Green Living Workshop Update Week 14 2009
Sustainable Works Green Living Workshop
There are 7 workshops currently running. This post is specific to the following workshops:
Monday 7-8:30pm Grant Elementary
Tuesday 12-1pm Bryan Cave
Tuesday 7-8:30pm Lincoln Middle School
Wednesday 7-8:30pm Santa Monica Public Library
Thursday 7-8:30pm REI Santa Monica
To view other Workshops' posts, please click on the 'Sustainable Works' header above.
TRANSPORTATION & TRAVEL
In the News
>>What Will Global Warming Look Like? Scientists point to Australia - This L.A. Times article provides startling evidence of the devastating effects of climate change already taking its toll on Australians: "Climate scientists say Australia -- beset by prolonged drought and deadly bush fires in the south, monsoon flooding and mosquito-borne fevers in the north, widespread wildlife decline, economic collapse in agriculture and killer heat waves -- epitomizes the "accelerated climate crisis" that global warming models have forecast."
>>Expo Light Rail Line - Find out the latest news about the the Exposition Light Rail Transit Line (Expo Line) that will travel along the Exposition railroad between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City. In Phase 2 it is proposed to reach from Culver City to the beach.
>>Union of Concerned Scientist Clean Vehicles Site - "Consumers deserve better performance and less pollution than automakers currently provide. Our experts in diesel, gasoline, and advanced vehicle technologies provide consumers and decision makers with the information they need to build a robust economy based on cleaner transportation choices."
>>Walk Score - Calculate everything that's within reasonable walking distance of your home with this web based mapping tool. If you are moving, use it to help choose a walkable neighborhood.
>>Bike Metro - This site helps you select routes for easy urban biking.
>>BIKEroWAVE.org - A non profit bike workshop that helps you learn to repair your own bike
>>CommuteSmart.info - Commuters network. Free service that makes it easy for Southern Californians to share the ride.
Alternatives to Owning a Car & Roadside Assistance
>>ZipCar - Car sharing program that can save you money if you don't need a car every day.
>>Connect by Hertz - Connect by Hertz, pay-as-you-go car membership club, couldn't be easier. Choose a plan, book a car, pick it up and drive away – for an hour, a day, or more.
>>Rent Green Cars at Most California Airports - information on renting EVs at LAX.
>>Better World Club - The environmental alternative to the Car Domination strategy of AAA.
>>Plug In America - A non profit organization of activists that saved the Electric Vehicles and lists all of the automakers phone numbers so you can demand a environmentally superior plug in electric vehicle. Scroll down to the "What Can I Do?" section.
>>Sustainable Transport Club - Local grassroots organization helping to keep the public informed about all of the various transportation issues in our area.
Alternative Fuel Conversions
>>Gas to Ethanol - mye85kit.com
>>Diesel to Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) - labiodieselcoop.org
>>Anything to Electric - leftcoastelectric.com
>>Prius to PHEV Prius - go100mpg.com, CalCars.org
Documentaries on TRANSPORTATION & TRAVEL
>>Who Killed The Electric Car? - "A murder mystery, a call to arms and an effective inducement to rage, Who Killed the Electric Car? is the latest and one of the more successful additions to the growing ranks of issue-oriented documentaries." Via The New York Times.
>>Fuel - "An insightful portrait of America’s addiction to oil and an uplifting testament to the immediacy of new energy solutions. Director, Josh Tickell, a young activist, shuttles us on a whirlwind journey to track the rising domination of the petrochemical industry and reveals a gamut of available solutions to "repower America" —from vertical farms that occupy skyscrapers to algae facilities that turn wastewater into fuel. Tickell and a surprising array of environmentalists, policy makers, and entertainment notables take us through America’s complicated, often ignominious energy past and illuminate a hopeful, achievable future, where decentralized, sustainable living is not only possible, it’s imperative."
Literature addressing TRANSPORTATION & TRAVEL issues
>>Plug In Hybrids - by Sherry Boschert. "Includes the most comprehensive analysis of Well to Wheels emissions Alternative Fuel comparisons."
>>Biodiesel America: How to Achieve Energy Security, Free America from Middle-east Oil Dependence And Make Money Growing Fuel - by Josh Tickell. "Oil: In the time that it takes Earth to travel around the sun once, humanity extracts 30 billion barrels of it from the crust of this planet."