The Green Community week in review: Oil spill coverage, hair boom how-to, first U.S. offshore wind farm and more

Florida creates task force to deal with oil spill and its aftermath - The Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, Frank Brogan, has established a clearinghouse for all things related to the massive oil slick slowly moving its way towards Florida.

Florida DEP Secretary Sole on oil spill: tar balls may affect Southeast part of the state - Sole said that his expectation is that "as this plume continues to grow, there will be the influence of a loop current on the product.  This product will be in the form of tar balls."

Would a LEED certified Rays stadium appease environmentalists and new stadium supporters? - Since the outpouring of opposition of a waterfront stadium was from the environmental community, would it not make sense to offer an appeasement of a LEED stadium in an area needing to prove (and improve) sustainability in order to help the group accept a new offer?

Gulf oil spill volunteer opportunities - Local and national environmental groups are asking the public for help with cleanup along the Gulf coast states due to the recent oil spill disaster.

Surfrider Foundation debates offshore drilling - Expert panelists David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, and Ericka Davanzo, Florida Regional Manager of the Surfrider Foundation, had a live discussion about offshore oil drilling and the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Tampa salon accepting donations of hair and nylons to aid in oil spill cleanup efforts - Locally, one Tampa hair stylist has taken the initiative to help out the oil spill cleanup efforts by starting a campaign to gather donations of hair and used laundered nylons to be made into hair booms and mats to absorb the oil.

Concerned Bay area residents discuss what to do next regarding oil spill - “We’re dealing with reality of what’s happening,” Cathy Harrelson said, trying to concentrate the energies of those in attendance on what they could do today and tomorrow to mitigate in whatever way possible the deleterious effects of the spill.

In the wake of oil spill, Charlie Crist says he's open to Democratic proposal for constitutional amendment vote to ban offshore drilling in state waters - Representative Kriseman also wanted to be clear that their proposal should transcend party or politics, calling it an economic wake up call for Florida.  And he said that he and Fitzgerald weren't just being critics, but had fresh ideas about getting the state to start catching up when it comes time to emphasize renewable energy sources.

Are carbon dioxide-capturing, artificial trees the way of the future? - Klaus Lackner is working with Global Research Technologies to create a prototype of an artificial tree that can remove up to 10 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.

BP's current efforts with the oil spill cleanup - So, how is this gunk cleaned up? Well, I know that kitty litter works in my garage, but I don’t have oceanic conditions in my garage, so what are the clean up procedures for the oil spills that happen in our waters?

Grab your last-minute Mother's Day gifts from these eco-friendly stores in Tampa Bay - Support local businesses, buy 'green', and make Mom happy.

Oil spill cleanup 101: How to make a hair boom (video) - So what exactly is a hair boom and how is it made? Well, you're in luck because Matter of Trust has just released this hair boom 'how-to' video (below) with introduction by founder Lisa Gautier.

Maurice Ferre says the massive oil spill is a call for a new energy plan in the U.S. - Florida Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Maurice Ferre this afternoon unveiled a position paper on what he believes the country needs to do on energy, in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that could ultimately get into Florida's waterways, though the Coast Guard announced today that will not happen for the next 72 hours, at least.

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:

Addicted to oil: The high costs of drilling - Will we fight to the bitter end over these finite resources as we are currently doing in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or will we wake up, evolve, grow a new consciousness and achieve something so magnificent that it will be a transcendental moment for humanity?

EPA launches Gulf oil spill website with up-to-date information - With the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico quickly becoming the worst oil disaster in the U.S. (set to surpass the Exxon Valdez spill), the EPA has set up a website providing breaking updates, photos and online resources for those living in the affected areas.

- The environmentally catastrophic month of April ended with one bright spot: The approval of the long embattled Cape Wind offshore wind farm near Cape Cod, Massachusetts — America’s first offshore wind farm.

Tampa Bay agencies publish pro-drilling message touting safety of offshore drilling - Recent issues of Bay Soundings: Tampa Bay's Science and Nature News Journal include lengthy messages promoting oil drilling off Florida’s coasts and touting the safety of offshore drilling. The Soundings — funded by public agencies directed by local elected officials — has not printed any perspective from anyone opposed to offshore drilling. Meanwhile, the public agencies behind the Bay Soundings pretend they are not taking any position for or against offshore drilling.

The Transition Movement and growing a Transition Town in Tampa Bay - It is one of several grass-roots movements cropping up in response to the global situation. Within this turmoil, there is opportunity, an opportunity the Transition Movement hopes to seize, creating a better future during a turbulent time.

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