Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Speaker at Sierra Club Meeting to Discuss Climate Change

News from Sierra Club Broward

Speaker:  Keren Bolter, of Florida Atlantic University
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:30 PM
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. S., Coconut Creek, FL 33068

Keren Bolter will discuss the adverse effects of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on Broward County and its shoreline.

Doors open at 7:00 PM. Committee reports begin at 7:30 and the program begins at 8:00. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.

Good News

Last week traffic was rerouted onto one mile of the new Everglades Skyway which will allow Everglades water to run underneath Tamiami Trail (US-41) for the first times in 85 years.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Liability cap on oil spills???

Fla. lawmakers discuss oil spill on anniversary

Florida lawmakers came together Friday to say their battle continues to protect the Gulf of Mexico three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.   Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., announced that he is co-sponsoring legislation that would lift the liability from $75 million for removal costs for an offshore oil spill. He said the current law limits the ability to collect damages in excess of $75 million, unless there is gross negligence or willful misconduct.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/19/3353283/nelson-castor-experts-to-speak.html?utm_source=DCS+Congressional+E-mail+Marketing+System&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.miamiherald.com%2f2013%2f04%2f19%2f3353283%2fnelson-castor-experts-to-speak.html&utm_campaign=Holding+Oil+Companies+Responsible#storylink=cpy
 For more information, see the link below.  http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/19/3353283/nelson-castor-experts-to-speak.html?utm_source=DCS+Congressional+E-mail+Marketing+System&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.miamiherald.com%2f2013%2f04%2f19%2f3353283%2fnelson-castor-experts-to-speak.html&utm_campaign=Holding+Oil+Companies+Responsible

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/19/3353283/nelson-castor-experts-to-speak.html?utm_source=DCS+Congressional+E-mail+Marketing+System&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.miamiherald.com%

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

10 Things to Recycle for Charity

From Earth911.com

Sure, you can extend the life of your recyclables by tossing them in the curbside bin, but did you know your trash can also benefit charitable causes? A whopping 72 percent of Earth911 readers said they would be more likely to recycle if it benefited charity, according to our informal homepage poll

So, to help you give back with your throw-aways, Earth911 rounded up this list of 10 common household items you can recycle for charity, conserving natural resources and making a difference in your community.

See http://earth911.com/news/2012/10/08/10-things-to-recycle-for-charity/soles4souls-guatemala/ for the full article.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Grow Downtown at Flagler Garden

Flagler Garden and Whole Foods Market team up to host a community green market event to celebrate Earth Month and all things green. Grow Downtown takes place on Sunday, April 28th from 11am-4pm at the Flagler Garden location at 441 NE 3rd Ave in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is open to the public.

“Grow Downtown” will include garden previews showing future plans for Flagler Garden. Whole Foods Market will sell sangria, and has generously agreed to match all proceeds from their sales, and make a donation to the garden. Flagler Garden will also raffle off a garden plot, a $500 value that guarantees a spot for Founding Gardeners in their first year. While Founding Gardener sponsorship of $500 helps fund construction and guarantees a plot for year one, going forward, plots will lease for approximately $85 per year.

Currently, Flagler Garden is in the fundraising stage and will be the first community garden in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. To date, $12,592 has been raised which includes profits from Night Owl Market events, private donations, and a state grant. $36,355 is needed to complete Phase 1, which will provide an urban educating and social space where locals and visitors can both escape the fast-paced downtown lifestyle and embrace nature and green living.

Additional sponsors include Exposed PR, Indie Craft Bazaar, and Flagler Village. For more information on sponsorship opportunities visit flagergarden.org.

Local Earth Month Events

We encourage you to get active and get involved.  These are but a few of the local events going on.

Saturday, April 27: Fort Lauderdale Beach Cleanup. 8 a.m.– 12 p.m. South Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Bags and gloves provided. 954-765-4999 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 954-765-4999 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Registration required.

Saturday, April 27: Deerfield Beach Arbor Day/Earth Day Event. 12–6 p.m., Athletics Complex, 701 S.E. 6th Ave., Deerfield Beach. “Green” demonstrations, vendors and giveaways. 954-480-4454 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 954-480-4454 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Saturday, April 27: Spring Into Gardening Native Plant Sale. 9 a.m.– 1 p.m., Fern Forest Nature Center, Coconut Creek. 954-357-5198 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 954-357-5198 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Saturday, April 27: West Park Earth Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., West Park City Hall, 1965 S. State Road 7, West Park. Booths, healthcare screening and children’s activities.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Household Hazardous Waste Collection - Tamarac - May 5th

Household Hazardous Waste Collection – May 5

The City of Tamarac, in cooperation with Broward County Waste and Recycling Services, is hosting the annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Collection event on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 8 am- 3 pm, at the Public Services Complex. This is open to all Broward County residents and has proven to be a very successful method of capturing hazardous waste. Over the past five years, this event has diverted more than 100 tons of potentially hazardous waste and recyclables from the solid waste stream!

Bring any household hazardous waste (motor oil, paint, pesticides, lawn & pool chemicals, propane tanks, batteries fluorescent bulbs & tubes, etc.) and electronics (TVs, computers, monitors, printers, etc.) to the Public Services Complex at 6011 Nob Hill Road.

See http://www.tamarac.org/civicalerts.aspx?AID=56 .

Monday, April 15, 2013

Trash to Treasures, Aradia, LA

On day 3 of Casey and Mike adventure, they stumbled on our country cousins, Trash to Treasures in Arcadia, LA.  It was a Sunday and unlike everything else it was open.  You see they are unabiding scalawags just like us.

Trash to Treasures is a traditional thrift store but no clothes.  Check them out next time you are in Arcadia!  It's the only thing to do on Sunday.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Satchel's Pizza Gainesville

As Casey and Mike head out to Portland, OR to take Casey for her Northwest adventure, we stopped in Gainesville to see former T2Ters Brian Turk and Sara Goff.  They left town for a wedding, but left the back door open so we could spend the night.  So, like true re-users, we headed down to Satchel's Pizza.   Satchel's integrates reuse into it's decor.  Like this:
Where have I seen these before?

Also, check out their web site to see their fair wage initiatives, community support, and more.

As for the pizza, it's great.  If you believe the best part of the pizza is the crust, then Satchel's will be one of your favorites.  Check it out next time you are in Gainesville.  Expect a wait.  This place is extremely popular.  Click here for other reviews.

Now that's a chime!

Also, when in Gainesville, check out Sarah's Repurpose Project.  The Repurpose Project has lost its lease but don't worry yet.  They might soon be Satchel's neighbor.
Even a VW Van has been repurposed

Thursday, April 11, 2013

FREE Eco-Friendly T-Shirt Upcycling Show IN Tell

FREE Eco-Friendly T-Shirt Upcycling Show IN Tell

Celebrate Earth Day by learning how you can turn your old T-shirts into trendy and fashionable accessories.
Cost: FREE
Date: Saturday, 04/20
Time: 1pm - 3pm

Check your local Michael's store events.  Call the store to confirm availability of class.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Grand Opening of ARC Broward's Newest Electronics Recycling Facility

ARC Broward Announces the Grand Opening of its Newest Electronics Recycling Facility in Fort Lauderdale to Take Place on Earth Day

ARC Broward, a human services organization dedicated to providing services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual disABILITIES, is proud to announce the grand opening of the new location of its Electronics Recycling Services center. ARC Broward is hosting a grand opening event at the new warehouse located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. to commemorate Earth Day.

For the full story, see http://www.arcbroward.com/blog/?p=308 .

VEGUCATED at Cinema Paradiso

VEGUCATED -----------------    One Screening Only!  Free Veggies following film!

Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. This entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who discover they can change the world one bite at a time.
Sponsored by COMPASSION OVER KILLING. Following the film, stick around in the Courtyard for Free Veggie Tastings.

 Tuesday, April 23rd

Monday, April 8, 2013

Earth Day at Snyder Park Volunteer Opportunity

Kids Ecology Corps Re-Nourish Ft Lauderdale 2013: Earth Day at Snyder Park

Kids Ecology Corps http://www.kidsecologycorps.org

The Snyder Park Project is a program of Kids Ecology Corps in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale providing service learning opportunities for kids and adult volunteers from all over Broward County.   The event is Saturday, April 20, 2013  9:00 AM-1:00 PM.
For more information, see http://www.handsonbroward.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?startURL=%2FHOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page%3FId=a0CA000000NxhItMAJA@A&id=a0CA000000NxhItMAJ

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Environmental Day at Markham Park Nursery - Special Earth Day Edition

Join HandsOn Broward and Markham Park Nursery for a special Earth Day edition of our monthly nursery weed and feed project.  Come out and help beautify and shade all the Broward County Parks for years to come!!  

Volunteers will be weeding, mulching, and planting a variety of plants at the nursery. 
For more information, see the HandsOn Broward registration page at:  http://www.handsonbroward.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CA000000NmlNAMAZ

34th Annual Week of the Ocean Festival Sea-son

34th Annual Week of the Ocean Festival Sea-son

Began March 14th running through June 8th, 2013

From the MIASF Waterway Cleanup to World Oceans Day, six (6) weekends of marine-related activities at various locations  in Broward County.

For more information, contact National Week of the Ocean, Inc. at 954-462-5573 or check out their website at