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Mission of the York Energy Efficiency Committee

Our mission is to respond to the global warming crisis by promoting energy efficiency, alternative energy, and environmental initiatives throughout the town of York, Maine.
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[Source: The US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)]

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Protecting Our Well Water

There will be an important presentation on Oct. 5 on the subject of “Protecting Our Well Water.”

The date is Sunday, October 5, at 7 PM at the York Public Library.

Speakers will be Dr. Robert Marvinney, Director, Maine Geologic Survey and Gail Darrell, Director, New England Office of the Community Environmental Legal Defense. . . . → Read More: Protecting Our Well Water

Lawns to Lobsters

Spring is a good time for homeowners to consider reassessing their lawn maintenance practices. The local group Lawns to Lobsters has called attention to the damage that can be done to ocean life and other vital species in the ecosystem by careless lawn care activities. For example:

If not applied correctly, lawn fertilizers can . . . → Read More: Lawns to Lobsters

Tips for remembering your reusable shopping bags

From Bring Your Own Bag York (http://www.byobyork.com/):

Ways to help you remember to bring your reusable bags: Keep bags in the car where you can see them. Remember that your unloading job is not done until the bags are back in the car. Keep a spare bag folded up in your purse, briefcase, backpack or . . . → Read More: Tips for remembering your reusable shopping bags

Plastic bag facts

From Bring Your Own Bag York (http://www.byobyork.com/):

Bring Your Own Bag York, a new citizen initiative

An important effort to protect our environment:

Bring Your Own Bag York, a citizen action committee, launches initiative to encourage use of reusable shopping bags –

In an effort to combat the escalating plastic pollution crisis – a new citizen action committee has formed to address the use of plastic shopping bags. Calling themselves and . . . → Read More: Bring Your Own Bag York, a new citizen initiative

Citizens Draw the Line Against Tar Sands Oil in York

York, ME (September 21, 2013) – Nearly thirty citizens concerned about the global impacts of increased development of tar sands oil gathered outside of a York TD Bank location on Saturday, September 21st. The event was one of more than 200 events throughout North America during a day of citizen action organized by 350.org . . . → Read More: Citizens Draw the Line Against Tar Sands Oil in York

How Green is My State

According to the following infographic, it appears that Maine is pretty good in some environmental categories (CO2 emissions, recycling, water quality, and renewables), but not so good in others (mass transit and gasoline consumption).

. Produced by MPHOnline.org

Maine legislature considering controversial bill

The following message is from the Maine chapter of the Sierra Club:

A sweeping and problematic state energy bill is heading for a vote before the full legislature, possibly as soon as next week.

Sierra Club Maine believes that the bill — while containing some positive elements promoting energy efficiency — should be rejected because . . . → Read More: Maine legislature considering controversial bill

Whatever we put into the world becomes part of us

It is a matter of choice and courage.

Tar Sands Oil in Maine?

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 . . . → Read More: Tar Sands Oil in Maine?

York represented at Forward on Climate rally in Washington

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

Organic Farming Crucial to Food Security, Addressing Climate Change

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 . . . → Read More: Organic Farming Crucial to Food Security, Addressing Climate Change

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