Archive for February, 2011
2Good2Waste is a free service with a local focus that helps people give away or sell things that might otherwise end up in a landfill.
2Good2Waste.org/tampa is an online, user driven materials exchange that allows residents and businesses to exchange items at no or low cost rather than tossing them into the trash.
It’s easy for people to exchange items on 2G2W/Tampa… All you have to do is sign up for an account and list your items. It’s simple, easy and fast to do.
On the top right of the site you will notice a “tab” which is the commercial/institutional trading site for Tampa Bay businesses. Please set up a separate account for utilizing this exchange.
The City of Clearwater is becoming more energy‐efficient, saving money and natural resources at the same time. Help build a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Clearwater. Residents, businesspersons, and other interested stakeholders are invited to Clearwater Greenprint Open House #2.
The event will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ross Norton Recreation Complex, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
The purpose of Open House #2 is to unveil a draft version of Clearwater Greenprint and related Clearwater Comprehensive Plan amendments for community input. The event also will feature exhibitors, the city’s natural gas vehicle, electric cars, and door prizes for attendees. “Clearwater Greenprint allows residents and the city to partner and explore ways we can all be involved in building a more sustainable community,” said Michael Delk, Planning & Development Director. “We want to hear from those in the Clearwater community about how we can work together to promote a more sustainable city.”
Clearwater Greenprint is a community action plan that will guide city decision making over the next 20 years on topics such as energy‐efficient buildings and redevelopment, transportation choices, waste recycling, and local food production. The program will result in efficiency throughout the city, which will save residents and businesses money. Other anticipated program results include reduced carbon gases in the atmosphere and less dependence on oil.
For more information, please visit www.myclearwater.com/greenprint or call Lauren Matzke, Project Manager, at (727) 562‐4547.
Amateur eco-fashion designers of all ages will showcase their wears at the Fourth Annual Trashy Fashion Show: a Recycled Fashion Show at the Largo Cultural Center. In celebration of Earth Day, the Trashy Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm and will feature a runway ‘trashion’ show and Green Expo beginning at 5:00 pm.
Participants are encouraged think outside of the blue bin to create their wearable designs of at least 75 percent recycled or discarded items. The Trashy Fashion Show aims at instilling the importance of alternative waste solutions. Participants and attendees learn how to creatively reduce, reuse and recycle their waste into trashy trends.
Students, adults, individuals and groups will compete for cash prizes and the Best in Show title of Trashiest Designer. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the best designs in the following categories:
- Junior Designer (Grades K-5)
- Teen Designer (Grades 6-8)
- High-End Designer (Grades 9-12)
- Adult Designer (Ages 18+)
Deadline for entry is Monday, March 21, 2011. Interested participants must apply online at www.LargoRecycles.com or call (727) 586-7424.
Volunteers are needed to help clean up designated areas of the city from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. that day. There are approximately 98 sites around Hillsborough County including, but not limited to, public parks, schools, interstate on/off ramps, waterways, medians, Adopt-A-Right of Way and Adopt-A-Trash Receptacle.
There will be a celebration with food, live entertainment, vendors and activities afterward at Raymond James Stadium from 12:30 – 3 p.m. HART has agreed to give free bus rides to anyone wearing a Tampa Clean City Day Volunteer shirt.
“Together, we will make the City of Tampa a better place to Live, Work, Recreate and Visit.”
If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer or sponsoring this event, please contact Eva Hughes at 813-307-5516 or email Eva.Hughes@TampaGov.net.
St Petersburg College’s Office for Sustainability today announced a partnership with the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority/ (TBARTA) to allow students, faculty and staff to conserve and cut commuting costs.
TBARTA’s Commuter Services program provides regional commuter assistance programs and services, and promotes commuter options, such as ridesharing, and Emergency Ride Home.
“This partnership offers countless benefits to participants, community, and environment,” said Jason Green, SPC’s Sustainability Coordinator. “The participants benefit through fuel cost and maintenance savings, a potentially less stressful commute, and the opportunity to meet new people. The community benefits since each carpool removes at least one car from the road, resulting in less strain on our roadways. The environment benefits through decreased greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air.” For the average commuter in the program, TBARTA Commuter Services eliminates more than 350 trips a year and saves more than 200 gallons of gas and $1,500 in transportation costs.
The intent of the partnership is to provide TBARTA’s computerized rideshare matching services to SPC’s population. TBARTA uses it’s rideshare database to develop matches for each registered SPC student and faculty/staff member. The rideshare website allows students to be matched with other students, providing segregation from faculty/staff participants.
Additionally, registered participants who use a commute option other than driving alone at least two days per week are eligible for up to eight free annual taxi rides home from campus.
Participants can register at http://www.tampabayrideshare.org by clicking “Online Ridesharing” or calling 1-800-998-RIDE (7433).
To further their mission of incorporating sustainable values and practices into the global culture of St. Petersburg College and that of its stakeholders, the SPC Office for Sustainability has released the first in a series of entertaining, environmentally focused short films.
The serialized films, titled “The Adventures of Eco-Man,” focus on Eco-Man, whose alter ego is that of mild-mannered SPC instructional technologist, Alan Shapiro.
Episode one focuses on energy savings, and spotlights simple steps individuals can take to conserve energy in the work place. Each film runs under three minutes in length.
The role of environmental superhero isn’t new to Shapiro. In fact, in the early 1990’s Shapiro created Captain Recycle, Boca Ciega High School’s masked marvel of all things green and recyclable.
“I was a science teacher at the time, and the state of Florida had just passed a law requiring communities to recycle a certain percentage of their waste,” Shapiro recalled. “I wanted to get a recycling center started at the school, so I started a club we called Eco-Action.”
The club gathered and recycled aluminum cans, paper, cardboard and Styrofoam. The effort was so successful that the recycling center at Boca Ciega became the most productive such center in the entire St. Petersburg system.
Shapiro left Captain Recycle’s cape behind when he left Boca Ciega in the mid-1990’s.
Because environmental issues continue to become more mainstream, and through the encouragement of Jason Green, SPC’s Sustainability Coordinator (and former student), Shapiro has reprised his role as masked doer of environmental good, this time as Eco-Man.
View “The Adventures of Eco-Man” Episode One: Energy Savings below and be sure to stay tuned for more.
To learn more about sustainability at SPC, visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability.