Big Soda goes to war against proposed Soda Tax in San Francisco

September 26, 2016 by  
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A proposed soda tax is officially on the ballet this November for the city of San Francisco . Proponents of the tax hope they can make up for lost ground after a similar measure failed two years ago, but the soda industry isn’t going down without a fight. In 2014, the soda tax received 54.5 percent of the vote, yet did not achieve the required two-third supermajority to pass. According to KQED News , such a significant percentage was needed because the revenue from the tax was earmarked for public health programs. This time around, the measure proposes creating a 16-person advisory panel to make recommendations to city officials as to how the money should be spent. Related: Berkeley passes the first soda tax in the United States If it passes, San Francisco will join Philadelphia and Berkeley in the fight against sugary beverages and the health risks they pose to the public and pave the way for future state and federal actions. Since the city of Berkeley passed its own Soda Tax in 2014, consumption of sugary beverages like soda has fallen by 25 %. Oakland and Albany will also have the opportunity to pass their own soda taxes this fall, yet the initiatives aren’t without opposition. “Big Soda” spent $10 million on attack ads in San Francisco two years ago, according to the San Francisco Chronicle , and have already started their crusade again this year, with attack ads against what they are deceptively calling the “Grocery Tax” , featuring mournful-looking minority children and grocery store owners, in print mailings, TV commercials and posters. Huffington Post calls these misleading commercials “unethical” because they are deceptive and designed to manipulate the fears of low-income communities, who are disproportionately effected by rising diabetes and obesity rates in children. It will be up to the voters to decide if they want soda industries to maintain their suffocating grasp on public health, or not. Images via Flick r, Wikipedia

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The carbon pricing debate goes public in Washington state

April 28, 2016 by  
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The state could buck the trend toward cap-and-trade with an initiative slated for the ballot in November.

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GREEN ENERGY BUSINESS SEMINAR & TRADE SHOW: SUSTAINABLE GROWTH FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA

October 5, 2012 by  
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On November 1, 2012, Relerience, a green energy consulting company, is providing a strategic Green Energy Business Seminar for the business community in Northern Virginia. All Exhibitors are encouraged to register before October 12, 2012.

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Shop Small: Small Business Saturday

November 18, 2011 by  
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Written by Melissa Hincha-Ownby, MNN If you have pledged to participate in Buy Nothing Day next Friday, November 25 but don’t think you can go for the Buy Nothing Christmas then I have another pledge for you to take: participate in Small Business…

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Remembering Wangari Maathai, Monday November 14th in NYC

November 11, 2011 by  
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A public memorial ceremony will be held in NYC for Wangari Maathai on November 14.

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Buildup to Greenbuild: A New Vision For The Toronto Waterfront

September 7, 2011 by  
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Images credit City of Toronto 30,000 green building professionals are coming to Toronto for Greenbuild in October; this series will try to explain Toronto to them. This series is going to be about what people can actually see and do in Toronto, but a new vision for the waterfront was presented yesterday that is too important to ignore, and that tells so much about what’s going on in Toronto today. Last November Rob Ford was elected Mayor on a platform of “respect for taxpayers” and “… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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California Attorney General Takes On Formaldehyde-Laden Brazilian Blowout

November 14, 2010 by  
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Photo: Gala.Fr Last month we were shocked by the news that Brazilian Blowout formula–favored by celebs like Jennifer Aniston — contains between 4.85 percent and 10.6 percent formaldehyde . At that time, it was under investigation by the California Bureau of Labor and the Department of Public Health in California and on November 10, California Attorney General ..

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’round and ’round.

November 11, 2010 by  
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If going green was a class in school, recycling would be the very first lesson. For most of us, recycling has become a piece of cake.  Most communities offer easy ways to recycle at home, at work or school and out and about.  You’ve probably mastered the art of recycling paper, aluminum, glass and plastics, but what about batteries, aerosol cans and packing peanuts?  Lots of items can be recycled that you may not have thought of, like paint, electronics and phone books.  Not sure of what’s recyclable and where to recycle it near you?  1800recycling.com is an awesome resource for information about what’s recyclable and where to do it.  Check it out!  Not only does this handy website pull up info based on your zip code, it also offers great tips and articles on everything green. Recycle is one of the three R’s and when it’s this easy, there’s no excuse not to get on board.

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stream big.

November 10, 2010 by  
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Reduce is the most important of the 3 R’s, so companies like Netflix are great for cutting back on trips to the video store or from buying DVD’s.

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olive 8 and elaia spa.

November 10, 2010 by  
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We recently had the chance to stay at Seattle’s first LEED certified hotel, Hyatt at Olive 8 and to enjoy the indulgent , yet eco-friendly treatments at the hotel’s Elaia Spa and couldn’t wait to share them both with you as green is sexy’s Place of the Month.  Located at the intersection of Olive and Eighth in Downtown Seattle, the hotel is wrapped in windows making it very bright and airy.  In fact, 75 percent of the building’s interior spaces have access to daylight, which makes the hotel both energy efficient and excellent for people watching in this bustling section of Seattle’s main business and shopping district.  Olive 8 is the first LEED certified hotel in Seattle and one of only 20 LEED certified hotels in the United States.  If you’re not familiar with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), it’s the US Green Building Council’s certification system for green buildings.  To become LEED certified, a building must undergo a rigorous application process in which points are awarded in areas such as sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation.  Olive 8 was awarded a LEED Silver rating, but don’t get the wrong idea – this is no hippy commune or rustic tree house.  We took a tour of the entire property, and if we didn’t know it was a LEED certified project, we might never have guessed.  This glossy, comfortable, luxurious hotel features dual-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads,  special lights that turn off automatically when you leave your room and a salinated pool.  Other green features include: An 8,355 square foot green rooftop (the largest in Seattle) Recycled-content building materials (20% of all materials used to build the hotel are made of recycled content) Low or no-VOC paints and finishes Low or no-VOC carpet Conscious Cleaning using Green Seal approved, low-VOC cleaners In-room recycling and food composting The hotel’s restaurant, Urbane , serves Northwest fare using local and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant dedicates itself to the holistic philosophy of Executive Chef Brent Martin, “good food depends on good ingredients.” Brent and the Urbane staff have cultivated close, personal relationships with a variety of famers, hatcheries, foragers, wineries and breweries throughout the Pacific Northwest to bring fresh, quality ingredients to the table.  Urbane even filters its own water and creates its own cocktail mixers.

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