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Do we really need it?

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I just read an article titled "16 things we don't need" and thought I would share. 

 

It is below for your perusal!  Enjoy!

 

http://www.bundle.com/article/16-things-you-dont-need/?frommsn=true

Green Handwashing

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Our EMS students recently put together a video on how to wash your hands with an eye to sustainability. Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-XhnfMWL0w&feature=youtu.be

 

Light Step, Right Step

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The Light Step, Right Step festival will happen in State College for the first time this September and is a celebration of sustainability efforts, community groups and businesses in the Centre Region.  The Borough is hoping to make this more than just an 'expo' type of event by including demonstrations by community and student groups, music and food, activites for children and even screen a relatively new documentary called Carbon Nation.  They have started inviting community groups to participate in the exhibit portion of the event and are now starting to collect ideas for groups that could do interactive portions and local performers that might be interested in playing for a portion of the day.  If you want to check out the information for the event, we've put together a website and facebook for the festival: http://www.lightsteprightstep.org/. And if you have any ideas for musicians or other groups that might be interested in participating, they would love to hear them.  

Light Step, Right Step

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The Light Step, Right Step festival will happen in State College for the first time this September and is a celebration of sustainability efforts, community groups and businesses in the Centre Region.  The Borough is hoping to make this more than just an 'expo' type of event by including demonstrations by community and student groups, music and food, activites for children and even screen a relatively new documentary called Carbon Nation.  They have started inviting community groups to participate in the exhibit portion of the event and are now starting to collect ideas for groups that could do interactive portions and local performers that might be interested in playing for a portion of the day.  If you want to check out the information for the event, we've put together a website and facebook for the festival: http://www.lightsteprightstep.org/. And if you have any ideas for musicians or other groups that might be interested in participating, they would love to hear them.  

Building a Green House from the Ground Up

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Some friends of mine are currently building a new home in the Zion area and using almost all of the latest (and some old-fashioned) green technology. It's really a fascinating process to watch and may give you some tips for your next energy saving rennovation or inspire you to think about what your next home could look like. You can check out their blog at http://www.centralpaliving.blogspot.com/.

If you have watched the very intentionally frightening documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", make it your business to also watch the documentary "Cool It" by Danish political scientist and idea man Bjorn Lomberg. Yes, says Lomberg, global climate change is a serious problem and it is human caused or accelerated. But ... the catastrophisers who made Al Gore's film are overblowing the most likely realities that will result from it. And if the world spends the estimated $250 billion it will cost to offset carbon emissions, the end result will not have much impact.

Advocating ideas from the Copenhagen Consensus, Lomberg successfully argues that new, lower cost ideas may create technologies that will abate (temporarily) some of the worst effects of global warming. And there are greater problems for humanity that developed nations are largely ignoring - the spectre of HIV/AIDS, lack of clean water for over one billion people and the continuing scourge of malaria.

"Cool It" is an inspiring and thoughtful film that calls on world governments to do the very difficult work of prioritizing the world's most severe problems and funding the solutions that are most likely to benefit the most people.

It also goes a long way toward helping those of us who are concerned about global climate issues to gain critically important perspective about what we can do that will actually make a difference. And it does so with reason, science and without (what I view as) ridiculous fear mongering.

For more information about Bjorn Lombog and the Copenhagen Consensus, a think-tank based in Denmark that tells governments and philanthropists about the best ways to spend aid and development money, visit:
http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com
http://fixtheclimate.com

Bicycling Maps in Google

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Construction on Whitehall Road between College Avenue and Waupelani Drive has begun to move more quickly.  This expansion includes a new bike path.  This interests me since I live out in that general direction and I hope to take advantage of this.  I did some research and found that Google Maps has a bicycling layer that you can 'turn on'.  Below is the web link to the Google Green website that gets you to Google Maps and an image of a map with the overlay.

http://www.google.com/green/products/#maps

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Thinking critically about our choices

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Most days students make me smile, some days they make me laugh, and occassionally they make me grimace. But on the best days, they make me proud. Check out this great commentary on "being green" from Penn State student Nathan Pipenberg http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2012/02/15/being_green_more_than_just_buying_eco-friendly.aspx.

Inspiration

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Unwanted/Expired Medication Drop in October

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There is a dropoff for unwanted/expired medications at the State College Police Department on October 29 from 10am-2pm.

 

I saw this in the Centre Daily Times yesterday.

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