Sustainable Works

Green Living Workshop update week 18 2008

Sustainable Works Green Living Workshops,

There are 2 workshops currently running:

Tuesdays 7-8:30pm
Unitarian Church of Santa Monica
Forbes hall
18th and Arizona

Wednesdays 7-8:30pm
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Week 2 ENERGY 4/29, 4/30
Next Week WASTE 5/6, 5/7

read WASTE
3 ENERGY Solutions



How Fluorescent Lights Work (same principle as CFLs)
CFLs Responsible for Less Mercury than Incandescent Light Bulbs Ironically, CFLs present an opportunity to prevent mercury from entering our air, where it most affects our health. The highest source of mercury in our air comes from burning fossil fuels such as coal, the most common fuel used in the U.S. to produce electricity. A CFL uses 75% less energy than an incandescent light bulb and lasts at least 6 times longer. A power plant will emit 10mg of mercury to produce the electricity to run an incandescent bulb compared to only 2.4mg of mercury to run a CFL for the same time.

Entire EPA Fact Sheet on CFLs and Mercury

CFL Calculator

How LEDs Light Emitting Diodes Work
Local LED retailer

Global Warming

An Inconvenient Truth
Excellent web resource for tracking the real information about Global Warming. Written by Ross Gelbspan, author of the two ground breaking books on Global Warming we mentioned, The Heat is On and Boiling Point.

Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air
The Union of Concerned Scientists article on the connection between the "Global Warming skeptics", their funding by Exxon Mobile, and the skeptics history of performing the same disception for the Tobacco industry.

Misinformation regarding Global Warming provided by Exxon

Energy Efficiency

Community Energy Partnership
free Home Energy Efficiency Tune-Up
worth up to $200

Smart Strip

Kill a Watt
Kill a Watt review

Renewable Energy

How to sign up for LADWP Green Power
The City of Santa Monica's excellent new resource for those looking to add Solar Power.

Carbon Offsets

Carbon Offset price comparisons
link to the ever growing and changing list of organizations to offset your CO2 based on price

Carbon Offset Recommendations from Tufts University

Carbon Offset Consumer Handout from Tufts University

Below are few suggestions help you select an offsetter:

Climate Friendly
My Climate

Native Energy


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