Friday, December 04, 2009

BEN - December 4, 2009 #329



BEN Holiday Appeal

http://www.bamanews.com/donation.html


News

(Links - Depending on your program, you may need to cut and paste links)


Wild South and Wildlaw Protect 71,043 of National Forests - As a result of a formal protest by Wild South and Wild Law, a proposal to lease for oil and gas development 148 parcels covering 71,043 acres in the National Forests in Alabama has been withdrawn. Particular places protected as a result of this decision: The Pinhoti Trail, viewshed of the Cheaha and Dugger Wilderness Areas, and several rivers including the Cahaba River and Blackwater River. For details read - http://www.wildlaw.org/news/12032009.htm


Gardeners Grow 45,000 Oysters for Restoration - Volunteers throughout the Mobile Bay region have helped grow more than 45,000 oysters this year, at 44 gardening sites on Mobile Bay reefs. Check out the entire story at: http://www.masgc.org/page.asp?id=3


Critical Habitat Proposed for the Vermilion Darter - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate 13 stream miles as critical habitat for the Vermilion Darter in the Turkey Creek watershed of Jefferson County. For details, visit: http://www.fws.gov/southeast/news/2009/r09-062.html


Alabama's Dangerous Streets - Transportation for America recently released a report titled "Dangerous By Design" looking at pedestrian deaths in American cities. The Birmingham Metro area ranked 8th worst nationally for the top 50 U.S. Metro areas, according to their "Danger index." Also in the report, other large Alabama Metro areas were scored, including Mobile, which had a pedestrian danger index nearly double that of Birmingham. To access the report visit: http://t4america.org/resources/dangerousbydesign/


Renew Our Rivers Recognized By Keep America Beautiful - For the seventh straight year Alabama Power's Renew Our Rivers program has been recognized by Keep America Beautiful. This year more than 5,500 volunteers participated removing more than 200 tons of trash and debris fro the state's lakes and rivers. For details visit: http://www.alabamapower.com/news/iframe_pressroom.asp?WT.svl=body_pressroom



Events


Alabama Wildlife Center 17th Annual Craft and Bake Sale - Saturday, December 5th, 9am to 2pm at Oak Mountain State Park - Call 205-6633-7930 for details.


Cahaba River Society Day at Nabeel's Cafe - Wednesday, December 9th, 10:30am to 9:30pm - 10% of sales from the day is contributed to CRS, when patrons mention they support CRS at checkout.


ADEM Nonpoint Conference - January 20th in Montgomery - Details - http://www.adem.state.al.us/Education%20Div/Conference/2010/10NPSConference.htm


Alabama Rivers Alliance Watershed Leadership Conference

http://www.alabamarivers.org/


EEAA Conference

http://www.eeaa.us/content/view/89/1/


Christmas/Holiday Gift Ideas


Check out Green Teacher magazine. If you order the magazine, 20% of your new subscription will be rebated to the Environmental Education Association of Alabama. Call them at 888-804-1486 or visit http://www.greenteacher.com


Weeks Bay Foundation - http://www.weeksbay.org/shopping_cart.htm

Alabama Wildlife Federation - http://www.alabamawildlife.org/news/?newsID=18

Alabama Coastal Foundation - http://www.joinacf.org/merchandise.html

Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama - http://landtrust-hsv.org/?p=561

Black Warrior Riverkeepers - http://blackwarriorriver.org/shop.html

Higher Ground Roasters - http://www.highergroundroasters.com/

Legacy - http://www.legacyenved.org/products/products_main.htm

Department of Conservation -

http://www.outdooralabama.com/outdoor-alabama/shop/

Alabama Museum of Natural History

http://www.ua.edu/academic/museums/history/wordpress/?page_id=152

Ruffner Mountain (use Goodshop.com or Goodsearch.com to raise monies for Ruffner)

http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/ruffner-mountain-nature-center


Links/Publications


Leading Scientific Organizations Position on Climate Change Letter

http://www.ametsoc.org/sss/documents/climateletter.pdf


A Green Mayoral Candidate in Birmingham - Scott Douglas

http://www.douglasformayor.org/


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Monday, November 30, 2009

BEN Thanksgiving Special 2009 : Inspirational Passages & Holiday Appeal

Janisse Ray & BEN Publisher Pat Byington



Dear BEN Readers:


I want to thank you for your readership and your support for Alabama's environment. Please make

sure to read the special "Thankgiving Passages" (this from Alabamians Rep. John Lewis, Chuck Leavell (pianist for the Rolling Stones) and Janisse Ray) after our annual Holiday appeal supporting BEN charities.


Today is Cyber Monday (description here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_monday ), and in the spirit of making gifts during e-commerce's "Black Friday" the Bama Environmental News (http://www.BamaNews.com), asks it’s readers and friends to make tax-deductible contributions to the following BEN's charities this holiday season:


The Wilderness Society - https://donate.wilderness.org/05/donatetws

Southern Environmental Center- http://www.bsc.edu/sec/donate.htm

Visit our donations webpage at http://www.bamanews.com/donation.html for details about our three additional charities:


Sheffield High School Foundation – Environmental Public Service Scholarship

Camp McDowell – Byington Scholarship

University of Washington – Rose Scholarship


As you can see on the BEN donation page, these charities each have a special connection to me and my family. For over 10 years, we have asked people to contribute to the BEN charities in lieu of a BEN subscription. We have raised over $10,000 from 1998 to 2008. Please consider giving to one of these very special organizations.


Best Wishes,


Pat Byington

BEN Publisher



Thanksgiving Passages 2009



"... Praise Thee, wondrous God for the blessed watershed that is Alabama, pliant to man's needs, gracious to his questing spirit. May her sons and daughters not forget Thy bounty, nor fail to deserve Thy benediction through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen"


From the state of Alabama Prayer at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.


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Walking through fields smelling the wildflowers, touching the ancient oaks, poplars and pines, I learned wonder. Drinking from a fresh water spring, I learned purity. Fishing with a simple cane pole, I learned contemplation and patience. Feeling the dirt and pine straw between my toes, I learned the wilderness is part of me - I cannot and never will seperate myself from its beauty and peacefulness...


Part of the problem we have in our society, particularly in urban centers, is that we don't lose ourselves to what is natural. In our rush to progress technologically and to grow economically, we sometimes forget about the things that give people a sense of fulfillment and happiness. People have busy lives and difficult priorities- raising families, educationg their children, trying hard to get ahead. But it shouldn't be an either/or choice when it comes to protecting wilderness. We must be willing to move beyond our selves and our problems and consider the larger impact of our actions and legacy we leave for our children. If we don't, we will lose part of our humanity we can't replace...


- Alabama native and civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis commenting in the The Wilderness Society publication, "Why Wilderness: What the Last Remaining Wild Lands of the Southern Appalachians mean to the People of the Southeast."



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"Trees are like music. It's fun and soothes the soul to play an instrument alone and express oneself. Many an hour, I've poured out my emotions on the piano instead of on a psychiatrist's couch. But it's a lot of fun to share the tune, to take the sounds from others--to be surprised by the richness of each other's sound-- muscial heritages blending together, if you will. Each instrument so different, but all so important to the song.


... Each tree-- each forest -- has its own song and we must listen. And while we are listening and unraveling the mysteries and gifts of the trees, we should always take a monent to sit under a tree, look up and be thankful."


--Chuck Leavell, Alabama native, conservationist and pianist for the Rolling Stones.



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Let us put our minds together and give thanks

for the life we've been given,

for the chance to dream and wake and go out

among the meadow beauty, raising its many

velvet faces toward the sun.


For the cypress standing in sleepy congregations

like cloaked women in prayer.

For cubbyholes and cavities, grass beds and hollow

tupelos, for branch forks and underbanks.


For the open throats of pitcher plants

singing like bog frogs in the dusk.

For wild persimmon and huckleberry and hickory nut,

cattail and Ogeechee lime.

For reefs of flowers sweetly exhaling.

For beakers of rain poured liberally

from an archangel sky, the alchemy of rivers and bogs.

And thank the lightning that sparks heaven's love for earth,

conductor of fire.


Let us put our minds together and give thabks

for all the two leggeds and four-leggeds and six-leggeds,

the many leggeds and the no-leggeds,

near to far.


Let us especially thank the two who gave us life.

And thank Mother Earth, Elder Brother Sun,

Grandmother Moon, Sister Star, Families, Safe Journeys.


Let us put our minds together and give thanks.


-Poem by Janisse Ray, From Pinhook, Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bama Environmental News - #328




News


New York Times Features Alabama's War on Cogongrass - In September, the New York Times featured a story on state of Alabama's "war on cogongrass" an invasive weed that threatens forestry and agriculture in the state. Check out the story here


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/21/us/21land.html

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/09/21/us/20090921-LAND_index.html


Forever Wild and Wildlife Management Areas - For people who care about wildlife management areas and public hunting lands, the latest edition has some interesting figures about Forever Wild and WMA's. Here is an excerpt:


"Since 1992, Forever Wild has secured 183,603 acres of public hunting lands that are part of the Alabama WMA system. These lands are distributed within 13 WMA's in 12 counties."


Some of the Forever Wild WMA's include:


Barbour WMA (26% owned by Forever WIld)

Cahaba WMA - (79% owned by Forever WIld)

Coosa WMA - (26% owned by Forever Wild)

Crow Creek WMA (8% owned by Forever Wild)

Freedom Hills WMA (75% owned by Forever Wild)

Laudedale WMA (31% owned by Forever Wild)

Lowndes WMA (15% owned by Forever WIld)

Mobile-Tensaw Delta & W.L. Holland WMA (11% owned by Forever Wild)

Mulberry Fork WMA (100% owned by Forever Wild)

Perdido River WMA (100% owned by Forever Wild)

Riverton WMA (100% owned by Forever Wild)

Skyline (James D. Martin) WMA (39% owned by Forever Wild)

Upper Delta WMA (100% owned by Forever Wild)


Recycling Grants - ADEM & Governor Riley have awarded eight recycling grants totaling $1.1 million.

http://www.adem.state.al.us/PressReleases/2009/GovRileyHighlightRecycling.pdf



Perry County Coal Ash Landfill Challenged - Environmental attorney David Ludder has filed suit to halt the coal ash shipments to Perry County.

http://blog.locustfork.net/2009/11/21/attorney-demands-halt-to-tva-coal-ash-shipments/#comments


A Tagged Manatee Named BAMA - Here is a great Mobile Register story about Alabama's first "tagged" manatee and the new Mobile Manatees Sighting Network program at Dauphin Island.

http://blog.al.com/live/2009/11/rescued_manatee_named_bama_hea.html

http://manatee.disl.org/



Events


ADEM Nonpoint Conference - January 20th in Montgomery - Details - http://www.adem.state.al.us/Education%20Div/Conference/2010/10NPSConference.htm


Alabama Rivers Alliance Watershed Leadership Conference

http://www.alabamarivers.org/


EEAA Conference

http://www.eeaa.us/content/view/89/1/


Christmas/Holiday Gift Ideas


Weeks Bay Foundation - http://www.weeksbay.org/shopping_cart.htm

Alabama Wildlife Federation - http://www.alabamawildlife.org/news/?newsID=18

Alabama Coastal Foundation - http://www.joinacf.org/merchandise.html

Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama - http://landtrust-hsv.org/?p=561

Black Warrior Riverkeepers - http://blackwarriorriver.org/shop.html

Higher Ground Roasters - http://www.highergroundroasters.com/

Legacy - http://www.legacyenved.org/products/products_main.htm

Department of Conservation -

https://www.alabamainteractive.org/shoppingcart/cgi-bin/shopdcnr.cgi?store=2

Alabama Museum of Natural History

http://www.ua.edu/academic/museums/history/wordpress/?page_id=152


Links/Publications


Leading Scientific Organizations Position on Climate Change Letter

http://www.ametsoc.org/sss/documents/climateletter.pdf

Monday, November 02, 2009

BEN - November 2, 2009 #327

News

Good news for Land Conservation in Alabama. Last week, Congress passed the Interior Appropriations bill appropriating $2 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to expand the Little River Canyon National Preserve and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. An additional $640,000 was appropriated for the Cumberland Mountains Forest Legacy project in Jackson County. http://www.bamanews.com/2009/11/alabama-scores-lwcf-victory.html

Forever Wild saves more than 61,000 acres in Metro Birmingham's "Backyard." Last week, Forever Wild announced that they had closed a deal to protect more than 61,000 acres of Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Lands in Bibb, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Shelby counties for the next 93 years. The agreement will preserve the public hunting, fishing, hiking and recreational rights within an hour's drive of nearly a quarter of Alabama's population. Details about this monumental conservation agreement can be found at: Bham News - http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-stories/2009/10/post_43.html Mike Bolton's Column - http://blog.al.com/outdoors-alabama/2009/11/bolton_forever_wild_deal_guara.html

Ducks Unlimited - Fundraising and Protecting Land. In the next few weeks, Ducks Unlimited will be holding fundraising events/banquets across Alabama. These efforts have resulted in the protection of 18,726 acres of waterfowl habitat statewide. The events starts this Tuesday. Check out the event in neighborhood at http://www.ducks.org/states/31//index.html

Energy Efficient Buildings Save Money. Here is a great story from the "Auburn Sustainability" website about the Gorrie Center, a new LEED Gold Certified building on campus. According to the story, the Gorrie Center uses 59.8% of the average amount of electricity when compared to nine similar-use building on the Auburn University campus. The building can also save more than $400,000 in electricity costs a year. For more details: http://www.auburn.edu/projects/sustainability/website/newsletter/043009.html#anchor_11

ADEM & ALDOT Team Up. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the Alabama Department of Transportation have been awarded a grant to retrofit approximately 184 diesel vehicles to reduce particulate pollution. To learn more: http://www.adem.state.al.us/PressReleases/2009/DieselRetrofits.pdf

More than 5000 houses will be weatherized in Alabama over the next 2 years saving money and energy. Check out how some Alabama Power Service Organization volunteers are helping out in Montgomery - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20091031/NEWS01/910310326/Grants-help-ensure-warm-winter-for-area-residents

BEN Notes:

Grants

Birmingham Audubon Mini-Grants - The deadline for the Birmingham Audubon Society's Mini-Grant program is fast approaching. Visit http://www.birminghamaudubon.org/grantscholar/minigrantprog for details

Events

Nabeel's Cafe in Homewood (1706 Oxmoor Rd.) is donating 10% of their sales to the Cahaba River Society on November 4th. Make sure to mention your support of CRS when you checkout.

Moss Rock Festival - November 7th & 8th, Hoover, Alabama - http://www.mossrockfestival.com/

Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama - 09 Autumn Ramble Guided Hike Schedule- http://landtrust-hsv.org/?p=40

Lecture Series - "Dauphin Island, Alabama: America's Birdiest City and Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries" - November 10th, 7:00, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center

Cahaba River Huckraiser - an Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament - November 14th, 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM, at George Ward Park in Birmingham - Details call 32-CLEAN

6th Annual Alabama Renewable Energy Conference, November 17-18 at Auburn University - http://www.nrmdi.auburn.edu/bio/ADECA/conference/2009/

ARTSCAPE an Event will benefit the Freshwater Land Trust - November 19, 6:30-9:00pm - Details: call the Land Trust at 205-226-7900.

Technical Knockout will be holding an e-cycle event on November 21st, 9am to 4pm at Whole Foods in Birmingham.

Alabama Scores LWCF Victory




Good news for Land Conservation in Alabama. Last week, Congress passed the Interior Appropriations bill bringing in $2 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to expand the Little River Canyon National Preserve and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. An additional $640,000 was appropriated for the Cumberland Mountains Forest Legacy project in Jackson County.

Friday, October 23, 2009

BEN - October 23, 2009 #326





News


American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ranks Alabama 48th in the country in the implementation of energy efficient programs and policies. Scoring lower than Alabama (worse) were Mississippi, North Dakota, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.

Here is the report: http://www.aceee.org/press/e097pr.htm

Birmingham News Story - http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/10/alabama_ranks_48th_in_energy_e.html


The Alabama Department of Environmental Management assessed $286,100 for water pollution violations in the 2009 fiscal year compared to more than $1.2 million in each the proceeding two years according to the ADEM Reform Coalition.

Mobile Register Story - http://blog.al.com/live/2009/10/adem_penalties_for_water_pollu.html


According to a new Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) report, the Birmingham Metro Area ranks #1 for the worst soot pollution of any urban region in the South, with levels high enough to put more than 400,000 children and adults directly at risk for heart and lung disease.

The SELC Report - http://www.southernenvironment.org/newsroom/press_releases/2009_10_20_bham_press_release/


A settlement has been reached between Mobile Baykeeper and the Alabama Department of Transportation in the US 98 lawsuit. The settlement will require the agency to deliver several environmental improvements demanded by Mobile Baykeeper to the very controversial project that was dubbed by the Mobile Register "Muddy 98."

Mobile Register Story - http://blog.al.com/live/2009/10/mobile_baykeeper_settles_muddy.html

Mobile Register Series 'Muddy 98" - http://blog.al.com/pr/2007/09/muddy_98.html


SweetWater Brewing Company's 2nd Annual "Save the Black Warrior River Campaign" raised $13,000 throughout the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa Region.

http://blackwarriorriver.org/news/save-the-black-warrior-2009-recap.html


Alabama Coastal Cleanup 2009 - More than 4400 volunteers participated and 93,000 pounds of litter collected.

http://www.al.com/news/press-register/metro.ssf?/base/news/1253438173105170.xml&coll=3


BEN Notes:


Jobs


Ruffner Mountain Executive Director Position - http://www.bamanews.com/2009/10/ruffner-mountain-seeking-executive.html


Dauphin Island Sea Lab is seeking an Aquarist & Research Associate - go to http://press.disl.org/jobs.htm


Grants


Birmingham Audubon Mini-Grants - The deadline for the Birmingham Audubon Society's Mini-Grant program is fast approaching.

Visit http://www.birminghamaudubon.org/grantscholar/minigrantprog for details


Events


International Day of Climate Action - Saturday, October 24th - events Across Alabama

http://www.350.org/

http://www.bsc.edu/communications/news/2009/20091015-enact.htm

http://www.aeconline.org/blog/2009/10/350org-climate-action-day-in-alabama.html


Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama - 09 Autumn Ramble Guided Hike Schedule- http://landtrust-hsv.org/?p=406


Mobile Baykeeper Bay Bash - October 29, 6:00 to 8:00 at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center -

Additional Details at: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/events/bay-bash


Hulsey Little River Land Trust Annual Meeting, October 29th, 6:00 at ROJO, 2921 Highland Ave. S. Birmingham, Alabama 35205


Workshops & Events at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center - Visit http://www.Alabama5Rivers.com


Lecture Series - "Dauphin Island, Alabama: America's Birdiest City and Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries" - November 10th, 7:00, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center


The registration deadline for EEAA's Excellence in EE Guidelines training (on November 10th at McWane Center) is approaching fast. Get your registrations in by this coming Tuesday! It is easy at: https://www.regonline.com/ee_guidelines_training


Cahaba River Huckraiser - an Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament - November 14th, 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM, at George Ward Park in Birmingham - Details call 32-CLEAN


ARTSCAPE an Event will benefit the Freshwater Land Trust - November 19, 6:30-9:00pm - Details: call the Land Trust at 205-226-7900.


Links


OXFAM Climate Change Map - The Southeast Impacts

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/10/climate-change-going-to-hurt-southeast-united-states.php


Comprehensive Data Portal for Global Climate Information

http://gosic.org


Gulf Coast Chapter of the Hiking Trail Society -

http://lahiker.blogspot.com/


Gulf Alliance Education -

http://www.gulfeallianceeducation.org


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Ruffner Mountain Seeking Executive Director



Nature Center Executive Director

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center seeks experienced ED. The successful candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) with minimum of 7 years experience in a field of natural science, environmental education, natural resource management, or related field. A minimum 5 years in a leadership and supervisory capacity in nature center or similar organization is required. Must also exhibit a broad knowledge of natural science, finances, land management and public relations. Fundraising and supervision of staff required. Interested applicants should respond via email with the following limited information: name, mailing address, phone numbers and email address to info@ruffnermountain.org by October 31, 2009. A detailed position description and application instructions will be sent via return email. Ruffner Mountain Nature Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BEN - September 15, 2009 #325




News


Alabama recieves a D+ water quality protection grade from the Alabama Rivers Alliance - Check out the report at http://www.healthygulf.org


Manatee Sighting Network "Tags" It's First Manatee - From the Daulphin Island Sea Lab http://press.disl.org/9_9_09manatee.htm


Land Trust of Hunsville and North Alabama Protects 69 Acres in Havest, Alabama -http://landtrust-hsv.org/?p=317


ADEM Reform Coalition releases report on critical of Alabama Department of Environmental Management compliance. The report can be found here: http://www.enviro-lawyer.com/NPDESReport.pdf


New York Times is running a series of articles on lax and worsening enforcement of the Clean Water Act nationwide. Here is an interactive map from the Times about Alabama's violations.http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/polluters/alabama . Here is the article:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/us/13water.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=water%20quality&st=cse


EPA to be holding a Public Forum on Coal Ash Landfill in Perry County - Details -http://blog.locustfork.net/2009/09/14/epa-to-hold-public-hearing-on-coal-ash-landfill/


PBS News Hour Features Birmingham's Northern Beltline in Transportation Series -

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/zombie-highways/video-full-report/778/


BEN Notes:


Jobs


Green Resource Center for Alabama Seeking Director - Full Job Description -http://www.bamanews.com/2009/09/green-resources-center-for-alabama.html


Grants


Birmingham Audubon Mini-Grants - The deadline for the Birmingham Audubon Society's Mini-Grant program is fast approaching. Visit http://www.birminghamaudubon.org/grantscholar/minigrantprog for details


Events


Save the Black Warrior Campaign by Sweetwater for the entire month of September. Check out all the venues at http://www.savetheblackwarrior.com/


Freshwater Land Trust Whole Foods 5% Day - Today! September 15th Whole Foods Market is donating 5% of their net sales to the Freshwater Land Trust. Check out the details at http://www.freshwaterlandtrust.org


AWF Wild Game Cook-off in Birmingham - September 17th, 6:00pm at the Birmingham Zoo - Details: http://www.alabamawildlife.org/events/?eventID=48&date=09/17/2009


Sierra Club's "Alabama Heritage, Wild and Rural" - September 19th at the Red Dot Gallery in Homewood, Alabama - For more info call 205-870-7608.


22nd Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup - September 19th, 8:00AM - Join Alabamians in our state's largest litter cleanup - Details: http://www.alcoastalcleanup.org


Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama's Moon Over Three Caves Dance - September 19th, 7:00 to 11:00pm at Historic Three Caves in Huntsville, Alabama. For additional info call 256-534-5263 or visit http://www.landtrust-hsv.org


Preview Ken Burn's new PBS Special about America's National Parks - Sept. 19th & 26th at the JSU Canyon Center , Fort Payne, Alabama - Details - http://www.jsunews.com/news/?newsID=181


Green U in Huntsville - September 26th, 10AM to 4PM - Hosted by the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, a day full of workshops and events. Details: http://www.hsvbg.org/events/greenu.htm


Solar Home Tour in Blount County - October 4th and 5th,10-2PM - Register by calling 205-919-6231. Additional details: http://www.alabamarivers.org/events/special-events/blount-county-solar-home-tour/


Ecofest 11 Benefit the Southern Environmental Center - October 8th at WorkPlay in Birmingham - Details: http://www.bsc.edu/sec/EcoFest%2011%20Invite.pdf


Energy Forum 2009 - October 13-14 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Hosted by the Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama - Details: http://www.interfaithenvironmental.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/IEIAFLYER.pdf


5th Annual John Borom Coastal Bird Fest - October 16-19 at Faulker State Community College, Fairhope, and various venues around coastal Alabama - Details: http://www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com


Workshops & Events at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center - Visit http://www.Alabama5Rivers.com


ARTSCAPE an Event will benefit the Freshwater Land Trust - November 19, 6:30-9:00pm - Details: callthe Land Trust at 205-226-7900.


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Green Resources Center for Alabama Executive Director Job Description

Green Resource Center for Alabama

Executive Director Job Description

Part-time

The Green Resource Center for Alabama, a Birmingham-based nonprofit, is seeking an Executive Director to manage this newly formed organization and assist in the development of funding for the organization.

The mission of the Green Resource Center for Alabama (GRCA) is to share wise social, economic and environmental practices - inspiring people to action!

Candidate Qualifications:

The candidate must have exceptional interpersonal, management and communication skills with a proven history of fund-raising, grant-writing and foundation relations experience. It will be considered preferable to have experience with developing a startup organization. Nonprofit experience with a background in human resources, financial and volunteer management will be considered a plus. Candidates must be self-motivated, able to work independently, and show creativity and initiative in creating new programs for the organization.

Position Responsibilities:

Fund Development

1. Provide fundraising leadership and drive the development of new funding sources.

2. Oversee a grant-seeking program, including grant maker identification, cultivation, grant writing and grant reporting.

3. Foster relationships with current and past funders to the organization.

4. Oversee and ensure all development record-keeping.

Marketing and Community Relations

1. Increase the visibility, public perception and public awareness of all aspects of GRCA’s mission, goals, activities and achievements.

2. Maintain and cultivate cooperative relationships with the community; maintain an interest in local civic affairs and foster participation when appropriate.

3. Serve as an effective spokesperson for the organization and represent GRCA in a broad range of public and community settings.

4. Maintain communication with donors, members, volunteers, community leaders and other appropriate individuals, organizations, and government officials.

5. Oversee website management and update information on a regular basis

Administrative and Human Resource Management

1. Supervise the organization’s staff and operations.

2. Develop an annual budget in conjunction with the Board Treasurer and Finance Committee for review and approval by the Board of Directors in advance of each fiscal year.

3. Oversee the organization’s accounting functions including systems for recording revenue and expenses; managing funds awarded through grants; generation and review of monthly income statements; preparation of annual tax return and ensure that the agency operates within budget.

4. Oversee the agency’s volunteer program.

5. Oversee the agency’s membership program.

6. Provide support to board committees.

7. Provide regular reports to the Board of Directors and GRCA President to assure that the board is fully informed on the condition of the organization.

8. Prepare goals and objectives for the organization with the Board of Directors.

9. Develop job descriptions for needed staff with the HR Committee.

10. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Salary:

Executive Director will be initially responsible for raising dollars to fund his/her own salary as well as securing program and project dollars. Once stable funding sources for GRCA are secured, and money is deemed available for traditional salary, a specific amount will be negotiated between the GRCA board and the Executive Director. Hours are negotiable. Employee benefits may be added in the future as funding allows.

How to Apply:

Interested Applicants should send a resume, cover letter and three references no later than September 30, 2009 to:
Email:
kelley@sandrewwalton.com or via mail to

Green Resource Center for Alabama –ED Search
ATTN: Scott Walton
2564 18th Street South
Homewood, AL 35209
No phone calls please.