For more than 40 years, citizens have gathered together to celebrate Earth Day, and the Green Tie Affair will be a great occasion to do that in 2014.  In 1970, Earth Day capitalized on the emerging environmental consciousness, channeling that energy and putting environmental concerns front and center

The Alabama Environmental Council continues that advocacy today by educating citizens, corporations, and elected officials toward sustainable living and stewardship of the environment. The Green Tie Affair is the Council's annual fundraiser with proceeds going to benefit our statewide work.

The public is invited to attend the 18th Annual Green Tie Affair Auction and Party on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

A recent report from The Solar Foundation found that Alabama ranks 42nd in state-specific numbers related to solar jobs in the state. With only 420 jobs related to solar, there is a lot of room for growth. This is especially true when you see that Tennessee has 2,800 jobs with 1,200 new last year and Georgia has 2,600 jobs, with 1,800 new last year. That means Alabama is set for a huge potential job growth with the right policies and economic development. Let's encourage state decision makers to support this dependable renewable energy!

The Alabama Environmental Council hosted its second POWER-UP Energy Forum on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. This was an open, public forum about energy across our state and had participants from Auburn to Huntsville, Gadsden to Tuscaloosa. Conversations centered around efficiency and conservation, alternatives, renewables, and a transparent process for stakeholders to have input in choosing our energy future in Alabama. Speakers gave local, regional, and national perspectives about what is working across the Southeast and had ample time for conversation and interaction. We enjoyed spending the day celebrating sustainability and economic opportunity and look forward to next year's event!

Glass collection for recycling has resumed at the Downtown Birmingham Recycling Center located at 2431 Second Avenue North with Waste Pro, a recycling partner of the Alabama Environmental Council, providing a roll-off container and helping ship the glass to regional markets to be recycled.


Since starting the Business Paper Recycling Program a year ago, we have recycled over 120 tons of paper! The next time you visit these establishments, be sure to thank them for recycling.


Source: RecycleYourMat.com

If you’re reading this, chances are you are well aware of where to recycle the more common household consumer goods, such as paper, bottles, and cans. In my last blog entry, we explored how to recycle hazardous materials. For this second installment, we’re going to take a look at some rather uncommonly recycled items. Some of these items are so difficult to recycle that there are few businesses in the nation that have stepped up to the challenge. Click on the underlined hyperlinks to be directed to these resources.

The Alabama Environmental Council's Downtown Birmingham Recycling Center is getting, well, recycled. In early 2014, the AEC plans to demolish the building it leases at 25th Street and Second Avenue North and replace it with a new facility designed by Williams Blackstock Architects. The renovation also includes fencing and landscaping and look more attractive to the neighbors, according to Michael Churchman, the AEC's executive director.