Archive for May 2012

Promoting Efficiency and Renewables in a Vermont town

May 30, 2012

By Paul Cameron, Executive Director, Brattleboro Climate Protection Brattleboro Climate Protection (BCP) is a nonprofit organization that works to develop effective local solutions to global climate change. BCP collaborates with municipal officials, community and state organizations, businesses and volunteers to carry out projects that promote energy efficiency and expanded use of renewable energy sources while [...]

“Love ’Em and Leave ’Em” Initiative Saves Money, Time & Energy, Helps Environment

May 30, 2012

By Nikki Coddington (chair) and Mark Gilliland, Irvington GPTF The Village of Irvington, NY’s Green Policy Task Force just received an Earth Day award from Westchester County, NY for our “Love ’Em and Leave ’Em” (LELE) initative which could result in significant monetary savings for local municipalities and the County through reduction of the volume [...]

Clean Air-Cool Planet funds SCA Energy Internship

May 25, 2012

By Diana Lischer-Goodband, Public Grants Officer, The Student Conservation Association – SCA From May to October, 2011 the Dummerston Energy Committee (DEC), was able to increase its committee work through the volunteer time of an Energy Intern.  A national conservation organization, The Student Conservation Association (SCA) administered this internship, which was funded through a Community Catalyst Fund [...]

Campbell Recycling Advocacy Project Expands Program with Community Catalyst Fund

May 25, 2012

By Dennis Perreault, Faculty Advisor, Campbell Recycling Advocacy Project CRAP requested a Community Catalyst Fund grant in order to expand its recycling program to the two other schools in the Litchfield, NH,  School District.  Prior to the awarding of the grant, hundreds of pounds of recyclable cardboard and steel cans were being deposited into the [...]

Making it Safer to Leave the Car at Home

May 23, 2012

By Jim Willis, Red Bank Safe Routes Red Bank Safe Routes is a small neighborhood organization that advocates for walking and biking in downtown Red Bank, NJ. One of the benefits of living in a town like Red Bank (with its walkable downtown shops and restaurants) is that residents have the option of leaving their cars in [...]

Building Environmental Awareness in Grand Isle County, VT

May 23, 2012

By Bob Buermann, Islanders Caring for the Environment ICE (Islanders Caring for the Environment) has used a Community Catalyst Fund Grant to expand from the Town of South Hero to cover the five towns of Grand Isle County in the Champlain Islands of Vermont. ICE is a grassroots community organization that identifies opportunities and implements ways [...]

World Cafe Nourishes Sustainability in Strafford, VT

May 22, 2012

By Dori Wolfe, Strafford Energy Committee The Strafford Energy Committee was thrilled to have the support of a grant from the Community Catalyst Fund of Clean Air-Cool Planet. These funds allowed our community building, Barrett Hall, to receive a long-range energy plan and for the formation of a Sustainable Strafford initiating group that took on [...]

Science Saturdays at Long Beach Island (NJ) Foundation of the Arts and Sciences

May 17, 2012

By Marianne Gellman, Development Director, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences For the sixth consecutive winter, the LBIF Science Committee hosted a series of lectures and discussion programs that tackled scientific, environmental, and sustainability issues that relate to our community. The programs are open and free to the public. The 2012 sessions continued to demonstrate [...]

The Monadnock Energy Resources Initiative Gets Off the Ground

May 15, 2012

By Bev Edwards, Coordinator, Monadnock Energy Resources Initiative MERI’s grant from the Community Catalyst Fund has been pivotal to our progress.  It put the financial ground under our feet that enabled us to take the careful and wisest next steps toward creating a strong, effective program. It lifted us from being an idea worth manifesting, [...]

With Support from Verizon, a New and Improved Campus Carbon Calculator is On the Way

May 9, 2012

By Amanda Sayut, Development Officer, Clean Air-Cool Planet In 2004, a group of student activists at Duke University lobbied their administration to reduce the university’s carbon footprint by installing solar panels on campus. But in spite of strong arguments about leadership, innovation and student demand, they were unsuccessful. When, however, the same group of students, collaborating [...]


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