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September 30, 2008: In This Edition of the Insider
  • Green Your Gadgets
  • Sierra Club TV Premieres
  • Victory for Gray Wolves
  • Get the Green Bag by Jennie Garth
  • Sign Up for "Bogus Coal Moment" Alerts
  • Good News for Homebuyers
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    Green Your Gadgets
    Life is sweet. But it's even sweeter when you live it green. Which is the whole idea behind The Green Life, our regular blog chock full of ideas for living well and doing good. Last week's theme -- greening your gadgets -- featured tips on everything from batteries to vampires (the power kind).

    Of course, if you want to be sure you never miss a green tip, simply subscribe to our daily Green Life tip.

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    TV Worth Watching
    Kilowatt Ours -- the movieSierra Club TV premieres this week on, an online network that features original programming on energy and the environment. Sierra Club TV episodes feature interviews with leading authors, politicians, entrepreneurs, and activists and include green-living tips as well as "Green Cuisine" segments with renowned chefs.

    Two more shows worth watching: Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America  provides simple, practical, affordable solutions to America's energy crisis. It's currently being broadcast now on public television stations nationally.

    You can dig deeper into the impact of coal by purchasing a DVD and hosting a house party for Burning the Future: Coal in America. This documentary examines the conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia.

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    A Howling Victory for Wolves
    Wolf supporters are celebrating the September 23 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to toss out its own gray wolf delisting rule in the Northern Rockies and go back to the drawing board. Wolves were removed from the Endangered Species list in March 2008, and the Sierra Club, along with other conservation groups, challenged the decision in court.

    Learn more about this victory in Scrapbook.


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    It's in the Bag
    Celebrity mom Jennie Garth (90210, Dancing with the Stars) has teamed up with Green Works™ natural cleaners to design "The Green Bag by Jennie Garth," an environmentally friendly reusable tote bag that bears her signature.

    The bag ($10) is made from 100 percent recycled cotton. For every bag sold, Green Works will donate $3.65 to the Sierra Club's conservation efforts. The remaining amount of $6.35 covers the cost of the bag.

    Visit to get yours today!

    (This program is not valid in the states of AL, IL, ME, MA, and SC.)

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    Coal Can't Buy Our Love
    The dirty coal industry is conducting a major advertising blitz during the presidential debates. But we're keeping them accountable by monitoring their ads for "bogus coal moments" and alerting people when they attempt to spread misinformation. We caught several sham coal ads during the first debate.

    Check out what folks from across the country had to say in response to the ads we alerted them to. You can get real-time alerts during the remaining debates via a mobile text message every time the coal industry tries to spread more lies.

    Sign up here.

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    Good (!) News for Home Buyers
    How about good news (for a change) for future home buyers? This month, the International Code Council met in Minneapolis and voted to approve a 15 percent increase in energy-efficiency building code standards for new homes, townhouses, and some apartment buildings starting in 2009. That 15 percent boost in energy efficiency will make a significant cut in energy costs, air pollutants, and emissions that cause climate change.

    Sounds like a good idea, right? And it's a big step toward energy-self-sufficient housing. But it wouldn't have happened without the efforts of an unusual coalition that included the Sierra Club's Cool Cities campaign.

    For the full story on how it all went down, read Carl Pope's blog post "The Twilight of the Utility Bill?"

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    How Low Can He Go?
    Into Thick Air: Biking to the Bellybutton of Six Continents, from Sierra Club Books, is the story of bicyclist and botanist Jim Malusa's quest to go down instead of up. Find out why Barbara Kingsolver is "happy to claim him as one of my favorite writers." Already got Jim's book?

    Check out his pictures.




    A Stinky Epiphany
    What's up with Stinky? The not-entirely-lovable but nevertheless Emmy award-winning character is up to his elbow in… well, see for yourself in this special pre-election Stinkytoon



    Young Climate Voters Unite!
    "Power Vote," a national non-partisan effort spearheaded by the Energy Action Coalition, seeks to elevate the issue of climate change in the 2008 election by mobilizing one million young "climate voters."

    To do this, the Energy Action Coalition and partner organizations are organizing young people across the United States to pledge their vote "for clean and just energy."

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