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Nashville celebrated the day with a volunteer rally at Vanderbilt University.

 

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– Over 5,700 bicycle and pedestrian trips were documented at 23 locations in five counties.

– There was a nearly 50% increase in trips over the 2009 counts in which 3,935 trips were documented.

– The location with the most trips was Belmont and Bernard near Belmont University with over 1,300 trips.

– Other notable increases:

Middle Tennessee Boulevard and East Main Street in Murfreesboro – 92% increase in trips

Mallory Lane and Liberty Pike in Franklin – 81% increase in trips

Cumberland Drive and South Greenwood in Lebanon – 75% increase in trips

South Water and Main Street in Gallatin – 383% increase in trips

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Tune in to Sea Change Radio for some hopeful news.  Sea Change is a not-for-profit, nationally syndicated weekly radio show and podcast that reports on progress in the areas of climate change, human rights, renewable energy, and social, environmental, and economic sustainability.

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Where: Vanderbilt Alumni Lawn, on campus behind West End Ave. @ 23rd St.

When: Sat., Sept. 24th, 11am-2pm (followed by optional action site events, 2-4pm; e.g., tree-planting, raingarden installation)

What else: 

Speakers to address key energy and sustainability issues, esp. as related to Keystone XL Pipeline / tar sands development.

Music by GREAT local artists / bands.

 Why: “Moving Planet”, established by Bill McKibben’s 350.org, is a global day of grassroots citizen action in the fight against climate change, with events happening in cities and countries around the world. 

NSCC will have a pre-Moving-Planet Day on Sept. 21 in the S-Building. 9 am – 1 pm.

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September 22 at 2:00pm Eastern
Student Perspectives – Green jobs education and training and perspectives from current students and recent graduates
This webinar will feature students and recent graduates from across the U.S. sharing their experiences on topics such as:
~ What training programs are most appealing and why?
~ How do students find out about programs?
~ What types of hands-on training opportunities were available?
~ Was there direct employer engagement in your program?
~ What skills are most valued and in demand?
~ How did you find a job?
~ Are there recommended resources or networks for job seeking?More Upcoming Webinars:
October 20 at 2:00pm Eastern
Green Credentials – Examing diverse certifications and other credentials and their role in facilitating green career pathways for lower-skilled adults and others

November 17 at 2:00pm Eastern
Sustainability in the Curriculum –
Successful strategies for integrating sustainability into the curriculum at 2 and 4-year schools

Check out the full schedule for Fall 2011.

The free webinars, with Q&A, will begin at 2:00pm Eastern (NY time) and end between 3:00pm and 3:30pm. Participants will receive dial-in and URL information two days before the conference. Participants that want to participate via the phone only can request a copy of the presentation.

                   

             Keep Dirty Oil Out of Whooping Crane HabitatNebraska’s central Platte River valley is a critical stopover that allows endangered whooping cranes to rest and eat before they migrate to northern breeding grounds. But right now, these birds are facing a huge threat — the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline — which would pump nearly one million barrels per day of dirty tar sands oil right through Nebraska and five other heartland states, putting the whooping crane at risk of a devastating oil spill and extinction.

Right now, the Obama Administration is deciding whether or not to grant the permit for this dangerous pipeline — and they need to hear from you by October 9th! Comment Today! 

Learn more about the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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A flywheel bicycle!

http://www.sciencefriday.com/embed/video/10400.swf

 

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