Connecting Ballston to Clarendon for cyclists

Arlington County, VA has been improving its bicycling infrastructure along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.  With the addition of the buffered bike lanes on Clarendon Blvd. through Clarendon, there is now an almost continuous corridor from Ballston to Courthouse.  There is, however, a two-block gap that is difficult for cyclists to navigate that--if improved--could make a significant difference in the ease of use for cyclists along the corridor.  It would close the one remaining gap connecting these important activity centers.

With some minor infrastructure changes, this gap could be closed, and the corridor could be completed.

Here's a diagram of suggested improvements for eastbound cyclists at the intersection of Fairfax and 10th St. N.

Join us for the January Green Business Roundtable



Date: Friday, Jan. 31

Time: 11:30 - 1:00 (includes lunch)
Location: National Wildlife Federation National Advocacy Center
901 E Street NW, Suite 400
‎http://www.steveoffutt.com/p/green-business-roundtable.htmlWashington, DC 20004
(in the Pew Charitable Trusts Building)

Registration (includes lunch)
$22 early bird (until Jan. 27)
$27 regular registration
$30 walk-in 

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TOPIC:  Better Business for a Better Earth: Sustaining our Forests and Improving Supply Chains via Credible Certifications

SPEAKER: Bruce Cabarle, Independent Consultant, Forestry and Forest Economics expert
 
Forest products for industrial and personal consumption are some of the most freely traded commodities in today's global marketplace. But the trade in these products have also been implicated in the increasingly historic loss of forest cover worldwide, contributing 15-20 % of the CO2 emissions attributed to the global climate change challenge.  Bruce will speak to his efforts during his 20 year tenure with the World Wildlife Fund and the Forest Stewardship Council to promote sustainable supply chains via public-private partnerships to promote environmentally, socially and economically sound solutions to this challenge.  


Mr. Cabarle is the former leader of WWF's forest and climate initiative and Global Forest & Trade Network, co-founding/chairman of the board of the Forest Stewardship Council, and now an independent consultant on issues of forest management, supply chains, governance and climate change.  He has authored and co-authored several books about global forest management.  Bruce earned his Masters at the highly regarded Yale School of Forestry and Environmental  Management.

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Jigar Shah's appearance at this week's Green Business Roundtable

Jigar Shah was our guest at this week's Green Business Roundtable, hosted at SEIA's offices in Washington, DC.

Jules Keniry of the National Wildlife Federation took notes and wrote them up in this guest post:
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Three Lessons for US Higher Education from World’s Leading Clean Economy Entrepreneur

Yesterday, the founder of SunEdison, the largest solar services company worldwide, Jigar Shah, discussed his new book, Climate Wealth: Unlockingthe Impact Economy, with members of the Green Business Roundtable. He challenged business and other stakeholders to step up in ways that will “seize hold of the biggest wealth generating opportunity in a generation.”

A “100 by 100” Plan and Higher Education

Jigar Shah and Janine Finnell of Leaders in Energy
Through the "100 x 100 Plan,” Shah details in his recent blog post on the Corporate EcoForum, how 100,000 companies can sell $100 million worth of solar, energy efficiency, ground-source heat pumps and other climate change solutions that will create the $10 trillion clean economy needed by 2020 to help prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

When asked how higher education could best contribute to achieving this goal, I thought he might highlight the need for more state or federal R&D investment into clean energy technologies as faculty members from UC-Berkeley and elsewhere often do.

The irony of Exxon ads among the photos of Philippine destruction



I visited the USA Today website to find news about Super Typhoon Haiyan. They had a photo gallery of images of the destruction.  Very graphic and disturbing.   Every fifth click I would get this image:


I hope I am not the only person to see the enormous irony of these ExxonMobil ads mixed in with photos like these:
A man walks among debris of destroyed houses in Tacloban.




A view of the typhoon-ravaged city of Tacloban, Philippines, on Nov. 9.

The fossil fuel industry has blocked meaningful progress on climate change for years.  ExxonMobil has been one of the biggest supporters of deniers and organizations that work against solving the climate crisis.  All the while there is more and more evidence that the most powerful tropical storms--of which Haiyan is now the poster child--are becoming even more powerful.

Irony cubed.