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Dec 07
2008

Conservation Strategy Fund

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , transportation , tourism , resources , recreation , policy , parks , nonprofit orgs , international , government , fish , environment , energy , education , economy , conservation , climate change , carbon , business , birds , animals , agriculture , activism

Bruce Robinson

Using economic analysis as a tool for environmental protection is a core philosophy driving the Sebastopol-based Conservation Strategy Fund.

John Reid, President and founder of the Conservation Strategy Fund, explains how he sees economics as a tool for increasing overall human happiness  

 CSF Mission

The mission of Conservation Strategy Fund is to teach environmental organizations around the world how to use economics and strategic analysis to conserve nature.

Carbon credits may become a potent economic tool for poor countries with extensive forest resources, an approach that Sebastopol's Conservation Strategy Fund is helping to promote.

Part of CSF's educational work involves teaching their partners how to articulate the linkage between preserved resources and economic benefits.

 

Much more detailed information about CSF can be found in their annual reports, which are posted online here. There is also a listing of current and recent projects here.

Nov 30
2008

Cheap Gas

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , technology , resources , policy , government , finances , energy , economy , corporate responsibiliyt , conservation , Congress , business , author

Bruce Robinson

Falling gasoline prices are a reflection of the broader economic collapse, says a local oil industry analyst, and it probably won't be good news if they stay low.

Richard Heinberg is the author of Peak Everything and The Party's Over, among other books on oil and energy policy issues.

 Heinberg says that pump prices and the per-barrel cost of crude were not the only things that peaked last summer.

 

 

 Reining in oil speculators would be a constructive response to the events of the past year, Heinberg says, but that's only a first step.

 

 

Nov 24
2008

Holiday flying

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , tourism , rights , public safety , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , Napa , media , legislation , justice , Health , government , families , corporate responsibiliyt , Congress , business , activism

Bruce Robinson

 The holidays are a peak travel time for the airlines, so knowing your rights as a passenger can help ensure a more satisfactory travel experience.

Former realtor Kate Hanni is the founder and president of the Napa-based Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights. Her Organization maintains a tool-free telephone number for travelers to report standings and other problems, which she says are promptly verified and compiled into a national database.

Flyersrights Hotline: 877-FLYERS6 (877-359-3776)

The Coalition has also prepared a  Stranded Flyer's Survival Guide with a combination of practical and somewhat tongue-in-cheek items to use if you should happen to wind up on a grounded plane.

The New York state legislature was the first in the country to adopt a flyers bill of rights in August, 2007. But the measure was struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals which ruled it interferred with federal regulatory authority over the airlines.

 

 

 

 

Northern California representative Mike Thompson has been a leader in the effort to win Congressional passage of a nationwide airline Passengers Bill of Rights. You can read the draft bill here.

Nov 19
2008

AB 32

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , speaker , resources , policy , news , legislation , government , energy , economy , climate change , business

Bruce Robinson

Virtually every business in California will be affected when the state's climate change bill, AB 32, kicks in next year. But one of the bill's co-authors says it's not likely to be as painful as many people fear.

 

Compliance with the new rules for reducing greenhouse gas emissions will come in three forms:  incentives, regulations, and some form of trading of emission costs and credits. Joe Nation explains that such a mechanism will reward those businesses that have already taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

 

Joe Nation

 

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was  joined by international leaders with a consistent record of addressing the global threat of climate change, New York Governor George Pataki and other environmental and industry leaders at the bill signing for AB 32 on Treasure Island in San Francisco on Tuesday, September 27, 2006.  

Now, as the state's businesses prepare to work under the law's provisions, Joe Nation offers the following 11-point to do list to help them cope:

 

AB 32 "To DO" List

Action Item

Specific Steps to Take

1. Don't panic.

Think long term.  AB 32 implementation will result in some modest economics challenges, but over several years, it will help more than it hurts. 

2. Know your energy and carbon footprint.

Knowing what you use and emit will help you create a reduction plan.  Even if you don't have to reduce, you may have to report emissions.

3. Make energy management and carbon management a priority.

Create your own company's version of the "Prius" effect.  Energy users typically reduce consumption 10 percent just by monitoring their use. 

4. Become even more energy efficient.

Energy efficiency is usually the most cost-effective way to reduce energy costs.  Do this before sinking scarce dollars in shiny new toys and technology. 

5. Reduce the carbon content of the energy you use. 

After energy efficiency, then invest in renewables. 

6. Invest in new carbon reduction technologies and projects, including sequestration projects.

Businesses across California are hungry for carbon credit and other reduction projects, including forestry, dairy, and other efforts.  If you build it in the North Bay, the rest of California will come. 

7. Think beyond electricity and natural gas reductions.

A majority of North Bay GHG emissions come from transportation.  Focus on reducing your transportation footprint by implementing programs that offer pre-tax benefits to employees who take transit or carpool.  Consider subsidized transit fares and guaranteed rides home.

8. Think about your supply chain. 

Work with your suppliers to help reduce their GHG emissions.  It will lower their costs and ultimately yours. 

9. Take advantage of government, other assistance.

Use free utility audits and take advantage of forthcoming financing programs like AB 811, which make renewable energy projects more affordable. 

10. Start items 1-9 yesterday and have a timeline or goal for completion. 

Set realistic internal targets and ensure that you meet them. 

11. Market your green accomplishments.

Consumers and your employees want to know you are reducing your GHG footprint.  After you do, tell them and the rest of the world. 

 

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