Thursday, September 27, 2007

LOLA in the press

Our first Lights Out LA article went to print! We were featured today in theSan Gabriel Valley Tribune. The article has also been reposted in the Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, and the Whittier Daily News.

Blog Action Day

Today we joined Blog Action Day. Bloggers everywhere will join together on October 15th to spread the word about way in which we can help the environment. Each blogger will address environmental issues by writing a post relating to their own topic. Check it out!

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day

Stop Your Junk Mail and Learn About Green Jobs for All

Green for All is a campaign dedicated to “harness[ing] the growing power of the green economic revolution to fight the war on poverty.” They intend to secure training for thousands of workers for the green job market in order to create job opportunities for impoverished urban community members in cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, Oakland, and New Orleans. To learn more, or to get involved, visit their website.

According to , over 100 million trees are cut down each year to print junk mail. This month, New American Dream: Carbon Conscious Consumer is asking folks to remove themselves from mail junk lists in order to save paper. New American Dream is a site directed toward encouraging individuals to adopt “climate-friendly daily habits”. You can also sign up at website to stop receiving junk mail.

MORE PRESS: The Boston Globe featured the article John M. Glionna wrote about Nate and Lights Out in the Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Seattle's Climate Action

While California is doing an exemplary job of implementing “green” programs, we can always learn from other states. Washington State is also working toward a sustainable future. Learn more about what they’re doing in the Northwest by reading “It takes a city to limit greenhouse gases”.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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Black Balloons and Sea Level Rise

A new friend tipped me off to an interesting visual. Black Balloons:making CO2 real provides an interesting visualization of household greenhouse gas emissions. Yet another reason we need to conserve energy.

If those black balloons aren’t scary enough, watch ABCs Fear of Rising Waters video. For more information, read Architecture2030’s Coastal Impact Study: Nation Under Siege.

Monday, September 24, 2007

We are Lights Out LA!

Hello and welcome to our blog,

We are Lights Out Los Angeles, a grassroots community group now organizing a citywide energy savings event on Saturday, October 20, 2007. On this night, we invite the entire city and county of LA, including businesses, city and federal government agencies, schools, and individuals to turn off all non-essential lighting to save energy.

We started with a local event in San Francisco for which we created a template and lessons learned that can be applied in creating similar events in cities throughout the country. In the process of building Lights Out San Francisco we were contacted by people in cities across the country, and even around the world, in hopes of organizing Lights Out events in their own towns. LA and LA county are the first to join.

You may ask: what good does one hour do? What do we hope to accomplish?

Today, the United States consumes more energy and emits more greenhouse gases than any other country in the world. Our nation's growing appetite for energy must be controlled to protect our planet from the effects of the climate crisis.

We estimate that turning lights out for even one hour could save as much as 15 percent of the energy consumed in LA on an average Saturday night. This savings will reduce carbon emissions into our air, preserve the natural resources used to produce this energy, set a positive precedent for the rest of the world, and result in ongoing reduced costs to citizens and businesses.

Please join us in turning out your non-essential lights from 8-9pm on Saturday, October 20th, and stay tuned here for more information.

If you would like to get involved in Lights Out LA, please email

Warm regards,

The Lights Out LA Team