Green Scene

EDGEMOOR UNVEILED A NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN

March 8, 2012 (Santee) -- County officials and community partners unveiled the new volunteer garden at Edgemoor in Santee yesterday.

The volunteer garden, located at 255 Park Center Dr., is open to both community residents and County staff to increase access to fresh produce and physical activity. Residents of Edgemoor, will be involved in the garden through the Recreational Therapy Unit.

HOW THE U.S. MILITARY IS GOING GREEN

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 7, 2012 (San Diego)—The U.S. military is tackling a major battle: striving to rely on renewable energy to meet half of all energy that it uses by 2020. 

“That’s a tall order,” Captain Marko Medved, Operations Officer for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest.  Marko spoke last weekend at Forging a Sustainable Future, a two-day symposium sponsored by UnitedGREEN.  Captain Medved’s job? Makinge the military bases of the Southwest energy efficient.   That’s over one million acres—and he reports, “We’ve made significant gains.”

WILD BARN OWLS RETURN TO THE GARDEN

 March 6, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- Last year, the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon installed a barn owl nesting box to provide a natural way of protecting the gardens from damage, mainly from rabbits because the natural predators were unable to enter the gardens, but the rabbits were. Now, the owls have returned for a second year to raise a family.

 

NEW STUDY WILL HELP PROTECT VULNERABLE BIRDS FROM IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

March 6, 2012 (Sacramento)--Scientists from the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and PRBO Conservation Science have completed a study on the effects of climate change on vulnerable birds. This first-of-its-kind study prioritizes which species are most at risk and will help guide conservation measures in California. The study was published last week in the journal PLoS ONE.

MARCH MEMBERS' MONTH AT THE WATER CONSEVATION GARDEN

 

March 7, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Water Conservation Garden is encouraging the public to become members in March, and take advantage of several special benefits. (To join click here.
 
Garden Member Plant Sale:  Save 20% on All Plants, All Month
The Garden thrives in large part because of the contributions from members. As a thank-you to this special group of people, the Garden is offering all members a 20% discount on any plants purchased from the Garden’s nursery (Walter Parkola’s plants excluded). Not a member? Become a member on March 3rd and enjoy this month of discounts. 

COME FORGE OUR FUTURE: FULL SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 3-4 "FORGING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE" ANNOUNCED

 

 

 

 

We still have tickets left! Students $10; $35 tickets for ECM subscribers

March 1, 2012 (San Diego) – If you care about the future of our region, come join a grassroots movement and discussion to shape the energy, water, transportation and food policies of tomorrow.  Should we be investing in rooftop solar or wind farms?  Algae-based fuels or offshore drilling? Greenbelts and community gardens? These are questions that can dramatically affect the future for our children in San Diego and East County.

The Conference will be held in ENS 280; park in lot 2.  Find a map and details at www.unitedgreen.orgThe event kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday with a continental breakfast.   Famed environmental leader and nationally-known “Ring of Fire” radio host Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will deliver the keynote speech at 3:30 on Saturday. Other participants include members of Congress and Congressional candidates,  scientists, environmental planners, authors and educators. 

INGENUITY OF SAN DIEGANS CAN EASE GAS CRISIS, DR. SHIRLEY WEBER SAYS

 

Assembly Candidate says accelerating production of San Diego-made biofuels will ease pain at the pump and put hundreds back to work
 
March 2, 2012 (San Diego) – As oil prices hit a nine-month high this week, Dr. Shirley Weber, candidate for Assembly in San Diego’s southeastern 79th district, said that the ingenuity of San Diegans could have a hand in resolving the crisis.
 
“San Diego is home to groundbreaking research on biofuels, especially those developed from algae,” Dr. Weber said. “We need to accelerate the production being done here so that next time oil prices spike or a foreign regime tries to hold our economy hostage, we are in control of our own energy future. Accelerated biofuel production would not only ease pain at the pump, it would put hundreds of San Diegans back to work in good paying jobs in a growing sector.”

 

CUYAMACA COLLEGE HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE URBAN LANDSCAPING CONFERENCE MARCH 8

 

February 29, 2012  (El Cajon) -- "The Bottom Line for Green Is Black" is the theme for the 4th annual Sustainable Urban Landscape Conference presented by the Cuyamaca College Horticulture Department. This conference is the premier Southern California event to learn successful business models leading the way to our landscape future.

 

SAN DIEGO SOLAR ENERGY SYMPOSIUM MARCH 6

 
February 28, 2012 (San Diego)-- San Diego leads the nation in rooftop and on-site solar installations.  According to a recent report from e Environment California Research & Policy Center, over 4,500 installations and 37 MW peak capacity for the city--15,700 installations—have been made within San Diego Gas & Electric’s service territory.  Now the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), CleanTECH San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are offering a solar energy symposium on March 6 at the University of San Diego to discuss the future of solar energy in the region.

FAMED ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPION & RADIO HOST ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. AT SDSU SATURDAY, MARCH 3

 

Student tickets $10; $35 tickets for ECM subscribers


February 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Named among Time Magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet”, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has led legal battles to protect clean water, help indigenous tribes preserve homelands, and defend our environment around the world. 

The famed environmental lawyer, author, “Ring of Fire” radio co-host, and member of one of America’s most prominent political families will be the keynote speaker Saturday, March 3 at the “Forging a Sustainable Future” conference at San Diego State University.

SUCCULENT PLANTS AUTHOR/EXPERT TO APPEAR MARCH 2-4 AT SAN DIEGO HOME/GARDEN SHOW

 
February 27, 2012 (Del Mar) -- The award-winning garden photojournalist, Debra Lee Baldwin, who wrote  the bestselling Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens, will be appearing at the Spring San Diego Home/Garden Show on March 2-4.

TAKING SAN DIEGO OFF-GRID: FILNER SHARES PLANS FOR REGIONAL ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND ULTIMATELY, UTILITY SERVICE OWNED BY THE PEOPLE

 

February 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- What if San Diego produced its own electricity with solar on rooftops and parking garage covers?  Imagine if San Diego became its own utility provider—instead of SDG&E.  

That’s exactly what Congressman and mayoral candidate Bob Filner proposed in a brainstorming session with top regional experts at part I of “Forging a Sustainable Future.”  (Part II takes place March 3-4 at San Diego State University. Filner will be among those speaking.)

The implications of his proposals are staggering.

DOLLAR-WISE DIVA: SAVE MONEY ON A GREAT “GREEN” EVENT: ROBERT F. KENNEDY KEYNOTES SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE MARCH 3-4 AT SDSU

By Nancy Clement

 
“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead
 
 
February 23, 2012 (La Mesa) - Did you know The United States ranks only 50th out of 151 countries of the world in sustainability,  according to http://www.ssfindex.com/results-2010/ranking-all-countries/
 

NEW SPEAKERS AND SPONSORS ANNOUNCED FOR FORGING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE CONFERENCE MARCH 3-4 AT SDSU

 

Learn how the Navy is going green, plus hear national and local leaders' visions for the future of our region and nation

February 20, 2012 (San Diego)-- Navy Captain Marko Medved, Congressional members Susan Davis and Bob Filner are the latest speakers confirmed to join UnitedGREEN’s Forging a Sustainability Symposium March 3-4 at San Diego State University. They join a long list of distinguished national and international presenters and panelists, including keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

WATER AGENCIES HOST SAN DIEGO COUNTY GARDEN FRIENDLY PLANT FAIRS THIS SPRING, INCLUDING SEVERAL IN EAST COUNTY

 
Events feature discounts on low-water-use plants, information from gardening experts

February 21, 2012 (San Diego County) -- San Diego County residents interested in making their yards and gardens more attractive and water efficient will have an opportunity to get information from gardening experts and save up to 50 percent on select varieties of low-water-use plants at San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs this spring at select The Home Depot locations.
 

EAST COUNTY PRODUCE EXCHANGE-A COMMUNITY SOLUTION

 
Update June 24, 2012: The new location fo the East County Produce Exchange is the parking lot between the Jamul Hardware Store and the new Jamjul Cafe. The exchange has also changed its hours, from 4-5:30 p.m. on the last Saturday each month.
 

 

By Ariele Johannson
 
February 18, 2012 (East County) -- We have all seen oranges or lemons abandoned under trees in someone’s yard or even our own. Some of us have olives or pomegranates but no time to process them. Now there is a local solution. It is called the East County Produce Exchange, created by two Steele Canyon High School students in Jamul, John Chapman and Blake Powers. ECPE teamed up with Alpine Ranch Creative & Ecological Solutions, Inc. or A.R.C.H.E.S to organize and sponsor the Exchange. The venture has been wildly successful. You can visit their website at http://www.archesinc.org/east-county-produce-exchange.html

WIND INDUSTRY SUSPENDS TURBINE ORDERS AS TAX CREDIT EXPIRATION DATE LOOMS

 
February 17, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – Congressional members are wrangling over extension of the production tax credit (PTC) , which is due to expire December 31.  According to Wind Power Monthly, “uncertainly over it future is already causing companies to suspend development activities and hold off on turbine orders for 2013.”

JACUMBA: A TOWN SURROUNDED

 

How many massive energy projects are too many for one rural community to absorb?

“They want to put these all out here, because we’re throwaway country people.” – Howard Cook

By Mia Myklebust and Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2012 (Jacumba) – Walking along the shores of Lake Jacumba, it’s clear that Howard Cook has big dreams for his community.  Chairman of the Lake Restoration Committee, he has wrested a pledge from the Audubon Society to restore the once-dry lake.

“We want to have fishing, boating, and recreation,” he says.  Cook is working with others who dream of “making this another Taos—art, wildlife, hiking, Indians and birds.”

But there’s trouble on the horizon.  Multiple industrial-scale wind and solar farms soon stand to surround this tiny town, jeopardizing its most cherished natural treasures. Sites include publicly owned recreation lands, notably a spectacular scenic gorge known to locals as “our Grand Canyon,” Cook points out.

Jacumba is a proverbial canary in the coal mine—a warning of what other publicly-owned preserves and rural communities across America may soon face. 

WIND SPIN: PUFFED-UP CLAIMS FROM THE WIND POWER LOBBY. AND SOME OPPONENTS.

 

February 15, 2012  (Pennsylvania) -- Reprinted with permission from FactCheck.org (a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania)
 
Originally published February 9, 2012 at http://www.factcheck.org/2012/02/wind-spin/ 
 
Summary
 
The wind-power lobby is spinning the facts in a $1.4-million TV ad campaign aimed at extending a lucrative tax break worth billions to the industry.

EMERALD OUTLINES STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY; PARTNER "TWEETS" THE NEWS


Part II of the Forging a Sustainable Future Conference will be held March 3 and 4 at San Diego State University.  For tickets and details click here. If you missed Part I of this important event, ECM is publishing a series of articles highlighting presentations by key speakers last November, starting with these colorful opening statements.

February 9, 2012 (San Diego) – Councilwoman Marti Emerald, a former TV consumer affairs journalist called on San Diegans to join with her in calling for sustainable practices here in our community, and around the world during Part I of United Green's Forging a Sustainable Future conference in November 2011. “This is survival, folks,” she said. 

She brought a surprise guest: Cassis, a green-winged macaw who joined her onstage during opening remarks to drive homeher message. "You won't find these in the wild," Emerald said. "Their habitat has been destroyed." 

JOIN EDGEMOORE IN GROWING A COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR SANTEE

 

 By Melissa Roberts
 
February 9, 2012 (Santee) -- Lack of access to healthy, fresh foods has contributed to the rise in obesity rates in Americans.  One way to address this concern is by increasing the availability of gardens accessible to the community.  An initiative under way is assisting communities to build gardens that can be sustained for many seasons is Healthy Works.As part of Healthy Works, a volunteer garden is currently being established at Edgemoor Hospital in Santee (655 Park Center Drive) which can be utilized by both local residents and Edgemoor staff. 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND NOAA’S FISHERIES SERVICE EXTEND COMMENT PERIOD ON PROPOSED POLICY TO IMPROVE IMPLEMENTATION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT


February 6, 2012  (Washington D. C.) -- The Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), the two federal agencies responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA), today announced a 30-day extension of the public comment period on a draft policy interpreting the phrase “significant portion of its range” (SPR) in the ESA’s definitions of “endangered species” and “threatened species.”

 

NEARLY 44,000 LOW-INCOME HOMES WEATHERIZED IN CA--3 MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

 
Reducing Energy Bills for Low-Income Families Across California

 
January 31, 2012  (Sacramento) -- The Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) today announced California has weatherized 43,530 low-income homes three months ahead of schedule under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This surpasses California’s original goal of weatherizing 43,150 homes by the end of March 2012.

 

CAMELOT COMES TO EAST COUNTY: ROBERT KENNEDY JR. TO SPEAK AT GREEN SYMPOSIUM AT SDSU MARCH 3-4


Special early-bird rates for ECM members now available

January 28, 2012 (San Diego)--Environmental law professor Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at UnitedGREEN’s second Forging a Sustainable Future Symposium March 3 and 4, 2012 at San Diego State University.

SMART CITY SAN DIEGO DELIVERS RESULTS

 
January 28, 2012 (San Diego
) – With a focus on the San Diego region’s job growth, smarter technology development, solar energy storage integration and increased electric vehicle infrastructure and deployment, Smart City San Diego is delivering results.  The collaborative is made up of City of San DiegoGEUC San DiegoCleanTECH San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).  It formed to leverage each entity’s strengths to create and implement initiatives to improve the region’s energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and assert San Diego as a clean energy leader.

 

FREE FRUIT TREES FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS, NONPROFITS AND COMMUNITY GARDENS


January 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –California Rare Fruit Growers have partnered with the Paul and Helen Thompson Endowment Committee to offer free bare-root fruit trees for schools, nonprofit organizations, and community gardens. Varieties available include apples, peaches, pears, persimmons, and pluots.

GREEN EXPERTS ACADEMY JANUARY 31 TO COVER PUBLIC POLICY, GREEN JOBS AND GREEN ECONOMY OUTLOOK


January 23, 2012 (San Diego)-- As the hotly contested election year begins, public policy, the green economy and green jobs are in the spotlight. Green Experts Academy San Diego brings together public policy experts to provide breaking information about this arena as the U.S. moves into the election year and beyond.
 
In addition, attendees will be invited to join in a green policy brainstorm. Best ideas will be presented to the San Diego’s Mayor's office.
 
The seminar and workshop takes place on January 31 from 5:30-9 p.m. Cricket Communications is the venue host for this event, which costs $20 in advance http://greenexpertsacademy2012.eventbrite.com or $25 at the door.

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