“On Wednesday, October 12th, the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution in support of Occupy LA activists who have been growing in numbers the past two weeks. Large numbers of activists have been on the grounds of the LA City Hall daily and hundreds of tents house those who are camping there at night.”
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“Below are the top ten most popular green business nominations. See what other Green Americans are saying about the businesses, check out their Web sites, and vote for your favorite before October 6.
Then, join us at the Green Festival in San Francisco in November to find out who won this year’s award, orsign up for our e-mail newsletter to receive the announcement of the winner.
MEET THE TOP 10 NOMINEES
(Listed in alphabetical order.)
1. Bella Luna Toys
Rockland, ME | www.bellalunatoys.com
“They have a wonderful selection of homemade toys made from natural, organic materials. They reuse and recycle and use clean and renewable energy sources. I LOVE Bella Luna Toys!”
—Patricia K., Chesterton, IN
2. Diva Cup
Kitchener, ON | www.divacup.com
“The Diva Cup is a wonderful solution for all women, with the possibility to eliminate huge amounts of landfill waste while promoting sustainability and health.”
—Maya C., Gaylordsville, CT
3. Divine Chocolate
Washington, DC | www.divinechocolateusa.com
“Sales of their chocolate benefit African cocoa grower cooperatives and USA nonprofit fundraising activities. They’ve made a lot of people aware of what Fair Trade is all about.”
—Dawn B., Cornville, AZ
4. Earth Kind
Bismarck, ND | www.earth-kind.com
“They offer a product that keeps mice out of vehicles, houses, campers, or just about anywhere you don’t want them without being harmful to the mouse, or any other pets or animals.”
—Lynn W., Phillipsburg, KS
5. Faerie’s Dance
Harbor City, CA | www.faeriesdance.com
“This one-woman company offers affordable, beautiful, sustainable organic clothing, all beneficial for the consumer and environment (with the widest range of eco-intimates I’ve ever seen!)”
—Trisha F., Raleigh, NC
6. Hazelnut Kids
Traverse City, MI | www.hazelnutkids.com
“This is by far my favorite green toy store: incredible customer service and a great selection. Easy- to-navigate site, divided for browsing by age, brand, category. Eco-friendly and a tree planted for every toy sold. ”
—Mare D., Sag Harbor, NY
7. Purple Dragon Food Co-op
Glen Ridge, NJ | www.purpledragon.com
“Purple Dragon supports local farmers, while providing high quality organic produce. The co-op also saves energy by coordinating delivery for hundreds of customers who would otherwise drive long distances.”
—Paula R., Berkeley Heights, NJ
8. Reach and Teach
San Mateo, CA | www.reachandteach.com
“They support/find/distribute/popularize/invent fun stuff that teaches kids about environmental and social responsibility while expanding their brains generally, and do everything in as sustainable a way as possible.”
—Julia B., San Francisco, CA
9. Seven Hopes United
San Francisco, CA | www.sevenhopesunited.com
“Seven Hopes United carries goods that give back: sustainable, eco-gifts handmade with love by artisans around the globe. Products are handmade, all-natural materials that are biodegradable, nontoxic, organic, recycled, recyclable, or repurposed.”
—Hunter R., San Diego, CA
10. Sustainable NYC
New York, NY | www.sustainable-nyc.com
“Wonderful supporter of my school and environmental clubs, as well as a fully green business selling sustainable and locally made products. It is more than a store, it is more like a community center..”
—Lynn T., New York, NY
Queens Botanical Garden Welcomes Fall With Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch Sunday, October 16, 2011, Flushing, NY
Flushing, NY – Queens Botanical Garden will usher in the autumn months with the Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch celebration on Sunday, October 16, 2011. The family-friendly event will celebrate the season with food, live bluegrass music, storytelling, poetry readings, garden workshops and tours, children’s activities, as well as craft vendors.
12 noon – 1pm: Garden Tour with Bird Walk, led by Susan Lacerte, Executive Director, and Shari Romar
12:30 – 1:15pm: Poetry Readings by the Fresh Meadows Poets
1:15-2:30pm: Bluegrass music – The Birdhive Boys (www.birdhiveboys.com)
2:45-3:15pm: Storyteller Bobby Gonzalez, highlighting tales from Native American and Latino cultures
3:15-4:30pm: Bluegrass music – Lonesome Moonlight String Band (www.lonesomemoonlight.com)
QBG’s popular Pumpkin Patch will offer children the opportunity to select and decorate a pumpkin while also participating in other activities including seed plantings, paper folding, face painting and a burlap maze. The National Children’s Study (www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov) will also offer activities like vegetable printmaking and hula-hoop contests.
Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens. Activities (except Pumpkin Patch) are free with admission ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children). On-site parking is available for $5 per car. QBG is accessible from the Q44 and Q22 buses and the 7 train (Main Street/Flushing stop).
For more information about Queens Botanical Garden’s Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch visit http://queensbotanical.org/programs/harvestfest or call (718)886-3800, extension 330.
Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. Parking is available in the Garden’s lot on Crommelin Street. For travel directions and more information visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800. Queens Botanical Garden is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
“With climate change and carbon dioxide emissions dominating the environmental conversation much of the time, the issue of plastic pollution tends to get short shrift. Still, the problem is worrying enough to be stirring serious concern among environmental and scientific experts, especially when it comes to plastic that ends up in the oceans, where it never quite biodegrades and can form a swelling gyre of sludge.
Beach and river cleanups simply no longer suffice. With plastic consumption growing, some are calling for a bigger-picture attempt to reduce wasteful use of plastic, increase recycling and raise awareness that plastic is essentially stored petroleum. Enter the Plastic Disclosure Project, an initiative that echoes the well-established Carbon Disclosure Project.”
“In an effort to ramp up support for the consumption and production of local food, the City Council passed a package of bills on Thursday to facilitate the building of rooftop greenhouses and free up land for urban gardens.
Under the legislation, a building’s rooftop greenhouse would not be considered an additional story by the Department of Buildings, and would be exempt from height limits, if it occupies less than one-third of the rooftop. The city would also begin compiling a database of property that it owns or leases so that it can better identify unused spaces to be turned into urban gardens.”
“These days, there isn’t much good news to report about the effort to combat climate change, so when some comes along, it’s worth taking note. Today’s is that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $50 million to the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign. The campaign’s aim is to stop the construction of new coal-burning power plants and to shut down—or to use the more polite term “phase out”—up to a third of the coal plants now in operation. Coal produces more carbon dioxide per unit of energy than any other fuel, so any reduction in coal use means a reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions. Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement is significant for several reasons, some of them obvious, some of them less so.”
“If the proposal goes through, Propublica reports that “the state would allow drilling near aqueducts but would require a site-specific environmental review for any application to drill within 1,000 feet of the water supply infrastructure.” In other words, all that would stand between legal drilling within hundreds of feet of crucial water supply tunnels would be a state environmental review.”
“In Hong Kong, as in much of the rest of the world right now, a debate is raging about how best to generate the additional electricity that is needed to power economic growth and development.
Do we use more oil and coal, which pollute and are ultimately finite? Or nuclear energy, which comes with safety concerns, and is being phased out entirely in Germany? Or renewable energies likesolar power, which many nations are promoting, but which make up only a small portion of the energy mix in most countries, and often have physical limitations?
Relatively little attention is being paid to what some analysts refer to as the “fifth fuel”: ways to consume less energy in the first place.”
“WASHINGTON — The Energy Department plans to provide a $105 million loan guarantee for the expansion of an ethanol factory in Emmetsburg, Iowa, that intends to make motor fuel from corncobs, leaves and husks.
Experts say that the new factory, being built by POET, a major producer of ethanol derived from corn kernels, could be the first commercial-scale plant to make ethanol from a nonfood, or cellulosic, plant source. However, POET would first have to overcome technical hurdles in scaling up its production from the current pilot project, which processes one ton of plant matter per day, to a plant capable of processing 700 tons of biomass a day. High volume is necessary to make cellulosic ethanol competitive with the corn-based version.”
U.S. Backs Project to Produce Fuel From Corn Waste via Matthew Wald – NY Times Environment