Friday, February 29, 2008

Apria - resources - News

Apria - resources - News: "Congressional panel calls for release of CDC report about the Great Lakes: Congress begins probe of CDC
James Janega

Feb. 29--A congressional committee said Thursday that it was investigating why the Centers for Disease Control has declined to release a report about health problems near contaminated sites around the Great Lakes.
A spokesman for the CDC said the report was held over questions about the data it used because it was presented in a way that may be misinterpreted. Though the report lists contaminant sites and illnesses reported nearby, it does not say the illnesses were caused by toxins at the sites."

Committee Calls for Release of Great Lakes Report from CDC - Health - redOrbit

Committee Calls for Release of Great Lakes Report from CDC - Health - redOrbit: "Download full size image Committee Calls for Release of Great Lakes Report from CDC
Posted on: Friday, 29 February 2008, 09:00 CST
A congressional committee said Thursday that it was investigating why the Centers for Disease Control has declined to release a report about health problems near contaminated sites around the Great Lakes.
A spokesman for the CDC said the report was held over questions about the data it used because it was presented in a way that may be misinterpreted. Though the report lists contaminant sites and illnesses reported nearby, it does not say the illnesses were caused by toxins at the sites."

Google Maps 'Bike There' Feature Request Petition

Google Maps 'Bike There' Feature Request Petition To: Google, and the Google Maps team
We would like a 'Bike There' feature added to Google Maps - to go with the current 'Drive There' and 'Take Public Transit' options. The feature would take into account actual bicycle lanes from the locality being mapped, and it would automatically plan a route for a bicyclist, possibly even providing the cyclist options for either the most direct route, or the most bicycle-friendly (safest) route. The Google Maps-based third party site, byCycle.org (http://byCycle.org/), provides these features for two metro areas - Portland, Oregon and Madison, Wisconsin, and there are countless other mapping initiatives around the world aimed at accomplishing the same goal. We hope that Google will consider building this feature into the core Google Maps service.

Congressional panel calls for release of CDC report about the Great Lakes -- chicagotribune.com

Congressional panel calls for release of CDC report about the Great Lakes -- chicagotribune.com: "A congressional committee said Thursday that it was investigating why the Centers for Disease Control has declined to release a report about health problems near contaminated sites around the Great Lakes.

A spokesman for the CDC said the report was held over questions about the data it used because it was presented in a way that may be misinterpreted. Though the report lists contaminant sites and illnesses reported nearby, it does not say the illnesses were caused by toxins at the sites."

Mapping the Other 70 Percent - The New York Times

Mapping the Other 70 Percent - The New York Times: "Mapping the Other 70 Percent
Scientists are building the first worldwide portrait of human impact on the world’s oceans."

I remember when I began RochesterEnvironment.com back in 1998, when it was the Year of the Oceans. Worldwide focus was on the plight of our oceans and since then the media has not given much attention to the state of our oceans. You'd think, given the importance of our oceans, that in the last decade a state of alarm would have existed and major changes in human behavior towards our oceans would have begun for the positive. But, it didn't. Now, scientists have mapped the oceans and this map shows increasing decline. Is that what we do? Watch impotently as our ship of life sinks?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Reporter at Large: Big Foot: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker

A Reporter at Large: Big Foot: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker: "Big Foot
In measuring carbon emissions, it’s easy to confuse morality and science.
by Michael Specter"

(Interesting points about ethics and science.) Frank J. Regan

Bat disease:


Bats in New York State are an integral part of our environmental health because they control insects and (like most small animals) are an indicator of potential problems in our environment. If they are dropping dead in the thousands, our radar should be on.


Mystery illness hits New York bats - Rochester, NY - MPNnow Bats in New York and Vermont are mysteriously dying off by the thousands, often with a white ring of fungus around their noses, and scientists in hazmat suits are crawling into dank caves to find out why. “White nose syndrome,” as the killer has been dubbed, is spreading at an alarming rate, with researchers calling it the gravest threat in memory to bats in the United States. (Feb 25, 08) Rochester, NY - MPNnow

This is what I have been saying:

The Buffalo News: Opinion: Are we at risk? Release Great Lakes pollution report, investigate whether it was suppressed There is a government report that raises the possibility that public health threats from industrial pollution pervade the Great Lakes region. You may not have heard of this because the government, according to people who should know, has suppressed it. Rep. Brian Higgins has called for a congressional investigation into that allegation. That should occur promptly, but in any thorough investigation, that would be only the tip of the iceberg. The Bush administration has a seven-year record of politicizing science. If Americans want their facts unfiltered by partisan ideology, an investigation should document such abuses now so that future presidents will not be so quick to bury or alter scientific data they do not like. (Feb 27, 08) Buffalo News

Read more:
Environmental Cover-up? This story highlights the importance of our environment, the role the Internet now plays in environmental media, and why we need critical information to assess the state of our environment. If it takes a whistle blower, another country, and a citizen public watch group for us to find out what damage our way of life is having on our support system, then we need to take charge of the information we need to have a sustainable society. We don’t need cover-ups, special interests, suppression of critical health information. We need to know, free and without cost, all that pertains to our getting enough information to make wise decisions about our environment. This story makes one wonder how many other studies have been suppressed for some reason or another; and it also suggests that we should have a government and media constantly looking out for possible perils in our environment, not how characterize, obfuscate, suppress, or spin that which has already been studied, or might need to be studied for us to know whether there are dangerous toxins building up in our environment, whether an ecology is breaking down, We’ve become so used to be lied to, spun, and simply dismissed that we tend to think having a unrealistic picture of what is actually happening in our environment is the norm. Well, think about, whose interests are we trying to protect when we frame how environmental studies are conducted? Corporations? Governments? Private property? Or our children’s future? For billions of years, life on Earth depended on an accurate model of reality. If a caveman thought the shadow of a lion about to pounce was only shrubbery, he was the lion’s meal. If we think are waters are clean to drink and sustain life, when they are not, our children inherit the illusion of a future—but not an actual one.

Living on Earth: Toxic Info Withheld The Centers for Disease Control is postponing the release of a report detailing areas of environmental concern and human health problems in the Great Lakes region. Living on Earth host Steve Curwood talks with Christopher De Rosa, who was director of the Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine at the CDC and oversaw the report. De Rosa was demoted when his work on toxins in the Great Lakes, and on formaldehyde in FEMA trailers for Hurricane Katrina survivors, was publicized.Living on Earth: Sound Journalism for the Whole Planet

Delay Of Report Is Blamed On Politics - washingtonpost.com CHICAGO -- The lead author and peer reviewers of a government report raising the possibility of public health threats from industrial contamination throughout the Great Lakes region are charging that the report is being suppressed because of the questions it raises. The author also alleges that he was demoted because of the report. Chris De Rosa, former director of the division of toxicology and environmental medicine at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), charges that the report he wrote was a significant factor in his reassignment to a non-supervisory "special assistant" position last year.(Feb 19, 08) washingtonpost.com - nation, world, technology and Washington area news and headlines

Leaked Study Says Great Lakes Residents at Greater Health Risk - ROCHESTER, NY (2008-02-19) A study done by the Centers for Disease Control says as many as nine million people living along the U.S. side of the Great Lakes could be at higher risk for health problems because of chemical pollution. More than 300-thousand Rochester-area people fall within that study area. But people living in the Rochester area are better off than most, because the one recognized "Area of Concern" waste site in Monroe County has been cleaned up by the City of Rochester and is no longer leaking pollutants to Lake Ontario. ( Feb 2/19/08) wxxi NewsRoom

Leaked report on the Great Lakes is a wake-up call High levels of pollution pose a health threat. U.S., Canadian decision-makers keep public in the dark for fear of lawsuits, expensive cleanups, scientist says WILLIAM MARSDEN, The Gazette Published: 12 hours ago At least 9 million people living on the United States side of the Great Lakes basin may be in danger from high levels of chemical pollution, according to a secret study that has been withheld from the public. The study was kept secret from the public for seven months until this week when it was leaked to the Centre for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. (Feb 14, 08) Montreal Gazette

Did the federal government let us down on cleaning up the Great Lakes?

"St. Lawrence restoration lags far behind local investment, new report finds Report Estimates $15 billion in Local Spending as Officials Warn Feds That Continued Funding Shortages Will Jeopardize the Future of the Resource - WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 27) -- A report released today by the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) and funded by the Joyce Foundation, concludes that local governments in the U.S. and Canada invest an estimated $15 billion annually to protect and restore the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, but cannot keep pace with the one-two punch of escalating threats to the resource and ongoing cuts in federal restoration programs." -from Federal funding for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence restoration lags far behind local investment, new report finds

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Encyclopedia of Life

Encyclopedia of Life: "Welcome to the first release of the Encyclopedia of Life portal. This is the very beginning of our exciting journey to document all species of life on Earth.
Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. "

Monday, February 25, 2008

Multimedia Center | US EPA

Multimedia Center US EPA: "WHAT'S HOTInteract with EPA
Check out Deputy Administrator Peacock's blog
Chat with senior officials on Ask EPALATEST VIDEORick Otis, Assistant Administrator for Policy, Economics, and Innovation, discusses EPA's Performance Track recognition program.
See it below.NEW PHOTOSAdministrator Johnson speaks at
the National Association of State
Energy Officials annual meeting.
View photos below."

Surfrider Better Bottle Bill 2008

Surfrider Better Bottle Bill 2008

NRDC: The National Forest Roadless Area Rule

NRDC: The National Forest Roadless Area Rule The National Forest "Roadless Area" Rule Questions and answers about the most significant forest conservation measure in U.S. history -- and the Bush administration's efforts to dismantle it.

In an aggressive assault on America's last wild forestlands, the Bush administration has worked steadily to chip away at the "Roadless Area Conservation Rule". Reversal of the rule would allow unbridled development on millions of acres in pristine forests across the country.

Friday, February 22, 2008

NYPIRG: Bottle Bill

NYPIRG: Bottle Bill: "Updating New York’s Bottle Bill requires a three-way agreement between New York’s Governor, Senate, and Assembly. Governor Spitzer is expected to propose including the Bigger Better Bottle Bill in the 2008-09 State Budget. State legislators, especially in the State Senate, need to hear from citizens between now and April 1st, when the State Budget is supposed to be approved."

NYPIRG is now spearheading a statewide campaign to update and improve New York's bottle bill. More than 600 groups, businesses, and local governments support the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, which would MORE...

TAKE ACTION --from New York Public Interest Research Group NYPIRG.org

Thursday, February 21, 2008

NPR: Haagan Dazs Gives $250K for Bee Research

NPR: Haagan Dazs Gives $250K for Bee Research: "Haagan Dazs is donating a quarter of a million dollars to the University of California and Penn State to study the disappearance of honeybees. Forty percent of the ice cream company's flavors require the work of bees." -- http://www.npr.org/

If we had a more environmentally responsible government, we would not have to wait until an industry like Haagan Dazs decided to conduct crucial studies like this to save many other industries that depend on bees. Yes, it’s good to see Haagan Dazs donate the money for this study, but because the non-native bee in our country is now critical in the pollination of so many plants that are a part our agriculture, why hasn’t our government acted quicker with more money?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Project BudBurst


Dr. Kay Havens of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Havens leads a team of over 200 scientists, research associates, graduate and undergraduate students who are making vital discoveries about plant survival, habitat destruction, invasive species and restoration. (Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden) Volunteers can now help scientists track climate change by going online and entering information about when they see local plants bloom. Host Steve Curwood speaks with Dr. Kay Havens, director of Plant Science and Conservation at the Chicago Botanic Garden, about the project. --from Living On Earth

Like the program--The Great Backyard Bird Count--Project BudBurst is a great way for the public to join in important environmental studies using their yards and their Internet connection. This study can help scientist determine how Global Warming is affect plantlife in various areas in order to map the progression of Global Warming. The Internet not only helps you get informed about our changing environment, but also makes it easy to interact and join in many group efforts to make our environment sustainable. --Frak J. Regan - Check out: http://www.windows.ucar.edu/citizen_science/budburst/

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Living on Earth: Renewed Effort on Renewable Energy

Living on Earth: Renewed Effort on Renewable Energy
Congress is about to renew its effort to boost renewable energy. Similar proposals fell just short of final passage twice in recent months. Living on Earth's Jeff Young tells us the wind and solar industries are hoping the third time’s the charm.

Living on Earth: Toxic Info Withheld

Living on Earth: Toxic Info Withheld: "The Centers for Disease Control is postponing the release of a report detailing areas of environmental concern and human health problems in the Great Lakes region. Living on Earth host Steve Curwood talks with Christopher De Rosa, who was director of the Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine at the CDC and oversaw the report. De Rosa was demoted when his work on toxins in the Great Lakes, and on formaldehyde in FEMA trailers for Hurricane Katrina survivors, was publicized."

wxxi NewsRoom

wxxi NewsRoom "Leaked Study Says Great Lakes Residents at Greater Health Risk" ROCHESTER, NY (2008-02-19)

A study done by the Centers for Disease Control says as many as nine million people living along the U.S. side of the Great Lakes could be at higher risk for health problems because of chemical pollution.

More than 300-thousand Rochester-area people fall within that study area. But people living in the Rochester area are better off than most, because the one recognized "Area of Concern" waste site in Monroe County has been cleaned up by the City of Rochester and is no longer leaking pollutants to Lake Ontario.

This report was written by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the CDC. It compared public health records on people living near the 26 known "areas of concern" along the Great Lakes with the general population. It found greater levels of infant mortality in all of those AOCs --and of premature births in four of them. It also found elevated death rates from breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer." --from WXXI

Monday, February 18, 2008

Dot Earth

Dot Earth Is capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide a pipe dream?
It looks like it’s going to be a long while before anyone knows — at least whether it’s possible at a scale that could meaningfully cut into the tens of billions of tons of carbon dioxide slated to be released in coming decades by coal-rich countries led by the United States and China.

Science Debate Is Set; Now, Will Candidates Come? - Dot Earth - Climate Change and Sustainability - New York Times Blog

Science Debate Is Set; Now, Will Candidates Come? - Dot Earth - Climate Change and Sustainability - New York Times Blog: "The organizers of a proposed science and technology debate among the presidential candidates have set a date, April 18, and place, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. This would be four days before the Pennsylvania primary. The group, ScienceDebate2008.com, has sent invitations to each of the remaining candidates."

Sunday, February 17, 2008

As Nuclear Waste Languishes, Expense to U.S. Rises - New York Times

As Nuclear Waste Languishes, Expense to U.S. Rises - New York Times: "WASHINGTON — Forgotten but not gone, the waste from more than 100 nuclear reactors that the federal government was supposed to start accepting for burial 10 years ago is still at the reactor sites, at least 20 years behind schedule. But it is making itself felt in the federal budget."

Saturday, February 16, 2008

GreenTips Home (Index)

GreenTips Home (Index): Let There Be (Fluorescent) Light "A provision in the 2007 energy bill requires lightbulbs to be 30 percent more energy-efficient starting in 2012—a standard that will effectively phase out traditional incandescent bulbs. But why wait? Today’s compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) already use 50 to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. If every U.S. household replaced just one incandescent bulb with a CFL, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates we would reduce global warming pollution by an amount equivalent to taking more than 800,000 cars off the road." --from Union of Concerned Scientists

For those who think environmentalists are overdoing it.


Ten years ago, all over the then existing Internet (small in comparison to today) was the 1998 Year of The Ocean, people like myself and large environmental organizations were warning of major breakdowns in the world’s oceans. Some attention was giving to this most amazing of circumstances, where mankind has so ravaged and polluted Earth’s oceans (comprising 70% of our planet’s surface volume), that world attention on the problems of overfishing, pollution, and even Global Warming was needed.


So, this new report by the Nature Conservatory and a recent talk by Science Friday (Science Friday Archives: State of the Oceans “Around the world, the oceans are in trouble, with declining fish stocks, disappearing coral reefs, and changing water chemistry. This week, researchers published a new map highlighting the human impact on oceans worldwide from 17 different activities, such as fishing, climate change, and pollution. “Our results show that when these and other individual impacts are summed up, the big picture looks much worse than I imagine most people expected," said Ben Halpern, lead author of the paper published this week in the journal Science.”) highlights a very troubling human problem towards our environment: Even though there is clear evidence that our species is destroying a major component of our environment (that keeps us alive) we continue to do it.


The problem with the destruction of our oceans highlights the tragedy of the commons “The metaphor illustrates how free access and unrestricted demand for a finite resource ultimately structurally dooms the resource through over-exploitation.” So, for those who think environmentalists who think are overdoing all our environmental problems, what will it take for them to get it, to begin to see the absolute catastrophic change mankind is making on this planet?


If you think that all of a sudden that environmentalists have jumped on a new topic that doesn’t mean anything, why not read A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations by Clive Ponting - Every conscious being on this planet should read this book because it is a history of how our species has radically changed the environment on this planet. If the accumulative facts on how humans have and continue to alter the environment we need to survive doesn’t rise to the top of your priority list, then… what?


So, our environment continues to worsen and we keep arguing that everything's OK, or that it's too much trouble to bother with, or we have more important things on our minds, or something..., anyway, check out the story on our oceans: Marine Conservation - New Study Finds Heavy Human Impacts on World’s Oceans First-ever global study of human influences on marine areas finds significant effects; few “wild waters” still exist ARLINGTON, VA — February 14, 2008 — Damage to oceans is ubiquitous and threatens the long-term health of marine areas, according to a new study co-authored by Nature Conservancy marine scientist Mark Spalding. --Nature Conservancy News Room - Environmental Issues Articles on Conservation Nature Conservancy News Room Press

Friday, February 15, 2008

Scientific Freedom and the Public Good

Scientific Freedom and the Public Good: "The pursuit of science in an open society has played a large role in the policies that keep us safe and healthy and protect our environment. In recent years, however, the manipulation, suppression, and distortion of federal government science has misinformed the public and led to poor policy decisions."

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Are We Safe?


One wonders how many other studies are being suppressed that could influence public and environmental health--but either don't match political philosophy or are blocked by powerful corporate bucks.


So, are we safe --or are we being fed nonsense so we will feel safe from environmental pollution.


1. Leaked report on the Great Lakes is a wake-up call High levels of pollution pose a health threat. U.S., Canadian decision-makers keep public in the dark for fear of lawsuits, expensive cleanups, scientist says WILLIAM MARSDEN, The GazettePublished: 14 hours ago
At least 9 million people living on the United States side of the Great Lakes basin may be in danger from high levels of chemical pollution, according to a secret study that has been withheld from the public. --from (Feb 14, 08) Montreal Gazette


2. Great Lakes Danger Zoness? For more than seven months, the nation’s top public health agency has blocked the publication of an exhaustive federal study of environmental hazards in the eight Great Lakes states, reportedly because it contains such potentially “alarming information” as evidence of elevated infant mortality and cancer rates. -from The Center of Public Integrity

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Citizens Campaign for the Environment: "Source: The Syracuse Post-Standard
New York poised to join agreement to protect Great Lakes
BY DELEN GOLDBERG
February 11, 2008

New Yorkers moved one step closer Monday to having our greatest water resource permanently protected.

The state Legislature passed the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, a comprehensive plan for managing and protecting Lake Ontario and the other Great Lakes.
More than five years in the making, the compact is designed to prevent other parts of the country or world from poaching water from the Great Lakes, the world's single largest source of fresh water. It also sets up a conservation plan for states and Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes."

January 2008 RENewsletter


Greetings the January 2008 RENewsletter is out. It’s a little late because I was on vacation.

RENewsletter comes in two formats: MS Word and Adobe Reader.




The reason for two formats is that while the Word format provides all the online features (all links on the newsletter work) not everyone can use this format. And while with Adobe Reader, a format that most browsers accept, there is a limited ability to follow the embedded links to online articles and web pages, and e-mails that are a very important part of RENewsletter.
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Winter 2008 Report - U.S. PIRG

Winter 2008 Report - U.S. PIRG: "With debate underway over the next multi-billion dollar federal transportation bill, U.S. PIRG has called on Congress to double the nation’s investment in public transit.
“We have a chance to help bring America’s public transit systems into the 21st century,” said Phineas Baxandall, a U.S. PIRG policy analyst with expertise on budget issues. “With a 21st century system, we can take a big dent out of our worsening traffic jams, our nation’s oil dependence, and global warming.”"

Monday, February 11, 2008

Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat - New York Times

Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat - New York Times: "Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these “green” fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded."

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Environmentalists Debate the Promise of Biofuels

Talk of the Nation, February 8, 2008 · Two recent studies published in the journal Science suggest that growing additional biofuel crops might actually increase the amount of carbon entering the atmosphere, especially if existing forests or grasslands must be cleared for biofuel farming. Do the fuels make sense from an environmental and economic standpoint?

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Center for Biological Diversity - Press Release - Environmental Groups Take Legal Action to Enforce Endangered Species Act

Center for Biological Diversity - Press Release - Environmental Groups Take Legal Action to Enforce Endangered Species Act: "Environmental Groups Take Legal Action to
Enforce Endangered Species Act

Bush Administration Fails to Meet Listing Deadline for Polar Bear

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Greenpeace initiated legal action against the Bush administration today by submitting a formal notice of intent to sue the administration for missing the deadline to decide whether or not polar bears will be listed under the Endangered Species Act due to global warming. Today’s notice of intent to sue must be sent prior to filing a lawsuit in federal court.

“Endangered Species Act listing decisions must be based only on science, and the scientists have finished their work on the polar bear listing. There is no reason for political appointees to interfere,” said Kassie Siegel, climate program director at the Center for Biological Diversity and lead author of the 2005 petition. “Time and again, delays like this one have been used by bureaucrats in Washington to illegally overrule and rewrite the conclusions of agency scientists. This delay is illegal and unjustified.”"

Wars Dwarf Warming in US Budget - CommonDreams.org

Wars Dwarf Warming in US Budget - CommonDreams.org

WASHINGTON - Despite growing recognition in the Pentagon and the intelligence community that global warming poses serious national security threats to the United States, Washington is spending 88 dollars on the military for every dollar it spends this year on climate-related programmes, according to a new study released here Thursday by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).The study, entitled “Military vs. Climate Security”, found that the government has budgeted 647.5 billion dollars for the defence budget in 2008 — more than the defence budgets of the rest of the world’s nations combined — compared to 7.37 billion dollars for climate-related programmes.

EPA Commits to Lead-Safe Standards for Older Building Repairs

EPA Commits to Lead-Safe Standards for Older Building Repairs: "EPA Commits to Lead-Safe Standards for Older Building Repairs

WASHINGTON, DC, January 31, 2008 (ENS) - Under threat of a lawsuit and political pressure, the Bush administration today filed in federal court a pledge to finalize rules requiring that repairs and renovations in pre-1978 housing and child-care facilities are done in a lead-safe manner.

The legal settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia."

Joining PEER in filing suit was a coalition of community and public health groups, including the Maine Lead Action Project; The Lead and Environmental Hazards Association based in Olney, Maryland; Project 504 based in Minneapolis; Group 14621 Community Association, Inc. of Rochester, New York; the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry based in Cleveland; and two Indianapolis organizations - Improving Kids’ Environment and Organization of the New Eastside.