Archives For February 2013

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I’m taking action by joining the movement to stop Keystone XL! Sign up at http://gofossilfree.org today.

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About This Video: DemocracyNow.org – Sterling College in Vermont announced on Tuesday it will soon become the third college in the United States to divest its endowment from 200 fossil fuel companies identified by the environmental group, 350.org. Unity College in Maine and Hampshire College in Massachusetts were the first two schools to divest. Divestment campaigns are ongoing on more than 200 other campuses. “I think it’s no surprise really that young people are starting to say we got to spend another 60, 70 years on this planet, we better do something fast,” says Bill McKibben of 350.org. “And that something means standing up to the fossil fuel industry that’s been in the way of rational change for a quarter century now.” McKibben is helping organize a Presidents Day rally against the Keystone XL pipeline later this month, one he predicts will be the “biggest climate rally probably ever” in…

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Would you ever buy reusable cotton balls or coffee filters? Check out today’s post from Earth 911 for more reusable product ideas!

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy Reusable – Earth911.com.

Ban fracking to protect beer production – I’m sold!

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New York is a state popularly known for their clean, tasty water –it’s that ‘special ingredient’ in their pizza dough that makes New York slices so renownd.  But it seems that this may soon come to an end, if the state’s Governor Cuomo brings fracking to New York.  The owner of the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y., Larry Bennett, has spoken out against fracking in New York for the beer and wine industry.

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The industry employs more than 10,000 people in New York, and relies heavily on available clean water.  After all, 92% of an 8% alcohol beer is water, and this water comes from the ground below local brewers.  Bennett explains,

“As a company that’s dependent on water, we’re very cautious about our water. We pump 1 million gallons a year from three wells on our property; it’s pure when it comes up and we take care to ensure…

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This is a very interesting resource that illustrates how the major energy sources are used in the US. It can be used to determine the impact that specific energy policies will have on the environment and the economy.

EIA’s Energy in Brief: What are the major sources and users of energy in the United States?.

The President outlined some very exciting improvements to current environmental policies in the State of the Union address last night. What a great platform to demand change. And if the parties can’t come to common ground to implement the necessary policies then the White House has promised to act on it’s own accord. How exciting!

“If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will,” Obama said. “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

Obama gives Congress climate ultimatum: back me, or I go it alone | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Nowadays, it’s hard to image an office that doesn’t already have an established recycling program but there may be room for improvement. My current establishment offers very little in the way of resources for recycling but this guide may be the path to inspire change. I’m looking forward to using the guide to get the necessary buy-in from the management team to implement an all inclusive office recycling program. There is a really great opportunity here to make a difference at the corporate level. Check it out! I’d love to hear success stories or tips on how to get our colleagues on board.

How to Start an Office Recycling Program – Earth911.com.

It’s great to see that the global wind power capacity grew by 20% in light of the potential expiring tax credits! Even better to find that the US tax credits have been extended for 2013, I hope to see another big push for wind energy this year!

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A relative slowdown in new wind turbine construction in China was offset by increases in the US, Germany, India and the UK

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

“While China paused for breath, both the US and European markets had exceptionally strong years,” said Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), which produced the statistics. “Asia still led global markets, but with North America a close second, and Europe not far behind.”

The UK now ranks sixth in the world for installed wind power, with 8.5GW. In Europe, only Germany (31GW) and Spain (23GW) have more. China leads the world with 77GW installed and the US is second with 60GW. […]

The record year for installation in the US was driven by a rush to beat an anticipated end to tax credits: 8GW of the total 13GW were installed…

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Buying in Bulk

February 8, 2013 — 1 Comment

Buying in bulk is a great way to consume in a more environmentally friendly manner while saving almost 90% of the cost of packaged foods and dramatically reducing waste sent to the landfill. It may be a bit intimidating at first if it is an unfamiliar process to you but it’s extremely similar to purchasing produce. In loading up on product you have the choice to bring your own container (just be sure to have it weighed prior to filling), bringing reusable cloth bags or using the container (or bag) provided by the vendor. The bulk aisle is priced by the pound but the consumer can purchase as much or as little as they choose so feel free to get recipe specific by only getting a couple tablespoons needed for your recipe. To avoid being overwhelmed when acclimating to bulk buying, begin by familiarizing yourself with one section then moving on to the next once you’re more comfortable. Happy shopping!

http://earth911.com/news/2013/02/04/bulk-buying-guide/3/

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What a neat way for Starbucks to promote their goal of increasing contribution to going green. The goal is to increase the amount of consumers that they serve with reusable cups by 5% through offering an affordable alternative to disposable cups. What a awesome attainable way to decrease our individual global footprints!

Starbucks Hopes $1 Reusable Tumbler Will Cut Cup Waste – Earth911.com.