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Frank Morris, chairperson of the Long Island Sierra Club, is running for a position on Sierra’s board of directors. He is an active environmentalist, businessman and Sierra Club member since 1997.

According to his website, he has been active with the environmental movement since 1991 and manages an investment firm Ecologic Advisors. He invests in publicly traded companies that benefit the environment by reducing pollution, such as alternative energy, organic food and hybrid vehicles.

Morris is against Sierra Club’s decision to partner with Clorox’s “GreenWorks” product line because the company still manufactures dangerous chemicals. He compares it to partnering with Marlboro if they came out with a line of organic cigarettes in his Q&A.

If elected, he vows to advocate for alternative energy, efficiency and a carbon tax. He also want s to bring some young blood to the group by partnering with Rock The Earth.

Out of the eight candidates running, he is the only one who qualified to run through a petition. The nominating committee chose the other seven candidates for this year’s election.

Members who are lifetime or have renewed their membership at least once are eligible to vote through a mail-in ballot or online, starting in March. The deadline is April 21st.

Frank has done a lot for Long Island and he can do even more for the country as a board member.

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Photo Gallery

Anne,

Here is the photo slideshow. These are photos of various parks around Long Island.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35672646@N07/show/

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CO2 Regulation In the Future?

The new EPA administator, Lisa P. Jackson, has announced that she will be acting on carbon dioxide emissions by April 2, the anniversary of Massachusetts v. EPA. She also announced that she will be reconsidering the lack of regulation on new coal-burning power plants last Tuesday.

This is a huge movement and what does it mean for Long Island?

Well, it means more regulation on the horizon for LIPA. Some people feel this is a move in the right direction, but others feel it will just hit our wallets even more. I think it’s both, sort of. We need to make some type of change and if it means higher prices, then maybe we’ll be more frugal with our energy consumption. How many of you cut back on your driving when gas was $4 a gallon?

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The Ashley Schiff Park Preserve is 26 acres of open space on the Stony Brook University campus. The university dedicated the land to Dr. Ashley Schiff, a political science professor, after his sudden death in 1969 at 37 years old. He was known on campus for his love of nature and every September he would take new students on a nature walk through the forest that would some day be dedicated to him.

In 1970, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Stuart Udall, officially dedicated the land to Dr. Schiff. Although the land was plotted and surveyed, it was not given any legal protection. University President, Shirley Strum Kenny, has said she will not build on the land, but concern is rising now that she will be leaving her post this year.

At first, President Kenny was not willing to endorse any legal protection, but she recently stated that she would reconsider her decision if she sees wide support. So the Friends of Ashley Schiff Park Preserve, the SBU Environmental Club and the Stony Brook Environmental Conservation are working to reach a goal of 10,000 signatures for the petition to President Kenny. She will be presented with the petition on April 17 at the university’s Earth Stock celebration.

If you have never had the chance to explore the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve, I recommend you check it out. It’s a lovely part of the Stony Brook campus and it’s open to everyone. Contact the Friends of the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve for upcoming events and more information.

To sign the petition go here.

Photo: From BioGems

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Recycling Competition

 

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Stony Brook University is participating in this year’s Recyclymania competition. From January 18 to March 28, the university staff and students make every effort to conserve and recycle on campus. A total of 514 schools from across the country are competing to be the least wasteful. 

In addition to competing on the national level, the university also has a Recyclemania competition between the residence halls, according to the SB Statesman.

The whole idea is to remind the campus community of the simple ways we can conserve energy and reduce trash. It’s a cute competition and it gets people excited about something during this time of year. Last year’s campus residence winner was Gray College and for the national winners go here.

Go here for this year’s most recent results. 

Here is a cute video from last year on SBU-TV. Or watch it below.

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Photo Courtesy of Treehugger.com

Newsday. com reported this evening that the Huntington town board voted to change town code and allow residents to have chickens on their property. This is a great victory for many Huntington Town residents who want to produce their own organic eggs.

The movement started last October when Jim Turik, of Huntington Station received a violation for having chickens on his property. He received support from neighbors and fellow chicken owners in the community.

The board approved the new code unanimously on Tuesday but there are some regulations.

An owner cannot have more than eight chickens on the property and no roosters. The area must be maintained daily and the sole use of the chickens are to produce organic eggs. Fertilizers and pesticides are not allowed and the eggs can’t be sold for profit. Oh, and the area the chickens occupy can’t be visible by nearby residences and streets. 

The regulations are reasonable and it’s a way to allow people to have chickens but not force neighbors to have a chicken coop as the view from their kitchen window. 

This decision proves that the demand for local and homegrown food is growing on Long Island. More people are joining the movement and that means a more sustainable environment and economy for our communities.

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If you have never had the chance to make your own maple syrup, well now is your chance! Hoyt Farm in Commack is offering maple syrup classes every Sunday from Feb. 15 to Mar. 8.

It’s a great family activity during this time of year. Students will learn how to identify and tap trees and you get have a maple syrup tasting too. Native Americans taught the colonists how to process the syrup, so I’m sure some history will be involved.

It costs $3.00 per person and $8.00 per family. Go, go, go. Get out of the house for a few hours and enjoy nature with your family and friends.

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