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[1THING] Blog: Archive for October, 2015

[ Renewable energy advocates call for guidelines to spur clean energy and avoid conflict on public lands ]

The wind and solar leasing rule would improve how wind and solar energy projects are approved on public lands – and ultimately establish a framework for a stable and long lasting program for clean energy.

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[ Progress toward Budget Agreement Can Help Our Public Lands ]

Michael Reinemer

“Today’s announcement of a bipartisan budget agreement is a welcome development after a long partisan standoff over how to fund federal programs in the coming year,” said Alan Rowsome of The Wilderness Society.

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[ November is Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary Month ]

Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary(BLES) is passionately devoted to creating a safe and natural home for Thai elephants. Boon Lott cares for rescued and retired elephants, allowing them to interact freely within 500 acres of forested land. There are no performances – just elephants. BLES strives to rescue and protect the elephants of Thailand from abuse and ultimate extinction.

Protection
BLES is on constant alert to investigate any reports concerning elephants in need, providing relief to these animals, and when possible, arranges for their retirement to the Sanctuary.
When rescuing an elephant in distress, BLES organizes transportation, communicates with qualified veterinarians, finances medical aid, and provides support to elephant owners. BLES takes full responsibility of a rescue from inception to completion.

Expansion
As the natural habitat of the Thai elephant is rapidly diminishing, BLES seeks to purchase land as it becomes available near the Sanctuary, striving to create space for elephants and recognize their need for variety in diet and exercise.

Education
When complete, the BLES clinic will offer opportunities for veterinary students to study elephant care and medicine, where such hands-on experience is scarce.
Get more information about the Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary and find out how you can help at http://www.blesele.org/

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[ AskHRGreen.org’s “What Not to Flush” ]

AskHRGreen.org’s “What Not to Flush”
• Our sewer systems were designed to only transport toilet paper, water and human waste.

• Which means only toilet paper, water and human waste can be safely flushed down the toilet.

• Items marketed as “flushable” are regularly found in clogged pipes and broken pumps throughout the sanitary sewer system. Don’t flush them.

• Flushing your trash leads to service interruptions and expensive repairs to home and municipal plumbing lines.

• If a clog occurs in your home plumbing, the responsibility and cost of repairs falls to you. If a clog occurs in the municipal sewer line, the cost of repairs could be passed on to users (you and your neighbors) in the form of higher utility fees.

• When a clog or breakdown occurs, untreated sewage can back up into your home, your neighborhood or our waterways.

• If untreated sewage backs up into streets, it has a chance to enter our storm drains and waterways.

• Untreated sewage is a dangerous pollutant because it causes sudden increases in nitrogen and bacteria. High levels of nitrogen and bacteria result in declines to local aquatic life (like plants, fish and crabs), beach closures and health warnings on local seafood consumption.

Never flush these products down the toilet:
• Facial Tissues
• Paper Towels
• Baby wipes/personal hygiene wipes — even if they are labeled flushable
• All-purpose cleaning wipes — even if they are labeled flushable
• Diapers
• Cigarette Butts
• Dental Floss
• Dryer Sheets
• Toilet Bowl Scrubbing Pads
• Cotton swabs
• Feminine hygiene products
• Cat litter
• Fats, oils and grease from the kitchen
• Food scraps from the kitchen

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[ President calls for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund ]

President Obama used his weekly radio address to call on Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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[ Local and National Parks Lose Millions Each Day that Congress Neglects the Land and Water Conservation Fund ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement about President Obama’s weekly radio address

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[ Bad bill would put national forests at risk from reckless logging ]

Legislation being considered in the U.S. Senate would undermine important environmental laws and increase unsustainable logging in our national forests–unless you speak out against it.

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[ Report Shows BLM’s Prized Conservation Lands Struggle without Adequate Funding ]

Michael Reinemer

Managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Conservation Lands were established in 2000 to conserve, protect and restore nationally significant lands recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological and scientific values. 

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[ Give plastic bags and film a second chance! ]

Give plastic bags and film a second chance!

HR Green is excited to announce A Bag’s Life campaign and partnership with Keep Virginia Beautiful! The campaign’s goal is to encourage Hampton Roads residents to reduce the amount of plastic bags they use, reuse the plastic bags they do have, and recycle their extra plastic bags at the proper facility. Plastic bags have become an unwelcome and unsightly addition to many waterways and public spaces. We can keep plastic bags in their place by taking them to one of the many grocery, retail and home improvement stores that recycle plastic bags and film. Visit A Bag’s Life to find the nearest location to you.

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[ Interior Department makes right call in canceling Arctic Ocean lease sales ]

Tim Woody

In response to the U.S.

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