Archive - Oct 13, 2010


Policy update 10/13/10: Obama gets to work in time for 10/10/10

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This week, thousands of people across the globe got to work for's 10/10/10 Global Work Party. Even President Barack Obama stepped up and joined the fun, committing to install solar panels on the White House roof next spring. Despite the groundswell of grassroots support for "getting to work," dirty money continues to have an unprecedented influence on the midterm elections.

Congressional Timeline:

  • 11/2: Election Day
  • 11/15: Congress resumes (tentative)

Solar on the White House

The Obama Administration made an important symbolic gesture last week by announcing plans to install solar panels on the White House in the spring of 2011. Energy Secretary Steven Chu told an audience of federal employees: "Around the world, the White House is a symbol of freedom and democracy. It should also be a symbol of America's commitment to a clean energy future."

In addition to approving a symbolic solar installation on the White House, the Obama Administration announced the approval of two major utility-scale solar power installations on public lands in the Southwest.

Together, these two projects could produce up to 754 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power 226,000 – 566,000 American homes, support almost 1,000 new jobs, and offset about one-and-a-half traditional coal plants.

In addition to approving new solar installations, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed the final lease approving the 468 MW Cape Wind project, the nation's first offshore wind installation, off the coast of Massachusetts.

10/10/10 Global Work Parties

This weekend, climate advocates worldwide gathered together and held "work parties" to celebrate climate solutions and send our political leaders a simple message: "We're getting to work—what about you?" All told, there were 7,500 events in 185 countries, including approximately 2,000 U.S. events in all 50 states. Events were attended by elected officials who pledged to "get to work."

Events were diverse. Students in Iraq installed solar panels at the University of Babylon, and in Oakland residents threw a party at the site of a new organic garden. Click here for more event examples and here to see photos of various events.

President Nasheed of the Maldives one-upped President Obama by personally installing solar panels on the roof of his residence as a symbol of his commitment to clean energy. Here's video:

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Eye candy from 10/10/10 Work Parties (PICS)


We'll have much more about the hugely successful 10/10/10 Global Work Parties, but for now just sit back and enjoy the climate action eye candy we've been receiving since Saturday. Be sure to share them on Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks using our handy "share" bar on this page.

Do you have pics from a 10/10/10 work party to share? Here's how:

  • Add your photos as attachments, making sure not to exceed individual photo size of 10MB (and keep in mind your own email service's attachment size limit!).
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We'll add more photos and stories from 10/10/10 soon -- stay tuned!

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10/10/10 Story: Maryland students give local businesses a "lift"


On Sunday, University of Maryland students in the Beyond the Classroom Living and Learning Program used their 10/10/10 Global Work Party to help a local Maryland green business spruce up their store.

Students helped Community Forklift, a surplus, salvage, and green building material provider outside Washington, DC, to sort, organe, and clean their warehouse. Forklift Outreach and Education Director Ruthie Mundell and the university's program director, Professor James Riker, set up the party to discuss the Forklift's business model with students and to show them how their work efforts symbolized the push for clean energy solutions. Riker said his students spent the week discussing these issues and watched The Age of Stupid in class before starting their work party, getting them "beyond the classroom" and into the movement. Here are some pictures from that event:

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