Climate action hash tags

What is a hash tag?

A hash tag is a way to follow what is being said via Twitter.

People who support climate action generally use these hash tags:
  • #climate: General climate talk
  • #climatebill: Specific disscussion about the legislation
  • #ACES: More wonky talk. Often used by environmental groups
For more information on how to follow the Twitter stream and listen in (or even jump into respond) to what is being said about the climate bill, go here

What is the priority list?

One of the challenges we have in reducing carbon emissions is that (as far as I know) there's no priority list. Which is worse: leaving your computer on all night or not having the windows weatherstripped? Which is worse: driving a car to Boston or going by plane with 200 other people? Is it worth driving across town to buy a pint of organic strawberries or should I get the ones from the nearby store that came from California? If you have a thousand dollars to invest in making a reduction in greenhouse gasses, should you buy new tires, switch to local foods or perhaps send $900 to help a factory in China switch away from coal and then use the other hundred to have a massage?
Without a list, you can see how making intelligent decisions is impossible, so we resort to confusing activity with productivity.
Back to your office: do you have a list? Have you figured out which metric you're trying to improve? Can you measure the impact of the choices you make all day?
Read the full post from Seth Godin here:

Home Energy Efficiency and Rebate Programs

The Franklin Area Climate Team has compiled a listing of "Home Energy Efficiency and Rebate Programs".

The information provided in this document was current as of September 2009 and was compiled by FACT from public sources and the cited websites. Please visit each link for new information and note the expiration dates on the specific rebate or tax credit.

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If you find information to add or change with this listing, please comment or email us so we can make the adjustments.

MA = national leader in green energy

By Robert Culver
September 10, 2009
DRIVEN by Governor Deval Patrick’s energy policies and fueled by private
innovation, Massachusetts is rapidly becoming a national leader in the
production of green energy from alternative sources such as wind turbines and
solar panels.

But generating sustainable green energy is only half the equation - the
supply side. The best minds in Massachusetts in architecture, engineering, and
construction are now focusing on demand. In particular, that means creating
homes, schools, and office buildings that do not need to use power from the grid
or that produce the energy they require from renewable sources.

Read the full article in the Boston Globe here

A Quick Overview of Geothermal Energy

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Free Technology for Teachers by (Mr. Byrne) on 9/6/09

The New York Times has an audio slideshow that provides a brief overview of geothermal energy. The audio slideshow is the accompaniment to an article about the dangers of drilling deep into the Earth. The slideshow provides an explanation of why the western United States is one of the easier places to access geothermal energy. The slideshow offers good visual aids depicting how geothermal energy is harnessed.

Applications for Education
This audio slideshow could be useful for science teachers to use as an introduction to geothermal energy. The slideshow could also be the beginning of a student brainstorming session in which they list all of the forms of alternative energies with which they are familiar.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
A Crash Course in Wind Energy
Exploring Alternative Energy Sources
Coal Mining Practices Outlined in Google Earth

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