Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thanks to the presenters of the mini-seminars for sharing your knowledge and experience. Your topics were all so interesting, and well received.
And thanks to the collaborative planning committee that made the event possible: Juneau Commission on Sustainability, Juneau Economic Development Council, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, and the Alaska Division of Agriculture ('Alaska Grown' Program).
Monday, April 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thanks also to Amanda Rutledge at Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, and the table participants who shared information about growing, harvesting, hunting, fishing, etc. in Juneau.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
- Energy and Greenhouse Gases
- Food Security
- Community Outreach
Other initiatives that the Commission is exploring include:
- A revolving loan program for landlords and businesses to implement energy-efficient improvements to apartment buildings and commercial structures;
- An "Energy Card" to receive a sales tax exemption on energy-efficient products; and
- Legislation to provide a municipal property tax credit on energy-efficient improvements.
On the Food Security side, the Commission is planning the 2nd annual Farmers Market ,August 29, 2009. This year, the Commission is applying for a grant from the Division of Agriculture to help expand the Farmer's Market. Let us know if you'd like to help organize, or if you have ideas for mini-seminar topics.
Under Community Outreach, the Commission builds partnerships with other organizations in Juneau to further sustainability projects (eg participant in 2008 Earth Day forum), maintains this blogsite, puts on public events such as the Re-Energizing Juneau Forum (May 2008), and engages in general promotion via radio and the press. In the future, the Outreach committee hopes to start a recognition program to showcase the sustainability efforts of local businesses.
To get involved in any of these projects, come to the next Juneau Commission on Sustainability meeting, March 4 at 5:15 pm in the downtown Library conference room.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
RAIN? WHAT RAIN? . . . U.S. News and World Report has listed Juneau as one of the top 10 low-tax places to retire in America. Here's the list, from msn.com: Billings, Mont.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Doral, Fla.; Henderson, Nev.; Juneau; Manchester, N.H.; Nashville, Tenn.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Spokane, Wash.; Stafford, Texas.
So, maybe marketing Juneau as a retirement destination is not a ridiculous notion. With a little work, it could have real economic and socially sustainable potential. With draws like the local arts community, the permanent fund dividend program, great outdoors, indoor fitness facilities (including four athletic clubs, three yoga studios, a pool and a new aquatic center), a regional hospital, the university, and lots of community volunteering opportunities, it’s a possibility.
As a neighbor suggested to me recently, why not have a booth down at the docks in the summer providing some information on retiring in Juneau?
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The Commission is a great opportunity to explore ways for Juneau to become more sustainable, whether it is encouraging local food production, reducing greenhouse gases, improving the livability of our community or developing a more economically sustainable future. The commission takes energy, dedication, and hard work, but the rewards can be well worth it.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Photo from April 2008 showing tower locations. Photo by Bill Glude, courtesy of AELP's website archive.
It's time to pull together, Juneau. Remember all those great energy saving tips you employed last May? Well, it looks like we'll be needing those again.
As you've heard, an avalanche took out Tower 3/5 (see photo for the location), one of the more vulnerable towers supporting the transmission line from Snettisham to Juneau.
While AELP works to repair the damage, we need to work to conserve our electricity consumption as much as possible. And obviously, it will be more difficult than last spring because of the colder weather and shorter daylight hours.
Still, everything each of us can do will make a difference.
- keep the lights and appliances we're not using turned off
- limit the hot water usage
- get creative with cooking in the kitchen
- if we can, shift to other sources of heat (wood, oil)
- and most importantly, check on our friends and loved ones who may need extra support and assistance to see them through a possible extended period of higher electricity costs.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation will hold a Public Information Workshop on Juneau landfill odor issues.
In addition, CBJ will provide an update on progress to implement the solid waste plan, which includes expanding the recycling program.
If you have questions, please contact Weld Royal, Information Officer, DEC at 465-5009.
Tell your friends and neighbors!