2015 Earth Overshoot Day was August 13

Haven’t heard of Earth Overshoot Day before? While it’s not something to celebrate, it should definitely be noted and taken into consideration.

foot_print_hr_v2-1125x635From the Earth Overshoot Day website: “Global overshoot occurs when humanity’s annual demand for the goods and services that our land and seas can provide—fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, wood, cotton for clothing, and carbon dioxide absorption—exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can renew in a year. Overshoot means we are drawing down the planet’s principal rather than living off its annual interest. This overshoot leads to a depletion of Earth’s life-supporting natural capital and a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”

Learn more by reading this great aricle by Samantha Page at thinkprogress.org

Or go to the Earth Overshoot Day website to learn more including using their footprint calculator to see what your own footprint is.

Student Intern Position available in the Office of Sustainability

Get hands-on experience in a municipality that is at the forefront of Sustainability!

The City of West Palm Beach is looking for an intern to assist with its sustainability programs and initiatives. Tasks may include data gathering, website and email updates, interacting with businesses in the Green Business Challenge, and general outreach programs among others.

Salary: $10.00 per hour

Closing Date: September 4, 2015

To learn more and apply visit the City’s Career Page.

Understanding the Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – an historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change.

Read a blog by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy discussing 6 things to know about the Clean Power Plan.

Learn about carbon pollution from power plants and details on the Clean Power Plan.

USGBC GalaVerde, Sep 19

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South Florida’s premier annual green-social event, GalaVerde, will recognize and honor those outstanding projects, inspirational businesses, dedicated individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are LEEDing the way to a more sustainable built environment in our community.

7th Annual SE FL Regional Climate Leadership Summit, Dec 1-3, 2015

7th SE FL Regional Climate Leadership Summit Dec 1-3

Monroe County and the City of Key West are pleased to host the 7th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on December 1-3, 2015. The annual summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and other partners.

The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on facilitating climate-related collaboration and knowledge sharing. The summit attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia and the non-profit community to exchange ideas and dialogue at panel discussions and networking breaks.

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