The Green Community week in review: Oil spill forum in St. Pete, Hillsborough fertilizer debate continues, animal rights activists vs SeaWorld, and more

[image-1] - Short-term loans of up to $25,000 will be given out to those affected by the spill in 26 Florida counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough and Sarasota.

Celebrate World Oceans Day today, June 8 (videos) - World Oceans Day, officially recognized by the UN as June 8th, is a day when we all should be thinking about our oceans and ways to protect them.

More research for USF and NOAA to link deep-water "plumes" to BP oil leak - Researchers at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today that layers of degraded oil found in the subsurface of the northern Gulf of Mexico cannot be directly linked to the Deepwater Horizon spill until further research is conducted.

Attend the Gulf oil spill community forum on Tuesday, June 15 - Come to a free community forum at the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College (253 Fifth Ave. N. St. Petersburg), Tuesday, June 15, 2010 from 6-9pm.

New hotel in Rome is garbage, literally - The building, located on Capocotta Beach, is aptly named Save the Beach Hotel because it was created to raise awareness about the trashy state of many of Europe's beaches.

Reconnecting with our surroundings and "living local" in the Tampa Bay area - To sustain life in the Tampa Bay area, we need to learn to live locally. Here are some things we can do to begin to reconnect.

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. releases new brew for a cause, "New Horizon", this Friday (6/11) - In honor of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, the Tampa Bay Brewing Company will be releasing their newest, limited edition creation this week: New Horizon, and donating proceeds from its sale to a good cause.

Energy vs. the environment: The oil spill's devastating effects on our present and future - Their destructive forces lead to lost jobs and industries, and can devastate an area at many levels for decades afterward.

Hillsborough River not yet safe from fertilizers - The EPC, composed of county commissioners, was not ready to vote on the issue, and is looking at different solutions to harmful fertilizers runoffs during the rainy summer season.

Save the trees: Local recycled plastic factory offers maintenance-free plastic "lumber" - The Recycled Plastic Factory is a company located in Englewood, Florida, that manufactures 100% recycled plastic lumber and other similar products.

Will the Obama administration make a push for cap-and-trade legislation in the Senate Climate bill? - Newsweek journalist Jonathan Alter writes that the White House’s new legislative strategy is to apparently attach a landmark change in energy policy—namely, a price on carbon—to the bill bringing aid to the region.

Eco chic: Upcycled purses that double as one-of-a-kind works of art - Each of these items is easily a work of art and skill because they usually demand such activities as weaving, sewing, knitting, or crocheting to complete them. They can usually be seen as a very personal expression of style, but they also demonstrate a commitment to the planet as well.

Summer Solstice: Celebrating the benefits of sunshine and how the sun supports our lives - For me, in the twenty-first century, honoring seasonal changes with a celebration is a way to periodically tune in with the time system of nature and honor that nature is the source of everything that sustains the material aspect of my life.

Green Drinks: Monthly networking events for fellow "greenies" - The members of Green Drinks meet once a month to network, discuss changes in the industry, and get word on new products and ideas. (The free drink makes it even more enticing.)

Panel on Gulf oil spill to meet Tuesday night in St. Petersburg - The event will be broken into three one-hour discussions.  From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the discussion is entitled "About the Spill," and will feature Bill Hogarth, the Dean of the USF College of Marine Sciences, D.T. Minich from Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, and Geophysical Engineer Dan Berard.

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:

John Kerry makes the case for an energy bill in the wake of the disastrous oil spill - Kerry said yesterday, "The United States is losing a major economic transformational moment. Until we begin to do something — you know, since 9/11, we now actually import more oil than we did before 9/11. It's insulting to common sense."

Photo highlights from the 2010 Tampa Bay Living Green Expo - The 2010 edition featured over 75 exhibitors, activities for the whole family, and new ways to go green.

The Battle of Upham Beach, part 2: The great sand debate - If the groins are not affecting the sand down drift at Upham, does that imply the structures are not holding the sand as they were designed to do and costing more taxpayer dollars for upkeep?

Gulf spill hits Pensacola and the "small" amount of oil we have risked our environment over - Recent cross posts on the Pensacola tar balls and and the environmental damage done because of one "small" oil reservoir.

Animal rights group calls for an end of public display of captive orcas after another dies at SeaWorld - The animal-rights group In Defense of Animals, say it's now past time to stop using the public display of orcas for SeaWorld's benefit.

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