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Now that you voted for the Flat Earth Award, how are you getting involved in the new climate movement? Here’s a long list of the recent grassroots actions of members of the Green House Network. Pretty impressive what a network of committed citizens can accomplish!

Lisa Adatto is doing some strategic and organizational consulting as a volunteer with the Climate Crisis Coalition. She is also helping with fundraising for Climate Solutions, again as a volunteer.

Dean Anderson began working for Eastwood Energy this year. Eastwood Energy has developed new solar photovoltaic mounting system for flat roofs that allows more module tilt angles while requiring less ballast or fewer anchors (roof penetrations) than older systems.

Jane Bindley-Danforth has made 13 presentations about global warming to date, reaching about 150 people. Among the groups she has presented to
are: the local Rotary Club, the public libary, a HAM Radio Group, the Warren County Democrats and a number of local churches and private homes. She has also enrolled as an auditor in a Global Warming class at Harvard Extension School for the Spring Semester.

Marc Brammer currently serves as the Executive Director of New York Climate Rescue. In this capacity he is involved in a wide range of climate change advocacy. He has spoken on climate change and corporate accountability at NYU, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and The Center for Sustainable Energy at Bronx Community College. In February, he will be giving presentation on Public Policy Approaches to Global Warming in New York City in a seminar sponsored by Columbia University.

Wil Burns, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands, gave 8 presentations on global warming related topics in 2004. Specifically, Wil presented at the International Law Students Association, the American Society of International Law, the Redlands Dive Club, an International Environmental Politics class at UC Berkeley, a Science & Technology class at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California State University-Sacramento, Bradley University, and Pomona College. He also gave a weekend-long workshop about climate law and policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Jane Danforth, a physical therapist specializing in alternative manual therapy at Boston Medical Center, has given 9 talks about global warming, including presentations to a Unitarian Church in Waltham, MA, and a Luthern Church and Rotary Club in Ohio. Jane also campaigned for Democratic Party in Ohio and New Hampshire in the months leading up to the election.

Jim DiPeso, Policy Director with Republicans for Environmental Protection, spoke about global warming in a presentation to the Puget Sound Conservatives Association in September 2004.

Stephen Filler, a lawyer from New York, lobbied the Town of Greenburgh’s Council in support of installing solar photovoltaic panels on the Greenburgh Town Hall.

Beth Fiteni, the Organics Program Coordinator for Neighborhood Network, a Long Island based environmental group, has made 13 presentations about global warming since 2002. Her audiences include: the Molloy Institute for Lifelong Learning, Long Beach School District health fair, Boys & Girls Club in Locust Valley, Long Island Progressive Coalition, an Environmental Science class at Dowling College, a class at Stonybrook University, North Fork Environmental Council, Earthsave, and theWantagh Lions Club.

Eric Corey Freed of organicARCHITECT has given numerous talks over the past few years. He was a guest lecturer at: the City College of San Francisco in 2002 and 2003; University of San Francisco in September 2003; the Eco Wave Conference from 2002 to 2004; California College of Arts in 2004; and the San Francisco Institute of Architecture from 2001 to 2004. In June 2003, Eric was a panelist at Living Green: A Panel Discussion at the City Club and in 2004, he was a panelist before a delegation of Russian Architects sponsored by Center for Citizen Initiatives. Eric was also interviewed about green building on Home & Garden Television in June 2004, and appeared in Home & Garden Television’s Designer Finals in October 2004. Finally, in 2004, Eric served on the Technical Advisory Council for the Green Home Guide as well as Curatorial Committee for ArtSFest.

Jonathan Isham, a member of the Department of Economics and the Program in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, started a project called What Works?: Strategies for the New Climate Movement. The project, a partnership of leaders and grassroots organizers in the nonprofit, governmental, business and academic sectors, is designed to achieve three objectives: (1) examine the recent history of U-S.-based climate change action; (2) analyze how theories of social change can help transform climate change action into a broad-based movement; and
(3) synthesize and disseminate successful climate strategies that can significantly expand the movement. To learn more about the project,
see: http://segue.middlebury.edu/sites/envs1003a-w05.

Mike Jacobs recently became the Acting Policy Director for the American Wind Energy Association.

Sarah Lachance gave a presentation about climate change to the Kennebunkport, Maine Rotary Club before the election. As a result of her talk, one person went out and bought a hybrid and another replaced all of their light bulbs with low-energy fluorescent light bulbs. She also received an invitation to make a similar presentation to another group. The presentation will take place in summer 2005. In addition, Sarah was heavily involved in the campaign to pass Colorado’s Amendment 37, the Renewable Energy Requirement.

Peggy MacLeod of Northampton, MA has given presentations about global warming to the Northampton Lions Club, 1 city council and 6 select boards in western Mass. As a result of her talks, several towns are allowing her to send flyers home with school children and one town’s phone company included a message about global warming in their regular customer mailings. Peggy has also talked about global warming on the radio 7 times, often for half hour periods and was able to get folk-singer Dar Williams’ endorsement of clean energy at her Northampton concert. Further, Peggy was involved in the hosting of several screenings of the “The End of Suburbia,” that have helped stimulate discussion about clean energy. In addition, she has staffed tables about global warming and clean energy many times and was even given 200 clif bars by Clif Bar to give out when she does this. Finally, Peggy drove her Prius in the Northampton 350th parade, with the “sustainability brigade” – a group of local citizens promoting green behavior. Peggy is now starting to work with high school environmental clubs and birding groups to encourage further activism around climate change.

Jackie Moreau is working within the Maine Council of Churches to raise awareness about global warming and other environmental issues in the religious community. The Council has started having Earthcare teams in churches. As a result of Jackie’s leadership, her parish received an energy audit and followed up by replacing inefficient light bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. As a result, she expects savings of about $3000. Her church also has an Earthcare bulletin board to further raise awareness of simple actions people can take to reduce their environmental impact. Finally, Jackie serves on the board of Maine Interfaith Power and Light and has staffed several information tables at public events in this position.

William McPherson is now working as an international environment consultant with the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development. The Earth Negotations Bulletin covers international environment meetings, including the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Lauri Murphy researched and compiled 5 of 10 informational brochures (Lights, Computers, Appliances, Climate Change, Green Power) for the Watertown Environment and Energy Efficiency Committee (WE3C), Watertown MA’s local climate action group. She will also be applying on behalf of WE3C to the New England Grassroots Environment Fund Small Grants Program for money to redo Watertown’s energy inventory.

Hal Nelson, a Ph.D. student in Public Administration and Policy with an emphasis on climate policy at Portland State University, gave 3 presentations in 2004. He presented to the Engineers for Global Responsibility in June and spoke at the Northwest Earth Fair and an International Studies class at Portland State Univeristy in October.

Susan Olshuff gave a well received talk to the Lennox Garden Club. Attendees are working to reduce their automobile use.

Debra Rowe, a professor of Behavioral Sciences at Oakland Community College, became a Senior Fellow with University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. In this position, she negotiated partnerships with 3 national higher education associations to promote education for sustainable development in over 2000 higher education institutions nationally. She was the main author of a Deptment of Energy funded model degree in energy management for community/technical colleges available at www.ateec.org/energy. Debra also helped design www.abetterfuture.org and an online sustainability education handbook at www.urbanoptions.org/SustainEdHandbook. Additionally, she joined the Executive Committee of the United States Partnership for the (United Nations) Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and was a sustainability consultant for the electronic Environmental Resources Library. Over the past 3 years Debra has made over 25 presentations about renewable energy, environmental education, and higher education.

Micah Walker Parkin of the Alliance for Affordable Energy in Louisiana is involved in an effort for a state climate action plan. He is also working to convince Louisiana senators to support the Climate Stewardship Action. To this end, he was involved with a successful effort to get the City Council of New Orleans to pass a resolution in favor of the Climate Stewardship Act and also garnered a similar letter from the New Orleans Mayor as well as two sympathetic editorials in local newspapers.

Richard White, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Smith College who is now residing in Durango, Colorado, gave 3 talks entitled “Global Warming, Rocky Mountain Impacts, and Local Responses.” He spoke with the Durango Green Business Roundtable in February, at the Durango Earth Day in April, and as part of the Fort Lewis College Life Long Learning Lecture Series in September. In addition, Richard collated the biographies of the all the members of Green House Network’s Speakers Network for publication on the Green House Network website.

Angela Windy is a student at Boston College where she is majoring in Environmental Geoscience. She led her campus’s involvement in Energy Action’s Declaration of Independence from Dirty Energy campaign. Thanks to her leadership, Boston College had the 4th highest number of signatures on the Declaration among institutions of higher education in America and Canada. As one of the top ten signature sources of signatures, Boston College will receive renewable energy certificates equal to one day’s energy consumption! Furthermore, in her position as the Director of Environmental Affairs for BC’s student government, she has been involved in successful efforts to get the college dining service to move away from Styrofoam and to persuade administrators to provide more outdoor recycling bins.

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