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Climate Change: Six Easy Ways You Can Make a Difference

Tuesday October 24, 2017

Located at and co-sponsored by:

Marin Art and Garden Center, the Studio Building
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA

6:30  – 8:30 pm

What is happening in Marin to address climate change and what can you do to help? Learn about Marin’s Climate Action Plans and programs, including 6 easy actions you and your family can take now to make a difference. Marin is leading the way, local governments are taking action, and we have some of the cleanest electricity in the country, yet we are still far from truly being ‘green’. Join three local sustainability experts and staff from local impact programs (electric cars included), and see how you can lower your carbon footprint. 

Join us as we try to save the world or have fun trying!  

Light refreshments will be served. Organizations tabling include: Cool the Earth, Resilient Neighborhoods, Zero Waste Marin and MCE.

Speaker Biographies

Environmental Forum of Marin <lectureseries@marinefm.org>


How to Make your Home Eco Friendly

MORE INFO – click link: A great GREEN HOME graphic, interactive and easy to understand.

If you click on the image itself, you can zoom in and out of each section and there are hints and tips for each floor of the virtual HOME!  The  infographic (click link) shows what areas of your home you can make more environmentally friendly. From solar panels on the rooftop to energy efficient washer and dryers, there are many options to get you started.


Saving Energy- Your Home Network

Connecting to the Internet and Transferring Data to Computers and other Home Devices Consumes as Much Energy as a Flat Screen TV 

SAN FRANCISCO (June 19, 2013) – The modems, routers, and other household small network equipment used by America’s 88 million high-speed Internet subscribers consume about $1 billion worth of electricity annually but more efficient models could cut consumer bills by at least $330 million, according to a groundbreaking analysis released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“These small, innocuous black boxes that never sleep consume enough electricity each year to power all 1.2 million homes in the Silicon Valley area, the hi-tech capital of the world,” said NRDC senior scientist Noah Horowitz. “Small network devices suck roughly the same amount of energy around the clock, whether or not you are sending or receiving any data. But there are steps that manufacturers can – and should – take to make sure these devices are no longer energy vampires.”

The report, Cutting Energy and Costs to Connect to the Internet: Improving the Efficiency of Home Network Equipment, is the first detailed look at small network energy use in U.S. households. It found that modems used to access the Internet and Wi-Fi routers that move digital content around the home to computers, printers, game consoles, and other electronics annually consume as much electricity as a new 32-inch flat screen television. WOW! That’s more than twice as much as an efficient 14-inch laptop computer, and 30 times as much as a cell phone charger.

With 145 million small network devices nationwide, all that energy adds up to 8.3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity consumed annually, which is equal to the output of three large, coal-burning power plants (500 MW). The result is an estimated 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, equivalent to the pollution spewing from the tailpipes of 1.1 million vehicles.

However, replacing today’s inefficient devices with equipment that is just 25 percent more energy efficient could save 2.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity—or about $330 million worth of customer energy bills—annually.

Unfortunately, few manufacturers currently make energy efficient models and even then, it is difficult for consumers to determine which ones use less energy, regardless of whether they are purchased from store shelves or leased as part of an Internet service package.

The government’s ENERGY STAR® program is expected to soon issue a specification that will result in a label to help customers buy efficient models and choose Internet providers offering energy-saving network equipment in their subscription packages. However, qualifying models will not be required to meet the industry’s advanced benchmarks to scale power down when data is not being transmitted. In addition, the state of California is considering setting minimum energy efficiency standards to make sure every model sold there is an efficient one.

“We’ve improved the efficiency of all sorts of electronics – from TVs to video game consoles,” said Horowitz. “It’s just as possible to increase the energy savings from our modems and routers. The manufacturers know how to build the better mousetrap, and it’s time for that innovation to be a standard feature in the new modems and routers we buy at the store or receive from our Internet providers.”

For more information, see Noah Horowitz’s blog: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/nhorowitz/ and our issue paper at http://www.nrdc.org/energy/energy-saving-residential-network.asp.

Aggressive Efficiency and Electrification Needed to Cut California Emissions

Berkeley, CA—In the next 40 years, California’s population is expected to surge from 37 million to 55 million and the demand for energy is expected to double. Given those daunting numbers, can California really reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, as required by an executive order? Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who co-wrote a new report on California’s energy future are optimistic that the target can be achieved, though not without bold policy and behavioral changes as well as some scientific innovation.

The report, titled “California’s Energy Future­­—The View to 2050,” ­draws a series of energy system “portraits” showing how California can meet its ambitious emissions targets using a combination of measures and energy sources that may include electrification, enhanced efficiency, nuclear energy, renewable energy sources, grid modernization, and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

Article printed from Berkeley Lab News Center: http://newscenter.lbl.gov

URL to article: http://newscenter.lbl.gov/news-releases/2011/05/24/aggressive-efficiency-and-electrification-needed-to-cut-california-emissions/

Easy Green, step 3

Unplug! Plug-in chargers and adapters continue to draw power even if they are not charging. Unplug them when equipment is fully charged or disconnected from the charger. Unplug cell phones and PDAs when they are fully charged.

Even when turned off, electronic and IT equipment often use a small amount of electricity when plugged in. On average, 75 percent of the electricity used to power electronics is used while products are turned off. At home, switch off power strips when leaving the house particularly for longer periods.