Don’t forget the Vernal Equinox this week: Winter officially turns into Spring on Friday, so if you want to celebrate by connecting with community, the Urban Alliance for Sustainability may be the place for you. Warning: There’s a hot tub involved.
You can buy carbon offsets on the internet for $5 a ton. Jared Blumenfeld, Director of San Francisco’s Environment Department, calls this a con, and explains how he calculates the true cost of carbon to be $80 a ton.
In our Two-Part Interview with Jared Blumenfeld, Director of SF Environment, he talks about San Francisco’s 2008 Environmental Plan.
In Part I he calls carbon offsets a con, speaks about building a “green buzz” in San Francisco, and novel prospects for powering the city on waves and tides.
In Part II, Blumenfeld explains why he’s convincing Bay Area cities to buy plug-in hybrids from local chop shops; alternative transportation measure including the new Bike Share program; and the importance of Environmental Justice.
Otherwise, it’s all Happening on Wednesday this week: From Green Drinks to Greenhouse Gas Reduction!
Carbon Management: Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Wed, March 19. This one’s in NY, information here.
Speakers: Rick Duke, NRDC; Marco Castaldi, Columbia University; Vasilis Fthenakis, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Moderator: Drew Shindell, NASA
This meeting, by Green Sciences and Environmental Systems, will focus on the recent McKinsey report “Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost.” The first presentation by Rick Duke, NRDC, will provide an overview of the report, explaining how its analytical framework and quantitative findings can help in developing climate change policy and research priorities. Marco Castaldi, Columbia University, will present his results on new methods of transforming waste to fuel while capturing the carbon for sequestration or recycling. Join us for the two talks, and panel discussion afterward.
SPUR: City of the Future Presentations
Wed, Mar 19. 7 pm. SPUR, 312 Sutter St. (at Grant) 5th floor.
Join SPUR for an evening panel discussion featuring four teams who competed in the recent “City of the Future” competition sponsored by The History Channel. The teams will present their visions for San Francisco in the year 2108. Competitors had one week to design, and three hours to install their projects on Jan. 20 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. A revealing discussion about how our current thinking can influence the shape of seemingly far-off, but relatively not-too-distant future!
Green Drinks: Brooklyn and Oakland
Wed, Mar 19. 7 – 9ish.
Every month, people who work in the environmental field, or simply have an interest in it, meet up for a beer at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.
Heads Up Next Week:
Monday, Mar 24
Bill McKibben in conversation at City Arts & Lectures in SF. Renowned environmentalist and author of Deep Economy, and The End of Nature.
Photo courtesy of the Urban Alliance for Sustainability.