Friday, July 31, 2009
The Make an Impact Web site features:
* A custom-built carbon calculator that offers a personalized CO2 footprint analysis and action plan.
* Profiles of Entergy employees who are making an environmental difference in their own unique ways.
* A user-generated list of local environmental resources.
* A kids section with environmental tips, resources and games.
"We're honored to be partnered with the Pew Center on this important Web site," said Kay Arnold, Entergy's vice president of public affairs. "An increasing number of our employees and customers have recently asked what actions they could take to offset their carbon footprint, and how they can best teach their children about making smart energy and environmental decisions. Therefore, we feel it's important to provide them with the tools to understand and manage their environmental impact because energy efficiency is both an easy way to reduce energy cost and the quickest route to lower CO2 emissions."
"Along with business and government, individuals have an important role to play in developing a solution to climate change and lower energy costs," said Pew Center President Eileen Claussen. "Through our partnership with Entergy we hope to empower people to make changes, small or large, in their daily lives because individually we can make a difference - and together we can make an impact."
The Make an Impact Web site was funded by Entergy through an environmental stewardship grant to the Pew Center. The Web site complements Entergy's comprehensive environmental actions including the company's voluntary efforts to stabilize CO2 emissions, restore coastal wetlands, promote energy efficiency, improve communities and encourage recycling.
"The Web site is only the first phase of the Make an Impact program. A second phase will be announced in the fall," said Arnold.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $13 billion and approximately 14,700 employees.
Entergy's online address is www.entergy.com.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Robert Redford: Why We Need a Bold Vision for Preserving Our Wilderness
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Green college honor roll announced
The Princeton Review has named 15 of the nation's universities to the 2010 Green Rating Honor Roll.
Every year, The Princeton Review publishes its list of the best colleges in the nation. As part of the list, the nation’s top green colleges are recognized and named to the Green Rating Honor Roll. Fifteen post-secondary institutions, including seven public colleges, made the 2010 honor roll.
Binghamton Univerity made the cut, and to find out if your college did - Click Here: Green College Honor Roll.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Read the blog post here!
Monday, July 20, 2009
However, in places like blogs and in the Ithaca Journal, we are able to highlight occasions and groups where you can become informed politically, or become active in your chosen ideals. Climate change is a real scientific phenomenon. How, or if, you choose to address it is your decision, and on July 23rd you can chat with some local activists to see what your choices are politically. Below we've highlighted an event happening this week in Dewitt Park, right here in Ithaca. For or against government involvement in climate change solutions, this is the place to discuss it!
There will be a demonstration on Thursday July 23rd
at DeWitt Park at 5pm in support of a
STRONG and CLEAN energy bill. The local
MoveOn council has planned this demonstration primarily to encourage Senator Gillibrand
to keep the Clean Air Act intact in the Senate version of the bill. Please help spread the word.
Senator Gillibrand is a member of the Senate Environment and
Public Works Committee, which puts her in a powerful position to influence the
bill. The Energy bill (ACES) is being
considered in the Senate now, and there are forces working to reduce its reach
and effectiveness. The version of the energy bill passed recently by the House
exempts coal-burning plants from the Clean Air Act?s regulation of carbon
emissions. But there is still time to influence the Senate version.
We urge you to join us at DeWitt Park
on Thursday 23rd to raise our voices in support of the Clean Air Act
and clean, renewable energy, bringing green jobs to our community. We will be wearing black with white dust
masks on our faces to symbolize our strong opposition to the weakening of the
energy bill. We encourage you to wear
green to symbolize the thousands of new green jobs that renewable energy will
Please come send a powerful message to Senator Gillibrand
that we support her efforts to strengthen the energy bill and keep it
clean! Bring signs, hard hats, drums,
whatever will call attention to the need for our senators to craft a good
energy bill. There will be petitions to sign, sample letters, contact information,
and concerned citizens.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
There was a great article in this weeks Ithaca Times about a small group of individuals who want to bring "podcar" mass-transportation to Ithaca. Interesting stuff! I thought you might find it interesting: Connecting Ithaca.
Friday, July 10, 2009
President Obama, who served as the chair of the energy and climate change forum at the G-8 Summit, has vowed that the days of US inaction are over!
"We also agree that developed countries, like my own, have a historic responsibility to take the lead. We have the much larger carbon footprint per capita. And I know that in the past the United States has sometimes fallen short of meeting our responsibilities, so let me be clear: Those days are over." - President Obama
To read more of this article posted on the NPR news blog click here:
Obama To World: Days Of U.S. Climate Inaction 'Are Over'
The other story that is coming out of these meetings is that the climate talks have ended with meager promises.
"International climate talks held in Italy this week ended with little progress. The rich industrial nations wouldn't promise to cut back their emissions in the near term. And China, India and the rest of the developing world wouldn't commit to cutting their emissions, ever." - NPR Morning Edition
To read more of this article click here:
Climate Talks End With Meager Promises
It seems like the news coming out of this summit is mostly good! What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
"AP July 8 2008:Targeting global warming, President Barack Obama and other leaders of the world's richest industrial countries pledged Wednesday to seek dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to slow dangerous climate change. Setting a marker for success, they agreed for the first time that worldwide temperatures must not rise more than a few degrees.
However, their goals are nonbinding, and it's far from clear they will be met. The wealthy nations failed to persuade the leaders of big developing countries to promise to cut their own fast-spreading pollution, unable to overcome arguments that the well-established industrial giants aren't doing enough in the short term.
Obama and his counterparts from the other wealthy Group of Eight nations agreed that global temperatures should be kept from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, in the fight against weather changes caused by humans.
The results left some Western leaders cheering. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called the group's statement a "historic agreement." German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was "a clear step forward."
You can find the complete article here: NPR
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The New York Times recently reported on a U.S. study concerning possible consequences of global warming. These predictions indicate serious changes for Americans nationwide. Global warming has already affected human health, agriculture, coastal areas, transportation and water supplies. Follow this link to read more about the study’s conclusions:
Monday, July 6, 2009
I just came across this great article on NYTimes.Com. It's about how some cities are allowing for compostable toilets. I thought you all might be interested!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Earlier in the week we posted a link to an article from the New York Times about the carbon footprint that our breakfast creates. This morning I came across some recipes to make our own cereals from www.planetgreen.com.
This page provides recipes for cereals and granola bars. Cut out buying the cereal that was trucked in from miles away, that's packaged in plastic then cardboard and use fresh ingredients!
Check out the recipes here:
5 Awesome Granola Recipes
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
"Michael Jackson was famous for his socially-conscious music, but "Earth Song," his big, bold environmental call-to-arms, is often overlooked. Still, by sheer dint of his reach, the song might have made Jackson (who bears no relation to U.S. EPA chief Lisa Jackson) a kind of super-sized Al Gore, a decade before An Inconvenient Truth."
Read More: www.treehugger.com.