Thursday, March 29, 2012

BEN - March 28, 2012 #390

Longleaf Tree at the Auburn University's Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve

Picks of the Week:

Mark your calendars - 

Today - March 28th - Lecture at the University of Alabama on the history of global warming periods 

March 31st - Green Resource Center Holding Annual "Clover Crawl" Green Home & Garden Expo at Vulcan Park in Birmingham. Learn more about this special day long event at

April 3rd - Become a member of the Alabama Coastal Foundation in Birmingham at the Fish Market! 

Nature Conservancy Seeking  "Picnic for the Planet" Volunteers
News Across Alabama
University of West Alabama  Signs Green Agreement  with The Institute of Sustainability (TIOS)
Press Release from UWA -
Alabama Rivers Alliance Names 2012 River Heroes
National Geographic - Tar Balls still showing up on Gulf Coast beaches
Researchers continue to find oil spill dangers
Alabama's waterways rank 3rd in the nation for the release of cancer causing toxics in waterways
City of Florence Landfill Cited for Contamination,188578
Tuskegee University Breaks ground on new Sustainability Center
JSU's Renee Morrison Named President of the Environmental Education Association of Alabama
Op-eds, Links, Audio and Videos
Mobile Reigster: Restore Act Editorial & Cartoon
Times Daily: Editorial calls on council to "rethink landfill stand"
Defenders of Wildlife's Spring of Sustainability Lecture Series
New Alabama Gardener Blog
Events, Grants & Job Openings

Job Openings & Events (March 19th Update)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Alabama Rivers Alliance Annual River Celebration Awards

 Shoal Creek in Lauderdale County

Earlier this month, the Alabama Rivers Alliance honored it's latest batch of 2012  "River Heroes" 
  • Watershed Group of the Year – Save Our Saugahatchee and Friends of Chewacla and Uphapee Creeks from the Auburn area
  • Best New Group of the Year – Coosa Riverkeeper, based in Riverside
  • The James Lowery Volunteer Service Award – Jenn Patterson, Program Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, based in Birmingham and West AL
  • Beyond Rivers Partner of the Year – The Nature Conservancy of Alabama, working statewide
  • Business Partner of the Year – Good People Brewing Company

Receiving special recognition were the three individuals named River Heroes, a lifetime achievement award reserved for individuals who have spent the better part of their lives working to protect Alabama’s waterways.  They go above and beyond the average calling to ensure that all Alabamians can enjoy clean, heathy water and that government and industry are held accountable for enforcing water policies and polluting our waterways. The 2012 River Heroes were as follows:
  • River Hero – Michael Mullen, the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper based in Troy
  • River Hero – Bill Deutsch, Director of Alabama Water Watch, based in Auburn
  • River Hero – Casi Callaway, Mobile Baykeeper, based in Mobile

The Nature Conservancy Seeking Volunteers for Earth Day "Picnic for the Planet"

Volunteers Needed for The Nature Conservancy's Picnic for the Planet
Request for Volunteer Assistance
Earth Day 2012, Sunday, April 22
Railroad Park, Birmingham Alabama
8:00am – 10:30am                  20 volunteers                                    move picnic tables –    
9:00am-11:00am                    20 volunteers                                     set up - tables, tents, 
10:30am-1:00pm                  20 volunteers                                     welcome tables – 
12:30pm-3:00pm                  20 volunteers                                    welcome tables
11:00am-12:00pm                  5 volunteers                                     kids zone – 
12:00pm-1:00pm                  5 volunteers                                    kids zone – 
1:00pm-2:00pm                  5 volunteers                                       kids zone – 
2:00pm-3:00pm                  5 volunteers                                      kids zone – 
1:00pm-3:00pm                   4 volunteers                                    zoo animals
11:00am-1:00pm                  6 volunteers                                    parking – 
1:00pm-3:00pm                  6 volunteers                                      parking – 
3:00pm-5:00pm                  15 volunteers                                    break down -
3:00pm-5:00pm                   20 volunteers                                    remove picnic tables – 
Please contact Holly Hilton at (205) 251-1155 x 118 or to volunteer.  Volunteers will receive a free Picnic for the Planet t-shirt.  Water and snacks will be provided.

Monday, March 19, 2012

BEN - March 19th, 2012 #389

Coastal Kids Quiz - April 27th
The 11h Annual Coastal Kids Quiz will be held on April 27th at Daphne United Methodist Church.  Teams of fifth graders from fifteen schools in Baldwin and Mobile Counties will participate in this environmental science competition.  The top three teams receive scholarship awards and their teachers receive funds for science activities at school.  Volunteers are needed and sponsorships are available. Contact the Alabama Coastal Foundation for more information at 251.990.6002 or by email at
News Across Alabama

Alabama legislature passes coal incentive legislation
White-nosed syndrome of bats confirmed in Alabama
University of West Alabama Goes Green - Signs State's First Certification Agreement
ADEM fines city of Mobile over stormwater pollution program
Wise Metals inaugurates aluminum recycling plant in the Shoals
Op-eds, Links, Audio and Videos
Anniston Star Commends Sen. Shelby on RESTORE Act legislation
Anniston Star's Bob Davis: Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail
Whit Gibbons: How important is the environment to Americans?
Mobile Bay NEP Calls on citizens to "break" the plastic habit (video)
WIAT CBS 42's Deadly Deception II at the Carver  Theater (video)
Weeks Bay Spring Calendar

BEN - Job Openings & Events (March 19th Update)