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Wind power lecture tonight at Blue Loon

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Tuesday, June 22, 2010:

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power will host a wind power discussion at

6 p.m. tonight at The Blue Loon.

“Wind Powering Alaska” will discuss the potential for turning Alaska’s wind into energy. Kate Lamal from Golden Valley Electric Association will talk about plans to build a wind farm near Healy, while Kat Keith from the Alaska Center for Energy and Power will discuss costs and benefits of wind power.

For more information about the free lecture, go to www.uaf.edu/acep.

Really Free Market to be held Saturday

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Friday, May 21, 2010:

Air quality open houses planned for this week

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

The Fairbanks North Star Borough is hosting two air quality open houses this week to discuss a proposal to curb air pollution, a borough announcement said.

The first open house takes place today at West Valley High School Performing Arts Center. The second open house is Wednesday in the Weller Elementary School gym. Both start at 5 p.m.

The announcement said experts will be available to discuss air quality issues, such as PM 2.5, and answer questions about a range of issues, including regulatory deadlines, the proposed wood stove exchange program and recommended wood burning practices.

The borough air quality testing trailer will be on display.

For more information, contact the Fairbanks North Star Borough, visit the new Fairbanks air quality website at www.AQfairbanks.com or call Information Insights at 450-2450.

Barnette Middle School students win national design competition

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Monday, May 3, 2010:

Barnette Middle School has won the grand prize in the School of the Future Design Competition, a contest that asks students to come up with plans to redesign their school in an environmentally friendly fashion.

The school was awarded a $2,000 prize for winning.

The competition begins in September, and each competing team must submit a model made from recycled materials, a short presentation and a 750-word essay describing the planning process behind the project.

Barnette’s student team studied the blueprints of Barnette’s most recent renovation, read architecture magazines, and examined techniques used by other “green” schools.

Click here to read the full story.

Hensley: Do-it-yourself rural energy is needed

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Tuesday, April 27, 2010:

Willie Hensley said this morning that Alaska, particularly its energy-starved rural communities, should think about bracing for tough times.

Oil development and federal financial aid have left Alaska with great per capita wealth. They’ve declined in recent years, and Hensley, an icon in modern Alaska Native history, told an energy conference that Alaskans should “reconfigure our value system” to escape from dependence on aid and major development projects.

Such federal support, Hensley told roughly 400 people at the downtown Westmark Fairbanks Hotel, once meant major subsidies for power plants so villages could electrify their homes and public buildings. But Hensley said he expects Alaska may need to rely more on ingenuity and resourcefulness if it expects future improvements to the quality of life here.

“It has been nothing short of phenomenal to see the kinds of programs and services and facilities and infrastructure that we now enjoy,” Hensley said. “The big question is, is it sustainable?”

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Lecture: OFF GRID ON A MOUNTAIN TOP – UNIVERCITY'S JOURNEY TOWARD A LIVING COMMUNITY

Jonathan Tinney, Director of Community Development, Simon Fraser University Community Trust

Fairbanks – Monday, April 26, 6:00-7:30 pm – To register/RSVP go to  http://fbkstlsharris.eventbrite.com

Anchorage -Tuesday, April 27, 7:-8:30 pm – To register/RSVP go to  http://anchoragetlsharris.com

The UniverCity Project at Simon Fraser University is being developed around the “Four Cornerstones of Sustainability” –  Environment, Equity, Education and Economy.  The community, adjacent to the SFU Burnaby Mountain Campus, has been recognized with many regional, national, and international awards for its innovations in sustainable urban development.  To date, more than 1,000 homes have been completed, along with the first phase of the Town Centre.

Jonathan Tinney is the Director of Community Development for the SFU Community Trust. Through the development of UniverCity, Jonathan and the rest of the Trust team are making significant and innovative contributions toward the creation of independent and universal green building standards to ensure a high level of urban design and environmental performance. He is charged with overseeing the Trust’s initiatives to incorporate the development of leading edge planning policy, innovative green building and infrastructure standards, and pioneering community building programs to create a complete and truly sustainable urban community.

COST:  Free for Cascadia members and Full-time Students (please RSVP);

            $5 with online registration/RSVP;

            $10 at the door.

For Earth Day, 7 New Rules to Live By

From The New York Times, Monday, April 19, 2010:

On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, is the middle-aged green movement ready to be revived by some iconoclastic young Turqs?

No, that’s not a misspelling. The word is derived from Turquoise, which is Stewart Brand’s term for a new breed of environmentalist combining traditional green with a shade of blue, as in blue-sky open-minded thinking. A Turq, he hopes, will be an environmentalist guided by science, not nostalgia or technophobia.

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Mayor Hopkins revises air quality control plan

From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Tuesday, April 13, 2010:

Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins revised his air pollution control plan, adding a provision prohibiting dense chimney smoke that creates a nuisance for neighbors.

Hopkins said Monday that he plans to ask for assembly approval in June.

The measure, Ordinance 2010-17, sets limits on chimney smoke opacity, bans the burning of certain materials and imposes fines on the worst polluters starting late next year. The measure also establishes government programs to help people replace old, dirty stoves.

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Public Lecture: A Discussion of Traditional Alaska Native Design and Construction

Friday, March 5, 2010, 4-5PM

Morris Thompson Cultural Center

Dr. Sven Haakanson Jr. discusses the knowledge and abilities of Alaska’s Indigenous people to design and construct complex equipment, housing and tools without the use of modern technology.

The efforts of those preserving this knowledge for future generations will also be discussed.

Click here for more information.

One People, One Earth event to celebrate environmental stewardship

Event hosted by Alaska Interfaith Power & Light:

Join Alaska IPL at the Pioneer Park Civic Center on Saturday, January 30th, 2010 from 11 am to 3 pm, for an inspiring community event — One People, One Earth.

This free, family-friendly event will infuse fun, faith, education and charitable opportunities to learn about environmental stewardship and how you, your family, schools and congregations can save energy, resources and money.

Click here for more information.