Are You Green Aware? The Scorecard See Scorecard.org ( http://www.scorecard.org ). Enter your zip code, current or past, for a pollution report for

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Are You Green Aware?

The Scorecard

See Scorecard.org. Enter your zip code, current or past, for a pollution report for your county. The report covers air, water, chemicals and other information. Evaluate the information, briefly. What did you learn? I for one had no idea that my family and I lived so close to a Superfund site. Check it out.

Other Green sites that may be of interest:

EPA's Envirofacts

Zerofootprint a Toronto-based nonprofit, developed a GoZero Footprint City Calculator to help individuals and communities curb their carbon emissions. For a New York Times description, click here.

Food & Water Watch http://www.factoryfarmmap.org, a spinoff of Public Citizen, has a web page that calculates factory farm pollution in the U.S., by operation type and county.

Earth Portal http://www.earthportal.org. Among the features is the Encyclopedia of Earth, described as "Wikipedia with quality control."

Planet Green http://planetgreen.discovery.com, “the first and only 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network.” It’s part of the Discovery network.

and, in the spirit of Valentine's Day:

A rose by any other material Rose Article

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As World's Human Population Approaches 7 Billion, Global Species Extinction Crisis Accelerates

The number of people on Earth is expected to hit 7 billion later this year, a deeply troubling milestone in the human overpopulation crisis that’s contributing to widespread extinction of plants and animals, overconsumption of our natural resources, climate change and other environmental problems. February is Global Population Speak Out month, one of the best opportunities for citizens to take action on this crucial environmental issue.

“Every day, this planet has to deal with an additional 250,000 people that weren’t there the day before, and it simply can’t sustain the strain that puts on species, food and water, and natural ecosystems,” said Randy Serraglio, overpopulation campaign coordinator at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Wildlife have already paid a price in the United States. Once-prominent species such as the eastern woodland bison and the Southwest’s Merriam’s elk were hunted to extinction, while scores of others disappeared because of dams, lost habitat, pollution and cattle grazing. Today’s global extinction crisis threatens other charismatic species like polar and grizzly bears, beluga whales and gray wolves, as well as other smaller, lesser-known species. As the human footprint on the planet grows, scientists estimate we’re losing species at 100 to 1,000 times the natural rate. Without help, 30 percent to 50 percent of all species could be on the path to extinction by 2050.

“At its root, the loss of so many species is directly related to unsustainable human population growth,” Serraglio said. “Unfortunately, overpopulation and overconsumption rarely find their way into the conversation about solving the biggest environmental problems we face today. If that’s going to change, it’s crucial that citizens and community leaders begin holding elected leaders accountable for how their decisions contribute to overpopulation and overconsumption.”

In 2010, the Center distributed 350,000 Endangered Species Condoms to thousands of volunteers around the United States and beyond as a way to raise awareness about the connection between human overpopulation and species extinction. The Center is also joining in this year’s Global Population Speak Out and is urging its supporters to sign the GPSO pledge to make their voices heard on this important issue.

There are several ways to reduce the human population to an ecologically sustainable level, including the empowerment of women, education of all people and universal access to birth control.

Article retrieved from: Center for Biological Diversity

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Green News

New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn - Flatulence as fuel may sound like a joke, but it’s becoming a reality in Brooklyn. Already in the works, National Grid is building a gas processing facility in Greenpoint, set to open in 2012...read on

Gulf Suffered a Gas Surge, Study Finds - A new scientific paper reports that so much natural gas flowed into the Gulf of Mexico during last summer’s oil spill that, in spots, the level in the ocean reached 75,000 times the normal background amount...read on

Obama 2012 budget provides $8 billion for clean energy - President Barack Obama proposed on Monday boosting funds for clean energy research and deployment in his 2012 budget by slashing subsidies for fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal...read on

SunEdison Installs Solar Parking Canopy for California State University Bakersfield - The new 1.2 MW solar parking cover constructed and located at the California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) campus was officially inaugurated by the "Flip the Switch" ceremony recently...read on

New York City Solar Power Installations More Than Doubled in 2010 -Good news from utility ConEd (via Smart Planet that in 2010 New York City (which to ConEd includes Westchester County to the north, as its one of their service areas) installed more than double the amount of solar power than it did in 2009...read on

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BENCHMARKING NYC !

Local Law 84 - The Deadline is coming!

All buildings in New York City over 50,000 square feet are required to submit an annual energy benchmark. We're here to help make it as easy as possible for you to meet this requirement, while putting a valuable financial evaluation tool in your hands.

Building owners and operators are growing more concerned with the upcoming deadline to have their properties properly benchmarked. Professionals in the industry are reporting a sharp increase in the RFQ's for building benchmarking. What surprises most industry professionals is how easily and quickly these buildings can be benchmarked - assuming of course you hire the correct professionals.

Benchmarking is easy-to-do, inexpensive, and accessible. In addition to supporting the requirement, we can provide intuitive monthly reports on your energy usage and spotlight opportunities for energy savings. The first benchmark report is due to the city on May 1, 2011, but there are benefits to starting as soon as possible so that you can take control of your energy usage sooner.

Own buildings in New York City? Let us help you comply with NYC's new mandatory benchmarking requirement (Local Law 84).

Click here to find out more information about benchmarking and complying with the LAW!

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