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Down To Earth archive for Jan. 1, 2010

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2010

Tango in Detroit

*Disclaimer, we apologize for having to link to the video of Jay Leno below. We're with Coco.Rocking on Electric Avenue at the Detroit Auto Show a few weeks back, Spokane's very own Tango electric car - a "chick magnet" according to inventor Rick Woodbury -...

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Raj Patel vs. Stephen Colbert

We have a complicated relationship with Stephen Colbert. He is funny. Very funny. His act properly skewers the hysteria and outrage of today’s ratings motivated TV pundits, left (Olbermann, Maher) and right (O’Reilly, Beck). But it’s also a sad state of media affairs when a...

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Spokane River conference

DTE’s commitment to the Spokane River, tinged with hope and frustration over the last two years since we launched, has become total. And this is a can’t miss event for those who share that commitment. On March 22-23, the annual Spokane River conference will be...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2010

The ultimate green tip

Do you check out our "Daily Tips" each day? Did you know you could sign up to receive them as an RSS feed? And for all you bloggers out there, did you know that you could add our daily tip widget to your blog or...

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Tuesday Video

We linked to this video yesterday in our Another Green Monday intro, but because it's so important and also so relevant, we decided it needed to stand alone. Weeks before the 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, two New York Times reporters chartered a plane and flew...

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MONDAY, JAN. 18, 2010

Spokane happenings 

There's a lot going on this time of year - we were just talking about how last year it seemed like people really hunkered down in the winter and not much happened. But maybe that's because we were buried. Either way, there's a lot happening...

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Another Green Monday

Like many of you the last week, we've been following and deeply saddened by the devastating news in Haiti. Such a tragic event to a people and a nation seemingly prone to misfortune. But it didn't have to be that bad. Sure, an earthquake of...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 15, 2010

Protect the Clean Air Act

This has to be the best email subject line we've seen in some time, "Another horrible idea from Alaska." We were thinking maybe Todd Palin had announced he was going to compete in the Winter X Games or something, but in fact it's much worse.Senator...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2010


Generation-E: Washington state rocks!

"The Pacific Northwest - greenwashing on campuses since 2009."OK - that was harsh. But a recent article in The Seattle Times spent a good amount of time hyping up local universities and their efforts to "woo" students by touting their "green cred". But upon deeper...

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Green news from around the world

From deforestation doom to reforestation rejoice - 2010 could be the year of cleaner air. There was a great little story in Newsweek last week about Brazil stepping up their efforts to stop deforestation and signs that deforestation can actually be reversed. Deforestation represents about...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13, 2010

BIKE TO WORK WEEK SET FOR 2010

Mark your calendars: Bike To Work Week in Spokane will take place May16th-22nd and hopes to build on the success of last year’s event which drew 1,472 registered participants.In terms of our attitude toward cycling to work, DTE thinks of something Bike To Work organizer...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2010

Tuesday Video 

We're often asked how to make people care about the Spokane River. Really, we are.Sure there is a core group of river advocates, but for many, the river is an afterthought. Because for as much recreation that exists in Spokane and the Inland Northwest, very...

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The Biden Express 

Uncle Joe has spoken: America needs trains. Over at the HuffingtonPost, the Vice President did a great job (no gaffes!) about his affinity for riding the rail. As you might’ve seen on our daily tips, we enjoy taking the train for the public transportation benefits...

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MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2010

Slag on the beach - meeting on the 14th 

Maui it isn't.A beach area on the Upper Columbia River known as the Black Sand Beach because of an industrial byproduct discharged into the Columbia River from a metals smelting facility in Trail B.C. is scheduled to begin being cleaned up in the fall of...

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Another Green Monday

Welcome to the real-life Avatar. Or as we like to call it: Alberta. The cosmic open pit mines up north produce vast quantities of oil from their tar sands. In fact, they’ve made Canada the top foreign supplier to America, and the second-largest storehouse in...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2010

Eyes on Olympia

The Washington State Legislative Session begins this upcoming Monday, and because of the current economic climate, it's been said that this session feels a bit like stepping into an abyss - dark and bleak with a lot of unknowns. So just how deep is the...

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Friday Quote

"One of the frustrations for me was the lack of a global body with the sole responsibility for environmental stewardship. I believe that in 2010 we will need to look at reforming our international institutions to meet the common challenges we face as a global...

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Complete Streets Spokane 

Now’s the time to become familiar with Complete Streets.There’s a growing movement in Spokane to institute a complete streets policy for all users--- including pedestrians of all ages and abilities, bicyclists, and public transportation---in an effort to increase safety and awareness. Yesterday the Spokesman had...

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Andrea Parrish and Peter Geyer have collected about 4 percent of their 400,000-can goal. They plan to use recycling proceeds to fund their wedding. They have about 120 pounds of cans in the living room of their Spokane home, which they share with their cat, Smudgie. (Dan Pelle)

Recycling bliss

By now you've all heard of the Spokane couple who are collecting aluminum cans to recycle to help pay for their wedding. And if you haven't, you most certainly will soon as this story is set to really go national this morning as Andrea Parrish...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2010

Photo of the day 

Oh those clever Euros.The European car company Fiat is in the midst of an interesting advertising campaign touting their Fiat 500 as the car with the lowest carbon emissions in all of Europe - 133.7 grams of C02 per kilometer on average. In the ads,...

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Bike Cash for Clunkers: press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A New Take on Cash for ClunkersUnion Gospel Mission, Pedals2People and Two Wheel Transit team-up on innovative bicycle donation program Spokane, Wash. – January 7. 2010 – It seems as if almost everyone has an older bike in the garage or basement...

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Green dream job

Something you may or may not know about DTE: We have day jobs. The fact we get to blog daily about the environment for all of you out there is a dream come true. Aww. A sane person should be counting Al Gores before they...

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