“SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS –As many as 20,000 jobs would be created with the development of the 3,200 MW of utility-scale wind generation currently permitted in Illinois, according to a report from three leading wind energy organizations. The report—entitled “Investing in Illinois” and released by the Illinois Wind Energy Association (IWEA), American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and Wind on the Wires (WOW) — is being released at a crucial time, as state lawmakers consider legislation to overhaul the state’s electric market. The study highlights why any major energy bill passed this year must include provisions that accelerate development in Illinois of clean, affordable, homegrown renewable energy.”
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“New York City’s Department of Environment Protection (DEP) is giving away 55-gallon rain barrels to homeowners – 1,000 barrels this year. The program began in spring 2008 when the DEP distributed 250 barrels to homeowners in Queens. In 2009, 750 barrels were distributed to homeowners. The program was initiated by the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan. On July 20, 2005 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a City Council bill which required the DEP to create a protection plan for the Jamaica Bay watershed.”
“There’s been a lot of talk about “shared sacrifice” as American lawmakers try to button down the spending that many blame for the nation’s problems.
Personally, I don’t understand why the discussion seems to be entirely about entitlement programs, with no talk about the defense spending. I am perpetually perplexed about our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, which seems to be as much of a moving target as the terrorists we’re chasing, while the money flies out of the Treasury as if a giant vacuum were sucking off the conveyor belt (Want a visual? Check out CostofWar.com’s ticker.)
I get it that many government programs could stand some tweaking and scrutinizing. But Congress seems to be taking a hedge clippers to the lawn ornamentation, while a tornado bears down on the horizon.
Why would we give the EPA’s budget a buzz cut while we stand on the brink of climate disaster?
When it comes to things like this, I have to conclude, as I sometimes do in my household populated by teenagers, that we’ve landed in “upside-down world”, where our priorities have been flipped – by special interests, the heedless drive for profits, myopia, short-term thinking – and so we pursue our own selfish goals at any cost. At least that’s how it works at my house. And at the House of Representatives.
While we’re in upside-down world, we’re failing to find the path of common sense.
I’d like to suggest a way back. Go to a green festival this week. It’s Earth Day (April 22) and there’s almost certainly something going on near you.
There, I promise, you’ll find a wealth of common sense. It’s intrinsic. It’s practically the definition of sustainability. Some think green living is about more…groan… shared sacrifice. But don’t believe these naysayers. It is about choosing a promising and clean path to a future that conserves energy and resources, ultimately making our lives easier, not more difficult.
OK, I’ll say it. Give Green a Chance.”
“Okay, so it’s Earth Day — the day where environmentalism is celebrated with TV specials, special product offers, and well-intentioned community greening efforts. These are all nice things (but if I have to delete one more ‘Great story idea for Earth Day’ pitches for eco-friendly beauty products, so help me …). Sort of. I mean, I’m glad that a few companies are taking the effort to market their products to an audience that cares about the planet — it’s better that there’s been a mild consumer shift towards organic, fair trade, and ethical products, and that they can be promoted with a topical tie-in one day a year. But 98% of this junk obscures what the original Earth Day was all about: Taking to the streets with fellow citizens and demanding real reform and environmental protections.”
“Those of us who live in California often have occasion to feel proud of our state’s leadership in the area of clean energy. Last weekend’s spring San Francisco Green Festival provided another such opportunity at the session on “Accelerating the Transition to Clean Energy,” with speakers Panama Bartholemy of the CA Energy Commission and Stephanie Wang from the CLEAN Coalition.”
California Hopes To Speed The Transition To Clean Energy via Rosana Francescato – The Energy Collective
“There’s more to the recent political assault on the EPA than meets the eye — it goes beyond the ‘big government’ rhetoric, and beyond political opportunism (though there’s plenty of that indeed). But the entire debacle reveals something more fundamentally disturbing — a wrench in our democratic process, which allows the interests of the rich to essentially overrule the American public’s right to clean air, clean water, to lead healthy lives. And there are a few seemingly unrelated reasons I’d argue this is happening: skyrocketing income inequality, a scattered green movement, and a decline in political support for working class families.”
With EPA & Labor Unions Under Fire, So is US Democracy via Brian Merchant – TreeHugger
The Stewardship Action Council Brings Together Industry, Academia, the Investment Community, and Governmental and Non-governmental Organizations to Collaborate on Sustainability.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-January 26th, 2011 The Stewardship Action Council (SAC) announces its formation today. This new multi-stakeholder organization is dedicated to promoting and improving sustainable and socially responsible business practices, providing a space where cross-functional collaboration can take place, and developing a performance-based sustainability index.
SAC is a coalition of industry, academia, the investment community and governmental and non-governmental organizations, coming together with the belief that collaboration among different groups can generate solutions to the sustainability challenges that each group is facing. With a focus on trust, transparency, and technical expertise, SAC offers a pathway to demonstrable results for all stakeholders.
Among SAC’s goals are creating a multi-stakeholder learning network, creating collaborative partnerships to address local and regional environmental, social and economic challenges, advancing sustainability performance and recognizing and sharing outcomes.
“The world has changed, and the time for partnership and collaboration among these often disparate groups has come. If we are to succeed at creating a sustainable world, we will need to combine our knowledge, talents and varied perspectives. The Stewardship Action Council gives us a platform for this effort,” noted Anne Vogel-Marr, SAC Executive Director.
Membership in SAC is open to industrial facilities, academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, the investment community and trade associations. Members will be designated as Alliance or Participating Members, based upon their desire to set measurable goals and report upon them publicly. Alliance members, generally academic institutions and government and non-governmental organizations, will support SAC, but will not set goals. Participating members, generally industrial facilities, will set and report on goals.
Founding members of SAC include:
- American University
Calvert Asset Management Company, Inc.
Campbell Institute of the National Safety Council
Covanta Energy Corporation
DM Petroleum Operations Company
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Matt Potoski, Iowa State University
Johnson & Johnson
Lockheed Martin Manassas
Michelin North America, Inc.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR)
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Washington State Department of Ecology
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Wildlife Habitat Council
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources