Friday, September 28, 2007
Our first Lights Out LA article went to print! We were featured today in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The article has also been reposted in the Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, and the Whittier Daily News.
I came across this amazing study recently published by Gallup and Yale. It shows what I think we already know, which is, people are concerned about climate change and increasingly want to do something about it.
- 72% are either ‘Completely Convinced’ or ‘Mostly Convinced’ that “global warming is happening”.
- 69% are convinced that Global Warming is caused either completely or partially by human activities. (57% believe that human activities are directly to blame.)
- 67% Strongly favor “Requiring automakers to increase the fuel efficiency of cars, trucks, and SUVs to 35 miles per gallon, even if it meant a new car would cost up to $500 more to buy.” An additional 12% “somewhat favor” this step.
- 82% either ’strongly favor’ or ’somewhat favor’ “Requiring electric utilities to produce at least 20% of their electricity from wind, solar, or other renewable energy sources, even if it cost the average household an extra $100 a year.”
Thursday, September 27, 2007
According to 41pounds.org , over 100 million trees are cut down each year to print junk mail. This month, New American Dream: Carbon Conscious Consumer is asking folks to remove themselves from mail junk lists in order to save paper. New American Dream is a site directed toward encouraging individuals to adopt “climate-friendly daily habits”. You can also sign up at website to stop receiving junk mail.
MORE PRESS: The Boston Globe featured the article John M. Glionna wrote about Nate and Lights Out in the Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) will be distributing CFLs and LOSF promotional material to the students and faculty at Golden Gate University starting next week. A big thank you to Lucas Williams, ELS president, for helping to lead the effort!
Another big thank you goes out to Brianna Warren, AmeriCorps Preparadness Specialist at the Bay Area chapter of the American Red Cross. Brianna and several of her co-workers at the American Red Cross will be out in force in San Francisco on Friday, October 19th (the day before LOSF) distributing CFLs and spreading the word about LOSF. Friday will be a HUGE outreach day for LOSF. I am thrilled that the American Red Cross will be out "hitting the streets" with us on that day!
Is your company or business interested in being a sponsor or supporter? Drop Brendan an e-mail at Brendan@lightsoutsf.org.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
If those black balloons aren’t scary enough, watch ABCs Fear of Rising Waters video. For more information, read Architecture2030’s Coastal Impact Study: Nation Under Siege.
Also, uur web host put us on their website. Check it out--we’re at the bottom of the page. Thanks AISO!
Monday, September 24, 2007
The birds that migrate at night rely upon the stars and moon for navigation. Studies indicate that artificial light disorients birds, especially the many birds that migrate at night.
If you are interested in volunteering for "lights out for birds," please email Golden Gate Audubon's Conservation Committee at Noreen@naturetrip.com. You can also learn more about protecting Bay Area resident and migratory birds at goldengateaudubon.org.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Please help us spread the word by posting one of our great banners on your website, MySpace page, or blog. Here's just one of the three you can download:
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
CalTrans has just confirmed that the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will turn off lights. The Transamerica Pyramid has agreed to turn off lights as well.
Thanks also to Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods which moved to endorse us last night.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Earthship Biotecture, a New Mexico-grown phenomenon, is an interesting example of sustainable architecture. These eco-friendly living spaces are made using recycled materials. They also collect water from rain and snow, and use solar and wind power as an energy sources. Some are humble, and others are works of art.
Jay Shafer, creator of Tumbleweed Houses, presents another alternative to the average home. Shafer lives in a home of just 100 square feet in size, and designs and builds Tiny Houses as well. My favorite is the Weebee.
On another sustainability note, I came across this article about PG&E. In late July, the power company signed an agreement with Solel, which will provide customers with 553 megawatts of solar power when the Mojave Solar Park plant is completed in 2011.
Upcoming event: Please join us this coming Monday, September 24th, for Science Café hosted by Down to a Science. Melissa Capria, SF Climate Action Coordinator, will be giving a talk entitled "Microclimate change: Global Warming and the Bay Area". LOSF will be on hand to pass out info about our October 20th event as well. Science Café will begin at 7pm, at 330 Ritch between 3rd & 4th Streets and Brannan & Townsend near AT&T Park.
Down to a Science (DtaS) is an ongoing Science Café, a casual forum where leading scientists discuss their research with the public. DtaS is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at a local San Francisco bar. No lectures. No technical jargon. Just food, drinks, and science!
Down to a Science was created to start a civic discourse through scientific dialogue with a focus on science here in the Bay Area. Topics range from local climate change to fertility to earthquakes. You'll never know what you'll learn about next!
In addition, DtaS features an entertaining science blog with content related to the topics.
Stay tuned this week for information about sustainable building and renewable power sources…there are too many interesting things to write about in just one sitting!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Here's the press release (sorry a little long).
from 8:00-9:00 P.M.; Install One Energy-Efficient Light Bulb to Save Energy
Event Gaining Momentum with San Francisco City Hall, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Local Businesses to Darken Facilities in Support
“Lights Out San Francisco is an innovative way to incorporate energy conservation into our daily lives,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “This is an opportunity to fundamentally change the way people think about their energy consumption.”
This first-ever U.S. public call-to-action will be highlighted by the participation of some of San Francisco’s most notable landmarks. The Golden Gate Bridge will extinguish lights on its main towers (roadway lighting will remain on for safety); City Hall and other city buildings will turn off lights; the Golden Gate National Parks Alcatraz Island will also turn off lights.
“San Francisco is the ideal place to launch this energy conservation event because of the city’s strong commitment to environmental awareness and activism,” said Nate Tyler, founder and executive director of Lights Out San Francisco. “We’re amazed by the positive reception we’ve received, and we hope San Franciscans will create a model for energy awareness that can be adopted nationwide.”
Free, energy-efficient light bulbs, or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), will be distributed throughout the city during the months of September and October to provide resources for continued energy-saving. Bulbs will be donated by PG&E and Yahoo!.
“The goal of this program is to increase public awareness about simple energy conservation practices such as using energy-efficient light bulbs, taking public transportation, and unplugging appliances when idle – all viable ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said San Francisco Supervisor Jake McGoldrick.
The San Francisco Restaurant Association is organizing candlelight dinners throughout the city. Neighborhood coalitions are recruiting residents to turn off lights and host local celebrations. The list of supporters continues to grow. For more information, visit www.lightsoutsf.org/supporters.html.
It is estimated that one hour of energy conservation in San Francisco could save as much as 10 percent of the energy consumed on a Saturday night. A similar event recently took place in Sydney, Australia where by turning out the lights for one hour, 2.2 million participants conserved 24.86 tons of carbon dioxide that would have normally been released -- an amount of energy equivalent to removing 48,613 cars from the road for one hour.
After its San Francisco launch, Lights Out San Francisco plans to take its energy-conservation mission nationwide with Lights Out America in March 2008. The organization hopes to link its efforts with other cities around the world, including Sydney, London and others.
Demonstrating their commitment to energy conservation and environmental awareness are Lights Out San Francisco sponsors eSurance, Integrated Archive Systems, and Safeway.
Community supporters include: California Interfaith Power and Light, California League of Conservation Voters, Flex Your Power, Gap Inc., Golden Gate Restaurant Association, The International Dark-Sky Association, Neighborhood Parks Council, PG&E, Rainforest Action Network, SF Chamber of Commerce, SF Climate Challenge, Salesforce.com, San Francisco Department of the Environment, San Francisco Parks Trust, Sports Basement, Teacher With the Bus, Tides Center, Working Assets Wireless, and Yahoo!.
A citywide celebration will be held at Dolores Park on Saturday, October 20 between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., where San Franciscans can come together to enjoy free live music ranging from local bands and DJs to Opera in the Dark.
Volunteers interested in becoming more involved with the Lights Out San Francisco can sign up to join the field campaign by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on how to get involved, or to make a donation to Lights Out San Francisco, please visit www.lightsoutsf.org.# # #
Friday, September 14, 2007
Also, we were mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle. Check out their Energy waste focus of 'Lights Out' event article.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Festivals are a great way to learn more and to learn more and become involved in conservation activism. Two big eco events are taking place next week. West Coast Green is a residential green building conference with speakers, architects, builders, and green builder materials suppliers.
The Climate All Stars Conference, which takes place next Friday, September 21, will provide a venue for leaders, businesses, and individuals to learn practical ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and work together toward more sustainable living.
October 19-21 (just in time for Lights Out!), the annual Bioneers Conference will take place. The Conference is a forum for learning about and exchanging ideas and solutions, and networking with "visionary thinkers and doers from wildly varied fields, cultures and walks of life".
In November, The San Francisco Green Festival takes place at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center. The Green Festival is a “three-day party with a purpose” featuring green businesses, speakers, workshops, live music, and organic food and beverages.
If you have the time, check out one or more of them!
Pete's will be offering us drink and food specials, and they're really excited to help spread the word about Lights Out San Francisco . Come early, come late...we'll be there!
Pete's Tavern is located at 128 King St. in San Francisco...right near the ballpark! E-mail me at Brendan@lightsoutsf.org if you have any questions. Thanks!
Friday, September 7, 2007
Also, we have some great INTERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES available with LOSF. See the following position description:
"Lights Out San Francisco is offering opportunities to experience and develop skills within a fun and considerate environment over the next six weeks where multi-tasking and creative solutions are encouraged. This position is the primary point in contact for the public and will have various responsibilities including: formulating strategy, community outreach, event planning, tabling, distributing light bulbs, and volunteer coordinating. An ideal candidate will be motivated and have a positive attitude. A professional phone manner and a sense of humor are also important."
Please contact either of us if you are interested in volunteering or interning! Thanks!!!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
We’ve got another event coming up one week from today—Happy Hour at Pete’s Tavern. They're offering us drink and food specials, and they're really excited to help Lights Out SF move this exciting plan forward. Stop by early (we’ll be there around 5pm), or stay 'til late. Suggested contribution - $20. Please pass along the Evite to anyone you think might be interested in attending.
Avaaz.org sent out an email alert requesting it’s member to sign a petition regarding the September 8-9 APEC Economic Leader summit. The petition states, “Petition To World Leaders: Climate change is the greatest threat facing our world today - and we are almost out of time to stop it. You must tackle this problem now, decisively and together. Start working toward a new global agreement this year. Set binding global targets for emissions to avert catastrophic climate change. Take bold action immediately - and we will join our efforts with yours”. Check out the petition , and add your name to the list if you support their cause.