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[ Green Tips for the Holidays ]

So you live a green lifestyle all year long. You recycle, you minimize your impact by bringing your own bags and using a reusable cup for your morning coffee, you drive a low-emission car, and program your thermostat….you are set, right? Did you consider ways to green the holidays???? It doesn’t have to be difficult to make a difference!

* An obvious way would be to buy recycled wrapping paper, but you could take it a step further and use your old newspaper, or wrap it in another gift, such as a tablecloth, a scarf or a reusable shopping bag.

* As for the tree, real or fake? Cutting down trees and branches for decorations kills or injures trees, but a lot of the fake pine stuff is made from PVC which is toxic and energy intensive to make the plastic which releases gasses. There are fake pine decorations made from polyethylene which doesn’t carry the same health risks. Or use a potted real tree that can be planted in the spring.

*If you do use a real tree, be sure to give it new life at the end of the season! Mulch it or chip it. For more ideas check out the National Christmas Tree Association (www.realchristmastrees.org) and learn how to recycle it.

*LED lights are easy to find and will use a fraction of the energy that lights used to use. Use a timer for outdoor lights so they don’t stay on all night!

*Try upcycling! Get a little creative and turn something discarded into something usable. Recycle your old candles, jeans, tissue boxes, revamp glass bottles and jars, or turn old cookie tins into new fabulous gift tins. Pinterest.com is full of great ideas, just search UPCYCLE. There are thousands of ideas, surely one will appeal to you and your skill level.
Upcycle Candles
Glass Bottles and Jars
Give cookie tins a new life 

*Give green. Instead of giving someone another dust collector, donate to a charity that you or your recipient believe in. It’s a win-win! Some ideas to get you started:
Gifts that Give More
70 Years of Family Farming 
Sierra Club 
Nature Conservancy 

*If you do shop, shop local. Support the businesses in your local community and spend less gas driving all over. Art and craft shows are prevalent this time of year and you can support a local artist and give a gift of something thoughtful and artful. Pottery bowls can be esthetically pleasing and functional, or a hand knitted hat is stylish and warm.

*Eco-friendly gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Try gift cards for a group of friends to take a cooking class together. Make some jelly or jam, or bread that can be frozen for later. Be really green and give a worm composter so less food waste goes into the landfill. Try cloth dish towels and napkins as a gift to replace the paper ones. Give a fancy reusable water bottle or coffee/tea travel mug. Be super practical, and give LED bulbs or a blanket for the hot water heater. Reusable shopping bags are handy too! Programmable thermostat. Bus/train passes. Glass storage containers. A basket of nontoxic cleaners. Beeswax candles. Coupons to exchange for your time (ie babysitting or sharing a meal). Donate time to a local environmental group.

Eco Christmas
Eco Friendly Décor
Green Christmas 
Unique and Cheap Eco Friendly Gifts 
Green Gift Ideas

* December 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day! Otherwise known as ordinary baking soda, bicarb has so many uses it belongs in every green house. Surely you have used it for your baked goods….but have you tried it as a facial scrub? Toothpaste? Or even deodorant? A paste of baking soda can relieve the itch from bug bites, and putting it in a bath can help relieve itchy skin and help you relax. Use it as a scrub to remove burnt on stuff from your pots and pans, mix it with vinegar to clean your sinks and tub, or even sprinkle it on your carpet before vacuuming to remove odors. And if you overindulge this season, use half a teaspoon in a glass of water to help with heartburn and indigestion.

51 Uses for Baking Soda

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[ ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN ]

ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN FEATURING DON CHEADLE

 

PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 15, 2016 – Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) – Entercom is launching a nationwide public service announcement (PSA) campaign on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), for which the company is donating $1 million worth of free airtime. The PSA will feature Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle discussing the importance of stabilizing the global climate for our children and grandchildren. The PSAs will run across 124 of Entercom’s stations in 27 top markets in the country beginning in August.

 

“I’m happy to help introduce more people to the great work of EDF,” said Cheadle, a film and television star and climate activist who donated his time to the project. “We’re in the fight of our lives against climate change and EDF has been a real leader in that struggle. So I hope this helps.”

 

The campaign is part of a larger Entercom initiative, 1THING, committed to promoting good environmental practices both externally among listeners and business partners and internally among employees.

 

“Entercom is deeply committed to reducing our environmental footprint and working to be a good corporate citizen to help ensure a sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren,” said David Field, President and CEO, Entercom Communications Corp.  “We are proud to partner with the Environmental Defense Fund and help support their mission of solving the most critical environmental problems facing our planet.”

 

“I am grateful to David Field and Entercom for this generous donation that will help build our impact and bring our work to the attention of so many Americans,” said EDF President Fred Krupp. “And I’m grateful to Don Cheadle for the incredible gift of his time and talent. Without this kind of powerful support, we would not be able to do what we do.”

 

Entercom has previously partnered on PSA campaigns for Conservation International (CI), featuring Harrison Ford; 350.org, featuring Ellen Page; and most recently the Wilderness Society, featuring Dave Matthews, Betty White and Wendie Malick.

 

Founded in 1967, EDF builds lasting solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems, finding the ways that work so people and nature can prosper. Learn more at http://www.edf.org.

 

 

CONTACT:

Esther-Mireya Tejeda

610.822.0861

Esther-Mireya.Tejeda@entercom.com

@Entercom
About Entercom Communications Corp.

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S., reaching and engaging more than 40 million people a week through its 124 highly rated stations in 27 top markets across the country. Entercom is a purpose-driven company, deeply committed to entertaining and informing its listeners with the best locally curated music, news, sports, and talk content, driven by compelling local personalities.  Entercom delivers superior ROI by connecting its customers and audiences through its leading local brands and unparalleled local marketing solutions, which include over 4,000 events each year, and its SmartReach Digital product suite.  Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.Entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@entercom).

 

 

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[ Curb Alternatives ]

It doesn’t have to end this way.

  1. Treecycling Programs
    Tree recycling and mulching programs are offered in most towns and cities. Check with your local department of public works on whether your community has a pick up or if you need to drop off your tree to be made into mulch. Also in some places they offer mulch to be picked up for personal use.
  2. Give Cover
    If you would like, you can keep the tree and use the needles as mulch. Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly. Ground covering crops, such as strawberries love resting on these mold free and moisture hardy mulch. The boughs can also be cut off and used to layover perennial plants, protecting them from the snow and heavy frost.
  3. Chip, Chip Hooray
    A fun afternoon might be renting a chipper and making mulch for personal use. When spring comes you will be ready to spread the chips. Chips suppress weeds and when decomposition happens nutrients are released into your soil.
  4. Trunk Coasters (Yes, it’s a thing)
    If you prefer you can cut the trunk into 2 inch discs and line walkways and flower gardens. Thinner slabs cut off the trunk can be used as coasters. Just apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep sap off your furniture and glassware.
  5. Bird Sanctuary
    If you have the space, take that tree in its stand outdoors. A Bird Sanctuary can be made by filling bird feeders and hanging them on boughs. Gather pine-cones and coat them with peanut butter and string popcorn. When the tree is brittle, chip it up into mulch.
  6. Burial at Sea/Pond
    If you live close to a lake or pond and your tree is chemical free, contact the proper authorities and find out if your tree can be sunk and made into a sheltering habitat for fish.
  7. Great Barrier Wreath
    Christmas Trees were used in New Jersey to help the sand dunes recover from Hurricane Sandy. If you live near a beach, you might call the local department of public works to see if Christmas Trees are used for shoreline stabilization.

So when the Holidays are over, don’t throw away that Real Christmas Tree. Take advantage of that tree being biodegradable and give back to the environment. A great way to be green.

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[ Tips to Make St. Patrick’s Day Even Greener ]

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Irish eyes are smiling on St. Patrick’s Day! It just seems right to green the greenest of all holidays, doesn’t it? Here’s how to transfer a bit of that Irish luck to Mother Earth:

Drink Green:

What’s St. Patrick’s Day without a mug or two of beer?

  • Opt for an organic brew.  A local organic brewery bar is as green as you can get, since the beer has a low carbon footprint and the ingredients are free of pesticides and other chemicals. At the very least, make sure a local or organic brew made with fresh, pesticide-free hops, wheat, and barley is on tap at your local pub.  Most beer manufacturers are now producing a broad assortment of brews produced with ingredients that meet organic production standards. Even giants like Anheuser-Busch have gotten into the act.  Local, organic beers are also traveling shorter distances so they are often less expensive and fresher than foreign imports.  Get started with this online brewers directory for some great local beers near you.
  • Order beer on tap. Many bars recycle, but it’s always best to use fewer individual bottles. And if your favorite establishments don’t recycle, now may be the perfect time to kindly suggest that they start.
  • Go for glass over aluminum. When you have the option, it’s always best to choose glass over cans since recycling glass is more environmentally friendly. Also, look for bottles packaged with little or no paper labels. More paper and packaging = more waste.
  • Hosting a party? Skip the cans and bottles and go for the keg! Kegs are a win-win for your wallet and the environment. Not only are kegs reusable, but they also cut down on the waste you’d normally accumulate with loads of bottles and cans. Also make sure to have reusable glasses and cups on hand for your guests (no disposable cups, they will inevitably end up in a landfill near you).
  • Remember to sort your own empties into your recycling bin. If you haven’t gotten involved your local recycling program yet, there’s no better time than the present to locate your best local options and nearest centers.

Wear Green (organics) Proudly:

On St. Patrick’s Day, wearing green is mandatory if you want to avoid pinches from eager fingers.

  • The eco-friendliest way to dress green is to wear what you already own: Less consumption means less waste, and even a small showing of the color (socks?) gets you into the pinch-free zone.
  • If you must shop for a verdant hue, support one of the many fashion companies who manufacture with the planet in mind. Not surprisingly, many responsibly minded clothiers favor the color green, or even emphasize it, so it shouldn’t take the luck of the Irish to find what you need. Most major clothing companies — even Levi’s — now carry an organic line or two.
  • Looking for something organic with an Irish touch? Try this shamrock beauty from OfflineTshirts.com. It’ll bring good luck to you and the Earth.
  • Sure you want to dress to the nines in your green shirt (and maybe even pants), but why not wear truly green clothing by making sure they are organic or recycled cotton. Growing cotton takes a tremendous toll on the earth in terms of water use and the sheer tonnage of pesticides used to keep conventional fields healthy. But that’s not the only way to farm cotton, one of humankind’s best-loved and versatile fibers. Sustainable cotton production addresses these concerns, seeking reasonable yields which are better for the land and the people who work it. It’s better for the planet, which is sure to bring good some luck in the coming year, plus it’s something you can wear year-round.
  • When it comes to those wacky hats and decorations, just say no to disposable party gear. Instead, opt for green beads and hats that can be worn for years to come.
  • And if you’re going the painted face route, use organic or natural cosmetics rather than petroleum-based face paints.

Eat Green:

There’s little debate over the impact of livestock farming on the environment. The average cattle ranch can produce as much sewage runoff as a small city. It takes about 16 pounds of grain or soy feed to produce a single pound of beef, and irrigation associated with livestock production accounts for around half of all the consumed water in the United States. So cutting back on meat consumption is an earth-friendly choice. And there’s no reason to let traditionally meat-heavy Irish cooking get your way.

  • Try your hand at producing a veggie version of an old classic, Beef and Guinness Stew. You’ll find an easy recipe at About.com which substitutes seitan — a wheat gluten food — for the dish’s conventional ingredients and there are all manner of veggie “bangers” available at your local health or whole foods store just waiting to be fried.
  • Although not traditional Irish cuisine, corned beef has become a St. Patrick’s Day staple for North Americans. If you do plan on serving it up — with cabbage, of course — buy your beef from an organic producer who practices sustainable ranching methods. You can also visit your local farmers’ market to find beef raised in your area; often, eating local is even eco-friendlier than eating organic.

 

Make Your Trip To and From the Bar Green:

The Irish, more than any other national group, have managed to get their bars into nearly every city on Earth.

  • When you head out for the pub this year, join the growing movement of bike-only commuters and cycle there instead of driving to slash your greenhouse-gas emissions. However, remember to limit your intake; a BUI can be serious business. If your regular bar is too far to bike, try someplace new: Use your smartphone locate the closest bar with Guinness on tap. Cheers!
  • After you have a few drinks you won’t be driving home. Walking is great if you’re close to home, but sometimes you just need to take a taxi. While they’re not exactly eco-friendly, you can make the cab ride gentler on the earth by taking the shortest route, splitting a cab with friends if you’re headed in the same general direction and paying with cash to cut down on idling time. If you’re lucky enough to live in a city with a cab fleet that uses hybrid cars, give the green company your business.
  • If your principles won’t let you take a cab, check out public transit options. If you live in a bigger city, luck may be on your side since many extend public transit hours on March 17 to make sure everyone gets home safely. Just be sure to check transit hours before heading out for the night.

Plant Something Green:

Seems obvious, doesn’t it?

  • If you’re green at heart, put some green in your garden. Or you can pay to have something planted where it will do the most good.
  • If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint — the amount of carbon dioxide generated annually as the result of your person consumption — become a modern Johnny Appleseed and put down some trees. As little as $90 is enough to plant 900 trees, more than enough to cover your annual generation of carbon dioxide.
  • For a St. Patrick’s Day twist, scatter some organic clover seed in your garden. It’s attractive, bee-friendly, and helps hold moisture into the soil.

Donate Some Green:

If you’re thankful for your Irish heritage or just want to sow a little good karma in the Emerald Isle, find an Irish charity and lend them a hand.

 

Sources: TLC, mother nature network, Earthshare, Sierra Club

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[ 10 Ways to Make Your Big Game Party Greener ]

  1. Avoid sending paper invitations. Use e-mail, the phone, or an online service like evite.com
  2. Keep the decorations to a minimum. Make sure you recycle them.
  3. Serve food on reusable plates. Use mugs instead of throw-away cups. It is greener to wash and reuse than to throw everything away.
  4. Try using real forks, spoons, and knives instead of plastic ones. Quality of food service goes up and waste goes down..
  5. If you are using disposable items, pick things that can be recycled.  Recycle cans and bottles. Sett out recycle bins for your guests to toss their cans and plastic bottles. Set up a separate bin for glass as well. (Living Green and Saving Energy)
  6. Eco-friendly party host might also consider serving fresh fruits and vegetables to munch on such as non-store bought vegetable tray containing finger foods such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. along with a hand made dip made using fresh ingredients.
  7. Beer is on the menu find some organic brews distributed near you. If you are having a large party, think about renting a keg or growlers (a half gallon). Use washable cups/mugs, or eco-friendly plastic cups you can recycle. Brown glass doesn’t recycle as well as clear glass. Something to think about when getting beer. (Organic beer & Wine 411)
  8. Go with organic snack foods . If organic chips are too expensive or you just have to have your Lays potato chips, save the packaging and send it to Terracycle. Terracycle is a company that makes products out of consumer waste like chip bags, Capri Sun pouches and candy wrappers. A Capri Sun pouch or Lays Chips bag that you would ordinarily just throw away is worth 2 cents to schools. (voices.yahoo.)
  9. Grilling- Avoid lighter fluids and self-lighting charcoal These can emit smog-forming volatile organic compounds into the air. Instead use a charcoal chimney, an electric charcoal starter or even try a newer option, the Flame Disk. If you must use lighter fluids try a petroleum free charcoal starter. This odorless fluid made from ethanol will help start your grill and is better than smoke created from petroleum. You can find some at www.realgoods.com. Choose natural charcoals or lump charcoal made from furniture scraps and waste wood without additives and binders. Other choices include Cowboy Charcoal and environmentally certified wood briquettes. These burn cleaner and reduce your pollution. Switch to gas. Gas grills are much more energy efficient than charcoal grills and produce far less pollutants. A study by the Environmental Sciences Division of the Department of Energy compared the carbon output of gas, charcoal and electric powered grills when producing 35,000 Btu’s per hour. The conclusions showed that gas produced 5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide each hour, compared to 11 pounds for charcoal and 15 pounds for electric. Try Natural Gas. Many grills have a natural gas option. Natural gas burns much cleaner than propane grills and is cleaner than propane. (examiner)
  10. If choosing 100% organic isn’t an option, consult the “Dirty Dozen (PDF)” list of foods that carry the highest pesticide loads and don’t worry about the rest. Whenever possible, meat and dairy products should also be organic.

For these popular Super Bowl party foods, consider making the following ingredients organic:

  • Nachos: Corn chips, bell peppers, cheese
  • Pizza: Cheese, meat, bell peppers
  • Hot dogs: Meat, cheese (or go veggie with non-meat options)
  • Chili: Meat, cheese or go veggie using beans
  • Veggies (for dipping): Celery, carrots, bell peppers
  • Chips: Corn, potato

(Earth Eats)

 

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[ This Valentine’s Day, show your love for the earth and go a little greener! ]

This Valentine’s Day, show your love for the earth and go a little greener!  Here are some suggestions:

  • Send recycled-content greeting cards.  Make a card from scrap paper, old magazines, or wall calendars or by attaching new backs to the fronts of old cards.  Another option is giving a card made of plantable seed paper; bury it and when the paper biodegrades, the seeds grow into wildflowers.  Consider sending electronic valentines.  Love dolphins, penguins, tigers, and polar bears? Or know someone who does? Check out these free Valentine e-cards from Ocean Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and Conservation International.  Before tossing your cards in the trash, consider reusing them for scrap booking, collages, picture frames or as smaller greetings for next year’s holidays. You can also try donating them to an art program, scout troop, or day care, or simply sort them into your paper recycling bin.
  • Bake cookies or other goodies for your valentine and package them in reusable and/or recyclable containers as gifts.  Home-made goodies show how much you care and help you avoid packaging waste.
  • Give her sexy green lingerie, and she’ll enjoy the comfort of organic and natural materials all year long.
  • It’s little-known, but the flower industry is pretty environmentally destructive. Pluck some peonies from your own garden or give organic(or home-grown) and fair trade flowers.  Swing by your local farmers’ market or local greenhouse for a bouquet of your favorites (make sure to ask the farmer whether what you’re buying is free of pesticides).  Flowers from your local greenhouse or farm are fresher and more environmentally friendly than those shipped, flown and trucked into the U.S. from the far ends of Ecuador.  Organic flowers, on the other hand, are easy to find online, at farmers’ markets (when not snowed in) and often at boutique flower shops in large cities.  Other options include a potted plant, live bushes, shrubs, or trees that can be planted in the spring.  They always lasts longer.  Need help? Check out this top farmers market finder from American Farmland Trust.
  • Savor organic and fair trade chocolates.  Of all crops, cocoa demands the second highest use of pesticides (first place goes to cotton). But toxicity isn’t a requirement. In fact, the sweet stuff tastes better when producers honor USDA organic standards, which prohibit the use of harmful chemicals.  Ensure that you’re supporting the most responsible confectioners by buying organic, local, or shade-grown. If you can, resist the convenience of that frilly heart-shaped box with all those individual paper wrappings tucked into a plastic mold. Instead, go for a less packaged (but just as romantic) option.  Not sure which organic chocolate to choose for your sweetheart? Check out these picks. Remember, fair-trade, shade-grown chocolate is nice, but a homemade treat can be even sweeter.
  • Pour USA-grown biodynamic organic wines. They don’t cost much more, they don’t travel as far grape to table, and organic wines are made without added sulfites, which makes them more friendly to people with asthma and those who are allergic to the common vino additive.
  • Treat your honey’s taste buds at a restaurant specializing in local, seasonal, organic, regional cuisine and has lots of vegetarian options.  If all the best restaurants are booked and you can’t get that coveted February 14 reservation, whip up a candle-lit dinner at home. Find out what foods are being grown where you live and then hit your local farmers’ market. Gather up fresh, local ingredients for an intimate home-cooked meal or romantic picnic.  Can’t cook? Keep it simple with a romantic picnic, a formula that’s endured for hundreds of years: a jug of (organic) wine, a loaf of bread–and thou.  (Check out some local foods stats, learn more about sustainable low mercury fish, and find sustainable recipes from celebrity chefs.)
  • If you’re planning a multi-day getaway, consider a staycation, camping, or a green hotel.  Think about taking the train to a nearby town to take part in low-impact activities like hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.  Wherever you go, coordinate to take public transit–or a bicycle homebuilt for two.
  • Consider eco-friendly jewelry, antique or recycled jewelry.  Vintage jewelry is a great choice for romantic souls who don’t romanticize the environmental and human-rights problems associated with mining diamonds and gold. For a bold (and not necessarily bank-breaking) statement, consider a distinctive piece made from recycled metal, paper, or other repurposed materials.
    • Purchase natural soy candles to set the mood.
    • Create digital playlists instead of packaged CDs.
    • If you give your Valentine a tchotchke or doodad, consider how soon it may end up in a landfill. Instead, plan a hike and a picnic in your mutually favorite nature spot. Other memorable small-footprint ideas include a day at a spa(many big city spas have organic or all-natural options for their treatments), a gift certificate to a vegetarian restaurant, a cooking or dancing class, tickets to a nearby concert or play, or a subscription to a local CSA. You can even adopt a national park in your sweetheart’s name.
    • If you must wrap your gift, consider alternatives to store bought wrapping paper and planet-friendly options.  Leftover fabric, lightweight wallpaper, colorful scarves and even the Sunday comics work just as well.  Recycle used ribbons, bows and decorative wrappings.  Store used paper and accessories in a convenient place for the next holiday occasion.
    • Remember how much fun Valentine’s Day was as a kid? For some special Vday kid’s craft projects, check out these nature-inspired ideas from National Wildlife Federation.
    • Single this Valentine’s Day? Find your perfect mate at Defenders of Wildlife’s Online Adoption Center.

Sources:  www.thedailygreen.com

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[ NRG ENERGY BRINGS INNOVATIVE SOLAR POWER SOLUTIONS TO NEW SANTA CLARA STADIUM ]

New home of the San Francisco 49ers to be the first professional football stadium to open with LEED certification and the first professional sports venue to achieve net zero energy performance in California during 49ers home games

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – NRG Energy, (NYSE: NRG), the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the San Francisco 49ers today announced an agreement to bring sustainable energy to the new Santa Clara Stadium. Through this unique partnership, NRG will help the new facility become the first professional football stadium to open with LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.

As one of the first Founding Partners for the new stadium, and the exclusive sustainable energy provider of the 49ers, NRG will install a number of state-of-the-art solar elements, including three solar array-covered bridges, a solar canopy above the green roof on the suite tower portion of the stadium and solar panels over the 49ers training center.

The arrays will have a total peak capacity of about 400kW and will provide enough power over the course of a year to offset the power consumed at the stadium during 49ers home games. As a result the stadium will be the first professional sports venue in California to achieve net zero energy performance.

“NRG is much more than a Founding Partner, they are providing the energy leadership, infrastructure and expertise to help us achieve the vision of making the new Santa Clara Stadium an economically and environmentally sustainable showcase for innovation,” said Jed York, Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco 49ers. “As we strive to build a stadium that embodies all that is unique and special about both the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, this partnership with NRG will make very lofty goals become realities.”

The new stadium in Santa Clara is the next generation of stadium design.  One of the most unique features of the facility is the green roof atop the suite tower on the west side of the stadium. The three solar bridges, connecting the main parking area to the stadium, will include hundreds of solar panels.  In keeping with NRG’s philosophy of creating iconic solar elements at NFL stadiums, the solar bridges will be the first in the NFL.

“The 49ers are not only one of the leading and most successful franchises in the history of the NFL, they have also been for decades community leaders in the Bay Area and with the entire 49ers fan base. Today and going forward, we are honored to support the 49ers as they extend their off-the-field community leadership into the critically important arena of clean and sustainable energy,” said David Crane, President and CEO of NRG Energy. “And NRG is proud to partner with the San Francisco 49ers and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority in the pursuit of another milestone, the LEED certification of their new stadium.”

In addition to the solar array, the stadium’s green initiatives include public transit access, convenient bicycle parking, a walking path from the San Tomas Creek Trail, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, recycled materials and a long list of other sustainable design elements.

As the sustainable energy partner of the 49ers, NRG will continue to explore other opportunities to help enhance the stadium’s sustainability efforts such as installing electrical vehicle charging stations to the new stadium.  NRG is currently building the nation’s first comprehensive, privately funded electric vehicle charging network.

NRG, the nation’s largest competitive power generator is a leader in providing safe and reliable energy solutions in new and innovative ways to American businesses and consumers.  It is also the largest solar power company in the United States with more than 900 megawatts of solar generation in operation.

About the new Santa Clara Stadium

The Santa Clara stadium will not only be the new home to the San Francisco 49ers, but it will also serve as one of the world’s best outdoor sports and entertainment venues.  It was designed by HNTB and is being built by Turner/Devcon. The $1.2 billion venue will have 1.85 million square feet, seat approximately 68,500 and will feature an expected 165 luxury suites and 9,000 club seats.  It was designed to be a multi-purpose facility with the flexibility to host a wide range of events, including domestic and international soccer, college football, motocross, concerts and various civic events, and will be expandable for major events such as the Super Bowl.  For more information, go to www.newsantaclarastadium.com.

About NRG

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. We deliver cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers, backed by the nation’s largest independent power generation portfolio of fossil fuel, nuclear, solar and wind facilities. A Fortune 300 company, NRG is challenging the U.S. energy industry by becoming the largest developer of solar power, building the first privately-funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and providing customers with the most advanced smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use. In addition to 47,000 megawatts of generation capacity, enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, our retail electricity providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy and Energy Plus – serve more than two million customers. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

About the San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers, owned by Denise and John York, currently play in the NFC West division and won each Super Bowl contest it entered, earning five Super Bowl trophies including Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX.  The franchise also has six conference championships and 19 divisional championships and was the first major league professional sports franchise to be based in San Francisco over 60 years ago. Please visit www.49ers.com and follow the 49ers on Facebook and Twitter @49ers.

From left to right: 49ers President Gideon Yu, President and CEO of NRG Energy David Crane, and 49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York

 

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[ 2013 New Orleans super Bowl XLVII Host Committee Challenges NFL Fans to Geaux Green! ]

SWEEPSTAKES DESIGNED TO EDUCATE FANS ABOUT CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE

2013 New Orleans super Bowl XLVII Host Committee Challenges NFL Fans to Geaux Green!

The 2013 New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee (today unveiled a new Geaux Green website and contest designed to help make the festivities in the Big Easy as environmentally friendly as possible.  The site engages fans in a friendly competition to see which NFL city has the most eco-friendly fan base.  The promotion will send one lucky fan and a guest to the game.

“The 2013 New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee is committed to making Super Bowl XLVII a fantastic experience for fans as well as an event that provides long term benefits for the community and the environment,” said Jay Cicero, executive director of the Host Committee.  “The Geaux Green game was developed for the Host Committee by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in partnership with Entergy Corporation as one of many first-of-its kind initiatives the Host Committee’s Environmental Sub-Committee will be implementing to “green” the Super Bowl visitor experience.” More information about the initiatives can be found at neworleans-superbowl.com/geauxgreen.

“Minimizing the environmental footprint has been a growing focus for all Super Bowl host cities,” said Patty Riddlebarger, director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Entergy Corporation and chair of the Environmental Sub-committee.  “The Geaux Green website expands the focus to include raising awareness among fans about the positive impact they can have on the environment through energy conservation. The Host Committee Geaux (pronounced Go) Green website is a virtual playbook of information, resources and games highlighting simple steps football fans can take to save energy and reduce emissions.”

“The Geaux Green game provides a unique opportunity to reach millions of people and show them how individual actions can make a big impact on the environment,” said Katie Mandes, vice president for community engagement at C2ES and director of Make an Impact. The Geaux Green game and contest kick off in December. Fans pick their favorite NFL city, then select “green” commitments they want to make from a list of actions to reduce their energy use and environmental impact. The initiative will also track results to show which NFL city has the most eco-friendly fan base.  Everyone who completes the pledge will be entered into a Jan. 10th drawing for two tickets to the Super Bowl, roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations, compliments of the Host Committee.

For more information:

Visit the Super Bowl Host Committee website at nolasuperbowl.com

Visit the Geaux Green Game website at neworleans-superbowl.com/geauxgreen

Twitter: follow @tweetanimpact and #geauxgreen for game updates

Facebook: Like us at www.facebook.com/geauxgreen.mai

 

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[ World Oceans Day is June 8th ]

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Alyssa Isakower World Oceans Day Coordinator

The Ocean Project

401.709.4071 / aisakower@theoceanproject.org

 

 

Record Number of Aquariums, Zoos, and Museums to Host Celebrations for World Oceans Day on June 8th

PROVIDENCE, RI – On June 8th communities around the globe will celebrate World Oceans Day as an opportunity to learn more about our ocean and take action to help conserve it. This year the celebration is bigger than ever with hundreds of family-friendly events at aquariums, zoos, museums, exciting online events, and strong prospects for a new youth movement to protect the ocean!

“A record number of aquariums, zoos, and museums are providing ways on World Oceans Day for their visitors to get inspired and take personal action to help our world’s ocean,” said Bill Mott, director of The Ocean Project. “World Oceans Day provides an opportunity for people across the country and around the world to celebrate our ocean connections, do more for ocean conservation, and learn more about our ocean!”

World Oceans Day coordinator, Alyssa Isakower, commented, “The worldwide response has been more enthusiastic than ever. June 8th provides a chance for the world to rally for a generation of ocean advocates who go beyond raising awareness and take real action for ocean protection.”

Under the theme, “Youth: the Next Wave for Change,” many events will focus on inspiring the younger generations. Public opinion research by The Ocean Project supports this emphasis, finding that youth and young adults:

  • Express more interest and concern about the health of the ocean, and the problems of pollution, overfishing and climate change
  • Look to aquariums, zoos, and science centers for ways they can be part of the solution
  • Have a higher belief in their own ability to make a difference
  • Are recognized by their parents as better informed on ocean and environmental issues

New and exciting happenings:

  • Hundreds of events planned: Already over 250 events are listed from dozens of countries, with several hundred more expected.
  • Dr. Seuss teams up with World Oceans Day: More than 100 institutions are planning Dr. Seuss-themed events!

People taking action around our blue planet:

  • Youth in action in Arcata, CA: Friends of the Dunes celebrates their 8th straight WOD! 1,000 students will conduct a beach cleanup and invasive plant removal and then will create an aerial art design, with a plane capturing the image.
  • Making a difference in the Marshall Islands: Youth groups, government, and non-government agencies will participate in beach and underwater dive cleanups, and more hands-on activities.

For free images of the ocean or other related materials, please contact Alyssa Isakower, WOD Coordinator. The World Oceans Day website has downloadable logos, posters, and other graphics, a continually updated events list, and more:

 

www.WorldOceansDay.org

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The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with informal science education centers around the world. Its global network includes over 1,500 partner aquariums, zoos, science museums, and other educational organizations that serve hundreds of millions of visitors each year. The Ocean Project is the lead entity for promoting World Oceans Day. More about The Ocean Project can be found at: www.TheOceanProject.org.

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[ Movie with a Message: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss ]

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With lead stars Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, you might think that the Lorax is just for kids.  But The Wilderness Society supporter Betty White also lends her voice to Grammy Norma, continuing her commitment to conservation for future generations.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

These are the worlds the Once-Ler, one of the main characters from Universal Pictures new movie, The Lorax. Based upon Dr. Seuss’ classic book of the same name, the movie follows a young boy, Ted, as he sets out from his artificial town to find a real living tree. Ted eventually meets the Once-Ler, a recluse who tells how he met the Lorax, the guardian of the forest, and how the magnificent Truffula trees were all chopped down.

Produced in part with the US Forest Service’s Discover the Forest campaign, the film simply explains the environmental conservation using bright colors and vibrant images.  The Truffula forests are alive with birds, fish, swans, and bears. By contrast, the wastelands where the Truffula trees once stood are stark, barren landscapes.  The Lorax uses these to show how one person, no matter how small, can have in order to make a difference for our environment.

 

The Lorax, in movie form and the original book, carries a message for for children and their parents alike. It inspires hope in the future and in doing so shows us that it’s up to us, and our children, to protect the earth we live on.

As the Once-ler says, “Truffula trees are what everyone needs…Plant a new tree, treat it with care.  Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.”

Discover the Forest: www.discovertheforest.org

Official Lorax Movie site

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