i just voted three times for this awesome project which will help move Appalachia away from MTR mining and towards a sustainable, locally-owned, decentralized model [by utilizing timber industry byproducts.]
the project will entail "feedstock feasibility studies and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification to ensure sustainable forestry."
please vote today! signing up for brighterplanet.com only takes about 75 seconds. they are in second place and the prize is a $5000 grant!
other suggestions on how to win this thing:
- blog about it!
- send the link and description out to list serves
- make it a point of process at any meetings which might relate
[eco-advocates? new college climate justice squad? alliance of concerned students? everglades earth first? black manatee collective? st. pete for peace?]
- send a LTE [letter to the editor] in your local paper
- etc etc!!
xoxo and THANKS!
as follows is the full project description:
Leading scientists from around the world recommend several measures to address the issue of climate change. In the United States, pending legislation will likely create a regulatory market for industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These measures to mitigate carbon production, coupled with the EPA’s recent decision to hold and review 79 permits for mountaintop removal mining casts a shadow over the primary jobs provider throughout the Central Appalachian region: the coal industry. Local governments are often wholly reliant on the severance taxes generated by coal extraction, yet minable coal will be restricted by both of these federal decisions. In sum, the communities that will suffer the most from environmental policies are those that are solely dependent upon the coal industry for their survival. Thus this project seeks a just transition for Central Appalachia, one that recognizes the sacrifices that have been made by those who have mined coal for our country for the past 150 years.
It is clear that more diverse economic pathways must be cultivated to mitigate the future impacts upon the rural economies whose primary means of subsistence will decline. For this reason, we propose the creation of a Mingo County based Community Biopower Association (CBA). Biopower is electricity generated by any form of biomass, in this case timber industry byproduct. CBAs are an innovative institutional model for Central Appalachia that will effectively and efficiently bring rural communities together to support each other and advance sustainable biopower development by creating self sustaining organizations which will generate their own operating budgets. CBAs provide an opportunity for local investors to become proactive in the development process and capitalize on their local resources through a collaborative effort by creating Limited Liability Companies (LLC) made up of community members. Biopower developers see direct benefits from: the large blocks of investors they can work with for selecting the best biopower locations; strong investors and local community support; and development steps completed such as feedstock feasibility studies and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification to ensure sustainable forestry.
The goal of the CBA is to build a 2.4 MW distributed generation biopower facility in Mingo County. This facility will be community-owned by using the economic “flip model” developed by Windustry, the nation’s leader in community-owned wind projects. Both the CBA and the biopower facility serve as a pilot “sustainable development model” for the Central Appalachian region and beyond.
Funds will be used to:
• Consult with Center for Economic Options (CEO) for identifying a CBA resource team of legal and accounting advisors
• In collaboration with CEO’s resource team, develop an operating agreement for creating Mingo County’s CBA, LLC.
• Consult with Rainforest Alliance for obtaining FSC certification
• Consult with Biomaterials and Wood Utilization Research Center of West Virginia University for feedstock feasibility study as well as developing a marketing plan.
• CEO – $1000
• LLC fee – $50
• FSC certification – $2700
• Travel – $550
• Legal fees – $350
The current voting period ends on SUNDAY the 15th of November, so please don't put this off!
Also, you do not have to be a U.S citizen to vote.
Thanks, and please do repost... :)