The Green Community week in review: National Coffee Party Day, solar powered iPhone case, Nike's 'green' World Cup uniforms and more

The Cove Oscar speech cut off because of activist message (video) - The controversial documentary The Cove took home the Academy Award for Best Documentary Sunday night, so why was their speech cut short?

Texas breaks US wind energy generation record - Last Friday, the Lone Start State broke the US wind power generation record by producing 19% of the state's total electricity mix, tripling their wind energy production from the prior year.

Nike's World Cup uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles - Each uniform is made from up to 8 recycled PET (#1) plastic bottles that are melted down and spun into the polyester yarn used. Nike has saved about 13 million of those plastic bottles from landfills in Japan and Taiwan.

Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy- A humorous look at a serious issue - Sizzle, by scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson, is a self-proclaimed mix of "mockumentary, documentary, and reality," about the current hot topics (pun intended) of global warming and climate change.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday: Embrace it if you must, but don't say it saves energy - The reason, we were told at the time, was that it would save energy, with the extra hour of natural daylight. Forgetting the fact that many people work, and must get up and turn on a light, that premise has proven to be erroneous.

Eco Tech: Solar powered iPhone/iPod charger case now available - Novothink, a company that makes solar powered electronics, has just released their creation: the Surge - a hybrid solar charger case for second and third generation iPhone and iPod Touch models.

The new Porsche Spyder: 718 horsepower, 78 mpg, and a plug-in hybrid?! - During the Geneva Auto Show last week, Porsche debuted this green beauty that's almost too good to be true: The Spyder 918.

Paying "rent" to Mother Nature: The Great Old Broads for Wilderness - Great Old Broads for Wilderness boasts twenty years of ageless advocacy. Based in Durango, Colorado, Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a non-profit public lands organization that uses the voices and activism of elders to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands.

St. Petersburg College to participate in Earth Hour on March 27 - On Saturday, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. the world will send a powerful message that climate change is a priority that must be dealt with now by turning off non-essential lighting for one hour. Find out how you can participate!

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:

Building Green, thinking green - Grant Rimbey CNU reviews the green and sustainable home building series Building Green and offers reviews on two recent books: Whole Earth Discipline, An Ecopragmatist Manifesto by Stewart Brand, and $20 Per Gallon, How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better by Christopher Steiner.

Local climbers bring Mt. Everest to Tampa for "An Evening with Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa" - Meet Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa who has climbed Mt. Everest thirteen times, as well as others in the Tampa climbing community to benefit the Climb for Cancer Foundation and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation this Thursday at The Tampa Club.

National Coffee Party Day this Saturday: Change the political culture from fixing blame to fixing problems - As voters and grassroots volunteers, let’s support leaders who work toward positive solutions and hold accountable those who obstruct them. Coffee Parties will be held this Saturday in Tampa and St. Pete.

Energy efficient Smart Grid appliance market on the rise (video) - For many global economies, the deployment of the Smart Grid could easily be one of the leading drivers of wealth well into the next 10 to 15 years.

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