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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mayor Ravenstahl to Outline City's Green Initiatives

Well this should be enlightening. Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl will be speaking to members and guests of the Pittsburgh Technology Council about the city's green initiatives. The talk is in two weeks at the offices of Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney at One Oxford Center in downtown Pittsburgh. I will bet money that the mayor takes credit for Councilman Bill Peduto's LED light initiative. I will be out of town that day so unfortunately I won't be able to provide my readers with details about how little the mayor knows about this subject.

Mayor Ravenstahl to Outline City's Green Initiatives

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

7:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Join us on April 29th as Mayor Ravenstahl outlines his administration's efforts to reduce the city's impact on the environment, while also creating real savings for the taxpayers by reducing wasteful consumption practices. Through the Mayor's Office of Sustainable Development and Energy Efficiency, the City of Pittsburgh has worked to promote the use of new technologies and sensible procurement practices to reduce its energy costs. Towards those ends, in recent months, the City has reviewed and implemented the use of new technologies such as super-efficient LED traffic control devices and street lamps, and has sought opportunities to install solar cells in city facilities. On the sustainability front, the City has created a Green Initiative Trust Fund and has expanded the practice of single stream recycling for residents, which will greatly improve the participation rate in the City's recycling program. Please do not miss this unique opportunity to learn more about Pittsburgh's commitment to implementing sustainable business practices.

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Alexandra Wharton said...

Hi Chris,

I recently read your blog post, Mayor Ravenstahl to Outline City’s Green Initiative, about Mayor Ravenstahl’s upcoming meeting with the Pittsburgh Technology Council to discuss the city’s green initiatives.

Many people – including T Boone Pickens - believe that journalists have not done an adequate job of covering energy. For this reason, Pickens is hosting a special virtual chat on Wednesday for journalists and journalism students at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The session precedes the two-day Missouri Energy Summit hosted by the University of Missouri on the Columbia campus April 22 and 23, 2009 and is part of his tour of college campuses to promote coverage of energy-related issues.

A short video from Newsy.com, a partner of the Missouri Journalism School, kicks off the session. The video analyzes and synthesizes news coverage of energy issues from multiple sources.

Newsy’s unique method of presenting how different media outlets around the world are covering a story lends itself well to understanding the complexities of energy issues.
Here’s the link to the video that will initiate the Pickens virtual chat:

Please contact me with questions.


University of Missouri Journalism School, Reynolds Journalism Institute To Host National Online Chat with T. Boone Pickens on U.S. Foreign Oil Dependency and the Current State of Energy Reporting
Subsequent Journalism Sessions To Feature Student Energy Research Projects, Presentation by CNBC Energy Reporter Sharon Epperson
COLUMBIA, Mo.--More than 200 journalism faculty, students and energy reporters across the country are expected to participate in a national “virtual chat” with energy visionary T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday, April 22 at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism and the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI).
The discussion about the need to improve and expand the quality of reporting on the science, economics and geopolitical aspects of the energy industry will coincide with the two-day Missouri Energy Summit hosted by the University of Missouri System’s four campuses, held on the Columbia campus April 22 and 23, 2009.
“We are delighted to have Mr. Pickens join us in this exciting virtual chat on energy reporting. Over the course of the last 9 months, he has advocated his Pickens Plan that addresses and solves our dangerously escalating dependence on foreign oil. At the same time, Mr. Pickens has shared his concerns that the media has failed to hold elected politicians accountable for repeatedly promising to solve this dependency problem but failing to do so,” said Brian Brooks, associate dean of the world’s first journalism school. “So we’re happy to turn up the volume on this discussion.”
The 45-minute national energy reporting chat with Pickens, initiated with a global video clip of energy reports compiled by Newsy.com, will engage participants online and in-person discussing energy reporting issues and challenges. It will be moderated by Marty Steffens, business and financial journalism chair at the Missouri School of Journalism.
“Addressing the opportunities of the world’s energy future will require all of its citizens to appreciate the interwoven nature of politics, economics and the spectrum of emerging energy options,” said Jim Spencer, president of Newsy.com and graduate of the journalism school.
“Global access to multiple news perspectives will influence political and consumer decisions as well as business investments that are made in the energy industry, so it’s important that journalists become well-schooled on the complexities of this industry so they can report wisely and with integrity,” Spencer added. “Mr. Pickens will no doubt provide important insights on this topic.”
Leading the on-site questions for Mr. Pickens will be Ellen Sherberg, publisher of the St. Louis Business Journal, and Christie Millweard, a journalism senior. Business journalism faculty attending ‘virtually’ include:
--Sara Bartlett, chair of the business journalism program at CUNY Graduate School;
--Chris Roush, chair of business journalism at the University of North Carolina;
--Pam Luecke, Reynolds chair in business journalism at Washington and Lee University;
--Mary Jane Pardue, associate professor of journalism at Missouri State University; and
--Mark Vamos, chair of business journalism at Southern Methodist University.
Other virtual attendees will include members of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
As part of the journalism school’s expanding curriculum in social media and multimedia programming, the session with Pickens will be edited for use in a subsequent discussion with hundreds of Missouri students and teachers open to the public on Thurs., April 23 in the Fred W. Smith Forum, Room 200, in the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
In addition to this virtual chat, other activities will include:
--At 9 a.m., William Allen, assistant professor and coordinator of the school’s agricultural journalism program, will moderate a “Reporting on the Energy Industry” session featuring Sharon Epperson, an energy reporter for CNBC.
--At 9:30 a.m., Epperson, Sherberg and Robert K. Dixon, leader of the Climate
Change and Chemicals Team at the Global Environment Facility, will engage participants in a discussion about journalism and energy coverage.
--From 10:45 a.m. to noon, the journalism school will host a program featuring student energy research projects from each of the University of Missouri System’s four campuses. Mike McKean, director of the RJI Futures Lab, will moderate the program. [link to web site featuring research projects].
About the Pickens Plan
Unveiled on July 8, 2008 by T. Boone Pickens, the Pickens Plan is a detailed solution for ending the United States’ growing dependence on foreign oil. Earlier this year, when oil prices reached $140/barrel, America was spending about $700 billion for foreign oil, equaling the greatest transfer of wealth in human history. That figure has decreased some while oil prices have retreated, but the U.S. is still dependent on foreign nations for nearly 70 percent of its oil, representing a continuing national economic and national security threat. The plan calls for investing in power generation from domestic renewable resources such as wind and using our abundant supplies of natural gas as a transportation fuel, replacing more than one-third of our imported oil.
More than 1,500,000 people have joined the Pickens Army through the website www.pickensplan.com , which has had over 15,000,000 hits. For more information on the Pickens Plan please visit our website.

Editor’s Note:
Newsy.com is a multi-perspective online video news site that monitors, synthesizes and presents the world's news coverage. Through short video segments available on the web and mobile devices, Newsy.com delivers context with convenience to help viewers become smarter, faster about issues in the news.

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Anonymous said...

I hope to go to the event... I just have to go to Florida this next weekend and then I come back to be present in that important reunion. So, see yuo there.

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