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  • St. Petersburg City Council moves to draft an ordinance banning fracking | Environment Florida
    Like Us Follow Us Contact About Us Issues Clean Water 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 St Petersburg City Council moves to draft an ordinance banning fracking Thursday April 7 2016 ST PETERSBURG Fla Today the St Petersburg City Council unanimously passed a proposal to move forward with an ordinance banning fracking If passed St Petersburg would become the 4th Florida city to ban fracking Fracking the controversial drilling technique that uses chemicals to break up rock and stimulate the flow of oil and gas has received widespread bipartisan opposition over the past several months from more than 80 cities and counties environmental groups labor groups residents and even a class of fifth graders https www facebook com senatorjacklatvala Jennifer Rubiello state director for Environment Florida issued the following statement We thank the St Petersburg City Council for unanimously voting in support of clean water and a healthy environment and listening to the concerns of Floridians We are thrilled that the Sunshine City is joining the growing list of counties and cities to formally oppose this dirty drilling Contact Jennifer

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/st-petersburg-city-council-moves-draft-ordinance-banning-fracking (2016-05-01)
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  • Jacksonville among nation’s solar leaders but status at risk | Environment Florida
    1 percent of U S land area accounting for 6 percent of U S solar photovoltaic capacity at the end of 2015 As population centers cities are home to ample rooftop space and large electricity markets Through power purchase agreements promoting community solar programs and installing solar on government property city governments can play a leading role in developing solar energy We are thrilled that Jacksonville made the top 20 list for solar PV installed As a local utility and 8th largest municipal utility in the U S we applaud JEA for its leadership in large scale utility and smaller 1 7 MW size solar farms and gardens systems said Sarah Boren Director of Policy and Programs for the U S Green Building Council Florida Nonprofit Chapter To cement and advance its leadership on solar it would be great to see JEA continue to invest in small customer rooftop solar and not move forward with its plans to cut its net metering rate by 30 Jacksonville has only just begun to tap its solar energy potential along with all the innovation and jobs that comes with it in a variety of sectors like green building smart grids small and large battery storage and smart homes and buildings While still only a fraction of a percentage of the city s solar power rooftop solar in Jacksonville doubled last year According to researchers who examined solar power installations in 64 American cities in nearly every state Jacksonville had enough solar capacity at the end of last year to power about 2 800 homes Jacksonville s leaders need to decide whether or not they want to have a rooftop solar industry said Pete Wilking owner of A1A Solar a solar company based in Jacksonville If leaders allow incentives for solar the industry will

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/jacksonville-among-nation%E2%80%99s-solar-leaders-status-risk (2016-05-01)
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  • Shining Cities 2016 | Environment Florida
    Albuquerque in the Mountain region Indianapolis in the North Central region New Orleans in the South Central region Wilmington Delaware in the South Atlantic region and Newark New Jersey in the Northeast region America s leading solar cities are those that have adopted strong pro solar public policies or that are located within states that have done so Among the most important steps cities have taken to advance solar energy are Leading by example Las Vegas has installed a total of 6 2 MW of solar electric capacity on 37 public buildings community centers fire stations and parks including a 3 3 MW generating station at the city s wastewater treatment plant Tampa and Raleigh have also installed large PV systems on city facilities The city of Atlanta recently unveiled a new plan to install about 2 MW of solar power on 28 city buildings Cites that invest in solar power on public buildings not only save money on electricity but they also demonstrate the value of solar energy to their residents Power purchases by municipal utilities The city of Austin is taking steps to add 450 MW of solar power capacity to its electric grid Austin Energy the city s municipal electric utility already supplies over 60 MW of solar energy to the local region As not all of these solar installations are within the Austin city limits they do not appear within the tables above Expanding access through community solar policies New York City is making it possible for multiple people to benefit from the same solar energy system Residents who are unable to install solar panels on their own buildings will soon be able to purchase shares of solar power from other electric utility accounts In addition cities with strong policies to compensate consumers for the solar energy they supply to the grid such as net metering are often leaders in solar development Like rollover minutes on a cell phone bill net metering gives renewable energy customers fair credit on their utility bills for the excess clean power they deliver to the grid This simple billing arrangement is one of the most important state policies for clearing the way for customer investment in solar Many of the leading solar cities and three out of four new Solar Stars have net metering policies that rank among the nation s best Attacks by utilities and fossil fuel interests on net metering have the potential to remove some cities from solar leadership For example the controversial December 2015 decision by the Nevada Public Utility Commission to weaken net metering policies jeopardizes Las Vegas status as a solar energy leader U S cities have only begun to tap their solar energy potential Cities such as Los Angeles New York Chicago and San Antonio have the technical potential to generate tens to hundreds of times more solar energy than they currently do according to a recent National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL analysis of rooftop solar potential By maintaining strong pro solar public

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/reports/fle/shining-cities-2016 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment Florida
    pollinators are in danger of going extinct That s why we re stepping up with a bigger bolder campaign to stop the use of bee killing pesticides How can I help save the bees Through Environment Florida thousands of citizen members are teaming up with a professional staff to stand up for the places we love and the environmental values we share Join us in taking action for Florida s environment Global Warming Solutions No Bees No Food Solar For All Updates Bringing solar energy to the Sunshine State It just makes sense Florida with more than 300 sunny days every year should be well on its way to becoming a national leader in solar power But recently our state leaders let a popular solar incentive program run dry The Legislature finally restored some funding to the program last year backed by Environment Florida and a host of solar power advocates PREV NEXT News Release Environment Florida Obama administration drops plans for Atlantic drilling Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Release Interactive map shows impacts of storms and floods hitting close to home Environment Florida partnered with Dr David Hastings of Eckerd College and a team of students to collect extreme weather stories in Florida Keep Reading Blog Post Extreme Weather Map Our new interactive extreme weather map shows weather related disasters in the United States over the last five years and tells the stories of the people and communities who have endured some of those disasters and other extreme weather events Keep Reading Report Extreme Weather Map Fact Sheet Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida After bipartisan defeat last week Florida senator abandons pro fracking bill Fracking the controversial drilling technique that uses chemicals to break up rock and stimulate the flow of oil and gas was kept at

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/home?page=1 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment Florida
    of citizen members are teaming up with a professional staff to stand up for the places we love and the environmental values we share Join us in taking action for Florida s environment Global Warming Solutions No Bees No Food Solar For All Updates Bringing solar energy to the Sunshine State It just makes sense Florida with more than 300 sunny days every year should be well on its way to becoming a national leader in solar power But recently our state leaders let a popular solar incentive program run dry The Legislature finally restored some funding to the program last year backed by Environment Florida and a host of solar power advocates PREV NEXT News Release Environment Florida Pinellas Board of County Commissioners pass resolution opposing fracking Last week Pinellas County became the 81st local government to pass a resolution against fracking Pinellas is the densest county in the state covering the cities of Clearwater and St Petersburg Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Bipartisan group of legislators defeat pro fracking bill in state Senate clean water advocates celebrate A bipartisan coalition of state senators beat back an attempt to advance fracking in the state of Florida voting down Senate Bill 318 on a key panel 10 to 9 Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Report highlights potential for solar energy on big box stores Environment Florida released a report today showing tremendous potential for solar installations on big box retailers grocery stores and shopping centers Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Florida ranks 8th in Solar Jobs 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

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/home?page=2 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment Florida
    Florida s environment Global Warming Solutions No Bees No Food Solar For All Updates Bringing solar energy to the Sunshine State It just makes sense Florida with more than 300 sunny days every year should be well on its way to becoming a national leader in solar power But recently our state leaders let a popular solar incentive program run dry The Legislature finally restored some funding to the program last year backed by Environment Florida and a host of solar power advocates PREV NEXT Report Environment America America s Next Top Polluter Tyson Foods Inc is one of the world s largest producers of meat and poultry The company s pollution footprint includes manure from its contract growers factory farm operations fertilizer runoff from grain grown to feed the livestock it brings to market as meat and waste from its processing plants Keep Reading News Release Environment America Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider Due to overwhelming public support the Clean Water Rule has now withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress the Barrasso bill the CRA measure and now an attempted budget rider Polluters and their allies have played all their dirty water cards in Congress and lost Keep Reading Blog Post Why we need the Clean Water Rule John Rumpler Why do we need federal protection under the Clean Water Act if there are also state laws designed to protect our rivers and streams The answer is that all too often state officials fail to enforce their own laws or side with politically powerful polluters Keep Reading Blog Post Stop the dam assault on our rivers and wildlife Russell Bassett Rivers and streams are the arteries and veins of our land and communities few things have impacted our rivers more than dams The

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/home?page=3 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment Florida
    the environmental values we share Join us in taking action for Florida s environment Global Warming Solutions No Bees No Food Solar For All Updates Bringing solar energy to the Sunshine State It just makes sense Florida with more than 300 sunny days every year should be well on its way to becoming a national leader in solar power But recently our state leaders let a popular solar incentive program run dry The Legislature finally restored some funding to the program last year backed by Environment Florida and a host of solar power advocates PREV NEXT News Release Environment Florida Map 99 of Floridians live in counties affected by storms floods or other weather disasters Ninety nine percent of Floridians live in counties affected recently by weather related disasters including storms floods and other weather disasters according to new interactive map using data from the federal government Scientists say global warming is already exacerbating some extreme weather events and their impacts Keep Reading Report Environment Florida Hitting Close to Home Ninety nine percent of Floridians live in counties affected recently by weather related disasters including storms floods and other weather disasters according to a new interactive map using data created by Environment America and Frontier Group using data from the federal government Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Pres Obama rejects Keystone XL 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 Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Congress carried polluters dirty water today but ultimately clean water

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/home?page=4 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment Florida
    taking action for Florida s environment Global Warming Solutions No Bees No Food Solar For All Updates Bringing solar energy to the Sunshine State It just makes sense Florida with more than 300 sunny days every year should be well on its way to becoming a national leader in solar power But recently our state leaders let a popular solar incentive program run dry The Legislature finally restored some funding to the program last year backed by Environment Florida and a host of solar power advocates PREV NEXT Blog Post Nothing to fear from clean water Russell Bassett Halloween is the annual time to celebrate all the creepy things that go bump in the night but what s really fightening are the many very real threats to our waterways and drinking water Nothing is more important to life than clean water yet few things are taken more for granted We turn on our taps or swim in a local lake without fear because we believe the systems are working to keep our water clean The fact is those systems don t always work and in many cases are failing to keep water safe Keep Reading Blog Post Paris Climate Talks The Who What Where and Why Katie Hammer On November 30th leaders from around the world will sit down and make an international agreement on how each country will work together to cut global warming pollution Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Tampa Bay Residents Call on Sen Rubio to Act on Climate Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida New report ranks Florida 1 for boating ST PETERSBURG Fla Florida ranks 1 for boating according to new data issued today by Environment Florida More than 37 million people visit Florida waterways like Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River for boating

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/home?page=5 (2016-05-01)
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