California bakery raises over $20,000 for charities with its cakes

Good News Notes:  “Little House Confections started as a charitable campaign in founder Liz Roth’s home during the coronavirus pandemic to raise money and awareness for Covenant House of California. Stay at home orders were in full effect when the interior designer decided to channel her anxiety into baking, while also giving back to her…

University of Utah reaches 71% renewable energy with new solar contract

Good News Notes: “The University of Utah announced Tuesday that it has signed a 25-year solar energy contract with the Castle Solar Project near Huntington, Utah. The contract will deliver 20 megawatts of solar energy to campus over its lifespan, powering the university toward its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050. A geothermal energy contract signed in…

In Rural Nebraska, Combating Hunger From The Pandemic Is A Community Effort

Good News Notes: “Lexington, Neb., is just one of the many rural communities that has long dealt with food insecurity, but the global pandemic both intensified need in the town of 11,000 residents and presented new challenges in getting people food. The nationwide hunger rate among small towns was 12.7% in 2018 compared to 10.8% in urban…

EGEB: BP cuts fossil fuels by 40%, invests in green energy

Good News Notes:  “In February, Electrek reported that fossil-fuel giant BP announced that it will become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner. One objective it said it would pursue is to “increase the proportion of investment into non-oil and gas businesses over time.” BP also said it would restructure, and in June, CEO Bernard Looney announced…

3 Mariners Rescued from Island After Spelling Out ‘SOS’ in Sand

Good News Notes: “Three missing mariners were rescued from a tiny, uninhabited Pacific island on Tuesday thanks to an ‘SOS’ message they wrote in the sand, authorities said. Guardsmen from the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard (ANG) and the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania National Guard found the men on the tiny…

Dogs can sniff out coronavirus with 94% accuracy, study says

Good News Notes: “Man’s best friend could soon be man’s best chance at ever setting foot in a stadium again. Dogs can sniff out the coronavirus with a striking 94 percent accuracy rate — raising the possibility of instant tests at sporting events and airports, according to a new study. Canine handlers trained eight dogs…

Students donate funds from cancelled events to boy with leukemia

Good News Notes: “Prom and end-of-the year celebrations are looked forward to for months. But coronavirus had other plans this year. The pandemic canceled those events for seniors across the country, including at East Rochester Junior/Senior High School. More than $4,000 was raised for celebrations at that school. When COVID canceled them, the funds were…

Farmers Feeding Utah making a third miracle

Good News Notes: “Heidi LeBlanc, director of the Utah State University Hunger Solutions Institute and USU Extension’s Create Better Health program, is in her element working with Farmers Feeding Utah and the families they are helping.” “‘This is amazing! I have worked with the university for 22 years and working with Farmers Feeding Utah is…

Strictly star Katya Jones auctions jumpsuit for charity

Good News Notes: “Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones has joined a long list of celebrities who are auctioning off some of their prized possessions for charity. The professional dancer is giving away a Miss Selfridge silver jumpsuit to help raise funds for Oxfam’s coronavirus response. The shiny jumpsuit (which looks more black/charcoal than silver in…