RENewsletter | August 30, 2009


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※Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change.§

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*** The August  Environmental Site of the Month Award goes to  ACT Rochester  |  Go to Award.


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Opening Salvo:  Green Grants§


Ok, there*s probably no grants specifically labeled &green.* And admittedly, there*s not anything particularly new or fresh about the field of grant writing worth noting: It still involves long hours of research, tedious and meticulous fact checking, and (at least from the grant writer*s side) it*s a crap shoot. 


What*s different now is that a window of opportunity for cleaning up pollution, promoting conservation, getting funds for new energy efficient devices, and getting monies to provide jobs helping our environment has opened wide at the same time lending by banks has tightened up.  Recessions shake things up.  This latest market crash, with the proliferation of stimulus monies in the form of grants, offers a chance for governments, institutions, and businesses that may not have had a previous environment focus to off-set some of their unsavory practices and policies by encouraging environmentally positive practices (clean-ups, studies, innovative designs that conserve energy, or retrofitting an existing facility to be more efficient) that make our environment and our economy more sustainable.


Another sea-change in the world of grants is that healthy attitudes towards our environmental, once mostly the bailiwick of non-profit groups, are now being supplanted by businesses.  It*s not that the major environmental groups, dedicated for decades to compel governments and industries towards better environmental practices, have lost their clout to the almighty dollar.  It*s that on the whole these groups have been successful alerting and demonstrating the urgency of the present environment crisis: the planet is warming up, pollution proliferates, and bad development is trashing what*s left of our verdant world.  Most of those in government (now) and in business get it.  Of course, advocating and rallying for the planet to clean up its act is probably not going to fall under the purview of the business sector any time soon. But, much of the implementation for a sustainable world will be accomplished by the market.


This doesn*t mean there*s a free-for-all out there: Grants, especially federal and state grants, have strings attached. Because they are usually reviewed by experts, often engineers, your request has got to make sense all the way down, from the moment of conception to the moment of implementation. You have to follow all the laws〞local laws, conservation laws, laws of physics, economic laws, and the laws of common sense.  And, you usually have to report on your progress all along the way. Someone*s not only holding your hand when you get a grant, they usually have a very firm grip.


But grants, because they can be shaped by what we*ve learned about our environment, instead of the reckless &invisible hand* of the free market, offers an excellent alternative to influence peddling and bad practices.  Monies provided though governments or foundations set up by businesses can reset the direction of those businesses hitherto only focused on profits for the shareholders. Grants, the way they are designed and implemented, offer an excellent way to infuse into our economy one of the crucial ingredients long since missing from it〞the wise use of our resources.  (Click on my email for feedback)




NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks 每 [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]

         On Cormorants

         Great Lakes Potential

         Bees Issue

         Recycling Issues

         Park Expansion

         More On High-Speed Rail


         More on High-Speed Rail

         Flu Update

         Water Quality Issue

         NYS Politics & Environment

         West Nile Virus Update

         High-Speed Rail Update

         Aid For Rochester Beaches

         Mothballing Ginna Nuclear Plant?

         Tomato Blight Update

         Lake Ontario Conference Tuesday

         Energy Grant for Region

         Sustainable Houses

         Fixing Creek Erosion

         High Speed Rail Update



UpdatesDaily Updates 每 [Connecting the dots on Rochester*s environment. Find out what*s going on environmentally in our area〞and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION 每 will take you to my blog ※Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]




EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar 每 [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don*t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line.





ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I*ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 




AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award 每 [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]


The Environmental site for the month of August 2009 is ACT Rochester: This important free online service provides a community what is an absolute necessity if we are going to make our communities sustainable: a conduit for the all environmental indicators for our area.  The facts, just the facts, are critical in determining what a community has done well and what needs improving〞or we*re flying blind. Use this site as a baseline for any initiatives that will affect our area*s environment.  When you*re digging up your yard around gas lines, the signs say ※call before you dig.§  When you*re going to do something that*s going to affect the Rochester area environment, check ACT Rochester before you act.