The Green Community week in review: Greener gift ideas, Atlantic wind farms create new jobs, Buy Local Week and more

[image-1] - We've already raised about $2,300 more than we did in last year's auction — and there's still two weeks of bidding left to go. Check out the new additions to the list!

Offshore Atlantic wind farms providing jobs and new energy supply - Just one gigawatt of wind-generated energy would create 800 permanent new jobs in addition to 20,700 direct job-years in manufacturing and installation. The potential job increase and the ability for wind energy to supply power to homes along the coast has government officials buzzing with wind energy plans.

Forget material possessions: Greener holiday gift ideas - Instead of a material present this holiday, why not give the gift of philanthropy?

EarthTalk: "Trayless Tuesdays" in school cafeterias to reduce waste - New York City schools are trying out “Trayless Tuesdays” in their cafeterias in order to reduce waste and to keep the disposable polystyrene trays out of landfills.

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 last week:

TED for teens: Highlights from the TEDx Youth Tampa Bay event (videos) - Video highlights from the TEDx Youth Tampa Bay event.

EarthTalk: Greener electronics - Where can I find information on which electronics and their manufacturers are greener than others, with regard to components, manufacturing processes and end use efficiency?

The first sporty hybrid of its kind: The 2011 Honda CR-Z - The 2011 Honda CR-Z is a cross between a hybrid and a sports car. Although the mix might be considered oxymoronic— for hybrids usually center on fuel economy and sports cars usually center on engine muscle—Honda provides drivers a way to be fuel conscious while still having a fun ride.

Organic, recycled and energy-saving gift ideas for green holiday gift giving - Do you ever feel like you are looking for something different for holiday gifts and want to be green while saving some green? You can find all kinds of green products, solar gadgets, and recycled goods to purchase as gifts or even to use to keep energy consumption down during this season.

Think, buy, be local: It's sustainable! Participate in SIBA's Buy Local Week - The commission recognized SIBA’s current Local First campaign and the important role Local Independent and Sustainable Businesses play in strengthening the local economy, creating jobs, protecting the environment, and building vibrant healthy communities for everybody.

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