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Spring Cleaning
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Posted by LUCINDA CRABTREE on 03/17/09

The one constant these days seems to be change: accelerating, exhilarating change. So I thought I would take a second look at what we’d written here in our blog to see what needed to be updated or amended in some way. And while there are indeed a number of updates to report, what I find most remarkable is that all of these are good news. See for yourself…

Back on July 23rd of 2007, I described our pride in having our design selected as the official logo for NASA’s 50th Anniversary. Now, we’ve done it again: NASA has chosen another C+C design, this time to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo program. You can see that new logo here.

In my August 5th, 2008 entry, I lamented the fact that while Maryland and DC utilities were offering their customers the opportunity to switch to green power, our local utility in Virginia had no such program. I’m pleased to report that northern Virginia power provider Dominion now offers both residential and commercial customers the choice to purchase green power, so this option is now available in all three local jurisdictions. See here.

And Clean Currents, a Rockville (MD)-based energy company, has gone one step further, and is now offering Maryland residents and businesses the opportunity to purchase wind-generated power at rates actually below those offered by PEPCO and BG&E, the local electric utilities. See here.

On October 14, 2008, we noted that then Senator Obama’s campaign had pledged to reduce greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050 and we’re pleased to see that this remains the new Administration’s goal. See here.

Ricoh, the camera and office copier company, installed 16 of the PacWind vertical turbines featured in our October 28, 2008 blog entry. These will help light its huge 126' x 47' billboard in Times Square, to my knowledge the only one powered with alternative energy. See here.

Just last month, I applauded President Obama’s Inaugural pledge to “restore science to its rightful place.” This month, he took a firm step in fulfilling that pledge by issuing a Presidential Memorandum “directing the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making.” You can read this remarkable document here.

See what I mean…all good news! I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed Spring cleaning so much. And speaking of things green, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

Lucinda Crabtree

 

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