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2nd Annual Lights Out, Green In BOWL-ATHON – May 15, 12 -2 p.m.
It’s back to the lanes for a day of fun and fundraising for Lights Out, Green In. On Sunday, May 15 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston, RI, come support the all-volunteer nonprofit. For $20 you get 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, drinks and can participate in a raffle and silent auction as well as compete for top-score prizes. Best of all, your participation helps raise money to donate energy-saving bulbs to low-income residents in the area. Sign up as an individual or in teams of 5 by the registration deadline of May 12. E-mail info@lightsoutgreenin.org or contact Matt Martinelli at 401-374-2406.

ENERGY-SAVING LIGHT BULB EXCHANGE
Don’t miss your chance during Earth Week to save energy and money by taking your incandescent bulbs out of circulation. On April 23, visit Lights Out, Green In’s table at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers’ Market and swap up to 5 incandescent bulbs for energy-saving CFL bulbs. The best part – IT’S FREE. The offer lasts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while supplies last. Reduce your carbon footprint with this simple and free exchange at the farmers market located at Hope Artiste Village (1005 Main St, Pawtucket).

LOGI goes to college
Lights Out, Green In once again takes its message to college campuses next month. During Earth Week, executive director Matt Martinelli will talk to the earth group at Hamilton College. The speech on April 19 will focus on simple ways to conserve energy, with an emphasis on pledging to turn off your lights from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Climate Change Photo of the Month

Check out lightsoutgreenin.org to see the new photo on the front page of the Web site. Each month a photo will be selected that best shows the effects of climate change. Do you have a photo you’d like to submit? Send it to info@lightsoutgreenin.org with your name and address. If your photo is selected, you’ll win a free Lights Out, Green In T-shirt.

Need a 2011 resolution? Try the pledge
As you’re scrambling to find a resolution you can keep this year, consider Lights Out, Green In’s 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. pledge. It will save you money rather than cost you something, like with a gym membership, and it will also help save the planet. Using natural sunlight and ambient light from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day will cut nearly 3% off your electricity bill and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If everyone did it, the action would be enough to halt the threat of global warming. This decade is the tipping point in the fight to stop global warming because if we wait any longer to cut emissions, we will have caused irreparable harm to the planet. So start the new year off right by taking the pledge and then follow-up on it every day when it’s sunny enough to do so.

Top 10 environmental stories in 2010
Despite a lack of progress on fighting climate change, environmental news still managed to dominate the headlines in 2010. The majority of the top 10 stories, however, were bad news for those interested in our planet’s future. From Climategate to the BP oil spill to chaos at the UN, see where it all ranks as Lights Out, Green In’s blog counts down the top 10 environmental stories of the year.

Give to LOGI – get a tax break
It’s easier than ever to give to Lights Out, Green In, which now accepts PayPal directly from its Web site! With your tax-deductible donation, the all-volunteer nonprofit can spread its reach as it explores new – but costly – ways to promote energy conservation and the 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. pledge to turn off lights. As always, your donation will also help LOGI to donate more energy-saving light bulbs to low-income residents. Your money truly will make a difference in the fight against global warming – and none of it will go to waste, so please make a donation. Checks payable to Lights Out, Green In can be sent to PO Box 41334, Providence, RI 02904 or you can donate in seconds via PayPal.

Winter farmers market
Lights Out, Green In will once again be making monthly appearances at the Wintertime Farmers Market in Pawtucket, RI. The market runs Wednesdays (4-7 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) all winter long at 1005 Main St. With a festive atmosphere and plenty of locally-grown products, there are many reasons to visit, but make sure you check for Lights Out, Green In’s booth at the entrance when you do.

A time of year to give to LOGI!
The season of giving is upon us and it just so happens to coincide with the end of the year, so what better time to give whatever you can to Lights Out, Green In. And starting now, it’s easier than ever as Lights Out, Green now accepts PayPal directly from its Web site! With your tax-deductible donation, the all-volunteer nonprofit can spread its reach as it explores new – but costly – ways to promote energy conservation and the 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. pledge to turn off lights. As always, your donation will also help LOGI to donate more energy-saving light bulbs to low-income residents. Your money truly will make a difference in the fight against global warming – and none of it will go to waste, so please make a donation. Checks payable to Lights Out, Green In can be sent to PO Box 41334, Providence, RI 02904 or you can donate in seconds via PayPal.
Tangle yourself in our Web
More and more people are heading to Lights Out, Green In to get their fix of environmental news on our blog and to check out our message of conservation. In November, the Web site attracted the highest monthly amount of unique visitors in its history and it edged past 150,000 hits in its two-year history. There’s a lot of reasons to keep coming back to the site with a weekly environmental tip, links to environmental news twice a week and weekly columns on topics such as the low expectations for this month’s U.N. climate change summit. Make sure to check out this dynamic Web site.
Help add Facebook friends
Lights Out, Green In is hoping to expand its message on Facebook, but it needs your help. If you’re a member of Lights Out, Green In’s Facebook group, please go the lefthand side of the page and click on “Invite people to join” and invite all your friends to keep up with the latest LOGI news by joining the group. If you’re not a member of Lights Out, Green In’s Facebook group, please join and then invite your friends as well. Spreading the message of energy conservation can be made easier by using social media.
Compete to reduce winner
As a proud partner in the Compete to Reduce challenge, Lights Out, Green In would like to congratulate winners DePauw University, which cut its electricty use by more than 25 percent, and Humboldt State University, which cut its water use by 15 percent. The colleges beat out more than 40 other universities in a 3-week, nationwide event organized by Lucid Design Group that asked each school to reduce its energy usage. DePauw and Humboldt State will receive Lights Out, Green In T-shirts and bumper stickers as well as energy-saving bulbs.

Compete to reduce!
Campus Conservation Nationals are under way this month at colleges across the country. The competition pits more than 40 schools from San Diego State University to Brown University in an effort to see which campus can reduce its use of electricity and water the most. Lights Out, Green In will sponsor prizes for the top college and its 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. is listed as a top tip for colleges to follow to reduce their energy use. Follow along with the November competition, which is sponsored by Lucid Design Group.

Thanks for shopping for the environment
For the second year in a row, Lights Out, Green In participated in Macy’s Shop for A Cause event. Dozens of contributors bought $5 passes for the Oct. 16 event across the country, allowing them to save 20% off all items at Macy’s all day and to save 25% on one individual item. The proceeds will allow LOGI to purchase energy-saving light bulbs for low-income residents.

Spreading the word
In the past few months, Lights Out, Green In has traveled to numerous places to spread its message of conservation. Collecting scores of signatures for pledges, Lights Out, Green In has also provided other conservation tips and collected donations to help provide energy-saving bulbs to low-income residents in the Northeast. In addition to monthly stops at FarmFresh RI’s Pawtucket Farmers Market, LOGI also stopped by the Energy Independence Day at the wind turbine in Middletown, RI, and executive director Matt Martinelli spoke to the Earth Matters environmental group at New York University this semester. Spread the word to friends by inviting them to join our Facebook group or to take the 11-1 pledge.

With the election coming up, it’s sad to think of how far the climate change call has fallen in the past two years – as the climate has reached its tipping point. Were the disastrous storms not enough? The floods, the deadly heat waves, the hurricanes – those are harbingers of what will become normal.

No, sadly, it was not. And the public’s appetite for dealing with climate change has dropped. This New York Times article looks at how people need to change in order to then deal with global warming.

“It requires a shift in our values to reflect what scientists have been telling us for years,” he added. “The certainty of climate change must shift from that of being a ‘scientific fact’ to that of being a ‘social fact.’ ”

How do you help make it social fact? Go to the polls Tuesday and vote – and make sure climate change is an important issue in your mind when you choose a candidate.

The fallout from the death of a comprehensive energy bill continues.  Thomas Friedman of the New York Times weighs in with the reality of it all:

“The truth is, the public, confused and stressed by the last two years, never got mobilized to press for this legislation. We will regret it. We’ve basically decided to keep pumping greenhouse gases into Mother Nature’s operating system and take our chances that the results will be benign — even though a vast majority of scientists warn that this will not be so.”

The SF Chronicle deconstructs how the measure failed. The NY Times points out the timing of the Senate’s failure is ironic, coming after the hottest 6-month stretch on record. The NY Times also says the EPA is going after mercury, which will force many coal plants to close – the knockout punch to coal could really help the fight against climate change.

By 2050, demand will outweigh water supply in 14 states across the U.S. Also, Wal-Mart has many tricks up its sleeve in becoming more environmentally friendly.

Shop for the environment
Macy’s Shop for a Cause is back this year and Lights Out, Green In will once again take part.
The event is Oct. 16 and for a $5 donation shoppers can buy a pass that entitles them to
10%-20% throughout the entire store and online on that Saturday. The pass also gives the shopper
25% off one individual item. Last year, LOGI sold more than 50 shopping passes, raising more
than $265. The money helped LOGI purchase energy-saving bulbs for low-income residents.
To purchase a shopping pass good at any Macy’s store, e-mail info@lightsoutgreenin.org.

Fresh face & Independence
A movement is on for energy independence in this country and Lights Out, Green In is there to
support it. On Sunday, July 11, LOGI will be at the second annual Energy Independence Day
under the wind turbine in Middletown, RI, from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free – and it’s less than
a mile from the beaches. Lights Out, Green In will also be at  RI FarmFresh’s summer market
on Saturday, July 17 at the Hope St. Market in Providence. Stop by either event, take a brochure
and sign up for the pledge.

Say Hello to … a success
Dubbed by Lights Out, Green In as Say Hello to the Sun Day, June 21 was the first day of
summer. From 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., the sun shined on the longest day of sunlight all year.
Hourly conservation tips were posted from sunrise to sunset on Facebook. The tips were aimed
to cut down on waste, whether it be from coffee cups or leftovers. You can see all 16 tips on our
Facebook page. But fear not, more tips will be shared every Monday at 10 a.m. on our Web site.

Discount! Get your $10 T-shirt for summer
Last summer, LOGI debuted its T-shirts for a $25 donation. You may have missed your chance
to wear the hippest shirt of 2009, but the shirt is still in style as Summer 2010 rolls around – and
now you can get a shirt for a simple $10 donation to Lights Out, Green In. The proceeds go to
funding the costs behind our all-volunteer nonprofit. And don’t forget – it’s tax deductible! If you’re
interested, send an email with your shirt size and address to info@lightsoutgreenin.org and a
PayPal transaction can be set up.

Say Hello to the Sun’s Facebook push
June means summer and more importantly a unique day of the year – the first day of summer is also the longest day of sunlight. Lights Out, Green In loves natural sunlight and accordingly will be celebrating Monday, June 21 as Say Hello to the Sun Day on Facebook. As part of Say Hello to the Sun Day, Lights Out, Green In will be offering easy “go green” tips each hour from sunrise 5:30 a.m. to sunset 8:30 p.m. on its Facebook page. LOGI’s aim is to add members to its group that day and your support in inviting your friends to join the Facebook group will be invaluable. So mark it down – Monday, June 21 on Facebook.

Go FarmFresh … LOGI will
Lights Out, Green In is pleased to be a part of RI FarmFresh’s summer market. Look for LOGI’s booth at a few farmers markets Saturdays on Hope Street in Providence this summer. Stop by, take a brochure and sign up for the pledge.

Discount! Get your $10 T-shirt for summer
Last summer, LOGI debuted its T-shirts for a $25 donation. You may have missed your chance to wear the hippest shirt of 2009, but the shirt is still in style as Summer 2010 rolls around – and now you can get a shirt for a simple $10 donation to Lights Out, Green In. The proceeds go to funding the costs behind our all-volunteer nonprofit. And don’t forget – it’s tax deductible! If you’re interested, send an email with your shirt size and address to info@lightsoutgreenin.org and a PayPal transaction can be set up.

All the news on the oil spill
It’s rare to find a time in history when the environment has been as big a part of news as it has in the past two months. With the tragic oil spill in the Gulf Coast, more people are looking for information than ever before. Lights Out, Green In’s bloggers have you covered with links to the latest news and analysis on how to move forward after the oil spill. Visit the site every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the latest blogs and follow us on Twitter if you want direct links to the blogs.

LOGI treks into the Big Apple
As part of Earth Week, Lights Out, Green In traveled to New York to deliver the message of conservation to students at St. John’s University. With a speech entitled “Meeting the Challenge,” Executive Director Matt Martinelli illustrated the threat from greenhouse gases and laid out a plan to help halt global warming. A special thanks goes to St. John’s for the opportunity and for their financial donation to Lights Out, Green In. Interested in seeing the speech? It’s posted on our YouTube (Pt. 1; Pt. 2; Pt. 3; Pt. 4; Pt. 5) and Facebook pages.

Discount! Get your T-shirt for summer
Last summer, LOGI debuted its T-shirts for a $25 donation. You may have missed your chance to wear the hippest shirt of 2009, but the shirt is still in style as Summer 2010 rolls around – and now you can get a shirt for a simple $10 donation to Lights Out, Green In. The proceeds go to funding the costs behind our all-volunteer nonprofit. And don’t forget – it’s tax deductible! If you’re interested, send an email with your shirt size and address to info@lightsoutgreenin.org and a PayPal transaction can be set up.


Environmental uproar
In recent weeks, the need for environmental awareness has been more than evident. From
the dangers of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf Coast to dirty water in Boston, historical flooding in
Rhode Island to the collapse of a climate change bill in the Senate, the past two months have
proven to be an important period in environmental news. You can stay up to date on all the
environmental news with Lights Out, Green In’s blog. Updates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday will keep you informed on the critical doings in the environment
.

Earth Week & the Big Apple
With Earth Week running from April 16-22, Lights Out, Green In plans to educate college students in New York on simple ways to conserve energy and how collective action is needed to fight climate change. Executive Director Matt Martinelli will spread Lights Out, Green In’s message at St. John’s University with a presentation to the student body on April 21. Lights Out, Green In thanks St. John’s for the opportunity.

LOGI on display
It’s been a busy time for Lights Out, Green In with exhibits at the RI Interfaith Power & Light conference as well as appearances at
FarmFresh RI’s Wintertime Farmers Market in Pawtucket, which is held every Saturday at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. As always, look for us at the entrance to the Farmers Market, which will run through May.

No fooling the Earth
Today might be April Fool’s Day, but climate change is no joke – and the effects can be seen anywhere around the world as some of the most massive storms of recorded history have fallen in the past decade. As well as adapting to the changes, we can stop things from getting worse by taking small steps in our own lives to change habits that have us consuming a ton of energy. What’s the first step you can take? Take Lights Out, Green In’s pledge to turn off your lights from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day.
It can’t wait much longer.