Two Valley organizations have received recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their efforts to protect the environment.
Among the eight winners of the EPA's Pacific Southwest Region's 2013 environmental awards was Curtimade Dairy in Tulare and Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley.
The dairy was recognized for installing one of the largest dairy solar units in the U.S. The unit will be capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 27,000 tons over the next 25 years.
Also a winner was John Clements and the Kings Canyon Unified School District for demonstrating the feasibility of zero emission, battery powered school buses and refrigerated lunch delivery trucks.
"Award winners are leaders who are going above and beyond to make big moves to protect the environment and support local communities," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "Work by these groups will leave a positive, lasting impact on us all for years to come."
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