1) SELC Names Weeks Bay to Top 10 Endangered Areas in the South List
2) Huntsville's Operation Green Team Named Best Cell Phone Recycler
3) Birmingham Water Works Board Approves $329 Million Expansion
4) Elmore County Schools Start Energy Conservation Program
5) BEN Notes: AWF Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards, University of Alabama Sustainability Speaker Series, Canyon Center Dedication, Samford University Transportation Energy Policy Conference, Mobile Green Living Series, Alabama Hiking Trail Society Conference, ARA Watershed Leadership Conference, EEAA Conference, Southeast Land Trust Alliance Conference, Teachers Conservation Workshops
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1. SELC Names Weeks Bay to Top 10 Endangered Areas in the South List - The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) announced a list of ten special places in the South, including Weeks Bay in Alabama, that face immediate, and potentially irreparable environmental threats in 2009. The endangered areas were chosen among hundreds that are impacted by SELC's law and policy work throughout the six states of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.
According to the SELC news release, the Weeks Bay area was placed on the list because unchecked development and weak regulations threatened an area so unique it is one of only three water bodies in Alabama to receive the designation of Outstanding Natural Resource Water.
Other areas in the South making the list include the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, Salt Marshes in Georgia, Pamlico River in North Carolina, Clinch and Powell Rivers in Virginia and Johns River in South Carolina. To read the entire top 10 list and previous endangered places lists from years past - visit http://www.southernenvironment.org/about/top_10_2009 .
2. Huntsville's Operation Green Team Named Best Cell Phone Recycler - Huntsville's Operation Green Team was awarded by Keep America Beautiful this past December, as the top "cell phone recycler" in the nation.
In a national competition that ran from the beginning of January 2008 to December 2008, the Huntsville team edged out rival Indianapolis by 1000 phones. As a result of the victory, the Team brought home a $10,000 prize for its efforts. The prize money will spent on waste reduction and recycling education, and a $2500 donation to the charity Relay for Life.
3. Birmingham Water Works Board Approves $329 Million Expansion - Last week, the Birmingham Water Works Board unanimously approved a $329 million plan that would expand the system's long term water capacity till 2075.
According to the Birmingham News, the plan calls for building a new pump station on the Black Warrior River along with two pipelines feeding into the system. The project could take 12 years to complete. The recommendation came after a 2007 analysis concluded the utility would not be able to meet the region's water demands by 2025. The adopted plan will help meet projected capacity and water needs up until 2075. The utility's current capacity is 184 million gallons a day. In 2075 the demand is expected to increase to 222 million gallons a day.
4. Elmore County Schools Start Energy Conservation Program - According to the Montgomery Advertiser, the Elmore County Public School administration and board have embarked on a comprehensive energy conservation and management program with Energy Education, Inc.
A national company, Energy Education has saved $1.5 billion for public school districts in the 23 years of its existence. According to the Alabama State Department of Education, Elmore County spends 17% of its local dollars to cover utilities. In contrast, Energy Education client, neighboring Lee County, spends 8% on utility needs within the public school system.
To learn more about Energy Education, visit http://www.energyeducation.com/
5. BEN Notes: AWF Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards, University of Alabama Sustainability Speaker Series, Canyon Center Dedication, Samford University Transportation Energy Policy Conference, Mobile Green Living Series, Alabama Hiking Trail Society Conference, ARA Watershed Leadership Conference, EEAA Conference, Southeast Land Trust Alliance Conference, Teachers Conservation Workshops
AWF Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards - The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) is currently accepting nominations for the 2009 Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards. Please contact AWF at 1800-822-9453 for details.
University of Alabama Sustainability Speaker Series- Dr. Bryan Norton, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, will be speaking at the University of Alabama, Tuesday, February 17th, at 7:30 in the Biology Auditorium, as part of the Alabama Perspectives on Sustainability and Climate Change lecture series. His talk will be "Strategy Amid Uncertainty: Learning to Think Like a Planet." For additional details contact James Hall at 205-348-8400 or visit http://www.as.ua.edu/public/programs/apsacc/index.html
Canyon Center Dedication - Jacksonville State University's Little River Canyon Center (near Fort Payne) will be holding their Grand Opening and Dedication on February 22nd - For details call 256-782-5697. Also - here is a video of the place - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-2WjqHSyJ8
Samford University Transportation Energy Policy Conference - Samford University's Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education will be holding day long program titled - "Transportation Energy Policy in National and Global Perspective: A New Beginning?" February 27th, 9:00 to 3:00 at the Moot Courtroom, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. Contact Dr. David Smolian at email@example.com or 205-726-2418 for details. To reserve a box lunch email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile Green Living Series - The Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) will be offering homeowners tips on living green during two free workshops on March 3rd and March 31st, 6 pm until 7:45 pm at the Semmes Community Center at 10141 Moffett Road. The program educational program was developed for the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System. For more info about these programs, contact ACF at 251-990-6002 or visit http://www.joinacf.org
Alabama Hiking Trail Society Conference - The Alabama Hiking Trail Society will be holding their 7th Annual Conference, March 6th and 7th at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama. For complete details about this event, visit http://www.hikealabama.org/conference.html .
ARA Watershed Leadership Conference - The Alabama Rivers Alliance will be holding their 11th Annual Watershed Leadership Conference on March 20-22 at beautiful Camp McDowell. Visit http://www.alabamarivers.org for details.
EEAA Conference - The Environmental Education Association of Alabama will be holding their Annual Conference - titled "Woods and Water: Connections in Nature" from March 19 to March 21 at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, Alabama. For information about the event, visit http://www.eeaa.us or call 256-426-5871.
Southeast Land Trust Alliance Conference - The 2009 Southeast Land Trust Conference is coming to Alabama on March 25-26 at Auburn University's Dixon Conference in Auburn, Alabama. Check out the conference schedule and details at http://www.lta.org (visit "events" on the webpage)
Teachers Conservation Workshops - The Alabama Forestry Foundation will be holding Teachers Conservation Workshops on June 23-25 in Tuscaloosa and July 13-16 in Auburn. Please visit the foundation's website at http://www.alaforestry.org to review a detailed agenda or contact Chris Erwin at 334-481-2133/email email@example.com