The Green Community week in review: Green builder in Tampa, energy efficient tax exemptions, green beauty and more

Control insects and rodents in a humane, eco-friendlier way- Before spraying inorganic chemicals in your home or inhumanly killing rodents, try these eco-friendly alternatives.

A more sustainable alternative to the BayWalk bailout- Will it continue a worn-out policy of subsidies to out-of-town corporations and mainly profit the wealthy few or will it adopt an enlightened, sustainable public policy that promotes economic development of all local residents, in every community, not just the privileged ones?

The story behind property tax exemptions for solar and wind storm improvements- Lisa Montelione gives you the lowdown on how to get tax rebates on your energy efficient home installations.

The Yale Forum's Bud Ward on ocean acidification, electric cars, and the changing Florida coral reefs

Slow money, financial permaculture and capitalism- Like enjoying locally-grown food, slow money is about making your investments local, “bringing money back down to earth,” says Woody Tasch.

Back door meetings par for the course at City Hall in St. Pete? - The St. Pete times recently reported that agenda items that come before the St. Petersburg City Council are a “done deal” before they are brought to a public forum, according to Councilman Jim Kennedy. This means that any time you or any member of the public speak at a city hearing, your testimony and evidence will not be considered by the board because they have already made up their mind in a meeting with the mayor days before.

GM continues to push forward after bailout with the hybrid electric Volt- GM pushes forward with a new ad campaign and promise of a greener future with the Volt.

Stephen Colbert on the war against toilet paper: "World War 3-Ply" - Check out this hilarious clip from the Colbert Report where Stephen sticks it to environmentalists who are against 3-ply toilet paper.

Green beauty products: How to know if they're the real deal - It might be hard to determine which products are legitimately organic/natural products and which ones might be exploiting their green efforts.

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:

Builder goes green with their eco-friendly homes in Terrace Park, Tampa- One company, Rising Force Construction, has undertaken the task of creating affordable, energy efficient homes that promote sustainable living in Terrace Park, an established neighborhood just south of the University of South Florida.

Two more screenings scheduled for Fresh: New thinking about what we're eating- You now have two more chances to see this new film about what's wrong with the mega-industrial food industry.

Hope springs from tragedy: A city rebuilds to become better, stronger and greener- Greensburg, Kansas rebuilds to be an all green city. Vote in their green home design competition!

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