The Green Community week in review: Offshore drilling protest in St. Pete, Florida business owners demand clean energy, and more

DIY junk food: Make your own organic Twinkie knock-offs (video) - I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd be much happier with a Twinkie that had a lot less ingredients (especially sans the ones found in rocket fuel) and were more wholesome so I could feel better about eating them. Thankfully, Grist's "Ask Umbra" has come to the rescue with a great organic Twinkie recipe.

Obama to announce major offshore drilling proposal that includes Florida - Obama's announcement comes the same day that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is scheduled to speak in St. Petersburg at what is being called "The Real Jobs Summit", and in which offshore drilling is alleged to be part of his presentation.

Florida business owners take on DC to demand clean energy independence - At a time in which Washington, D.C. is gridlocked on so many issues, the bipartisan effort for energy and climate legislation represents a true bright spot in addressing a critical issue on which Floridians want our leaders to act. Perhaps this was my Mr. Smith Goes to Washington moment.

Sierra Club on Obama offshore drilling proposal: "Very disappointed" - Brune said "There's no reason to drill our coasts. We can achieve real energy independence and economic vitality by investing in clean energy like wind and solar and efficiency. This kind of power creates good, lasting American jobs and positions our nation to become a global leader in the new clean energy economy."

New study shows BPA exposure is widespread - A new study on bisphenol A (BPA) is showing a global snapshot of exposure to it and its possible harmful effects on humans, even in developing countries.

Photos from offshore drilling protest outside the St. Pete Town Hall meeting - Check out these photos from Wednesday evening of people gathering to protest offshore drilling outside of the Town Hall meeting (featuring Newt Gingrich) at the Vinoy Hotel in Downtown St. Petersburg.

Hands Across the Sand protests at Newt Gingrich’s Town Hall - It is interesting to note how environmental issues have become increasingly bi-partisan, despite partisan disagreement on "how we get there." Offshore drilling has become particularly non-partisan in Pinellas County, with politicians on both sides of the aisle firmly against the prospect of jack-rigs looming just miles off the coast, since this area could be affected most should something go wrong.

'Paint the Town Green' bar/restaurant hop: Rediscovering Tampa's nightlife through transit - Join the Urban Charrette for a carbon-friendly night on the town during their third annual Paint the Town Green event on Friday, April 2.

Featured green site: Earth 911 - Your one stop recycling resource - is your one-stop site for everything you'd ever want to know about recycling, not to mention it is a wealth of information on a variety of up-to-date green news and topics.

U.S. issues new rules on greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles - These new rules will now require all new vehicles -- starting with model years 2012 through 2016 -- to have a combined fuel economy average of 35.5 miles per gallon (250 grams of carbon dioxide per mile).

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

USF's Design Build program: Architecture as community involvement - Grant Rimbey reviews the award-winning Design/Build Program of the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design.

Join 'Hands Across the Sand' in St. Pete to protect our coasts from oil drilling, Wednesday (3/31) - On Wednesday, March 31st, there will be a Town Hall meeting conducted by Newt Gingrich at the Vinoy Hotel in St. Pete, touting economic development at the expense of our coastal economy. We will meet again on Wednesday to Join Hands to protect our coasts.

The household enterprise sector of the new knowledge/service economy - The current recession, jobless recovery and a transition to a knowledge/service economy leaves a wide gap for where people might be employed. This article explore new solutions the prevent a world of have and have nots!

You can recycle that?!: Overlooked items you should be recycling - Aerosol cans, wire hangers, hotel soap, even asphalt shingles are just some of the things that can be recycled but are oftentimes overlooked.

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