SIERRA CLUB'S MILLER, WIYGUL HONORED BY GULF COAST NAACP AT FREEDOM FUND BANQUET

NOVEMBER 23RD, 2014 GULFPORT MS
Last Sunday night, at Gulfport's Hard Rock Cafe, two groups that are not normally linked together in people's minds came together to celebrate their alliance: the Gulf Coast NAACP and the MISSISSIPPI SIERRA CLUB. And on a night when the NAACP honored two of the Sierra Club's members with Distinguished Justice Service Awards, the focus seemed to be as much on the work they will do together in the future as it was on past accomplishments.

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY START TO WIN ON PRICE VS. CONVENTIONAL FUELS

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES:
For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas.
That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY START TO WIN ON PRICE VS. CONVENTIONAL FUELS

MICHAEL CORRERO: A WARRIOR FOR GOOD PASSES

From State Director Louie Miller:
Sharing the sad and shocking news that Michael Correro has passed away. Michael was a citizen of Kemper County and stalwart opponent of the Kemper County power plant and strip mine boondoggle. He was one of the first to ask the hard questions, doing the analysis and drawing the conclusion that this was not in the best interests of Kemper County nor its citizens.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: Monday, November 24, 2014, at 1 PM Stephens Funeral Home, Highway 16, DeKalb, MS 39328.

BRENDON STEELE: WHAT CAN CLIMATE ADVOCATES DO TO ATTRACT CONSERVATIVE SUPPORT?

OPINION BY BRENDON STEELE
McClatchy-Tribune News Service November 16, 2014
Here's an excerpt from an interesting and thought provoking opinion piece from the Sun-Herald.
"Therefore, to draw in lasting conservative support -- a practical necessity given the GOP's recent win in the midterm elections -- environmentalists must advance deeply held conservative values hand-in-hand with climate protection. They must not only learn to speak conservatives' language but also genuinely incorporate their core values. This is especially difficult as today's environmental community is closely aligned with progressive thought, such that it does not have an intuitive sense of those values, making its GOP outreach particularly imprecise.
READ MORE HERE

GRAND RAPIDS SETS A HIGH BAR FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell sat down with Midwest Energy News to talk about his time in the mayor’s office. Heartwell has elevated the city as a model for sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency, which includes an aggressive 100-percent renewable energy goal by 2020 (it’s at 25 percent now) and an entire city lighting system comprised of LEDs. (11/14/2014 By Andy Balaskovitz. Caption: Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell speaks at a benefit in 2009. Photo by Steven Depolo via Creative Commons)

FROM THE MISSISSIPPI BUSINESS JOURNAL: MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE--GREAT PROFILE OF MS SIERRA CLUB'S ANN SOMERS

ANN SOMERS ENJOYS HER CAREER BECAUSE OF A VARIETY OF PROJECTS AND THE PEOPLE SHE MEETS
While growing up in Byram, Ann Somers loved putting thing together, such as puzzles, model cars and ships and fantasy Barbie kingdoms. That interest in building things led to a career in architecture, something she learned about as an eighth-grader.
“I knew that was what I wanted to do,” Somers recalls. “Up to that point I did not like school and was an average student. Once I understood I needed to have a good grade point average to get into architecture school, I stepped it up and became a good student. The other thought with architecture was that I could branch into interior design or site design with an architecture degree.”

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