Friday, October 23, 2009

BEN - October 23, 2009 #326


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:

Birmingham News Story -

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 -

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 -

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 -

Mobile Register Series 'Muddy 98" -

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

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

BEN Notes:


Ruffner Mountain Executive Director Position -

Dauphin Island Sea Lab is seeking an Aquarist & Research Associate - go to


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

Visit for details


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

Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama - 09 Autumn Ramble Guided Hike Schedule-

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

Additional Details at:

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

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:

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.


OXFAM Climate Change Map - The Southeast Impacts

Comprehensive Data Portal for Global Climate Information

Gulf Coast Chapter of the Hiking Trail Society -

Gulf Alliance Education -


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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 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.