Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Home Depot will collect CFLs for recycling

Today in Grist:

"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

TerraPass Carbon Offsets

The first step you can take to fight global warming is to reduce your carbon footprint through conservation. Drive less. Turn down the thermostat. Buy locally produced goods.

Then use TerraPass to balance the emissions you can't reduce. When you buy a TerraPass, your money funds clean energy and efficiency projects such as wind farms. These projects result in verified reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Monday, June 16, 2008

JCOS comments on the Parking Garage/Transit Center Project

The Juneau Commission on Sustainability outlines eight sustainability challenges for this project and offers solutions to meet those challenges. Click here to see the Commission's comments.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Draft 2008 Capital Transit Development Plan Open House June 16

On Monday June 16, from 5-8pm, an Open House presentation on the draft Transit Plan will be held at Centennial Hall.
Come learn about what is planned to improve public transportation in Juneau!
For more information, see the CBJ Transit Plan website.

Eating Alaska

Sitka Film Maker Ellen Frankenstein is putting the finishing touches on a fascinating new film, Eating Alaska.

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

Making Energy Security Affordable and Permanent

The Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a presentation by Richard Seifert, UAF Energy and Housing Specialist titled "Making Energy Security Affordable and Permanent". He will give an overview of Juneau's conservation successes, an update on the $300 million weatherization and energy conservation program and how to take advantage of it, appliance efficiencies, preparing for future high energy costs and renewable energy sources.

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

Should Juneau Consider a City-wide Phase-out of Plastic Bags?

Why or why not? Post your comments here.
Read about bag-reduction efforts in other Alaska communities:

For statewide initiatives, take a look at Senator Elton's Bill, SB 118.

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