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Upcoming Meeting Info!

Here’s what you can look forward to at the next couple of Earth Club meetings:

February 24th @5pm – Trashformations! Join us as we make arts and crafts using reused and recycled materials! Come ready to create origami creatures, recycled notebooks, and other amazing, recycled art! Some amazing pieces will be showcased at the 2009 Earth Day Festival, of course, you also have the option to take your work home, too.  We’ll meet in the new Recycling modular unit behind the Facilities Management/Police building instead of the Greenhouse for this activity.

March 2nd @5pm – Meet David Jones, the UNC Charlotte Sustainability Coordinator! We’ll be back in the Greenhouse for an awesome presentation.

Join us, and make sure you bring a few friends. There’s enough Earth Love to go around for everyone!

The Big Foot Project

Today I’m working on my final project for Persuasion (Communication Studies) class.

The rules: choose a product to promote using nonsense from a persuasion theory.

The product: Reusable mugs for sale in our campus cafe, Ritazza.

Bottom line: we’re trashy. The average American office worker uses more than 500 disposable coffee cups each year. (Get more trash facts: http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html)

The good news: we can make a difference in Mama Earth’s health by deciding in her favor when given a choice.


~ Rhi Bowman

Bicycle Commuter Tax Credit!

While most Americans vehemently disagreed with last week’s bailout bill (and rightfully so), there were some green additions that were pleasantly surprising. One addition was the Bicycle Commuter Tax Credit, which gives employers of those who travel to work on their bikes a $20/month tax credit. According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, the tax credit is meant to go towards “the cost[s] of any employer reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred by the employee “ ‘for the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage, if such bicycle is regularly used for travel between the employee’s residence and place of employment.’ ” Hopefully, this will convince lots of employers to put showers in their office buildings to accommodate potentially sweaty commuters.

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