The Green Community week in review: Rally to ban offshore drilling, plastic bags turned into fuel, Eckerd College Environmental Film Fest and more

[image-1] - The Sierra Club is looking for an Outdoors Youth Ambassador intern who will spend the summer hiking, rafting, and exploring with the Sierra Club's youth programs around the country, and video blogging about their experiences. Bonus: Part of this time will be spent living in San Francisco and working at the Sierra Club's headquarters.

2011 Florida Renewable Energy Tour makes a stop in Tampa - Saturday, February 19 - Be part of shaping the renewable energy and energy efficiency future of Florida at this free, all-day event. Learn about pending legislation, interact with elected officials, network with people from all phases and stages of involvement of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and encourage and support a free market for renewable energy in Florida.

Japanese inventor builds machine that turns plastic bags into fuel - Though the fuel created will end up releasing CO2 into the air, it’s still reducing the amount of oil that needs to be drilled and also keeps all of that plastic out of our landfills. In essence, it’s like “recycling” crude oil.

EarthTalk: Researchers studying long-term effects of cell phone use and links to cancer and neurological diseases - A long term study is underway that will track the cell phone usage of 250,000 cell phone users between the ages of 18 and 69 over three decades. In addition to looking for cancer links, the study will be on the lookout for links to neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

The Battle of Upham Beach, Part 4: Suncoast Surfrider Foundation stands to get controversial T-groins removed from St. Pete's Upham Beach - “The projects effect goes well beyond surfers being upset it ruined a surf break. We believe a case can be made as to how the project permit is currently in violation of state codes and statutes – thus, the groins should be removed,” said Scott Orsini, Suncoast’s Vice Chair. And the chapter wants no permanent rock structure.

3,000 volunteers needed for Tampa Clean City Day - Friends of Clean City are looking for 3,000 volunteers to help clean up Tampa on March 12, 2011. With over 100 beautification projects around Hillsborough, thiswill be a day to invest in your community.

Tips for first-time gardeners - Here are some tips that first time gardeners might find helpful.

EarthTalk: One million electric vehicles on the road by 2015? - Will Barack Obama's call for one million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015 be realized? Some predict there could be as many as 14 million on the road by 2020.

Eckerd College's Environmental Film Festival kicks off this weekend: Free screenings and panel discussions - Programs at this year’s festival highlight themes such as plastic bags, forgotten things, natural gas, independent farming, insect obsessions, astronomy and urban bird watching. All films are free and open to the public, and screen in the Miller Auditorium of Eckerd College.

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:

EarthTalk: Have E-ZPass and similar programs reduced traffic and pollution? - The New Jersey Turnpike Authority ‘s E-ZPass electronic toll collection system has reduced toll plaza delay by about 85 percent overall and decreased overall fuel consumption on the state's turnpike system by some 1.2 million gallons per year, cutting emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 0.35 tons per day.

Florida politicians rally with activists for ban on offshore drilling - If the legislation is passed, Florida will permanently be declared a drill-free state. Oil rigs will be banned within three miles of the Atlantic coast and 10 miles of the Gulf Coast.

Eckerd College hosts 13th Annual Environmental Film Festival - February 18-26 - The festival brings films to the Tampa Bay area in order to raise awareness and promote discussion of questions relating to nature, place and the environment. All programs are free and open to the public.

Green Earth Literature Program infuses environmental education and entertainment for youths - Mallory Goes Green was one of the book winners of the 2011 Green Earth Award by the Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF). NMF created the Green Earth Literature Program featuring the Green Earth Award to “get more books with a message of environmental stewardship into the hands of children and young adults, and to connect authors with youth.”


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