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  • Report highlights potential for solar energy on big box stores | Environment Florida
    508 million dollars with rooftop solar a new report said today The Environment Florida analysis Solar on America s Superstores found that Target Home Depot and other large retailers could avert 3 097 tons of carbon pollution annually if they used all their available roof space for solar panels Our report shows that rooftop solar on big box stores like Target is good for the environment good for electricity consumers and good for business said Jennifer Rubiello state director with Environment Florida The report came as the Florida state legislature considers bills that will make it easier for businesses to provide and for consumers to access renewable energy The bills will encourage the growth of solar adoption by exempting renewable energy improvements for all real property from property taxes Floridians and our businesses are often unable to take advantage of our abundant solar resource because restrictive regulations discourage businesses in the growing renewable energy sector said Susan Glickman Florida Director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Solar energy should be a thriving industry in the Sunshine State Superstore roofs are perfect locations for solar panels because they are mostly flat and almost always fully exposed to the sun Producing electricity on rooftops close to where it will be used also reduces losses that happen during electricity transmission losses which around the country totaled 5 percent of electricity sales in 2012 Nationally the report found solar on superstores could nearly triple U S solar capacity cut carbon pollution by 57 million metric tons and save businesses 8 2 billion in electricity costs Environment Florida released their analysis together with its national federation Environment America which launched a nationwide campaign today urging Target to put solar panels on all of its retail stores The Target chain has 240 million square feet

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/report-highlights-potential-solar-energy-big-box-stores (2016-05-01)
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  • Florida ranks 8th in Solar Jobs | Environment Florida
    Jennifer Rubiello Environment Florida Florida ranks 8th in Solar Jobs For Immediate Release Wednesday February 10 2016 ST PETERSBURG Fla The Solar Foundation released its 2015 solar jobs census today showing 208 859 Americans now work in the solar energy sector including 6 560 in Florida The national solar jobs number represents a 20 2 percent increase from the previous year the third consecutive year that solar jobs have grown by 20 percent or more Florida ranks 8th for solar jobs as of December 2015 The top ten states for total solar jobs are California Massachusetts Nevada New York New Jersey Texas Arizona Florida North Carolina and Colorado Environment Florida s Jennifer Rubiello released this statement As today s census shows when we place solar on the rooftops of homes businesses schools and places of worship we not only reduce pollution but also create jobs in communities across Florida The detractors of solar power including Duke Energy and Florida Power Light should take note solar is growing it s employing real people and it s here to stay This census shows that progress toward a 100 percent clean renewable energy future can go hand in hand with economic progress We

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/florida-ranks-8th-solar-jobs (2016-05-01)
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  • Hillsborough County Commissioners pass unanimous resolution against fracking | Environment Florida
    Contact Jennifer Rubiello Environment Florida Hillsborough County Commissioners pass unanimous resolution against fracking For Immediate Release Wednesday February 3 2016 TAMPA Fla The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted late this morning on a resolution against fracking The resolution opposes some of the most egregious parts of Senate Bill 318 including the preemption of local governments ability to regulate all facets of oil and gas extraction and exploration The resolution also opposes the Department of Environmental Protection s inability to disclose chemicals used in the fracking process that are deemed trade secrets The bills speeding through the state legislature are a wolf in sheep s clothing said Jennifer Rubiello state director with Environment Florida Local governments should retain the right to protect the health and environment of their residents We re thankful that Hillsborough County has joined over 64 other local governments in Florida in opposition to these deceptive bills We hope Senator Lee will listen want this risky drilling in Hillsborough or Florida Hillsborough County will join 64 cities and counties in Florida that have passed resolutions or ordinances opposing fracking Local residents doctors students parents and more rallied statewide early in the week calling on the state legislature

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/hillsborough-county-commissioners-pass-unanimous-resolution-against-fracking (2016-05-01)
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  • Time to ban the beads | Environment Florida
    mistake microbeads for food and when they eat them toxins build up in their bodies and travel up the food web potentially even to the top of the food chain people The documented adverse health effects in wildlife from digesting microbeads includes cellular necrosis inflammation and lacerations of the digestive tract liver toxicity and disruption of the endocrine system Big problem simple solution That s the bad news The good news is that there is a simple solution ban microbeads Banning microbeads from personal use is pretty easy to do Just check the label for polyethylene or polypropylene which are the most commonly used plastics There s also a free app that lets you easily check to see if products contain microbeads by scanning barcodes with your smart phone You won t even have to stop using microscrubbers as there are numerous natural environmentally responsible alternatives that have been used effectively for decades for this purpose Making a personal commitment to not purchase products that contain microbeads is commendable but it won t take the product off the shelves for others to buy We need comprehensive legislation to ensure that happens More than a dozen states have already banned partially banned or are considering banning microbeads In June 2014 Illinois became the first state to partially ban microbeads in personal care products and earlier this month California became the latest with the most comprehensive ban to date Where states have failed to enact bans some counties are banning them The local bans vary in their effectiveness Most have industry created loopholes for the use of so called biodegradable plastics which may still be toxic and break down slowly in aquatic environments Other bans only address certain products and do not address the myriad of products that contain microbeads such as

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/time-ban-beads (2016-05-01)
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  • Map: 99% of Floridians live in counties affected by storms, floods or other weather disasters | Environment Florida
    and coastal storms will also likely deliver more rainfall because of increased water vapor in a warmer atmosphere while storm surge could be more destructive as sea levels rise As one St Petersburg resident shared for the online map the Tampa Bay area received over 15 inches of rain over a 2½ week period this past summer As a result the rivers flooded many communities had street flooding and 5 communities had sewer overflows St Petersburg had a total of 31 million gallons of partially treated sewage that it had to dump into the bayou Jerry Pippins long time Bradenton resident experienced this flooding first hand Over the last couple of years the flooding from storms around my home and in my community has gotten increasingly worse said Pippins As global warming increases I fear the extreme flooding we experienced this summer is likely to get worse if we don t act now Cathy Harrelson St Petersburg resident and founder of the city s Sustainability Council echoed a similar feeling After the flooding we had in August and over the past year I m glad I made the decision to move from my home in Shore Acres in one of city s worst flood zones Yet not everybody can do that despite the thousands of homes are at risk in and around St Pete from extreme rainfall sea level rise and severe storm flooding Councilmember Darden Rice noted the city s recent commitment to addressing climate change With St Petersburg vulnerable to some of the worst impacts of climate change we need to ensure we re taking bold action to create a more resilient city for future generations The map reveals that nationwide more than 40 million Americans live in counties that were affected by more than five weather disasters

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/map-99-floridians-live-counties-affected-storms-floods-or-other-weather-disasters (2016-05-01)
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  • Pres. Obama rejects Keystone XL | Environment Florida
    for America Solar For All Global Warming Solutions NO BEES NO FOOD 100 Renewable Energy News Action Jobs Donate News Release Contact Jennifer Rubiello Environment Florida Pres Obama rejects Keystone XL Helps seal climate legacy Friday November 6 2015 ST PETERSBURG Fla In a widely anticipated decision today President Obama rejected construction of the Keystone XL pipeline designed to transport tar sands from Canada across the United States Climate activists had fought for years against the project which State Department officials estimated would produce 26 million metric tons of carbon pollution each year the equivalent of 5 7 million cars Jennifer Rubiello state director of Environment Florida issued the following statement The Keystone XL pipeline would slam the accelerator on the global warming pollution threatening Florida s communities so we re thrilled that today President Obama is applying the brakes By rejecting this dangerous pipeline once and for all President Obama is backing up his bold vision on climate with bold action against the polluters This announcement is great news for all the activists who ve been fighting for years in Florida for their water their communities and their kids future and it s a crucial step toward the 100

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/pres-obama-rejects-keystone-xl-0 (2016-05-01)
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  • Congress carried polluters' dirty water today, but ultimately clean water will win | Environment Florida
    Global Warming Solutions NO BEES NO FOOD 100 Renewable Energy News Action Jobs Donate News Release Contact Jennifer Rubiello Environment Florida Congress carried polluters dirty water today but ultimately clean water will win For Immediate Release Wednesday November 4 2015 ST PETERSBURG Fla One day after failing to adopt a similar measure the U S Senate voted this afternoon to reverse the Obama administration s Clean Water Rule which restores protections to streams that help provide drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans Sponsored by Sen Joni Ernst R Iowa the measure did not pass with enough votes to override President Obama s expected veto Jennifer Rubiello state director with Environment Florida issued the following statement Developers agribusinesses and coal companies can no longer dump into our streams and wetlands unheeded thanks to the Clean Water Rule and that s why they re fighting it tooth and nail Today U S Senators backed by Senator Rubio chose these polluting interests over our rivers lakes and streams While these senators carry the polluters dirty water the public the science and the letter of the law all strongly back the Clean Water Rule That s why with the help of Senator Nelson

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/congress-carried-polluters-dirty-water-today-ultimately-clean-water-will-win (2016-05-01)
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  • Nothing to fear from clean water | Environment Florida
    and in many cases are failing to keep water safe So in honor of what s really scary this Halloween here s a Top 10 list of scary water facts 10 The headwaters of 40 percent of Western rivers are tainted with toxic discharge from abandoned mines source 9 One in 10 U S beaches are unsafe for swimming source 8 Microplastics are polluting inland waters and oceans source 7 Fracking which is seeing an unprecedented boom has been linked to the contamination of drinking water supplies source 6 Of assessed waterways in the U S 44 percent of stream miles 64 percent of lake acres and 30 percent of bays are not clean enough to support uses such as fishing and swimming source 5 Toxic algae blooms are increasing both in their severity and geographic range source 4 Factory farms which are responsible for much of the nation s water quality problems are exempt from the Clean Water Act source 3 Industrial facilities dumped 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into American waterways in 2012 source 2 Our water infrastructure for both clean and wastewater is aging and failing at an alarming rate source 1 Nearly one trillion gallons of raw human sewage flows into our waterways each year source As if all that wasn t frightening enough the Clean Water Rule which is a big step forward to protect our water is under attack both in the courts and in Congress We have the opportunity to move forward on clean water but polluters are trying to take us backwards Another thing I find scary is just how effective polluters are at using fear to attack the Clean Water Rule If you believe their rhetoric the rule will result in the largest land grab in history with over reaching

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/nothing-fear-clean-water (2016-05-01)
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