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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 Vlub 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.

Huge LIPA Wind Rally

 

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Photo courtesy of Joanne Moore

In an incredible way to end an incredible year, over 150 attended the largest off shore wind rally held yet, on 12/20, to help LIPA know that wind is their way forward.

Thanks to all who came out-to our own State Senator Todd Kaminsky, Senator Phil Boyle, and to all the partner organizations – Sane Energy Project, Renewable Energy Long Island, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Sierra Club Beyond Coal, National Wildlife Federation, Long Island Federation of Labor, Food and Water Watch, NYPIRG, and all the others who made this such a resounding success.

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photo courtesy of Lisa Oldendorp

We also thank our volunteer Joanne Moore, who then went in and spoke for us at the LIPA Board meeting.

She told them “It’s LIPA’s turn to move forward and “refocus our energy”. By choosing environment-saving off shore wind now, you can assure New York’s leadership will reap the job, cost, and clean energy benefits just waiting to be claimed for this and the next generation. It’s time we grab ahold of the clean energy economy that awaits to be the legacy of those who act.  ”

Thanks so much also to Lisa Oldendorp, Jerry Rivers, Jay Blackman, Karen Miller, Janis Abrams and so many others who helped All Our Energy represent at this event!

 

 

 

All Our Energy Forward 2017

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Thursday 12/15/16 @ 7pm
111 West Park Avenue
2nd Floor Auditorium (elevator access available)
Long Beach, New York 11561
Event on Facebook

Now is the time, the danger to 40+ years of environmental gains is real, and we can’t allow them to be taken away.
Join and support our grassroots efforts to act on climate change, fight for a renewable energy economy, and protect who and what we love.
Together with you, we will lead the way and meet the challenges to come, head on: socially, environmentally, and politically.
It’s all Interconnected.
Let’s talk about how, let’s talk about 2017, and let’s empower everyone to take action.
The only way is forward, together!