Carbon neutrality: Who’s doing it in Birmingham + how you can help

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Let’s see which companies are taking steps towards sustainability. Image courtesy of Picture Birmingham

As concern for our environment continues to grow, many companies are taking important steps towards more sustainable practices. With household names like Apple, Google and Nike at the forefront, we’re taking a look at three Birmingham companies working towards carbon neutrality.

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CEO of Instagift, Nate Schmidt, leads Birmingham Techstar program

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See that space behind Nate? It’s where he’ll be leading his Techstars team this spring. Photo via Bham Now.

Birmingham, are you ready to lead the way in technology innovation? Your startup could benefit big time from the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator and there’s no one better to lead the way. Applications are open now until April 5.

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Alabama Power, Altec, and Regions commit $3 million to Birmingham Promise

Mayor Randall Woodfin is joined by Birmingham City Schools superintendent Lisa Herring, Birmingham students and representatives from Alabama Power, Regions Banks, Altec, Inc and United Way of Central Alabama. The group announced a $3 million commitment to Birmingham Promise. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Today, Mayor Randall L. Woodfin and Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring  announced the commitment of $3 million by Alabama Power Foundation, Altec\Styslinger Foundation, and Regions to the Birmingham Promise tuition assistance program.

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Lovelady Center volunteers help feed 600 women and children from community garden

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When you see those red shirts, you know the Alabama Power Service Organization is involved. They are some of the volunteers who’ve had a stake in the Lovelady Center’s community garden. Photo courtesy of Alabama Power.

The benefits of a community garden span far past having fresh produce—just ask the volunteers and members at the Lovelady Center. Last spring they started work on a community garden, and it’s blossomed into a lasting impact.

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Birmingham lands a spot on 2018 Steve Case Revolution Rise of the Rest Tour

 

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Power of Leadership panel with Mayor Woodfin in the center, photo by Pat Byington

Today at the Power of Leadership luncheon sponsored by Alabama Power, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced  America Online (AOL) co-founder Steve Case chose the Magic City as one of the cities on his upcoming Rise of the Rest 7.0 bus tour.

Birmingham is one of only five cities around the nation named on the tour.

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New Birmingham nonprofit looking to diversify Southeast tech scene

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Attendees of the Bronze Valley Initiative’s inaugural breakfast on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Via Bronze Valley Initiative, Facebook.

This is the type of initiative that could really set us apart, Birmingham: growing the Southeastern tech ecosystem by promoting diversity and finding economic opportunities.

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Birmingham, here’s how to lower your energy bill this winter

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It’s been a few years since Alabama has experienced such a harsh winter. And with temperatures in the teens and even single digits, along with more than one snow storm (seriously, Alabama?), heaters are being run at all times. Unfortunately, running your heat regularly can cause your energy bill to dramatically increase. Continue reading “Birmingham, here’s how to lower your energy bill this winter”

Little River Canyon National Preserve – Alabama’s most visited National Park

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Helicopter airlifting a car out of Little River Canyon in 1990. Over five years from the mid-80s to 1990, 139 abandoned cars were removed from Little River Canyon

This upcoming Saturday, October 21st, people throughout the South will travel to Little River Canyon National Preserve to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the park.

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Shining a light on Birmingham’s next-gen streetlights

A photo of Regions Field by Martin Gilmore – via Alabama NewsCenter

While you may have seen AL Power’s signature utility trucks repairing stoplights and streetlights before, you might not know that these lights are actually owned by the utility provider, and that they’re getting an upgrade.  Alabama Power is on track to replace the city of Birmingham’s street lighting with cool, clear LED lights, shifting away from the typical gas-discharge street lighting characterized by warm light.  But how is our city involved?

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