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Senate unanimously approved Dr. Marilyn Brown's re-appointment to the TVA board

"I applaud the reappointment of Dr. Marilyn Brown to the TVA Board. She brings valuable experience and knowledge during an important period for our region. A strong and diverse Board will be better able to serve TVA's large and varied interests. I look forward to working with her in the coming years."
- Dr. Stephen A. Smith, Executive Director for Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Livestock #1 Emitters of Greenhouse Gases?

According to the United Nations report Livestock's Long Shadow, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gases (GHGs) than ALL transportation combined.

While 18% is more than all transportation combined, the the UN report (which was partially funded by the International Livestock Research Institute) is actually a conservative estimate in many respects.

Follow-up research by environmental scientists from the World Bank Group analyzed and recalculated the UN numbers, concluding that animal-sourced food production generates more than 50% of human-caused greenhouse gases. 

In their Livestock and Climate Change article published in World Watch Magazine, they analyzed the UN report, noting in particular what was uncounted, under-counted, and misallocated. Details here.

The new analysis also recalculated the numbers using a 20-year timeframe, instead of 100 years like the UN report. A 20-year timeframe is more realistic given the dire and fast occurring consequences associated with climate disruptions.

Read details about the how the UN report was recalculated.

Read the rest of the report which includes the drawbacks of grass-fed beef.

Razor Free Fridays

Hair-brained ideas? Forget Casual Fridays. The Georgia Department of Agriculture now has Razor-Free Fridays, when department employees will be encouraged to not shave in order to save water.

Greening Back to School

The United States consumes an average of roughly 30 million trees a year to make books.  Eco-consciousness is on the rise, and major publishing houses are even beginning to print their books on recycled paper, a move that will spare an estimated 550,000 trees per year.

When shopping for back-to-school items this season, play an active part in the ever-growing trend and GO GREEN! Here are just a few products to help you do just that:

The Speaking Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition – This product condenses five key reference books into one sleek handheld, featuring the updated Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary including biographical and geographical entries, Merriam-Webster’s Concise Dictionary of English Usage, Guide to Punctuation and Style, Dictionary of Quotations, and a 5-language translator. Additional content includes Franklin’s patented phonetic spell correction, grammar guide with quizzes, word games, and a built-in organizer.

The Pocket Prep Interactive Handheld Tutor for the SAT and ACT – This gadget saves paper and money, as it contains a complete test preparation system will full length, timed practice tests. Features include instant scoring, personal diagnostic reports, practice drills, and an extensive verbal and essay reference set.

The Children’s Speller & Dictionary – Young students will love using a dictionary that is both educational and fun. This gadget features personalized greetings, animations, spell corrections, a crossword puzzle solver, and 7 different games including “Fun with Spanish” and “Fun with French.” Created specifically for children ages 6 and up, this product will help children learn spelling, writing, and grammar.

ABC's Made in America Home Building Supplies right in the Southeast Green region

Dianne Sawyer's ABC series Made in America featured a house made completely of building materials made in America. An often overlooked part of sustainability is buying locally if at all possible. Here's the list. Items are broken down by state. Parts that went into the house came from every state in the Southeast Green region. Check it out and buy local when possible.

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