," shared Freeman.

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