Archive for December, 2011



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The statewide network of groups like Green Sleeves that we have discussed, TN Alumni and Students for Sustainable Campuses (TASSC), is actually compiling a list of possible projects for schools across the state to work on. You can access a copy of the latest (very) rough draft here: http://tinyurl.com/tasscprojectcopy

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From Toyota and Parlee Cycles.

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“A watershed is a land area that catches rain and snow and
drains it into streams, wetlands, groundwater and rivers. Watersheds create and nourish a web of natural resources…. air, soil, plants and wildlife.”

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“Project Paper” is meant to encourage students to empty their notebooks out into the green recycling bins instead of the trash cans.  The pick-up date for the Fall 2011 semester is Dec. 15.

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Ban Plastic Bottles in the Park
Hi, folks–
Thought you might be interested in this, if you haven’t already heard about it:
Last year, shortly before the Grand Canyon National Park was due to implement a carefully considered ban on the sale of plastic water bottles within the park (similar to one that had been well received at Zion NP), Coca Cola weighed in. Coke is a major donor to the parks, as well as the owner of the Dasani water brand, and whether or not these things had anything to do with it, the ban was almost immediately put on hold.
Plastic water bottles are the #1 source of litter in the Grand Canyon, and this was the reason for the ban. Vendors had all been notified, and the park had installed numerous water-bottle filling stations.
Over the summer, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sought records from NPS. When none were provided, PEER filed suit on Nov. 10. The New York Times ran a story that day (see below), which led to more news coverage. followed by a petition to NPS Director Jon Jarvis at change.org, urging him to move forward with the ban.
The petition already has 94,033 signatures, and I’m hoping you will help push it over 100,000: http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-grand-canyon-from-coca-cola-ban-plastic-bottles-in-the-park.
The petition page has lots of additional details, and here are links to the NYT piece, and to an editorial in the LA Times:
New York Times: Parks Chief Blocked Plan for Grand Canyon Bottle Ban

Nov. 10, 2011: Weary of plastic litter, Grand Canyon National Park officials were in the final stages of imposing a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in the Grand Canyon late last year when the nation’s parks chief abruptly blocked the plan after conversations with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Park Foundation….

Los Angeles Times: Trashing the Grand Canyon

Nov. 14, 2011: Every year, more than 4 million visitors come to see the awesome majesty of Grand Canyon National Park — the soaring rock formations, the mighty erosive power of the Colorado River, the plastic bottles strewn along the trail, the chipmunks chewing on twist-off bottle caps . . .

Marge Davis
Pride of Place/Tennessee Bottle Bill Project
A Project of Scenic Tennessee, Inc.
45 Burris Court
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
home / fax (615) 758-8647
cell (615) 294-2651

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