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Brazilian Prison Inmates Produce Green Energy Through Cycling!

Program allows inmates to reduce sentences by generating power to help illuminate the town of Santa Rita do Sapucai at night. Sounds like a great idea until the reader stumbles on the statement that one day’s of cycling can give the energy needed to run six street light bulbs! Let’s hope that is one person cycling not the whole group! Summary clipped from: Green Energy Saving Tips, 8/31/12. Story published by the Associated Press/SFGate, 7/10/12 The idea is simple. Prison inmates… Read More »

Ride Your Bike To Work Day

(snipped from the Bike To Work Day’s website) The San Francisco Bay Area’s 17th annual Bike To Work Day will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2011 with all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is part of National Bike Month. “Energizer Stations” are located along Bay Area county commute routes where bicyclists can stop for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information or simply to be ‘cheered on’ by fellow participants. Energizer Stations will be open during morning… Read More »

Stand Up and Be Counted! 350 Home and Garden Challenge

The 350 Home Garden Challenge | May 14 & 15, 2011 – One audacious weekend. 1,000 powerful actions to grow food, conserve water, and save energy. Register (www.dailyacts.org/350-challenge) today!

Watch and share our videos! We will build on the incredible success of 628 garden actions in 2010 by inspiring 1,000 bold new actions: retrofit your home,apartment, office, or neighborhood with a new garden, greywater system or energy upgrade!… Read More »

Bad News/Good News for Environmentalists

Our Lives Are Under Threat From Some of the Most Powerful and Richest Entities — Here’s How We Can Fight Back and Win: We need to rebuild the kind of mass movement that marked 1970: bodies, passion, and creativity are the currencies we can compete in. It’s not impossible. By Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben – April 8th, 2011, Posted on AlterNet Not for forty years has there been such a stretch of bad news for environmentalists in Washington. Last… Read More »

The Future of Lighting

Experts illuminate the future of lighting Jeannie Matteucci, Special to The SF Chronicle, Sunday, July 25, 2010 More… When lighting designer Randall Whitehead of San Francisco set out to remodel a two-bedroom home on Potrero Hill, he knew he wanted to upgrade the lighting and make it more energy efficient. But while Whitehead wanted to be green, he had no plans to sacrifice the style and look of his home. “I have made it my personal mission to find energy-efficient… Read More »

Events: Earth Week – continued

For more information on each of the events listed below, please visit www.srcity.org/earthday. Thursday, April 22th 1. The Creek Stewardship Program, along with the Sonoma County Water Agency and Movement Oasis, will host a creek walk and clean up along Piner Creek from 3:30p.m. – 4:45p.m. Saturday, April 24th 1. The Creek Stewardship Program will host its annual Earth Day along the Greenway Creek clean-up from 9:00a.m. to noon. 2. City of Santa Rosa will host its Annual Spring Clean at… Read More »

Event: Santa Rosa CityBus Free On Earth Day!

Santa Rosa CityBus is very pleased to announce that, through a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air, it is providing FREE rides on all CityBus routes on Earth Day! Pollution caused by vehicles is the source of 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions in our City. This is a great opportunity to learn how riding CityBus can markedly improve air quality while, saving money. Santa Rosa CityBus is committed to providing clean air choices… Read More »

Tips And Tricks For Air-Drying Your Wash

Make It Work For You Written in 2008, this article is still relevant and informative… I recently challenged myself to increase the amount I air dry. I already hang dry dedicates – lingerie lasts longer that way, and my few synthetics – since they come out of the washer almost dry. I occasionally line dry sheets and blankets but frankly resisted doing more. To motivate myself – and you, I asked friends and neighbors what works for them: I found… Read More »

Event: Supervisor Carrillo Hosting SmartMeter Forum with PGE, CPUC, TURN and a Health Authority, 4/21/10

County of Sonoma is hosting a public forum on SmartMeters Wednesday, April 21st, 5:30-7:30pm Sebastopol Veteran’s Memorial Building, 282 High Street in Sebastopol A panel discussion will take place with representatives from PG&E, CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission), TURN (The Utility Reform Network) and a health authority followed by questions and answers.   More details will be posted as they are released.   end

Event: The Political, Environmental and Health Impacts of Wireless Technology

Concerned about Smart Meters? Worried about your teen’s cell phone usage? You and your family’s health may depend on knowing the truth! Learn why many parts of the world have adopted newly recommended EMF safety standards and why recommendations for the use of land lines and hard-wired internet connections and banning Wi-Fi are becoming the norm. Learn why many cities or countries are relocating or repositioning towers for public health and safety reasons and why others are switching to faster, more reliable and secure fiber optics. Of course, most of these countries have national health care – where governments care about the health of their citizens and their economy. Talk will also cover easy to understand EMF basics, industry history, the media, research, health effects, environmental impacts, legalities & safety tips.… Read More »