Monthly Archives: April 2008

Savannah Bicycle Campaign press conference

savbikecampaign.jpgAll Savannah cyclists are invited to attend a press conference on Monday, April 14 at 11 a.m. in Johnson Square in Downtown Savannah. The event marks the official launch of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. The group was organized to work through the political, public policy, and citizen advocacy processes to develop more and better bicycle facilities in Savannah—improved bike lanes, racks, and signage—and to develop a public campaign to educate bicyclists and drivers about safe practices on and off the roadways. More information is available on the Savannah Bicycle Campaign Web site.

Coastal Commuters press conference

The Chatham Urban Transportation Study/Metropolitan Planning Organization
(CUTS)/MPO, in cooperation with Memorial Health and St. Joseph’s/Candler, is holding a press conference for the launch of the Coastal Commuters promotional program. The event will take place on Friday, April 18 at 11 a.m. on the frontage road at the corner of DeRenne Avenue and Abercorn Street. Speaking will be MPO Chairman Pete  Liakakis, as well as representatives from collaborating businesses and organizations.

Coastal Commuters encourages carpooling, mass transit, bicycling, and walking as
methods in everyday transportation. A central feature in the program is a regional, online ride-matching system, which will be available for free to the general public, effective April 18. The promotion of alternative transportation among commuters to
DeRenne Avenue was a recommendation in the Connecting Savannah Action Plan.

Please call Tom Thomson at 651-1446 or Jane Love at 651-1443 for additional
information.

Savannah Morning News: “Savannah warms up to climate change”

A story by Mary Landers in today’s paper reports on Savannah’s membership in Cities for Climate Protection, its efforts to determine its carbon footprint and Alderman Larry Stuber’s attendance at the Climate Communities summit in Washington this week.

In some quarters, it’s standard operating procedure to paint those who are serious about addressing climate change as the opposite: silly individuals who have fallen under the mesmerizing charm of a certain former vice president. It will be hard to make that caricature stick to Stuber:

Savannah Alderman Larry Stuber doesn’t need much convincing that climate change is real. He’s already seen evidence of the resulting sea level rise in area sewers.

“I’ve seen drainage pipes that are 100 to 150 years old that have water in them at low tide,” said Stuber, the former CEO of Savannah-based EMC Engineering Services. “You know they didn’t build them like that. Fifty years from now, if it rises another 2 feet, half the drainage will be under water.”

The story also includes some informative comments from Sean Brandon, Savannah’s director of mobility and parking, about municipal electricity use. Interestingly, city-operated private automobile storage facilities are a major draw, along with drinking and stormwater management

Read the full story here. More information on the Climate Communities summit can be found here.

SCAD student groups launch new Web sites

Two Savannah College of Art and Design student organizations that have environmental focuses now have new Web sites.

Project Green grew out of SCAD’s School of Building Arts to include students from all academic majors. Last year I wrote a profile of the group’s leader, Paul Schwartzkopf for SCAD’s now defunct faculty/staff newspaper. You can read it here. The group is currently led by Brian Bessenaire, who was mentioned previously on Sustainable Savannah here.

Students for a Better Environment has been around for more than a decade and has been part of the college’s Service Opportunities for Students program in recent years. SBE’s site is still a little short of content, but I hope it will be up to speed soon.

Disclosure: I am a SCAD employee.

State Water Council Town Hall Meeting in Savannah

June 2, 2007
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Armstrong Atlantic State University
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401

The Water Council has scheduled a third series of town hall meetings around the state to discuss the statewide water planning effort and to give citizens an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments on this important project. These meetings will focus on integrated policies for water quantity and water quality as well as introduce sub-state planning guidance. The Comprehensive Statewide Water Management Plan is being developed to help Georgians understand the current demands on water throughout the state and to better manage our water resources in the future.

For more information, visit the Center for a Sustainable Coast Web site.