Renewables supply 99.7% of island’s annual power

photo source: Islanded Grid Resource Center
photo source: Islanded Grid Resource Center

For an island of only about 14,000 people Kodiak Alaska uses a lot of electricity. So it’s impressive that 99.7% its annual electricity needs are met by pollution free sources. And when the Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) switched to full renewables use, it eliminated $7 million a year in fuel costs for diesel powered generators. KEA is now able to deliver power at a price that is lower than it was in 2001. Continue reading Renewables supply 99.7% of island’s annual power

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Evangelicals support Climate Action Plan & CPP

photo courtesy of Greensboro Daily Photo
photo courtesy of Greensboro Daily Photo

Evangelical Christian leaders from around the U.S.  expressed their support for the U.S. Climate Action Plan. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and also sent to Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, the more than 170 member group states, “We see overcoming the climate challenge as one of the great moral opportunities of our time  . . . That is why we write to offer our support and encouragement for your efforts to overcome the climate challenge.” Continue reading Evangelicals support Climate Action Plan & CPP

Walking the Walk

Ben Blonder, the author of Natural Curiosities is a sustainability hero. He really is – one of fourteen Next Generation of Environmental Conservationists Champions of Change named by President Obama.

And he “walks the walk”. Good science researchers work hard! I feel hopeful about the future of the planet when I think of Ben and the work that he, and other committed environmentalists, are doing.

We’re reprinting Ben’s post about his 2,100′ climb to work every day, rain or shine, hot or cold.

Natural curiosities

My commute to work this summer takes three hours each day. Most people have shorter journeys, but I don’t spend mine driving a car, riding a bus, or sitting in traffic.

traffic

I walk. A mile and a half of road, then two and a half miles of mountain, climbing from 9500′ to 11600′.

This is the route. Home is in the valley on the left.

route

And here is my office. There are no walls, no chairs, no windows – but neither are there
cubicles or computer screens. There is no dress code and there are no time-sheets. I get my exercise along the way.

up

My commute, beautiful as it looks, is not always perfect. It is a steep and sweaty journey, and all of my equipment must be carried up each day on my back. Some days I am tired, and some days I am sick, but the route does…

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