YEEC chair, Eric Hopkins, has worked tirelessly on this project. Congratulations for making it happen.
From the York Weekly:
The following article was contributed (via Socialmonsters.org) by Maria Delgado, a film student and a freelance writer living in New Mexico.
As a college student, you’re aware of the harsh environmental impact of the typical American lifestyle. Maybe you wish that you could live in a way that was more eco-friendly. Fortunately, there are many ways to do just that even on a limited budget. Here are a few ideas for living greener:
To make it easier to reach the plugs, connect your computer and other equipment to a power strip. Then, put the strip in an easily accessible location. You’ll be able to cut the power to everything that’s plugged into it by simply flipping one switch.
Buy a Fuel-efficient Car
According to the EPA, all-electric cars are the most fuel efficient of all. The Scion iQ EV comes in at the top of the efficiency ratings with fuel usage equivalent to 121 MPG. The most efficient plug-in hybrid vehicle is the Chevrolet Volt, which gets 62 MPG. Such fuel efficient cars are not only good for the environment; they are great for your wallet as well. You’ll have fun driving past all the gas stations without having to stop.
You can go far beyond the normal curbside recycling offered by most municipalities. If you have old furniture to get rid of, give it to the local Goodwill. Old clothes can be donated to charities, or if they’re too worn for reuse as garments, they can be cut up and used as rags. Dead computers and other old electronics can be taken to municipal drop-off points if available, or they can be sold or given to a variety of recycling companies.
Walk or Bike Wherever You Can
Either form of human-powered transportation is free of toxic emissions. You’ll also be able to avoid traffic jams, and as a bonus, you’ll get to experience the environment right up close. Be sure to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast.
Shop at the Local Farmers’ Market
When you buy local produce, you help reduce air pollution since trucks won’t have to take your food all the way across the country. Better yet, you can ask the sellers about their growing techniques and pinpoint the ones that use organic methods or non-GMO plants.
Use Reusable Water Bottles
The convenience of being able to take a bottle of water with you cannot be denied, but typical plastic ones produce a lot of waste. Keep the convenience and avoid the waste by using bottles made of stainless steel. These aren’t only good for the environment – insulated versions help keep your drinks at the proper temperature as well.
These are just a few ways you can lower your environmental footprint while sticking to a college budget. Whether you start with something big or make small steps, you can make an immediate difference in the environment by your choices in daily living. Start today, and there will be less waste in the environment by tomorrow.
Community Talk: “Tar Sands Oil — Why it Matters to ME!”
Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. at the York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd.
Bob Klotz, co-founder of 350 Maine, will discuss the implications for Maine of a proposal to move tar sands oil from Canada to Portland Harbor for export overseas. Considerations include effects on climate change and threats to the Sebago Lake watershed and other Maine waterways. Q & A will follow. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. The event is co-sponsored by Seacoast Citizen Action Network and 350 Maine York Region. See SeacoastNetwork.org for more information.
The following is excerpted from a Seacoastonline article by Roger Wood, dated April 4, 2013.
Read the rest of the article.
In York, YEEC chair Eric Hopkins is trying to organize a similar effort to get a solar array installed on the York Middle School roof. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Eric via email at eric_hopkins[at]yahoo.com.
The following infographic was sent to us by the folks at LearnStuff.com:
Using a financing tool called power purchase agreements, a large solar developer has struck a new deal with automakers Honda and Acura. This is expected to give a big boost to the “already-rapidly burgeoning solar leasing market.”
Solar leases, or solar power purchase agreements, are one of the new innovative tools for encouraging solar deployment. Basically, . . . → Read More: Honda and SolarCity Partner on Low-Cost Home Solar Power Leases
A proposal for a municipal solar project in Eliot is moving forward after getting the approval of the town’s attorney. The project is being financed through a relatively new process called a power purchase agreement. From Seacoastonline.com:
The proposal calls for the installation of a panel array featuring photovoltaic cells that would convert solar energy . . . → Read More: Town of Eliot installing solar array
York residents and York Energy Efficiency Committee members Eric Hopkins, Hilary Clark, and Melissa Enright were among those who were taking a stand for the environment and for future generations in Washington last weekend. From the excellent Seacoastonline article by Deborah McDermott:
Seacoast voices among 35,000-plus in D.C. climate rally Call for veto of Keystone . . . → Read More: York represented at Forward on Climate rally in Washington
In addition to reducing pollution, conserving water, and eliminating hazardous pesticides from the environment, organic farming typically uses 50% less fossil fuel than conventional agriculture.
As the world begins to wrestle with rising food insecurity associated with climate change, a report from Worldwatch points to the crucial role organic farming plays.
Not only is organically produced food . . . → Read More: Organic Farming Crucial to Food Security, Addressing Climate Change
From the Maine chapter of the Sierra Club:
Rally for a tar sands free Northeast — January 26 in Portland
Imagine how devastating an oil spill into the Connecticut River would be. Picture dirty tar sands oil pouring into Sebago Lake or Casco Bay. We’ve seen what happens when tar sands pipelines spill, and it’s not . . . → Read More: Rally to keep the Northeast tar sands free
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