Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Read on in today's New York Times for more on the topic of the season: WEATHERIZATION.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
New York Times: No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in 'Passive Houses'
Innovative homes pioneered in Germany are encased in such an airtight shell that barely any heat escapes.
For more information on passive houses in the U.S. Click on PHIUS.
Learn more about similar design principles in Alaska at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Obama Team on Environment, The New York Times
Monday, November 17, 2008
The Non-Motorized Transportation Plan is all about you!
COMMENTS ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 31ST!
The current plan was completed in 1997 and needs updating to reflect today’s conditions and priorities for biking and pedestrian routes. The purpose of this plan is to provide safe and efficient links between community destinations and to encourage the community to choose active forms of transportation.
What you can do....
Come to a public meeting in your neighborhood!
Five public meetings will be held between December 1st and December 15th, 2008. Each meeting will focus on a specific Juneau sub-area as well as area-wide commuting routes. At each meeting, we will discuss current non-motorized routes, review recommendations from existing plans, and ask residents about walking and biking destinations, missing links, safety concerns and other obstacles along the routes.
Mendenhall Valley to Echo Cove area – Monday December 1, 2008
Floyd Dryden Middle School Library, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Douglas Island – Wednesday December 3, 2008
Douglas Library, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Downtown and Thane Road – Wednesday December 10, 2008
CBJ Assembly Chambers, 155 S. Seward St, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Mendenhall Valley to Echo Cove area – Saturday December 13, 2008
Mendenhall Mall, Mendenhall Library, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Twin Lakes and Lemon Creek area – Monday December 15, 2008
Dzantik’l Heeni Middle School Library, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
COMMENTS and Planning Schedule
After the meetings during the first part of this coming December, comments will be accepted by the public through DECEMBER 31. A draft of the plan will be completed and available for public review in February 2009.
If you have questions, comments or wish to be added to a project contact list, please call Zoë Morrison at Sheinberg Associates at 586-3141 or email@example.com. For more information, go to www.juneau.org/parkrec and click on the link under ‘plan updates’ or download the current Non-Motorized Transportation Plan.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
PRESENTED BY: Greg BrownThis easy to understand presentation will show the possibilities for Alaska and the rest of the United States to get off our oil addiction by using alternative energy. History, practical applications of alternative energy, and basics for a plan in Alaska that can be implemented and completed within ten years.
Presentation includes pictures, diagrams and demonstrations.
Egan Lecture Hall, University of Alaska Southeast Campus
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
One of every three acres of land in the U.S. – 600 million acres in all – belongs to each and every one of us. These lands represent the country’s special, one-of-a-kind natural resources – the national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, coastal preserves, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes and reservoirs that all of us use to hike, bike, climb, swim, explore, picnic, or just simply relax.
Every September, Americans by the thousands come out for a day-long, coast-to-coast effort to preserve and improve the lands they love as part of National Public Lands Day. The volunteers build trails and bridges, plant trees, clear brush, and remove trash. This year, Juneau will be cleaning and trail building at Mendenhall Glacier to join in the preservation of our nation’s public lands on Saturday, September, 27.
There are a few features that will distinguish National Public Lands Day 2008 from previous years. This year National Public Lands Day will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Famous for planting over 3 billion trees in the 1930’s, the Civilian Conservation Corps played a leading role in restoring America’s deteriorating forests. Their legacy continues as the newest generation of conservationists work to plant one million trees in the weeks leading up to National Public Lands Day.
This country-wide effort is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation. Chartered by Congress in 1990, the National Environmental Education Foundation is a private nonprofit (401c3) organization that develops and supports environmental learning programs to meet social goals.
More information about this event and it’s history, along with a list of sites across the country can be found at National Public Lands Day. Get involved by lending a hand to America’s lands, specifically the Mendenhall Glacier area. Please contact SAGA to get involved in this special day.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Well, we're looking for your feedback on this event!
Please complete this short SURVEY and tell us how we can make it an even better event next year!
PHOTO: Produce from Rick Bellagh's garden on Shelter Island on display at the
Juneau Farmers' Market and Food Festival
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
Don Kurilec - Graphic Artist
Cooperative Extension Service
Capital City Weekly
AK Dept. of Fish & Game
City & Borough of Juneau
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
AT THE JUNEAU ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER
Admission is free!
See you there!!
Friday, August 15, 2008
To learn how to eat closer to home, come to the
Juneau Farmers' Market on August 30!
See a demonstration by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on how to clean and preserve deer and fish. ADF&G will be cleaning a deer and filleting fish in a tent outside the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
Inside the building, you can enjoy browsing the booths of produce, seafood, and baked goods for sale!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Seems everyone is getting into the Farmers Market swing!
Check out the three market events scheduled in Sitka this month, by visiting:
Sitka Farmers Markets
Featuring Locally Grown Produce, Fresh and Frozen Seafood, Food Vendors, Roasted Coffee, Kids Activities, Crafts, Entertainment and More!
Photo courtesy of http://roadmarx.wordpress.com/2007/01/24/heads-up/
Friday, August 1, 2008
No doubt you've noticed the particularly cold, wet, dreary summer we've been having. Recognizing too, that starting a farmers market tradition takes time to catch hold, we have a question for you:
Should we open up the market to produce from other communities around Alaska?
Post your response here!
Either way, the Farmers Market is shaping up to be a great event, so don't miss it! Remember to save Saturday August 30th.
Offerings will include:
Individuals selling locally grown and harvested foods and products
Local Businesses showcasing their locally produced foods and garden products
Non-Profits Organizations offering garden products and baked goods with local fruits
Informational tables on gardening and harvesting resources
Presentations and Demonstrations!
Backyard Greenhouse Construction (Art Chance)
Local Edible and Medicinal Plants (Carol Biggs)
Dressing Wild Fish and Game (Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game)
Local Resources for Gardeners (Ed Buyarski)
Edible Bulbs: Growing Garlic and Onions (Joe Orsi)
How to Make Your own Cheese (Missy McMillan)
Using Flowers for Vinegar Flavoring (Sonja Koukel, UAF Cooperative Extension Service)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
"The CBJ Assembly has approved the creation of a fund within the CBJ general fund to receive donations earmarked for energy savings projects. Private donations would initially stock the Sustainability Fund.
"At Monday night's Assembly meeting Mayor Bruce Botelho said that amount could be between $500,000 and $1 million dollars depending on the number of participants. The fund would be used as a source of capitol for energy conservation devices and projects that the city manager forwards to the Assembly for consideration. The money that's saved would be deposited back into the fund to replenish it along with the private funding sources. Private donations would initially stock the Sustainability Fund.
"At last night's meeting Finance Committee Chair David Stone said several private companies have expressed interest in contributing to the fund but he was not at liberty to identify them. However, last night, Kirby Day of Princess Cruises spoke in support of the fund."
Monday, July 7, 2008
For more information on how to take advantage of these programs that will help you save on energy costs, go to AHFC.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
"Home Depot announced Tuesday that it will collect compact fluorescent light bulbs and send them off to be recycled. The home-improvement behemoth hopes the new program will keep the bulbs, which contain a small amount of mercury, out of household trash and recycling bins. IKEA also collects CFLs for recycling but doesn't have the market saturation of Home Depot; more than three-quarters of U.S. households are estimated to be within 10 miles of a Home Depot store. The company's 1,973 U.S. stores will also switch to CFLs in light-fixture showrooms by the fall, a move expected to save it $16 million annually in energy costs."
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Eating Alaska is a serious and humorous film in progress about connecting to where you live and eating locally. It is about trying to break away from the industrial food system when that means not only buying fresh seasonal food from local farmers, but taking part in a world of hunting and gathering. Made by a former city dweller now living on an island in Alaska and married to fisherman and deer hunter, it is a journey into regional food traditions, our connection to the wilderness and to what we put into our mouths.
Stay tuned for details about a screening of this film in conjunction with the Juneau Sustainability Commission's Farmers Market and Food Festival on August 30, 2008 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
For more information about the film visit Eating Alaska.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
June 6th at 5:30 -7:00pm at the Bill Ray Center, 1108 F St. room 154.
For more information please contact the Juneau District Cooperative Extension Service office at 796-6221.
Monday, June 2, 2008
photo credit: www.waterencyclopedia.com
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Thanks to a grant from the International Polar Year, UAS is pleased to offer this 1-credit course free of charge. For more information on the course and how to enroll, see the Flyer.
Hurry, the class is filling up quickly!
Monday, May 12, 2008
More information and the table registration form - Word document
More information and the table registration form - PDF document.
Join us for the next planning meeting on Monday, May 12, noon at the Silverbow backroom.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
After last week's avalanches damaged five transmission towers near the Snettisham Hydroelectric facility, AEL&P immediately began supplying Juneau's energy needs with diesel-generated power. Due to the high cost of oil, we will all see a dramatic increase in energy rates. It is therefore extremely important that we all make a serious and concerted effort to curtail our energy use.
AEL&P's energy checklist
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Included are funding opportunities for small businesses to undertake independent alternative and renewable energy projects.
Check back as we update this section to include more tips and information.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on March 6 that it will accept $220.9 million in loan and grant applications under the agency's Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program. Loan guarantees and grants are available to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Since 2001, the USDA has invested $674 million in more than 1,763 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, including renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel and renewable energy sources such as methane gas recovery systems and wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass energy systems.
Eligible applicants may seek loan guarantees to cover up to 50% of a project's cost, not to exceed $10 million. Grants are available for up to 25% of a project's cost, not to exceed $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements and $500,000 for renewable energy systems. Grants will be awarded through two separate competitions, with the deadline for the first being April 15 and the deadline for the second being June 16. Applications for loans or loan and grant combinations are due by June 16.
Monday, April 14, 2008
11:00: Opening Ceremonies:Rep. Andrea Doll, District Ranger Pete Griffin, Cy Peck
11:30: ”Plastics In The Ocean” Presented by Turning the Tides
12:00: ”Heartstrings” concert
12:30: ”The Lorax” Tim Miles
1:00: Liz and Leif Saya
1:30: All Nations’ Children dancers
2:00: Daughters of the New Moon
MAKE A “PLASTICS PLEDGE”
DISPLAYS AND DEMONSTRATIONS BY LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
Juneau Alaska Youth for the Environment. SAGA. Oceana. Turning the Tides. SEACC.Juneau Audubon. Nat’l Weather Service. Juneau Raptor Center. Friends of Recycling.Alaska Biofuels Alliance. Juneau Watershed Project. Friends of Berners Bay. Carol Biggs.Dick Callahan. Sandy Harbanuk. Trentyn Days. Bill Leighty.USFS Wilderness Rangers. Juneau Commission on Sustainability. AEL&P.Waste Management.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The event begins at 5:30pm, Wednesday, April 16 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (Formerly the Armory).
For more info visit the The Juneau World Affairs Council.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Speakers will present on the following topics:
*Local and global perspectives on sustainability
*Hydroelectric Power vs. Fossil Fuel Burning
*Prospects for renewable energy in Southeast Alaska
*Impacts of climate change on runoff and hydro-electric potential in Juneau
*University of Alaska Southeast efforts toward becoming sustainable
For more information visit Sustainability Forum.
And don't forget to take the UAS Energy Survey! Results will be presented at the forum.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
For one view, read On Carbon, Tax and Don't Spend and share your comments here.