Businesses to donate unused food under Gainesville’s ‘zero waste’ rule

Good News Notes: “Restaurants and grocery stores will be required to donate food they don’t use to food pantries or turn it into compost instead of throwing it in the dumpster under one of several of Gainesville’s new sweeping zero waste ordinances. Those requirements are among one of three proposed laws approved by the Gainesville City Commission on Thursday….

Group to Give Thousands to Two Nonprofits

Good News Notes: “A group of women have picked two local nonprofits to receive $10,000 each. 100+ Women Who Care Grand Traverse and Leelanau County is a giving group that’s been helping local nonprofits since December 2011. The group meets four times a year and each woman gives $100 at each meeting totaling more than…

Nonprofit sets sights on future commercial kitchen

Good News Notes: “Whether it’s supporting a community of local entrepreneurs, helping a farmer to develop value-added products or creating innovative ways to serve those in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Maui Food Technology Center has been seeking ways to expand its roots. For the next phase of growth, the nonprofit’s president Luana Mahi said…

Small City Sets Example for Floating Solar, Empowered by NREL Data Set

Good News Notes: “Two city employees of Cohoes, New York, were brainstorming how to power the city’s municipal buildings with renewable energy, but few options made sense. Cohoes does not have acres of unused land for solar panels, and the slate-topped buildings cannot hold rooftop solar. Moreover, with its high amount of low- and moderate-income…

Vermonters ‘rock’ the status quo with kindness

Good News Notes: “When you can be anything, why not be kind? Using their art skills, that’s the message behind the Vermont Rocks Group. Elizabeth Ziegler is a member. “You paint and hide rocks for other people to find in your community,” she explained. “It’s meant to offer kindness and spread a little bit of joy.”…

Santa Rosa youth grow career and life skills in neglected garden

Good News Notes: “When Curtis Short and his wife Patricia Seddon first saw the space where they were asked to help young adults with special needs and disabilities create a garden, they were dismayed. The small fenced area was a tangle of weeds, with only a rose bush and several small fruit trees — plum,…

North Carolina nonprofit builds free homes for licensed foster families

Good News Notes: “A North Carolina nonprofit is building free homes for foster families aimed at keeping large sibling groups together and in their own home communities.  Alex Williams, the founder of Fostering Hopes, told Fox News that North Carolina limits how many children, including biological children, can be in a home. “It’s very, very difficult to…