How to help us get 1 million bags off the street

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check out our video that explains it all…

 

 

Every bag you help us give out eliminates 1000 needless checkout bags from ending up in our environment!
If we can give away 1000, it will eliminate 1 million throwaway bags
You can make this real, tangible impact a reality!   Check it out at bit.ly/millionbags

A Big THANK YOU to those who have already donated!

With your help we will fill that need and give away appropriate bags, so everyone can participate and bring their own bag, be a steward of our environment, and proud member who protects our community. 

Donate today


Bag Law Merchant Outreach Continues

 

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The Long Beach checkout bag law takes effect in just 3 weeks!! We are preparing for the festivities around it. If you would like to join our team for the parade and the art build with our allies, please RSVP Here.

Our volunteer team has been going door to door to merchants to help them with the transition to reusable bags, partner with them for any questions and concerns they still have, and find solutions for bag giveaways. Susan and Joanne are pictured with Natalie Dangerfield (center), owner of Random LB. Also helping have been Jo, Karin, Karen, and Stacy. Thanks for your work to get this done!

Though we’re making progress, there just aren’t enough machine washable, grocery size, reusable bags coming available right now to make sure Long Beach smoothly transitions, and we need to make sure there are.

Join our crowdfund in partnership with Georgia Meckes and LI Greenmarket and help us get 1 million bags off the streets.

Donate here, and get word out. 

All Our Energy Director named “Environmentalist of the Year”

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George Povall, Director of All Our Energy, was honored by Sierra Club Long Island Group as environmentalist of the year for 2016, citing worknon offshore wind and reducing plastic bag pollution.

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“I thank Sierra Club Long Island Group for all you do and for all the support you’ve given myself and our organization, All Our Energy. I’m very honored to receive 2016 Environmentalist of the Year award, and very humbled to be recognized with the amazing Beth Fiteni of Green Inside And Out Consulting.”

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“This is thanks to the work and dedication of so many people on our team who keep our work going with friendship and dedication,” he said, “and who make positive change a reality!  Thank you also to Sally Keller for the spectacular watercolor. A very special day.”

 

 

Photos Courtesy Beth Fiteni and Tara Bono.

Help us get 1 million bags off the street

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Join our crowdfund in partnership with LI Greenmarket. Donate, and get word out. Every bag you help us give out eliminates 1000 needless checkout bags from ending up in our environment! You can make this real, tangible impact a reality! Check it out at bit.ly/millionbags

A Big THANK YOU to those who have already donated!

With the bag ordinance coming into effect in Long Beach on earth day (4/22/17), there is a huge need for reusable bags that are

1. good quality

2. washable

3. shopping bag size

4. most eco-friendly material we can afford

5. easy to transport and remember to bring.
We are going to fill that need with your help, and with Earth day events coming up, we need bags to give away so everyone can bring their own bag and be a steward of our environment and proud member of our community.

If we can give out 1000 reusable bags it eliminates 1 million checkout bags.

Together, we do great things. I thank you for your support!

Comment on PSEG-LI’s plan for the clean energy grid

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PSEG LI have a plan for LI. Is it really good enough? Use our online comment form to let them know we want renewables and a 21st century grid we’re paying for, that works for all Long Islanders.

Comments due by MARCH 6, 2017.
Comment form, their plan and our response to the plan to help you comment can be found at http://allourenergy.com/march2017dps

All Our Energy's Director to be Named Environmentalist of the Year

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We’re very honored to announce on 3/18/17 All Our Energy’s Director, George Povall, will be awarded “Environmentalist of the Year” by Long Island Sierra Club at their Member Appreciation Luncheon, in great company sharing the title with Beth Fiteni of Green Inside And Out Consulting.
Sierra Club LI group have been huge supporters of our work at All Our Energy and we hope you will attend to support George, Beth, and Sierra Club members and their great work.
And of course, how can we thank you for all you’ve done, if you’re not there!
Saturday March 18, 2017 1-4pm

Seatuck Scully Estate
550 South Bay Avenue
Islip, New York, 11751

Suggested donation: $20.00
Mail check to:

Sierra Club Long Island Group
PO Box 172,
West Sayville, NY 11796-0172

Our February 2017 action meeting

7pm
Wednesday February 22, 2017 
Long Beach Public Library
111 West Park Ave
Long Beach NY 11561

rsvp here

1. Join as we organize events for the final stretch before the Long Beach bag law takes effect, and assure it succeeds!
It’s not over – there is a danger if we do not complete our work and connect with every community, break down barriers to acceptance, and provide SOLUTIONS for those who need them, that it may fail. We will not allow that to happen.  

2. We will also organize and guide everyone how to generate high-impact comments to the public service commission due by March 6, and help reach out to others to get many more, so LIPA, through PSEG-LI, enact policies on the 8 points of their “Utility 2.0″ plan to move to a utility model that moves to renewables and works for all LI’ers.

Countdown to the Long Beach BYO Bag Law

The Long Beach checkout bag law takes

effect on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.

 


 

there will be a commemorative kick off from the City of Long Beach with events to coincide, to help the public come together and make this positive change.

 

stay tuned for more info…

 Governor Cuomo commits to 2400 megawatts of off shore wind

 

 

img_5284In today’s state of the state address at Farmingdale State University, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced some fantastic news for off shore wind power.

New York will commit to *up to* 2400 megawatts of off shore wind power by 2030, including 800 in the area off Long Beach and the Rockaway Peninsula – enough for 1.25 million homes, and LIPA will go forward with the 90 megawatt project off Montauk.

Press release here

We thank Governor Cuomo for this and our work towards the largest realistic rapid deployment of climate protecting and environment-saving off shore wind will continue.

We believe it’s a solid beginning and will continue to advocate it not be too little,  too late, on such a long time line that anything could derail it.
Activists have been pushing for a large-scale, megawatt-specific commitment, and they got that part. They had been pushing for development of 5,000 of the 35,000 potential megawatts off our shore by 2025, with further commitments made  to achieve the amount needed for the Governor’s plan for New York to be powered by 50% renewable energy by 2030.  

Seen in context of this, though a solid beginning, there’s just no way the math will work to reach this goal in those 13 long years with this smaller amount of offshore wind.
The math:

2400 MW of rated wind power capacity would equal 

960 MW (40% capacity) which would produce 

8,409,000 MW hours of electricity a year: New York State currently uses 

137,122,000 per year. That would make off shore wind, eventually, 

6% at the END of the race. (Info courtesy US Energy Information Administration )

Can enough solar come to the rescue of that? We would have to have a 1200% increase in solar electricity production. That’s doubling what we have built so far in just the next year and continuing at that pace until 2030. It could be a compounded 30% increase every year- hard to imagine with incentives slashed, financing gone, and the easiest, most profitable sites already done.

The governor did also announce plans to fund the long sought after study on making New York State run on 100% renewable energy.

Governor Cuomo directs the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to undertake a comprehensive study to determine the most rapid, cost-effective, and responsible pathway to reach 100 percent renewable energy statewide.

Happy for the commitment and thanks to the Governor for putting us on the path. We will take it, and it doesn’t mean we’re satisfied. We know together we can and must do more!

Event: 2017 Team Build Talk

To start the year, on Wednesday 1/4/17 at 7pm we will hold an informal talk at Long Beach Public Library
RSVP Here

Find out how together, we will support each other in the current political climate. Then, we will strengthen your ability to act, and be the solution to the issues at hand. Teams are forming now that will define our work this year- be a part of it!

Be part of the talk as we team up to discuss how to make our advocacy count this year with your volunteer help.

Help establish our media / quick response team to address the media as well as attacks on social media and other teams.

Work to help Long Beach eliminate single use bags, advocate for renewables-maybe even start our own project, fight bad investments in fossil fuels that can block renewables, and insist leaders take climate action.

We will talk of advocacy in the new bullying atmosphere, as environmental gains brace for attack. Instead, let’s build your power and organize around a message that makes the most impact.