MORE Missouri Renewable Energy
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Our new lineup of workshops and energy fair dates [make these hot links] are hot off the presses, and we’re excited about a number of new programs. Along with many of our classic workshop courses – Biodiesel; Sun, Wind & Water; Advanced Photovoltaics and the like – we’ve also added a great new list of courses to the mix [list these]. We at MORE value your input – drop us a line (or comment here) if you have any suggestions for future workshops or Energy Fairs!
On the “big picture” end of things, we’re also thrilled to see some of the new green policies that are taking shape – particularly through the new federal stimulus bill.
Here are some especially hopeful signs from the Stimulus Package:
- $500 million has been promised toward “green collar jobs.” What are these? “Green collar jobs” (think “white-collar” or “blue-collar” jobs), are any occupations that promote a greener, more sustainable future. Such jobs range from sustainable construction to wind generator production to home weatherization. All we at MORE can say is: Hooray! Years before the “Green Collar” craze, MORE was already working to train homeless and otherwise disadvantaged men in the sustainable trades of the future: home biodiesel production, solar panel instillation, greenhouse gardening and more. We couldn’t be more thrilled that the “green collar movement” is finally taking the country by storm – not only helping the environment, but bringing millions of good jobs when the country needs them most. (For more information on the Green Collar movement, click here to see what Van Jones and Green For All have been doing in Oakland, California. It’s downright hopeful stuff!). The plan, as it stands now, would put 460,000 Americans to work on environmentally helpful projects nationwide.
- Tens of billions more dollars have been apportioned to remake the country’s electric industry into a greener enterprise. Include here is a “smart grid” that will allow us to use renewable energy sources like solar and wind much more easily and affordably. In the long run, this “smart grid” will save America a ton of money, AND be a huge help for the environment!
- The stimulus will result in DOUBLE the amount of alternative energy products to be produced over the next three years
- And in ways most important of all, the stimulus will provide funds to weatherize up to 2 million homes --- many of which belong to poor families who can hardly keep up with utility bills --- by sealing leaking windows, better insulating walls, floors and ceilings, and the like. NOTHING will get more “bang for the buck,” and nothing could be a better first step toward helping the poor and the environment.
We’d love to hear from you -- What do you think about the new “green” wing of the stimulus package?
Friday, June 13, 2008
On Friday, June 27th 10am-noon and Saturday June 28th 10am-3pm, Adam Turtle, head of the Earth Advocates Research Farm, will be presenting on how to survive during the food and fuel crisis. At this seminar, You will be introduced to the world of permaculture where you will learn how to grow your own food, create an edible landscape garden, compost, rainwater collection, raising and using bamboo, medicinal plants and herbs and building ponds. This free seminar will be held at 1411 Locust Street in Downtown St. Louis. Sponsored by Missouri Renewable Energy, KNLC TV and New Life Evangelistic Center. For further information, contact Jeff Schneider at 314-881-3213.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
MORE Energy is pleased to present: David Blume, author of the book Alcohol Can be A Gas, offering a FREE workshop Saturday, May 24th, 10am-3pm at 1411 Locust St, downtown St. Louis on how to produce alcohol fuel on a small scale. David Blume with be teaching how to make your own fuel and will show the simple technique used to convert vehicles to run on alcohol. David Bloom will also be doing a book signing on Friday, May 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm at "Not Just A Book Store" at 5892 Delmar, St. Louis 63112
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Every year since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22nd. To read about the history of Earth Day click here.
Missouri Renewable Energy is participating in a few Earth Day events that we wanted to tell you about.
If you live in Central Missouri, you are invited to attend Columbia, Missouri's Earth Day celebration in Downtown Columbia, on Sunday, April 20th starting at noon. Every year the city of Columbia has a big outdoor celebration in downtown Columbia, with vendors, music, and resources on how to appreciate and save our Earth. Missouri Renewable Energy will be there, with a booth located on "Eco Ave" which is on the north side of Elm between 7th & 8th Streets. Come on by and say hello.
Missouri Renewable Energy is also hosting its own Earth Day event on Tuesday, April 22nd-- MORE will be having a free fair at our location in Marshfield, Missouri. Come on out and learn about Renewable Energy-- tour our new dome homes and biodiesel fuel labs, plus much more! For more information on this event, visit our website www.moreenergy.org
Happy Earth Day!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
This spring and summer stay tuned to our website for Missouri Renewable Energy Presentations in downtown, St. Louis, MO.
Information on the first presentation is below:
Renewable Energy Presentation
Saturday, April 26, 2008
11:30 AM at 1411 Locust St., St. Louis, MO
Roe Snyder will be presenting on:
Honey Panels (P/V using honey to create electricity)
Honey Batteries (using copper tubes with aluminum rods w/ honey)
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Sojourners Magazine had a recent article about green-collar jobs as a viable solution to help save our earth and provide low-income or unskilled workers with advancement out of poverty.
MORE Energy believes and supports training in blue-collar jobs, but WHY limit the skills of the homeless to only sweeping and cooking? Green-collar jobs are a viable and important skill in our growing green workforce. MORE Energy is dedicated to the advancement of green energy as a way out of poverty.
How Green is Your Collar?
by Rose Marie Berger and Alexis Vaughan (Sojourner's Article 3/2008)
"All the Democratic presidential candidates talked about “green-collar jobs.” But what are they? “Green collar jobs are blue collar jobs in green businesses,” according to urban studies professor Raquel Rivera Pinderhughes in a recent report. A green-collar economy will provide high-quality jobs, requiring basic skills, paying a living wage, with room for advancement, to a broad array of low-income or unskilled workers. The main problem, according to the report, is matching green businesses with job-ready workers.
Part of the solution, says Van Jones, environmental leader and president of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, California, was the passage by Congress of the Green Jobs Act of 2007 in August, which authorized $125 million “to create a new training program for energy efficiency and renewable energy workers … for market research, job referral, and job training,” according to the Congressional Budget Office report. Jones hopes that job-training programs will begin incorporating “green pathways out of poverty.” He is advocating that Congress fund $1 billion in green jobs training and is calling for the creation of 3 million clean-tech jobs by 2015."