Issue # 15 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Climate Check: Congress
  • Merton Center Banquet - Nov 14
  • Greening Your Workplace
  • Dakota Pipeline Protest - Nov 15

Where Do Your Congressional Candidates Stand On Climate Change?

Check out the climate change positions of each person running for a congressional office: FIND YOUR CANDIDATES

(The Climate Congress Wikipedia project and its "Making-of" video.)

Monday with Frida - The Thomas Merton Center Banquet

The annual Thomas Merton Center banquet is on Monday, Nov 14 at Station Square (6:00 pm). The speaker is Frida Berrigan, this year's Merton Award honoree. She's a columnist for the Waging Nonviolence news site and author of It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction.

This is TMC's big annual fund-raiser. Please help 350 Pittsburgh support TMC. (We can have our own table if there are ten of us.) TMC is our fiscal sponsor and a vital part of social justice in Pittsburgh.

To get your tickets, use Eventbrite or send a check to TMC. Please make the notation "350-ecojustice" so we'll know you're part of the 350 gang. Also, please shoot us an email at telling us you're ordering your ticket.

The Supremes

The Alliance for Justice has produced a 90-second video on the importance of the future Supreme Court for climate change and the environment. It’s part of their SCOTUS Tipping Point initiative highlighting the impact of the 2016 elections on the Court. With one current vacancy and up to three more likely in the next few years, the next President could re-shape the Court – and determine the fate of critical issues, including progress on the environment and climate change.

Greening Your Workplace

While some steps to reduce the carbon footprint at work require initial investment, the good news is that most of them lead to cost savings – enough to justify the spending required for some other green workplace practices.

  • Cut back on printing, and make sure all printers default to double-sided documents.
  • Set computers to energy-saving settings and shut them down at night.
  • Make sure all office paper contains a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content. (Recycled paper uses 55% less water and takes 60-70% less energy to produce than paper from virgin pulp –
  • Don’t overcool the office in the summer or overheat it in the winter; make sure the HVAC system powers down when the office is empty.
  • Use only LED bulbs.
  • Make it easy for employees to recycle with clearly marked bins.
  • Turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied – install motion-detector light switches in hallways, bathrooms, conference rooms and other spaces that aren't in constant use.
  • Use environmentally sensitive cleaning products, non-antibacterial soap and efficient hand dryers rather than towels.
  • Provide a water fountain and ban single-use plastic water bottles.
  • Provide a safe and convenient place for employees to park bikes

Here are some bigger changes:
  • Encourage employees to use public transportation – carpool or provide a taxi or car sharing service for out of office meetings if that will enable employees to bike or bus to work.
  • Consider closing the office one day a week and having everyone work from home.
  • When you upgrade your facility, choose low-VOC carpets and paints. Consider shopping for used furniture and equipment. Reupholster rather than buy new.
  • Opt for wind or solar power for your electricity.
  • Limit business travel – teleconference instead.
  • Talk about it – remind staff of the importance of green workplace practices, and instill a culture of environmental sensitivity from the top down.

-- Ellen Wilson

Upcoming Events

Nov 14: The Thomas Merton Center annual dinner, with 2016 award honoring Frida Berrigan. Monday, Nov 14. Station Square, 6:00 pm. Tickets $65. (See above.)

Nov 15:  Day of Action to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. #NoDAPL. On Tuesday, Nov 15, join a massive national day of action in solidarity with those at Standing Rock, and demand the Federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers reject this pipeline (see news item below). Federal Building downtown at 1000 Liberty Ave, 5:00 pm.

Why Dakota is the New Keystone - A New York Times op-ed by Bill McKibben. The Standing Rock protest against a new oil pipeline is about safeguarding clean water and a safe climate for all of us.
Help Us Get the Word Out ...

We try to keep our paper use to the bare minimum, but at events like the Thomas Merton Center annual banquet we need to have some handouts. We're re-printing the 350 Pittsburgh brochure, which, among other things, explains why we're called "350." (Many people don't know!)  Please donate and help us continue to be out there in the world.

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