April: Auspicious & Alarming Anniversaries
A Message From Matt
As April is upon us, we have a few important dates that really define the challenges we face as humanity and the future health of planet Earth. Yes, on April 22, we will ‘celebrate’ Earth Day, but we will also mark some tragic reminders of our nation and world’s addiction to dirty fossil fuels and dangerous nuclear power.
For Matt's full blog entry, click HERE.
Global Green Seminars on Energy Futures
The Global Green USA Security and Sustainability Program is launching a seminar series titled "Energy Futures: Nuclear Power, Global Warming and Nonproliferation." As lobbying by the nuclear industry increases in the United States and as Washington DC and the press posit a "nuclear renaissance" for commercial nuclear power, it is important that the environmental, economic and security aspects of nuclear power be closely and objectively examined and more fully understood.
Click HERE for more information on these important talks.
Fighting Poverty with Energy Efficiency
Orleans homeowner Shirley Johnigan was distraught over high utility
bills, which averaged nearly $400 a month, even though her income was
80% below the area median income. She felt like she would have had to
move out of the Gentilly neighborhood she so dearly loved. "I was
robbing Peter to pay Paul," she said. "I couldn't afford my medicine
and my utility bill."
Click HERE to read the rest of Shirley's story.
The Tragedy in Japan:
The Future of Nuclear Energy - by Marina Voronova
The evolving tragedy in Japan is shocking as we are once again reminded of the power of Mother Nature and the unpredictable risks of technology. As the full impact of the earthquake and tsunami is asessed in Japan and the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants along the northeast coast of Japan becomes increasingly dangerous, it is important to pause and consider our relationship with the planet. The unfolding catastrophe occurring at the Fukushima plants also raises serious questions about our reliance on nuclear energy and its status as a clean and safe source of power.
Click HERE for Marina's entire blog post.
Closing the Loop on Wholesale Packaging
New York City generates and exports 15,000 tons of residential and commercial waste to district landfills each day. Global Green's latest event focused on reducing paper foodservice packaging with major food service companies in attendance including: Whole Foods, Dow Corning, Chick-Fil-A, PepsiCo, Village Farm and many more.
For Global Green's conference presentation, click HERE.
By Devin Lowell
Global Green teamed up with Historic Green to lead volunteers in weatherizing homes for New Orleans residents. For two weeks in March, volunteers from all over the country flocked to the Ninth Ward for Historic Green's annual Spring Greening event. Global Green's own tech team of Andrew Spaulding, Cody Wero and Al Wilson helped teach proper duct-sealing, air-seal on leaky floors and performed amazing feats of flexibility to traverse treacherous attics.
Click HERE for the full story.
Hot Event in New Orleans
In the next 50 years, our Earth's rising temperatures will cause major problems for our society if we don't do something to prepare for it. That was the message from author Mark Hertsgaard last week at an event held by Global Green and the Tulane University Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy. In his new book, Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.
Hertsgaard commended Global Green for its work in New Orleans which he said "has made a lot of progress since Hurricane Katrina." Most of that progress he noted "has come not from the government, but from young people and civil society in general...school groups, religious groups, church groups and non-governmental organizations like Global Green...what an organization like Global Green does when it builds those houses, which are not only green in the sense of energy-efficiency, but they're also resilient to future hurricanes. That's so important."
Click HERE for an on-camera interview with Mark Hertsgaard.
We are honored by the support of the following foundations and
corporations who have made generous contributions to support Global Green's work during the First Quarter of 2011.
York Community Trust, The
Energy Foundation, Lear
Family Foundation, Hawaii
Community Foundation, Place
Head Foundation Inc.
Chevy Volt, Planters, Rabobank, LA
CAR GUY, Pureology, 360 Vodka, Play
Outdoors, Caroma, Parsons, Delta
Enterprises Corp., Bemis
Company, inc., KIEHL'S, Office
Corporation, Ibuilders, Ace
Beauty Company, Simon
G Jewelry, Joan
Green Management co., Warner
Affairs and International Trade Canada
The Millennium Awards are coming up on June 4th and we're proud to announce our first honorees:
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Victory in Mountain View
The city of Mountain View, home of Google, voted to adopt greener building codes with the help of GGUSA!
You can still take action. Contact the city councils of Cupertino and Malibu to let them know you support their adoption of similar standards.
Keep LA's Bicycle Plan On Track
Send a LETTER letting Mayor Villaraigosa know you support implementing his plan to invest in adding bike lanes to Los Angeles roads
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Green School Makeover Contest
You can help a school in your area by nominating it for a green school makeover. Click HERE to learn more
Support Global Green During Earth Month
eBay Checkout will feature Global Green USA donation button!
To donate $1 or more to Global Green whenever you shop eBay, click HERE and make Global Green USA your favorite charity
is hosting their Earth month campaign to benefit Global Green.
Upload a photo showing how you live green and Electrolux will
donate $1 to Global Green! Click HERE to learn more
IN THE NEXT ISSUE:
Marking the BP Oil Spill Anniversary
Earth Month Highlights