Getting Green Done

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010

As the saying goes, if you want something done, ask a busy person. Well, there are a lot of busy people in Juneau getting things done for community and global sustainability, and simple green living. Local foods, energy conservation and generation, natural resources, the marine environment, the built environment, sustainability entrepreneurism, urban farming, community gardening... there are many opportunities to get involved and learn more about how to live a green life in Juneau. This Getting Green Done calendar will be included in L'attitude each month, so you can get busy, too. Contact the folks below if you want to get involved, or go to a meeting or event that's on the calendar.

If you are in a group that wishes to be included on this list, contact Sarah Lewis at 586-6898. A general requirement is that each group must focus primarily on an issue that falls within the UN's definition of Sustainable Development: "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This includes the sustainable use of social, environmental, and economic resources. Let the community know where you meet, what events you have planned, and how people can get involved.

The Juneau Commission on Sustainability (JCOS)

Meeting March 3, 5:15pm, Downtown Library, large conference room.

Contact: Beth McKibben, 586-0465,

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The mission of this CBJ Assembly-appointed Commission is to promote the economic, social, environmental, and governmental well-being of Juneau and all its inhabitants, now and into the future. It meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:15 in either the downtown or Mendenhall branch of the City Library.

The JCOS Energy/Greenhouse Gas Committee

Meeting March 24, 5:15, AEL&P Office, 5601 Tonsgard Court

Contact: Beth McKibben, 586-0465,

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This subcommittee of the Juneau Commission on Sustainability focuses on issues related to energy, energy conservation, and greenhouse gas emission reduction. It meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the AEL&P conference room.

The JCOS Food Security Committee

Meeting March 10, 5:15, Downtown Library, large conference room.

Contact: Beth McKibben, 586-0465,

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This subcommittee of the Juneau Commission on Sustainability focuses on issues related to the development and availability of local food resources and preparedness for short and long-term food shortages. It meets on the second Wednesday of every month at Downtown Library.

Slow Food Southeast Alaska

Meeting March 7, 4-6 p.m., call for location.

Contact: Nancy DeCherney, Membership Chair, 907-586-8282,

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Slow Food Southeast AK seeks to create dramatic & lasting change in the food system, foster connections and reconnect people of the Southeast Alaska region with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. They meet on the first Sunday of the month.

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC)

Contact: Mark Gnadt, 586-6942

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SEACC is committed to working with residents, businesses and communities in Southeast Alaska to find balanced, sustainable solutions to regional land management and community issues. For example, the development of community forests for locally processed lumber and clean water standards to protect local fisheries. Contact SEACC to learn more or get involved.

Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association (SEABIA)

The Home Show, March 5-7, Centennial Hall.

Contact: Valerie Williams, 453-5774

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SEABIA is affiliated with the Alaska State Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. In conjunction with these organizations, SEABIA forms an industry network which effectively represents the building industry on local, state, and national levels. There will be many products and ideas offered at the Home Show that promote sustainability in our homes.

Turning the Tides

Meeting March 24, 5:30, Downtown Library.

Contact: Dixie Belcher, 789-0449

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This locally organized group works to raise awareness about the health of the ocean and the importance of the ocean in our lives. Their current focus is on the damage done by plastic bags to marine life. Watch for the many events Turning the Tides has planned for April, to celebrate Earth Day.

UAF Cooperative Extension Service

Alaska Greenhouse and Nursery Conference, Feb. 25-26, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., ANB Hall

Southeast Gardening Workshop, Feb. 27, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., ANB Hall

Contact: Darren Snyder, 796-6281

The Cooperative Extension Service Mission is to interpret and extend relevant research-based knowledge in an understandable and usable form, to encourage the application of this knowledge to solve the problems and meet the challenges that face the people of Alaska, and to bring the concerns of the community back to the university. Cooperative Extension Service is an outreach educational delivery system supported by a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

US Green Building Council (USGBC), Alaska Chapter

Meeting March 16, 12 noon - 1 p.m., Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit conference room, 8th floor of the Federal Building.

Contact: Mike Dombkowski, 463-2421,

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USGBC is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC sponsors the LEED green building certification program, and the Alaska Chapter meets at noon, every third Tuesday of the month on the eighth floor of the Federal Building.

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