(posted by Paige Donner)
SAVE THE DATE!
Environment California’s 11th Annual Spring Event: Path to Paris
Saturday, May 16th, noon to 2:00 pm
at the lovely Brentwood home of actor Donna Mills
Please join Environment California for lunch, drinks and stimulating conversation to help elevate California’s global warming solutions leading up to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Special guest speaker: Sen. Fran Pavley, climate solutions leader and author of California’s game-changing Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32
The Path To Paris
Global warming is the most critical issue of our time. With the U.N. Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris this December, there is a sense that if the world can unite around solving global warming, we can stave off the worst impacts.
In the lead-up to Paris, Gov. Brown and the leaders of the California legislature have outlined an aggressive path by which California can continue its leadership with these statewide goals:
- Increase the amount of electricity from renewable sources to 50 percent;
- Reduce the amount of petroleum used by our vehicles by 50 percent; and
- Increase the energy efficiency of existing buildings by 50 percent—all by 2030.
But the oil companies and the utilities are fighting every step of the way. Environment California is working this year to build the public support needed to pass legislation to turn these critical climate goals into reality — for our health and our future. Join us for a provocative conversation on how we can lead the way!
Ambassador to Paris $15,000 (Includes 10 event & 10 VIP reception tickets)
Partner $10,000 (Includes 8 event & 8 VIP reception tickets)
Friend $5,000 (Includes 6 event & 6 VIP reception tickets)
Supporter $2,500 (Includes 5 event & 5 VIP reception tickets)
Host $1,250 (Includes 5 event tickets)
Individual Ticket $200
|HOST COMMITTEE (in formation)
Join the hosts of the 2015 Spring Event and other friends of Environment California.
Ed Begley, Jr.
Glen Dake, Renee Dake Wilson & Brian Wilson
Tom Hayden & Barbara Williams
Douglas H. Phelps
Akasha Richmond & Alan Schulman
Jamie Rosenthal Wolf, David Wolf, Rick Rosenthal & Nancy Stephens & the The Rosenthal Family Foundation
Amy Smart & Carter Oosterhouse
Margery Tabankin & Earl Katz
Tom & Janet Unterman
Wendy Wendlandt & Cliff Latimer
Roger & Nori Wolfson
|Environment California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(4) environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting California’s air, water and open spaces. Contributions or gifts to Environment California, Inc. are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Donations may be used for political purposes such as supporting or opposing candidates. No funds will be earmarked or reserved for any political purpose. More information about Environment California, Inc. may be obtained by contacting the organization at: 3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 385, Los Angeles, CA 90010.
Los Angeles City Council Declares
“2013: Year of the L.A. Aqueduct”
LADWP to Celebrate Engineering Marvel that Brought Water
from Owens Valley to L.A. 100 Years Ago
LOS ANGELES — (Jan. 18, 2013) The Los Angeles City Council officially declared “2013: Year of the Los Angeles Aqueduct” today, joining the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in launching a centennial celebration to mark 100 years of continuous operation of William Mulholland’s great engineering achievement that brings water to Los Angeles from the Owens Valley, 233 miles away.
The declaration, a City Proclamation, states, “the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct 100 years ago is a significant historical event that led to the growth and prosperity of Los Angeles and Southern California, helped spur an economy that today rivals many nations’ and supports a distinct culture synonymous with invention, creativity and entrepreneurship.
It was presented by Councilmember Jose Huizar along with Councilmember Tom LaBonge.
“The Los Angeles Aqueduct is a critical reason the City of Los Angeles was able to expand from a sparsely populated region to the second-largest city in the United States and a thriving metropolis,” said Councilmember and Energy & Environment Committee Chair José Huizar. “The L.A. Aqueduct’s importance continues to this day and the City of Los Angeles is proud to recognize this engineering marvel.”
March 15 – 24, 2013 Direct Energy Centre
100 Princes’ Blvd, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 3C3
Canada Blooms is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the community throughout the year by funding community garden projects around Ontario.
Canada Blooms is also dedicated to providing the community with horticulture expertise, education and resources on an ongoing basis.
Canada Blooms was founded in 1996 by Landscape Ontario and The Garden Club of Toronto. Each year it is supported by a committed group of partners, sponsors and volunteers.
Canada Blooms has been named One of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals and Events Ontario and One of North America’s Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association. Canada Blooms is also the recipient of the 2011 Garden Tourism Award for “Garden Tourism Festival of the Year”.
Q: Sara Coppola: Paige, you’re embarking on a new important and insightful project: the “Wine & Climate Change” Documentary; a project that stems from your great interest and involvement in environmental causes and your previous research on issues concerning global agricultural security.
When did you first start to get involved with environmental projects and how?
A: Paige Donner: My enthusiasm for protecting the environment stems from having grown up on a Pacific Island and in California, alternatively. My brother and I would spend part of the year with my father in California where we would camp, hike, go on vineyard treks in Napa and Santa Barbara where my grandmother lived…and then with my mother in Guam and Hawai’i where we were raised like earth-bound dolphins – when we weren’t SCUBA diving we were surfing or swimming or water-skiing. Continue reading
Paris – Francois Hollande, France’s President, last Friday (Sept. 14, 2012), announced that under his watch, environmental issues will be placed at the top of the national, and even international, political agenda. His announcement was issued during La Conférence Environnementale, an annual environmental conference held in Paris.
His most ambitious statement issued is his recommendation to cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 and 60% by 2040 at the European Union level. Current EU targets are 20% reduction of 1990 levels by 2020.
Hollande stated that he would like to see more global dialogue on environmental issues, citing the lack of a renewed agreement on climate goals reached internationally so far makes this an urgent and important matter. The Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of this year so climate talks are expected to once again take priority at the upcoming November Doha COP 18 conference. According to the Paris-based International Energy Agency, CO2 emissions rose by 3.2% last year to 31.6 billion tons, spurred by increases from China.
More initiatives he announced/ launched:
- New tenders for solar and offshore wind power by end of 2012.
- Closing of Fessenheim’s Nuclear Power Plant by end of 2016.
- Rejected applications for shale gas exploration.
- Cut France’s nuclear power from 75% to 50% by 2025.
Eco.Luxury.Style – Men’s Sustainable Fashion Issue
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Recycle, Reuse, Rejoice!
by Nadine Weil
All photos are by Drew Altizer]
The eco-glitterati came together on Thursday evening June 21 to bask in the glow of Empowered By Light’s second annual Light Up The Night party, a sold out affair in San Francisco. Fresh off his movie premiere of “The Avengers,” Oscar-nominated actor
Mark Ruffalo flexed his celebrity muscle and co-hosted the party held at Roe to bring
by Paige Donner
As an exhibitor at this year’s TechConnect Summit, Pixelligent Technologies has found that participating in this annual event has its payoffs. Craig Bandes, CEO of Pixelligent and a presenter at TechConnect Continue reading
NEWS RELEASE Ten Journalists Awarded Fellowships at Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s 14th Annual Science Workshops for Journalists Continue reading
In time for Earth Day 2012, Sony Pictures RELEASES FIRST-EVER INDUSTRY PRODUCTION USING COMPLETELY ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTING
Culver City, CA (April 19, 2012) – As an industry leader in environmental innovation, Sony Pictures has long experimented with energy-efficient light sources and technologies for use in its productions. But for the Screen Gems feature Think Like a Man, Sony Pictures took its efforts a step further and reached an industry first by using 100 percent energy-efficient (LED) lighting sources on the production.
A Critical Guide
7″ x 8.5″ / 144 pages / 175 color
$24.95 / paperback
Earth Hour Global Slideshow – Click HERE
More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour last year alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.
Green Blog Network * Greening Hollywood * Greening Beauty
Greening Paris * Greening Vancouver
Recycle, Reuse, Rejoice!
Eco Consulting * Eco Media
carbonLITE’s new 220,000 sq-ft plant receives support from California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld among others
RIVERSIDE, CA California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the official grand opening of the world’s largest bottle-to-bottle plastic recycling plant. Located in Riverside, Ca., the 220,000 sq-ft plant has already created over 100 green jobs and will recover more than two billion plastic PET bottles annually from California’s Curbside and Redemption Value programs. Continue reading
BMW will display its first all-electric vehicle, the ActiveE, at the IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference
The ActiveE is the first one hundred percent electric BMW to be placed in customer hands. With output of 170hp and maximum torque of 184lb-ft from a standstill, the BMW ActiveE accelerates from 0–60mph in under nine seconds.
Recycle, Reuse, Rejoice!
Newly developed lithium-ion batteries facilitate a driving range of up to 100 miles on a full charge.
“This presentation shows how BMW has prepared for years to ensure this challenge will eventually become a success story in sustainable mobility,” said Lee Stogner, Chair, IEEE Electric Vehicle Initiative. “Showcasing their new technology and being a part of the inaugural IEVC is a great way to show the world the innovations taking place at BMW.”
The BMW ActiveE is the BMW Group’s second step in the company’s three-phase development plan leading to an emission-free, electric BMW in series production – the BMW i3, which will be released in late 2013.