The Green Community week in review: Clean Energy Citizen Action Day, reader submissions needed for the Green Issue, light rail campaign begins, and more

Interview: Filmmaker Talal Jabari explores his concerns about cell towers in Full Signal documentary at Gasparilla filmfest - Talal Jabari: "One of the biggest surprises for me as someone who considers myself analytical is that I adopted this technology without thinking much of it."


Tampa Bay Great American Cleanup locations - Join Keep Pinellas Beautiful and The City of Tampa along with other proactive citizens for the Great American Cleanup events in Tampa Bay this Saturday, March 20.


The next four years could shape the future of humanity for the next 1000 years - We have four years to wake up, think globally, plan regionally and act locally, while keeping each other informed of what’s working at home within this global network. 'Four Years. Go.' intends to cause a positive tipping point in unleashing our collective will and to do it now.


Clean Energy Citizen Action Day: Clean energy advocates and offshore drilling opponents, we need you! - Clean Energy Citizen Action Day is on Monday and Tuesday, March 22-23, at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. Please join us to deliver a message to our state legislative leaders that it’s time to act to promote a sustainable energy future.


Indian Rocks Beach Green Fest this Saturday - Start celebrating Earth Day a month early by joining other eco-friendly folks at the Indian Rocks Beach Green Fest this weekend.


What's your green idea? We want to hear from you for our upcoming Green Issue! - It's a good time of year to go green. What's your green idea?


Welsh company unveils modular homes made out of recycled plastic - Welsh housing company Affresol has developed a material to build their modular homes that's cheap, readily available and doesn't involve chopping down tons of trees - from recycled plastic.


With ballot language now approved, the campaign for light rail begins - Last night, the organization that has been expected to do the heavy lifting to unify the business community behind the proposal, the Tampa Bay Partnership, released a statement announcing a new political action committee called Moving Hillsborough Forward, and will be chaired by Gary Sasso, currently the Chair of the Partnership.


The Permaculture Guild needs your help to continue their efforts in Haiti - Help the Permaculture Guild continue their permaculture techniques for growing food, sustainable shelters, water filtration, etc, to a number of local organizations in several cities in Haiti.


Can online gaming solve world problems? (video) - Check out this video of a TED talk by Jane McGonigal, a video game designer, who believes we can solve world problems by playing games online (and discusses what an "epic win" is).


Kick the habit (the meat habit) on Meatout Day - March 20 isn't just the first day of spring, it also marks Meatout Day - the world's largest and oldest annual grassroots diet education campaign aimed at educating people about the benefits of cutting out meat from their diets and enjoying more plant-based foods.


Making laundry time a little greener - Whether you've realized it or not, your laundry machines use a lot of energy and water. Luckily, there are new more efficient alternatives to those old-school machines.


Don’t forget to check out our Green Community Calendar for green events and workshops in the Bay Area!

What’s the buzz on the latest issues in the Green Community? Check out what you may have missed this last week:

Tampa's fourth annual Clean City Day - The City of Tampa will be hosting the Fourth Annual Clean City Day on Saturday, March 20, in conjunction with The Great American Cleanup, and they need your help to keep this city beautiful.

St. Petersburg College to install rooftop photovoltaic solar project - The system, which will generate renewable power for the electrical grid, will be installed on the roof of the LEED Gold Natural Science, Mathematics and College of Education building, already one of Tampa bay’s most environmentally friendly buildings. Installation should take about a week.

The fight against nearshore oil drilling in Florida isn't nearly over - Change is in the air, and the crack in the earth is generated from the ground up. That means us — you and me. National policy was lacking for years and it’s safe to say any success at that level will be diluted at best. The rubber hits the road right here in your home, your car, your yard, your life. Does this require duty and personal responsibility? Yes. Is it also an opportunity to make a real difference? You betcha. What we do here pushes up and out to affect the larger community in Tampa Bay, Florida and beyond. Contact your council members, your county commissioners, your state legislators.

4 or against? There's more to Hometown Democracy than environment vs. sprawl - Any issue that makes it onto a ballot – with the exception, maybe, of the question of whether the majority of kittens should be allowed to live – will be oversimplified into embarrassingly hyperbolic – and barely accurate - terms. The Hometown Democracy debate is framed in a similarly black-and-white manner. Environmentalists embrace the concept as a way to curb sprawl.

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