The Green Community week in review: Permaculture in Haiti, "toilet to tap", Seminole Heights' new green market and more

Pinellas County Extension offers "The Basics of Climate Change" webinar (1/29) - In spite of the cold weather sweeping the country, climate change is a serious reality. On Friday, January 29, the Pinellas County Extension will host an introductory program to understand what’s really going on.

Sustainable relief in Haiti through permaculture - Permaculturist Cory Brennan reports on the efforts of the Permaculture Relief Corps in Haiti in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Experts say we're running out of water. Is "toilet to tap" the answer? - "We are running out of water. Period," says one USF professor. "In the world in general, and Tampa in particular." That's why some, including Tampa City Councilman Charlie Miranda, want the voters to consider indirect potable reuse — otherwise known as "toilet to tap" (though that's hardly an accurate nickname).

Buy healthy, local fare and wares at the forthcoming Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market - This market will offer only healthy, local foods and wares, as well as talented local artists and live music.

A local gal's love and know-how for natural remedies - No one is too young to be a lover of natural remedies. Kristal Roberts shares her knowledge of alternative remedies for everyday ailments.

Featured green site: 'Ecopolitology'- The politics of energy and the environment - Ecopolitology is an informative site that focuses on the politics of energy and the environment and gives readers acute and in-depth analysis on a wide range of current issues.

"The Green Police" PSAs (spoofs): Protecting and conserving the Earth (videos) - There's a new crew hitting the streets on February 7th, fighting the good fight for Mother Earth by keeping citizens in line when it comes to showing her some respect.

iGroundhog? PETA wants Punxsutawney Phil replaced with a robot - With Groundhog day just a few days away (Feb. 2), PETA has stepped in on behalf of Punxsutawney Phil, claiming that the furry guy isn't being treated so well by the throngs of noisy spectators that gather to see him every year.

City of Seminole recycling and sustainability discussion group meeting focusing on Aquaponics (2/1) - The group will welcome guest speaker, Barbara Arthur, who will educate citizens on the breeding of tilapia and culturing of plants and vegetables using the fascinating method of aquaponics.

Recycled chic: DIY shoulder bag from an old pair of jeans - The next time you have an old pair of jeans you're about to throw into the trash, think twice and turn them into a handy shoulder bag or purse.

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:

The young and the "green": Educating our youth about sustainable living - Can you make a point that we, the humans, are just one part of this equation and must remain in balance with everything else that surrounds us? I think you can. I believe you can create a generation of the young and the green without any drama.

Congress for the New Urbanism 2010 Statewide Meeting this week (1/28-29): Progressive planning advocates (video) - Grant Rimbey CNU discusses the upcoming 2010 Statewide Meeting for the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) – Florida Chapter in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Eco-related concerns over Cypress Gardens being turned into the world's largest 'Legoland' - When I recently heard about the sale of Cypress Gardens to Merlin Entertainments, who were going to transform it into a Legoland theme park, I had some eco-related concerns and hesitations.

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