The Green Community week in review: The Roosevelt art gallery, 7-Eleven's first LEED building, electricity-free water heating system and more

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7-Eleven opens its first LEED building - On February 24, 2010 7-Eleven opened a new store in Deland, FL that they hope will be their first to earn a LEED® Certified rating.


Pay "rent" to Mother Earth: Giving some love back to the trees - First in a "Paying Rent to Mother Earth" series by CL Contributor Linda Taylor.


Screening of food documentary InGREEDients plus dinner and Q&A with the filmmakers this Friday (3/5) - In addition to watching an exclusive screening of the film, you'll get to meet the filmmakers and dine on healthy, delicious food provided by Whole Foods Market.


'Trashion' designers needed for Trashy Fashion Show - Amateur eco-fashion designers of all ages will showcase their wears at the Third Annual Trashy Fashion Show, a recycled fashion show at the Largo Cultural Center on April 22.


CL's favorite green scene? The Roosevelt Art Gallery - Since beginning construction fourteen months ago, The Roosevelt team has taken its antique building – so-named because it once housed Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders – from leaky and creaky to clean and green. Bryan Roberts and the other two Roosevelt frontmen, Rudy Arnauts and Steve Francois, have turned their building into a fully functioning, carbon-free art gallery and multipurpose space with "zero" startup capital and no lack of elbow grease.


Electricity-free water heating system developed by one of USF's first alumni - The system uses heat from air conditioning systems to quickly heat water without using energy from the water tank itself.


Recycled chic: Turn a broken umbrella into a handy tote bag (video) - Take that now useless umbrella and turn it into a very useful and attractive tote bag.


Featured green site: 'The Seven Sins of Greenwashing' - Green?wash (gr?n’w?sh’, -wôsh’) – verb: the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.


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:

Upcoming film screening and discussion about the creation of sustainable communities hosted by Code Green Community - Join Code Green Community at this upcoming event where the organization's director Eric Stewart highlights an emerging community revolving around the creation of sustainable communities.

Van Jones talks green economy and sends Glenn Beck some love at the NAACP Awards (video) - Last Friday night, Van Jones accepted the President's Award at the NAACP Image Awards, bestowed upon him for his efforts in promoting a green economy. Jones gave a moving acceptance speech about those unemployed and living in economic uncertainty, urging us to repower America in a "clean way".

Tonight: Join Repower America's "72 Hours for Clean American Power" to support clean energy legislation - Join the kick-off event today: "72 Hours for Clean American Power", to connect tens of thousands of Florida constituents to their Senators in D.C. and to local Senate offices in an attempt to show the breadth and depth of support for clean energy legislation.

USF St. Pete lectures on marine challenges ahead due to climate change (3/3-4) - Check out the annual Eminent Scholars Lecture Series: "Current Challenges in Marine Science: Ice Sheets and Sea Level; Ocean Acidification" at the College of Marine Science at USF St. Petersburg  Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, March 3rd and 4th.

InGREEDients: Should we fear what's in our food? (trailer) - With the recent influx of food documentaries and exposés, comes yet another that forces us to take a look at the gritty (and frightening) reality of what is really in our food.

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