Film screening and discussion about creating sustainable communities

March 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Join Eric Stewart, SPC Tarpon Springs’ Sustainability Club president (and Code Green Community founder) for a screening of the film, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars , and subsequent discussion at the New Port Richey Library (5939 Main Street) on Saturday, March 13th 2010, 1 pm.

Admission is free.

The 34 minute film, narrated by Robert Redford follows the story of Texans fighting a high-stakes battle for clean air. The film introduces the unlikely partners — mayors, ranchers, CEOs, community groups, legislators, lawyers, faith groups, and citizens — that have come together to oppose the construction of 19 conventional coal-fired power plants that were slated to be built in Eastern and Central Texas and were being fast-tracked by the Governor.

View the trailer here.

With the goal of sparking an international dialogue about the impacts and consequences of coal, the film uses the example of Texas to take an intimate look at today’s global energy challenge of powering communities in a way that supports the local economy and protects public health.

In America coal is the largest source of global warming pollution and coal-fired power plants are responsible for more than 30 percent of all carbon dioxide pollution, according to leading non-profit NRDC.  Coal causes more damage to people and the planet than any other energy source.

According to the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s February 18, 2008 report 114 conventional coal-fired power plants are slated for construction in 40 U.S. states, with 47 of the 114 plants either under construction, near construction, or already permitted, and 67 of the plants in the early stages of development, having the status of being “announced.”

After the viewing, Code Green Community will discuss with the audience how to decrease electric usage and work toward encouraging the widespread utilization of renewable energy.

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at green.jason@spcollege.edu.  Then visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability, join the facebook group and follow us at http://twitter.com/sustainableSPC.

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who we are:

Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

learn more:

To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at green.jason@spcollege.edu

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