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April 24, 2009
Everybody?s jumping on the ?green? bandwagon, and now even local hoteliers are seeing dollar signs in ?eco-tourism.? It?s an interesting concept: the idea being that environmentally aware tourists would rather spend their money in a city and with businesses that promote ?green? policies and whose residents practice ?green? living. The Laguna Beach Visitors & Convention Bureau is taking the concept as far as possible, promoting ?green? visitor services in Laguna Beach, such as the various hotels and restaurants dedicated to myriad ways of protecting the environment ?
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By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 16, 2010
Mike Sadler, a Laguna native who grew up surfing the Thalia reef, recalls one of the only unpleasantries of spending so much time outdoors as a kid: the pollution. "I often got smog so deeply imbedded in my lungs, that I had to lie down because it burned so badly," he said. "I don't want that for my children." Still a resident, and the father of three, Sadler has grown increasingly interested in "green" living and reducing the use of fossil fuels, which he believes will benefit future generations.
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By Laura Rico, UC Irvine | February 16, 2009
Graduate student Sara Kirker first noticed how the service industry affects the environment while working as a waitress at a resort in her native Hawaii. “Food preparation has a huge impact on the environment,” says Kirker, who is pursuing a master’s in urban and regional planning at UC Irvine. “Switching to ceramic cups from paper and buying locally grown foods can really make a difference.” When she moved to Southern California, Kirker vowed to learn how local businesses were reducing their resource consumption and show them ways to be more environmentally friendly.
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By By Patrick Staley | November 4, 2005
Top of the World Elementary now generates 40% of its energy from the sun.Students at Top of the World Elementary can now watch clean energy being generated right on campus. Three solar panels have been installed on the roof of the school, making it the first in the district to be partly powered by renewable energy. The installation was completed in September. District superintendent Theresa Daem conceived of and pushed for the project, which was funded with a grant from the California Energy Commission.
NEWS
By Gustavo Grad | March 12, 2010
Last month California adopted the first mandatory green building code in the country. The new code is meant to help achieve the state?s goal of 33% renewable energy sources by 2020, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and save energy and water. The code requires cutting water use by 20%, diverting half of the construction waste away from landfills and including low-polluting building materials beginning in 2011. The proposed rules should be understood as a baseline minimum standard that cities are allowed to amend in order to determine the level of ?
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 9, 2012
The City Council made it clear that it planned to approve a resolution listing complaints about San Onofre's operation and concerns about its future, but that didn't keep the public from expressing opinions. Speakers came from San Clemente, Washington, D.C., Mission Viejo and Laguna to Tuesday's meeting, where they castigated Southern California Edison for its management of the nuclear power plant and the nuclear industry in general. They complimented the city for its proposed resolution, which demands that Edison not restart its San Onofre generators unless it completes a transparent public process regarding their replacement, and they commended the city for telling Edison it shouldn't make customers pay for its mistakes.
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Gustavo Grad | June 18, 2010
I don't know about you, but for myself it feels like we are at a critical moment of life on this planet. It seems the world is on fire and so are our hearts inflamed with sadness, anger, disgust — all states that reflect the ongoing destruction in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil spill could not have come at a worse time for the Gulf's sea life, wildlife and bird species. Late spring is the peak time for neo-tropical songbirds moving from the Yucatan Peninsula to Louisiana. As many as 25 million a day arrive during the northern migration.
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By Max Isles | June 15, 2007
On June 2, I attended a meeting of Laguna Beach Climate Protection Work Group. The purpose of the group is to reduce the damaging emissions generated by Laguna, it's residents, businesses, transport and so on. The group is made up of members of the public who are guided by the Laguna Beach Environmental Committee. The meeting was very interesting, not only due to the information presented but also due to the number of attendants. These meeting are public meetings and will ultimately lead to positive changes that will affect all Laguna Beach residents, and yet less than a dozen members of the public attended.
NEWS
September 26, 2008
The following is from the Sept. 16 Laguna Beach City Council meeting. Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson was absent. ? City holdings secure City Treasurer Laura Parisi updated the council on the city?s portfolio in light of recent financial news. The city has small holdings in Fannie Mae ($1 million) and Freddie Mac ($2 million). The federal government?s action, which put them into conservatorship, benefited the city, Parisi said. She announced that the interest earnings last year are $1 million over budget.
NEWS
April 29, 2005
CATHARINE COOPER Let's talk about oil. Drat. That doesn't sound like much fun, does it? I mean, if you're like me, a glance at the gas gauge nudging itself toward the BIG E (for EMPTY) sends a recurring shiver down your back. I admit it -- I own a gas-guzzling SUV. "Slynx" was a mid-life crisis purchase. She's beautiful, has 347 ponies running under the hood, and rips past grief-giving jerks on the freeway. When she was new, gas prices were what I can affectionately refer to as low, and we definitely had a love affair.
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By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 16, 2010
Mike Sadler, a Laguna native who grew up surfing the Thalia reef, recalls one of the only unpleasantries of spending so much time outdoors as a kid: the pollution. "I often got smog so deeply imbedded in my lungs, that I had to lie down because it burned so badly," he said. "I don't want that for my children." Still a resident, and the father of three, Sadler has grown increasingly interested in "green" living and reducing the use of fossil fuels, which he believes will benefit future generations.
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April 24, 2009
Everybody?s jumping on the ?green? bandwagon, and now even local hoteliers are seeing dollar signs in ?eco-tourism.? It?s an interesting concept: the idea being that environmentally aware tourists would rather spend their money in a city and with businesses that promote ?green? policies and whose residents practice ?green? living. The Laguna Beach Visitors & Convention Bureau is taking the concept as far as possible, promoting ?green? visitor services in Laguna Beach, such as the various hotels and restaurants dedicated to myriad ways of protecting the environment ?
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