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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!

 

 

 

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Our Work Recognized 

Long Beach Reach annual awards (l-r) Long Beach City Councilman Anthony Eramo, Long Beach Reach Executive Director Joseph Smith, State Senator Todd Kaminsky, Honoree Debora Staiano, Honoree Kevin Reilly, Honoree George Povall, Honoree Betsy Glazer, Chairman Scott Nigro and Long Beach City Councilwoman Eileen Goggin.

Long Beach Reach annual awards (l-r) Long Beach City Councilman Anthony Eramo, Long Beach Reach Executive Director Joseph Smith, State Senator Todd Kaminsky, Honoree Debora Staiano, Honoree Kevin Reilly, Honoree George Povall, Honoree Betsy Glazer, Chairman Scott Nigro and Long Beach City Councilwoman Eileen Goggin.

All Our Energy President George Povall was honored on October 23, 2016 by Long Beach Reach at their Annual Awards Brunch for our work on environmental issues.

Thanks to our team, our allies and volunteers whose work and support made this possible.

Congratulations to the other honorees we are very humbled to be included with-Betsy Glazer, Kevin Reilly and Debora Staiano.

We also thank the board and membership of Long Beach Reach for such an honor and recognition of our work. Thank you all, including Scott Nigro, George Trepp, Carolyn Cuttler, Rosalie Machalow, and the members including Eileen Goggin and Executive Director Joseph Smith, Ph. D.

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Thank you also to all the representatives and officials who also congratulated us- Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Senator Todd Kaminsky, Nassau County Executive Mangano, Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, and Long Beach City Council-Len Torres, Anthony Eramo, Eileen Goggin. Scott Mandel, and Anissa Moore.
We’re very grateful, have huge admiration for their work, and you can donate to Long Beach Reach at this link.

Long Beach Bag Ordinance Passed

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Thanks to YOU and your voices, an amazing team who did so much work, with some smart officials, and the support of the business community, The City of Long Beach unanimously passed their checkout bag law Tuesday October 18, 2016!

Thanks are in order!

First, I want to thank the Long Beach City Council who listened, were forward-thinking and who took action to be the leaders on this issue as the first municipality in Nassau to do so.
Thank You to Vice President Anthony Eramo, whose early declaration made it a priority this year and who helped bring our campaign into the city, Eileen Goggin, who helped host more events, Council President Len Torres, Council Members Scott Mandel and Anissa Moore for your attention and perseverance to get this done. Thank you all for your leadership!! The community really came together and you are the reason.

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Thanks also to City Manager Jack Schnirman and staff Ryan Mc Tiernan who was instrumental in all of this.

Thank you to All Our Energy’s campaign partners Surfrider Foundation Central LI Chapter and Sierra Club Long Island Group whose financial, technical, and moral support pushed this campaign through to victory.
I thank the other members of the BYO Bag LB leadership team- Amanda Moore, Scott Bochner and Tara Bono for the amazing efforts you have delivered to help this succeed, and my wife, Barbara Hackett, who lived with this campaign 24-7 and helped more than anyone could know. Thank you!

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We had some incredible volunteers working on this, and none gave more than Stacy Russo, Joanne Moore, Joan Monahan, Robin Csabon, Jo Eisman, and James Mangels, with help and support from All Our Energy team leader Matt Kearns.
We were inspired with artwork from Laura Swan and Stewards of the Sea throughout this process that made it vibrant and heartwarming. Thank You.
Thanks to the youth team, especially Fin Ashmead, Mia Mangels, Noele Micheman, and Lucy Tomicick.
Thank you, to the Long Beach Chamber and so many members who have been instrumental in helping the business community come together.

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Some individuals who helped make a big difference- Sam Pinto, Bernadette Martin, Georgia Meckes, Joey Naham, Kelly Sullivan, Liz Treston, Mary Velosovitch, Nancy Schulman, Dieter Von Lehsten, and many others, I’m sorry if you’ve been left out!

I want to thank the other businesses and organizations that have been so supportive – Sunpower by Empower Solar who have hosted so many meetings and sponsored events. Thanks to event partners Gentle Brew Coffee, Cybernet, East Park Chiropractic, Lift, Bridgeworks, Long Beach International Film Festival who all supported the campaign and we really appreciate it!

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We got so much support from organizations, too- Sane Energy Project, Long Island Progressive Coalition, Arts in the Plaza, Long Beach Farmers Market, Long Beach Martin Luther King Center, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Long Beach Parks and Recreation, St James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church, Key Food East, and Key Food West.

This is FAR from everyone, so simply by reading this, know I thank you for your support and involvement!

 

So now what?

Well, this work is far from done.

We have 1000 low income residents that need -a full set of reusable bags- and our help to get them.

We have many people who still have no idea about this.

We have merchants still unaware or with concerns.

We will be here to help the transition happen so it STICKS and becomes part of our culture. Hopefully at the same time it will raise consciousness of all plastic, waste, energy, air and water and many other environmental issues and help people address those issues as well.
For now, its enough to say- we did it- all of us, I’m glad we took the journey together.

Thank you all.

Rally to say Bye Bye Bags and Hearing on a Bag Ordinance

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Tuesday 10/18/16
Rally @ 6pm, Hearing at 7pm
Long Beach City Hall
1 West Chester St, Long Beach, NY 11561

RSVP and share the event here

On Tuesday October 18 at 6pm, we will rally outside Long Beach City Hall, then we will go in to the City Council hearing to make sure the City of Long Beach passes their reusable bag ordinance!

WE NEED YOU THERE and hope you can attend both!!! Be a part of making this a reality. Bring everyone you know!

Join the Rally for Reusable Bags

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All hands on deck! Rally at LB City hall- we need your support to stop plastic bag pollution NOW!

Tuesday July 19, 2016 6pm City Hall: Rally 4 Reusable Bags

https://www.facebook.com/events/893591457451017/

AFTER THE RALLY- we encourage all to attend the city council meeting and speak at the “Good and Welfare” public input session!!

We Kick Off “LBNY Plastic Free July”

The BYOB Bag LB team bring the Plastic Free July challenge to Long Beach, NY.

plastic-free-july-logo-straight-lgeWe’ve organized many events this July to raise awareness of the dangers and damage plastic pollution causes, and issue the Plastic Free July challenge to you!

find all the goings on at our Plastic Free July web page

Take the challenge:
Attempt to refuse single-use plastic 
for a day, week, or whole month of July. “Single-use” includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging… anything that’s intended only to be used once and then discarded. click here to take the challenge and share your experience

Join our BYO Bag LB Plastic Free July Events and volunteer team:

 July 2 MYOB: Make Your Own Reusable Bag
https://www.facebook.com/events/1047595791983042/

July 6 “Bag It” Free Movie At Gentle Brew
https://www.facebook.com/events/2074889072737198/

July 9 Bay And Marsh Clean Up
https://www.facebook.com/events/262879607413006/

July 19 (tentative) City Hall Show Of Support To Stop Plastic Pollution.
(Event link coming soon)

July 25 Our Undersea World: An Unnatural Danger.
Pollution hurts marine animals. Presentation and discussion With Riverhead Foundation For Marine Research And Preservation
https://www.facebook.com/events/531800263689429/

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Please share all the events, info and the challenge. Come out and join us for the events, and volunteer to get involved and have some fun while protecting our environment.

Together we will raise awareness and stop single use plastic pollution!

BOEM Off Shore Wind Energy Public Meeting

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold public meetings in June to provide an overview of the Environmental Assessment findings and offer additional opportunities for public comments.

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Date: Tuesday June 21, 2016

Time: 6-8 pm

Where: Hofstra University

Place: MPR Room (Multi Purpose Room)

AD: 900 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, New York 11549

RSVP Here

The process to start Off Shore Wind for Long Island moves forward. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the proposed lease sale for 81,130 acres offshore New York for commercial wind energy leasing. The area is approximately 11 miles south of Long Beach, an area that can support a large-scale commercial wind project.

 

We will advocate for it to be

  • the most environmentally friendly
  • most responsible and responsive
  • most local jobs
  • most committed to soonest operation and long term viability

Get involved in the upcoming BOEM Meeting on June 21, 2016!

Day of Action for Off Shore Wind & Clean Energy

On 5/18/16, All Our Energy and partners staged a rally out front of LIPA’s offices, and then spoke at their board meeting that the time has come for off shore wind!

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Speakers represented the benefits of off shore wind from jobs, to climate benefits, to getting what we pay for in our rates!

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Great work from our team- Matt, K.C., Sam, Karen, and our incredible Speakers- Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island, Peter Gollon from Sierra Club Long Island Group, Lisa Oldendorp from Move On, Olga Filakouris from NYPIRG, Joe Tonini from Sierra Club, Lou Sabbatini from Sierra Club, Sam Caslowitz of All Our Energy, and of course Matt Kearns who emceed the day, and designed the 20 foot tall turbine and plugs signs!

 

 

Press from Examiner:
http://www.examiner.com/article/plug-me-long-islanders-take-action-for-renewable-energy-offshore-windpower

 

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more photos:

 

https://www.facebook.com/AllOurEnergy/posts/984340044996327

 

Then we went to the Nassau Clean Energy Standard hearing which had a great turnout and some really great testimony from renewable energy advocates.  I had stopped my testimony to ask how many people supported a bold move into off shore wind… and pretty much the entire room raised their hand in favor of it. 

check our social media for video of the turbine raising!

A very successful day in support of clean energy for LI thanks to YOU and your support and action!!

 

Ready for our 5/18/16 day of Action for Off Shore Wind

In the morning we will be assembling in front of LIPA Headquarters in Uniondale for a demonstration of support for offshore wind for the required new power generation on LI.

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LIPA are meeting tomorrow as they consider new dirty energy plants for the east end right now, or get new power from an off shore wind farm 30 miles off Montauk, coupled with grid-size battery storage, that supplies that power cleanly, reliably, and economically.

We are staging a visual action outside their offices as we raise a 20 foot tall mock wind turbine and giant plugs as we say “Plug Me In to Off Shore Wind” and ask LIPA to lead us into the next generation, not lock us into dirty fuels of the past.  We have hand made signs, placards and stickers from Sierra Club and more for everyone to get their hands on and show their support!

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Join All Our Energy, Long Island Progressive Coalition, NYPIRG, Mothers Out Front, and the Sierra Club for this memorable and newsworthy event.  Then we will go in to LIPA’s board meeting and testify that the time for off shore wind is NOW

 

Then in the evening join us to speak out at the NY State Public Service Commission’s “Clean Energy Standard” (CES) hearing in Mineola to determine the future of clean energy programs in the state. Local community groups including All Our Energy, Long Island Progressive Coalition, NYPIRG, Mothers Out Front, and the Sierra Club, will call on Governor Cuomo to make an enforceable commitment to renewable energy that includes large-scale offshore wind power. By compelling utilities and public energy authorities to purchase a certain amount of renewable power each year, the CES could make the Governors goal of generating 50 percent of New York States electricity from renewables by 2030 a reality!

We urge you to come speak and make sure we get the renewable energy future we deserve. Please bring a printed version of your comments to turn in if you must leave, just to be on the record, or if you have too much to say, but will be brief anyway!