Our Blog | March 2008

Save BC's Coastal Waters

by: Heather on 03/31/2008
Posted in: Activism

The Dogwood Initiative is calling for a continuation of the moratorium on oil tanker traffic in BC's coastal waters. Artist Robert Bateman lends his support to the initiative in this video:

You can sign a petition to help ensure that BC's waters and marine life continue to be protected here. This petition opposes plans to build a supertanker …

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Recognizing a True Biofuel - The Human Bicycle Engine!

by: Heather on 03/27/2008
Posted in: Activism

At the BCTF's AGM last weekend they approved a motion to compensate employees who make the ecologically responsible decision to commute by bicycle. (Thanks to my son's fabulous teacher Joan Merrifield for the heads up on this one!) The plan is similar to the Bicycle Travel Allowance adopted in 2007 by the Anglican Church of Canada.

Under the plan, …

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Guest Post - Warren Karlenzig

by: Heather on 03/26/2008
Posted in: Author Events

Another guest post today - this one from Warren Karlenzig, author of How Green is Your City? Thanks Warren!

I'm back from a tour of four Korean cities last week, where I lectured at universities and met with officials from Korean government interested in greening the nation's cities. I was a guest of the US Department of State and the US Embassy in Seoul.

The four-day tour included presentations at the Korea Green Foundation, Korea's largest environmental NGO ; the Korean Land Corporation, the nation's main planning and land development agency, which has responsibility for planning and designing so-called New Cities; and the Seoul Metropolitan government, which manages green programs for the fast-growing capital of 10 million.

I also lectured at Seoul National University and at Dong-a University in the southeast city of Busan, Korea's second largest metro.

My lectures and meetings focused on metrics and best practices from How Green is Your City?, which ranks the largest 50 US cities according to 15 sustainability criteria, including use of renewable energy; green buildings per capita; local food; planning and land use; public transit use; air and water quality; recycling; and other innovation and management criteria.

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Sir Arthur C. Clarke

by: Heather on 03/25/2008
Posted in: Events

This just in from Neville Williams, author of Chasing the Sun. Neville actually submitted this timely piece last week - the delay in posting was all mine. Thanks Neville!

The Death of Sir Arthur

We are saddened by the death of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, 90, in Sri Lanka this week. He was a friend and big supporter of solar energy. I first met Arthur at …

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small change for BIG CHANGE

by: Heather on 03/17/2008
Posted in: Activism

Via Dan Chiras, author of The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy and EcoKids, and co-author of The Natural Plaster Book and Superbia!:

On May 4, 2007, one of the most powerful tornados ever witnessed in the United States leveled the town of Greensburg, a small community in western Kansas and home to 1,000 people. The nearly two-mile wide tornado killed 10 residents and destroyed 95% of the town's buildings. Homes, businesses, schools, and churches were leveled by the fierce intruder.

Soon after the tragedy, the town's citizens rallied behind a new idea: to rebuild the town green, creating the nation's first model green community. Their vision of the new Greensburg calls for a town powered by abundant renewable energy, such as wind and solar energy. They envision super energy-efficient green-built homes, offices, churches and schools made from healthy, environmentally friendly materials.

Out of tragedy, the town could become a vital example of the kind of nationwide - indeed global -- effort needed to combat climate change, rising fossil fuel prices, and other critical problems facing the world today. This project is being filmed as part of a 13-part series called EcoTown, which will be aired starting in June, 2008 on the PlanetGreen Channel (owned by the Discovery Channel).

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