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>Paris Announces Autolib’ Car Service On Demand

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Modeling itself after the successful Autolib’ service already in practice in Lyon, France, Paris announced earlier this week that by March 2012, at the latest, their Autolib’ service will be fully in play.

AutoLib’, the electric car rental program, is modelled after the wildly popular Velib’ program, whereby citizens, tourists and visitors alike can pick up a bicycle at numerous points around the city, use it for a half an hour, half a day or longer, and then drop it off at another station when they’re finished with it. The pick-up and drop-off stations, which function as one and the same, are nearly as numerous as Metro stations. 

The program is designed for short-term use for both the bicycle and Auto usage. They’re available 24/7. And it is ridiculously cheap. To use an Autolib’ car in Lyon prices start at 2,10 Euro for basic car models from Citroen, Peugeot, Toyota. You first purchase a membership for a minimum of one year and on top of that you pay a deposit to cover any possible damages. But you can even take a car between the hours of 11pm and 7 am for free. 

On this program, Paris is worlds ahead of, for example, Santa Monica, a city in California, the nation’s greenest state, that prides itself on its green transportation policies.

On December 16th the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted in favor of California’s nation leading Cap-and-Trade program under AB 32. 

Here is what California’s Governor had to say about it: 

And I’m so proud of this team here because it’s one thing when the legislators get together and say AB 32  and here’s the bill  and they give you these documents that are 1,000 pages long and all this stuff. And then the governor goes out and talks about it and I sign it and we have bill signing ceremonies and all of those things that we had. But then someone has to follow through and make it become a reality  and the people you see in front of you here are the people that make this become a reality. I know today, even though we are 10 years away from 2020 but I know today that we will have a reduction of 25 percent of greenhouse gases by the year 2020, only because I have such an excellent team here.

I am thinking that California may just need to take some pages from Paris’s playbook on public transportation policy. Especially in cities such as San Francisco, Santa Monica, Pasadena and other such coastal cities that are already readily adaptable to something like the Autolib’ and the Velib’.

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>Event Alert! Charity:Water December 13 NYC

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>Elizabethan Era Bank Buys First Carbon Credits From the New World

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>Problems With The Media On Climate Reporting – by Al Gore

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Read More by Al Gore here:  http://blog.algore.com/

Problems With The Media November 17, 2010 : 10:23 PM

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>World Water Act – Please Watch Video Clip

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>Cocobohème = craftiness, whim, aesthetics

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>COOL IT opens LA on 11/12/10

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Cool It blasts through the polarizing logjam of the climate change debate to bring a solid plan for solutions” – director Ondi Timoner

 

Roadside Attractions presents

“COOL IT”

In theaters nationwide on Nov. 12, 2010

 

Feature documentary plays in Los Angeles

at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex & in Orange County

*additional theaters TBA

 

Climate catastrophe? The end of civilization as we know it?   COOL IT is based upon the book of the same name and lectures by Bjorn Lomborg, the controversial author of The Skeptical Environmentalist.  Award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner travels the world with Lomborg exploring the real facts and true science of global warming and its impact.  Lomborg is the founder and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a globally respected think tank that brings together the world’s leading economists to prioritize major global problems — among them malaria, the lack of potable water and HIV/AIDS — based upon a cost/benefit analysis of available solutions. Amidst the strong and polarized opinions within the global warming debate, COOL IT follows Lomborg on his mission to bring the smartest solutions to climate change, environmental pollution, and other major problems in the world.

 

Roadside Attractions will release COOL IT nationwide on November 12, 2010. The feature documentary will play in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex and in Orange County. Additional theaters TBA.  COOL IT is a 1019 Entertainment Production in association with Interloper Films. An Ondi Timoner Film.

 

Rating: PG for thematic elements. Running Time: 87 minutes


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>Building America’s Future

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>Producers Guild Of America Sees Green – 2nd Year And Growing

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In Tinseltown, Green is the New Black 

Environmentally-Aware Producers Make an Impact

Featured speakers include, film producers: Mark Cuban, Bruce Cohen, Lee Daniels, Gary Goetzman, Jeff Gomez, Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Grant Heslov, Gale Anne Hurd, Hawk Koch, Jon Landau, Gary Lucchesi, David V. Picker, Charles Roven, Jane Rosenthal, Ridley Scott, Paula Wagner, Richard D. Zanuck, Laura Ziskin; and television producers: Mark Gordon, James L. Brooks, Al Jean and Matt Selman; John Ziffren; Nan Bernstein, Tim Gibbons; Jeffrey Morton, Jon Pare, Matthew Weiner; Tim Kring, Shawn Ryan, Don Mischer, Mara Brock Akil, Ted Turne

LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2010 — Hollywood is not only famous for making movies, but also for initiating movements. Environmentally-concerned industry leaders and stars have united to bring awareness to this issue, declaring the goal of carbon-neutrality for the filmmaking process.  Green is the new black! 
  
Within the industry, a concerted effort is being made to reduce negative effects on the environment. The Producers Guild of America’s PGA Green Committee was established in 2008 as a response to this, demonstrating the PGA’s commitment to actively encourage and support sustainability in the entertainment industry.    
  
“As Producers it is up to us to lead the charge by educating and encouraging cast and crew to be mindful of our impact on this planet.  The PGA Green Initiative is a perfect format for this, utilizing the PGA’s wide reach and its dedicated members to spread this vital message,” said Kathleen Courtney, Chair of PGA Green Committee West. 
 
The second annual 2010 Produced By Conference will be held June 5 and 6 at 20th Century Fox Studios. More than 1,200 film, television and new media producers, as well as entertainment industry members are expected to attend extraordinary panel sessions, unique mentoring roundtables, special workshops and exhibits, and incomparable networking opportunities designed to provide the producing community with valuable tools and insights relevant in today’s competitive marketplace. The conference is “Going Green,” showcasing seminars with knowledgeable panelists and utilizing earth-friendly vendors spotlighting the latest green technology. 
  
“We want to bring solutions for environmental issues to Film, TV and New Media Producers worldwide,” added Fred Baron, Chair of PGA Green Committee West 
  
The 2010 Produced By Conference is the ideal forum for highlighting the PGA Green Initiative and its commitment to the education of the industry.  Efforts to spotlight sustainability at the Conference include:

  • Providing reusable stainless steel water bottles to all conference attendees and speakers – no plastic water bottles will be present at the conference
  • Eco-friendly reusable goodie bags handed out to all attendees
  • Attendees’ agendas printed on the registration name tags, eliminating most paper tickets
  • Caterers using primarily paper, glass and other sustainable options
  • Carpool/ride-sharing information posted on Produced By Conference website
  • Event signage provided by sustainable vendors.
  • All printing materials, such as maps and programs, utilizing Forest Stewardship Council-certified materials and vendors, including vegetable-based inks and a water-based coating for all printing materials

In addition to the Greening of the 2010 Produced By Conference, PGA Green has created and administers the industry's foremost reference website for greening productions,  www.pgagreen.org <http://www.pgagreen.org/>  as well as the Facebook group: Producers Guild of America Green, which offers an excellent opportunity for all members of the entertainment industry to share their struggles, tips and triumphs.  
PBC is an annual event sponsored, produced and managed by the PGA. All profits from PBC are reinvested into industry member services, including education, industry promotion, production standards development, market research and legislative advocacy. More information is available at producedbyconference.
  
About the Producers Guild of America

The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA represents over 4,200 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members health benefits, enforcing workplace labor laws, maintaining fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts. The PGA hosts important industry events including the annual Producers Guild Awards and the Produced By Conference. For more information, visit www.producersguild.org

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>Olympic Mascots 2012 London Games Unveiled Today

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(London, England May 19, 2010) The 2012 Olympic Mascots were unveiled today in London. They have yet to make any announcements on record about their sustainability policies.

It is thought that London will compete with Vancouver to be the “greenest” Olympic games.

Wenlock, Orange and silver in colour, has been named after Much Wenlock, the Shropshire town whose Olympian games inspired Baron de Coubertin to establish the first games in Athens in 1896.

Mandeville is the mascot for the 2012 Paralympics, named after Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire, where the first 1948 paralympic games were conceived.

In related- green – news, London’s double-decker buses have shifted to Green Tech energy.The new design uses the latest in green hybrid technology and will be 15% more fuel efficient than existing hybrid buses.  Read More HERE

Is it just us, or do these mascots look a little bit like scary Teletubbies? Watch the videos below and decide for yourself!

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>The Butchart Gardens, An Ecological Landmark

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Out on Saanich Peninsula, on Vancouver Island, is the ecological landmark that is the Butchart Gardens.

Butchart Gardens are a window into nature’s beauty – and resiliency.

To state that the Butchart Gardens are beautiful is to utter a redundancy. To point out that these lush, exquisite – privately owned and maintained – gardens were once an environmental eyesore, a cement quarry whose blighted exterior belied any vestige of nature or beauty still existing within, or that nature or beauty could thrive on the grounds ever again, is to begin to see why the beauty of the Butchart Gardens is an ecological landmark worthy of the world’s distinction.

The beautiful Butchart Gardens were once a gutted cement pit, barren of plants and flowers.

During an era when there is much conversation around “reclamation” and “stewardship,” the Butchart Gardens offer a tactile experience of just how resilient nature is. What’s more, the gardens are lovingly maintained, carefully cultivated with year-round plantings, with sound stewardship of the land, the soil and the plants in full practice. This stewardship of the gardens, like the ownership of the land, has been passed down through generations, father to son to granddaughter. Beauty can be and is in harmony with nature and the Butchart Gardens are a living example of this.

Butchart’s Famous Sunken Garden. Once upon a time, the cement quarry.
Nurturing nature.
Butchart’s Japanese Gardens.

In an average year The Butchart Gardens recycles approximately:

  • 29 metric tonnes of cardboard
  • 5 metric tonnes of glass, metal and paper
  • 57,000 deposit beverage containers

These items are among the higher volume recyclables processed on a daily basis.

Sustainable Gardening at Butchart Gardens

  • Wood flats are used instead of plastic flats.  They last for five years or more and are made on site.
  • The majority of fertilizers used are organic based; many are custom blended for the gardens.
  • Wood waste and branches are ground for mulch or compost.  Leaves are collected and used for mulch.
  • The Gardens continues to test new methods of pest control with safety for their staff,  visitors and the environment as priority.
  • They have a woodland management plan to ensure the health and longevity of the natural forested areas.
  • The Gardens has implemented an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, using biological and environmentally safe methods of pest control to reduce the effect on the environment while maintaining the high quality of plant display. The gardening department has both an indoor (greenhouses) and outdoor (gardens) IPM coordinator.
  • Composting is integral to recycling, and all green wastes are turned into useable growing media. The Gardens is now self sufficient in producing a high quality product to meet all of its greenhouse production soil requirements.
  • Drip irrigation is used where practical.
The ampitheatre at Butchart Gardens is a popular place to gather with friends and family.

A Family Affair

In our passion, however, for eco-speak, we would be remiss to gloss over how attractive the gardens are for families and for afternoons of Family Fun. The season is just kicking into gear and the faster that summer approaches, the more opportunities there are to enjoy the outdoors at Butchart Gardens, gardens that are, in fact, open year-round. The rose gardens, it is advisable to note, begin their blooming in late June and go through late August.

When the roses are in bloom at Butchart Gardens.

Gardens represent love. Love does not necessarily mean romantic love. It can be love for family, love for friends, love for fragrances, fresh air, colorful blooms. Gardens by their very being reflect nature’s love for itself, for growth, for sunshine and rain and seasons; for simply reflecting beauty back to life itself and to those who may take a moment to enjoy and breathe it in.

Weddings are hosted at Butchart Gardens, including the wedding reception.

The new carousel is sure to be a cherished addition for generations to come. It is most certainly one of the only carousels to have an Orca as one of its mounted animals. It is so fitting, of course, since you can walk a few hundred yards down to the Ocean Bay that hugs along the coastline that Butchart Gardens calls home. Likely on the ferry over from the “mainland” you will have seen some whales, Orcas or seals. They used to even keep fish in the small lake on the gardens’ grounds but have since stopped because the seals from the ocean bay would squirm their way somehow into the lake to have a feast of fresh fish.

The new Carousel at Butchart Gardens, complete with Pacific-Northwest Orca.

Eco-tours that launch from the Butchart Gardens bay every hour – right there on the grounds – will take you, in electric powered boats, around the inlets and scenic coastline that the gardens are uniquely privy to. Another summertime fling to look forward to are the Saturday night fireworks. People begin gathering sometimes as early as noon, staking out a place on the grounds with their blankets, so as to have prime seating for the fireworks show that begins around 9pm in the height of summer.

Fireworks on Saturday nights at Butchart Gardens.
The Butchart family once owned the Vancouver Portland Cement Company.

The flowers are enchanting and offer sensory delight to distraction. But if you take a bit of time on your way out to look through some of the museum-like memorabilia the Butchart Family has decoratively placed in what was once their personal living quarters, you may just spy the letter from the Mayor of Victoria to Mrs. Butchart dated 1920 that reads, “The children are all agreed that it was the most pleasant outing they have ever experienced…”.

Mrs. Butchart was fond of serving tea in the afternoons to guests in her gardens.

Click here for Butchart Gardens’ Calendar of summertime events.

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>Worse Than You Think

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Obama: “I continue to believe that domestic oil production [drill baby drill!] is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security.”

Gore: Says Maggie Fox, president of Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection: “This tragic event is a deafening wakeup call that America’s dependence on fossil fuels cannot continue. We know this dependence is a direct threat to our national security. This massive spill is a stark reminder of the environmental and economic dangers we face as well.”

Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanography professor at Florida State University, said his examination of Coast Guard charts and satellite images indicated that 8 million to 9 million gallons had already spilled by April 28. …

Alabama’s governor said his state was preparing for a worst-case scenario of 150,000 barrels, or more than 6 million gallons per day. At that rate the spill would amount to a Valdez-sized spill every two days, and the situation could last for months.

From Grist:

If he [Obama] was looking for an opportunity to drive home the clean energy message, this was it — the Katrina of fossil fuels. Yet all Obama has done is blandly reaffirm his support for offshore drilling. I haven’t heard a word about clean energy alternatives or, God forbid, efficiency

Lifted off of the comments at DailyKos, this one originated on Grist:

It’s even worse than Devilstower thinks From a commenter at Grist, and this sounds correct. A reader who is an engineer of considerable experience says watch this one evolve carefully because it is destined to continue to grow and he shares this long (but worthy) explanation why: “Heard your mention of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico this morning, and you (and most everyone else except maybe George Noory) are totally missing the boat on how big and bad of a disaster this is.

First fact, the original estimate was about 5,000 gallons of oil a day spilling into the ocean. Now they’re saying 200,000 gallons a day. That’s over a million gallons of crude oil a week! First, the BP platform was drilling for what they call deep oil. They go out where the ocean is about 5,000 feet deep and drill another  30,000 feet into the crust of the earth.

This it right on the edge of what human technology can do. Well, this time they hit a pocket of oil at such high pressure that it burst all of their safety valves all the way up to the drilling rig and then caused the rig to explode and sink. Take a moment to grasp the import of that. The pressure behind this oil is so high that it destroyed the maximum effort of human science to contain it.

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>Dear Friends,…(From Calif. EPA Secretary Linda Adams)

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To the left of Senator Pavley, author of AB 32,  in the photo sits Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board. On the right is Linda Adams, secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Linda Adams, former director of the California Department of Water Resources, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2006 as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency – making her the first woman to serve as head of the agency.

Immediately upon appointment, Secretary Adams was designated as Governor Schwarzenegger’s lead negotiator on AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Adams is now working closely with states, provinces and countries around the world to develop a network of climate initiatives to achieve the greatest global reductions.  More>>>

 
California Secretary EPA, Linda Adams and B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell

Dear Friend,

As you probably have heard by now, there is a battle brewing to delay California’s clean energy and air pollution control standards.  And we need your support.

California’s climate change law, AB 32, the law that forever changed the rules on clean air, holds polluters accountable and requires them to reduce air pollution that threatens our health and our environment. AB 32 has moved California into the forefront of clean technology by creating opportunities for Californians to innovate and create new ways of protecting our environment and creating green jobs.

Because of leaders like you, AB 32 has created thousands of jobs, motivated an emerging economy and inspired businesses to partner with environmentalists. However, what is most important is that AB 32 has changed the way Californians think about clean energy and how we affect our environment.

We know that this is a global problem that requires a global solution. But change must start here with us, at the grassroots level. From here, it works its way up through our nations and around the world. Any signal of delay could be disastrous for a national commitment to reducing pollution.

Those who are attempting to delay our move to a clean energy economy maintain it will only “suspend” AB 32’s pollution and health requirements until the economy gets better. Well, we’re all waiting for the economy to get better, but in the meantime, suspending a law that has increased jobs, investments, innovation and public consciousness does not serve the people of California.

Join me in supporting AB 32 and the state’s commitment to growing clean energy businesses and technologies by signing up on-line today.

Your help will not only support our growing green economy, but will also help California for a better tomorrow.


Thank you,
Linda Adams
Secretary for Environmental Protection
California Environmental Protection Agency

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>Oceans With Disney On Earth Weekend!

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”Down here,” intones the film’s narrator, Pierce Brosnan, ”it’s like nature has given anything a try.”

“On a clear night, the ocean draws her secrets close,” goes Pierce Brosnan’s sonorous narration for Oceans, the latest Earth Day docu-spectacle (following last year’s Earth) from Disneynature. In time for an Earth Weekend matinee, Disney’s Oceans opened in wide theatrical release on Friday. It’s G Rated.

Photographed in locales around the world, from the corals of the Great Barrier Reef to the dwindling ice floes of the North Pole, Oceans doesn’t stay in one place — or with any one creature — for too long. In stark contrast to Earth, which linked fully formed vignettes with larger stories of migration, there doesn’t seem to be an organizing principle at work here. Directors Perrin and Cluzaud just cast their net out over four oceans and gather in all the marvels they can snare, whether it’s the contours of a humpback whale in Alaska or the luminous “silk scarves” of a blanket octopus in Australia.  Read More on NPR >>>

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>Save The Beers!

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By Maggie Koerth-Baker  April 17, 2010

Originally Posted on Boing Boing

Treehugger’s Chris Tackett brings this sad story of corporate waste and legal sillyness to our attention.

Two employees of the Columbia, Missouri Solid Waste Division and beer rescuing heroes, Beer Heroes or Beeroes, if you will, have made headlines for rescuing some 50-odd cases of beer from being needlessly destroyed at the landfill, at which they work. … And it was a victory, one to be celebrated with say a couple truck loads of free beer, even, that is until word got back to the fun haters in the main office who are going by the book on this one and calling the beer salvaging rescue effort, which some are now calling Operation Safe Suds, a theft and possibly a matter for the police. See, because anything left at the landfill officially becomes city property, these city employees were technically stealing this beer.

America, we cannot allow this injustice to stand! If there’s one thing that can bring America together it is a love of beer. We’ve got problems when we criminalize attempts to reduce waste…even more so when we’re talking about rescuing beer! It’s time we do something about it! I hereby am launching the Save the Beers Campaign. This is an effort to bring attention to Beer-related waste. Share this story with your friends, family and elected representatives. Post our “Save the Beers!” image on your blog, Facebook profile or any spare billboards you have access to as a sign of solidarity. And don’t waste ANY beer yourself. One drop wasted is one drop too many!

Beers, they’re kind of like whales if you think about it real hard.

Extra: Included in this story is possibly the greatest understatement ever written in an American newspaper.

When explaining the motives behind why one would want to take some free beer, the evil man responsible for dumping the beer, Joe Priesmeyer said, “Beer is a popular product.”

Treehugger: Save the Beers!, includes helpful list of 8 ways to use beer instead of throwing it out
Columbia Tribune: Discarded Beer Causes Stir

Please Click Over to Boing Boing to see These and Other Fabulously Intelligent and Eco Comments:

Obviously, the salvagers need to:

a) recover each bottle for recycling at the city waste department, thus returning the containers to the city in an environmentally-responsible manner;

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b) return to the dump to empty their bladders after drinking the beer, thus returning the contents to the city in an environmentally-responsible manner.

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