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GreenYes Digest Wed, 20 Aug 97 Volume 97 : Issue 202

Today's Topics:
*Affluenza*; Center for New American Dream; Conference/Quality of Life in=
America Recycles (McDonald's) Day
Fwd: In search of videos
In search of videos
Video on "Why Recycle?" (2 msgs)

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Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 09:59:17 -0400 (EDT) From: Subject: *Affluenza*; Center for New American Dream; Conference/Quality of Life in Cities

Sustainable St. Louis E-mail Newsletter, Somewhat Weekly Version, 8/11/97 This issue includes information on the following topics:

1. *Affluenza* scheduled for 8 p.m., Sept. 19, on KETC Channel 9 (St. Louis, Missouri; check your local public television station for its programming schedule.) 2. The Center for a New American Dream 3. 1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON QUALITY OF LIFE IN CITIES

Sustainable St. Louis is a member organization of the Missouri Environmental Fund. If you would like to receive this list more regularly, send an= e-nmail message to:

Sustainably yours, Claire Schosser Office co-coordinator=20 Sustainable St. Louis, P. O. Box 63348, St. Louis, MO 63163 314/773-1940 ****************************************************

1. *Affluenza* scheduled for 8 p.m., Sept. 19, on KETC Channel 9

Joy Guze and Robin McCauley have both informed me that *Affluenza*, the one hour television documentary on sustainable consumption that I mentioned in the August SSL newsletter, IS scheduled to appear on KETC Channel 9 in St. Louis. It will be broadcast on Friday, September 19, at 8:00 p.m. I'll= have more to say on this in the September SSL newsletter. For now, mark it on your calendar, tell everyone you know to watch it, and be sure to watch it yourself! (Thanks, Joy and Robin!) ____________________________________

2. The Center for a New American Dream

Below is the introduction sent by the Center for a New American Dream to the Community Indicators listserv, RP-CINET. The Center's website is well worth accessing. The Center is also promoting viewership of the program *Affluenza* (see item 1).


We thought we would take this opportunity to send our "intro. to the list"= as well as to describe our organization and a few of our projects which we think are of interest to list participants we=92ve observed thus far.=20 =20 The Center for a New American Dream is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to reducing consumption of natural resources while improving quality of life. Recognizing that unsustainable patterns of production and consumption in North America lie at the root of global environmental degradation and social inequity, the Center aims to foster new consumption patterns and sustainable lifestyles. We envision a society that affirms the values of community, frugality, and balanced living and ensures a healthy planet for future generations.=20

Three of our projects that might well be of interest to ci-netters? First, one of our primary missions is to serve as a clearinghouse for groups and resources related to consumption patterns. We have inherited and are updating the New Road Map Foundation=92s Network to Reduce Overconsumption= and currently have a database of over 300 state, local and national groups tackling various pieces of the consumption/quality of life puzzle. As we= did not want to send the primary recruiting tool, a 2 page questionnaire, to all participants because of its length, we will gladly send a copy (via email or snailmail) to anyone who would like to be included in our database.

The second project that might interest members of the rp cinet list is the New Dream Conversation Series. The first conversation is moderated by Donella Meadows and the Center for a New American Dream staff and focuses= on the big picture of consumption and human fulfillment. Participants have= been asked to reflect on such questions as "How much is enough?" and "What=92s= the problem with conspicuous consumption anyway?" We have also progress to such topics as "What can be done to change patterns of consumption in North American society?" and "How do we counteract the anticipated economic= effects (especially on low-income people) of reduced consumption?"

The first two weeks of the conversation are archived on our website at To subscribe to the discussion,= please send a message to: and in the body, say "subscribe conversation-digest"

This will compile all of a day=92s selected messages into one message and= make the conversation easier to follow. If you prefer individual messages, then just write "subscribe conversation" in the body. =20 We have had a lively seminar and a broad range of participants, everyone= from professionals and academics to community activists and individuals just looking to do their part to build a better, more sustainable and attainable American Dream. We hope you join us!

Finally, we think ci-netters could help us develop the community piece of= our consumption puzzle (you=92ll see what we mean when we visit our website!). = So far we=92ve only posted the sustainable transportation and religion/spirituality pieces. Our education piece will be up soon, and several other pieces (including the community piece) will be going up in the fall. So if anyone has favorite articles, blurbs, indicators, facts,= quotes, resources, or action tips for the links between sustainable communities and reduced consumption/increased quality of life, we=92d love to hear them and possibly post them on our site. =20

Ellen Furnari Se=E1n Sheehan Executive Director Program Associate Center for a New American Dream Center for a New American Dream 156 College St., 2nd Floor 156 College St., 2nd Floor=09 Burlington, VT 05401 Burlington, VT 05401=09 ph: 802-862-6762 ph: 802-862-6762=09 __________________________________


The announcement below was sent to RP-CINET. I'm passing it along in case anyone is interested.

Dear sir/madam, =20 1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON QUALITY OF LIFE IN CITIES- Issues and Perspectives (4-6 March 1998, Singapore) =20 FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS=20 =20 1. SAMPLE PAPERS =20 - A Comparison of Intermetropolitan Indices of Life Quality: Do Implicit Prices or Eigenvalues Produce the Most Appealing Index? (USA) - (Panel): The Theoretical and Methodological Basis of Estimating Quality of Life (Sweden & Denmark) - Effect on Income Changes on Satisfaction with Income (Netherlands) - Education and Differential Quality of Life in the British City (Scotland) - Strategic Sanitation Approaches in Indian Cities- Needs for the Hour (India) - Quality of Life in India's Informal Sector Housing- A Case Study of Bhopal (India) - The Contribution of Nature Conservation to Sustainability in the Urban Environment (Singapore) - Links between Town Planning and Public Health in the Cities of Industrialised Nations (Wales) - Balancing Cities Infrastructure to Maximise Quality of Life (Australia) - Better Public Toilet is Needed in Metropolitan Cities (Indonesia) - The Disabled Unfriendly City (Indonesia) - Ecological Monitoring of Pollution of Atmosphere in Minsk (Belarus) - Type of Employment and Health Status Determine the Quality of Life: A Case Study from West Bengal (India) - Urban Transport and QOL in Chinese Cities (Canada)=20 - Quality of Life in Cities- Century XXI Options for the Third World (India) - Spatial Democratization of Indonesian Cities (Indonesia) - Measuring the Quality of Life of Singaporeans (Singapore) - Quality of Life in Four Indian Metropolises (Australia) - QOL Data- What are They Good For? Applying Indicators in the Real World (USA) - (Panel) Effects of Acculturation of Quality of Life: A Cross-National Study of Asian Immigrants in Brazil, Japan and USA (USA, Japan, Brazil) - Density-Related Correlates of Quality of Life and Expressed Residential Preferences in North American Cities: The Enigma of the Dispersed City (Canada) - Quality of Life in the Developing Countries (India) - Taking Responsibility for the Quality of Life in American Cities (USA) - Quality of Life in Two Residential Areas in the Stockholm Region using Objective and Subjective Data (Sweden) - QOL and Poverty in ADB member countries (England)=20 ....... and many others, so don't miss out on this pioneer, major event..........! =20 2. TOPICS FOR PAPERS =20 - Theoretical and Methodological Issues e.g. theoretical models, empirical measurement methods, objective and subjective measures of quality of life, construction of social indicators. =20 - Aspects of Quality of Life e.g. environment, transport, housing, employment, wages, safety, public services, family, health, education, recreation. =20 - Contemporary Studies and Applications e.g. QOL at city level, urban lifestyles, rating places, ranking of cities, policy evalution, comparative studies, commercial uses, marketing applications. =20 3. CONFERENCE DETAILS =20 - Deadline for abstract submission: 30 August 1997 - Deadline for paper submission: 15 November 1997 - Conference working language: English - Conference venue: Conrad International Centennial Singapore (5-star hotel) - Conference fee: Sin$700 (US$500) for early registration (before 1 February, 1998) and Sin$800 (US$570) for late registration. Discounts for group and student participants. - All conference papers will be published as conference proceedings. In addition, very good quality papers will be published in an international refereed journal as well as in a book on quality of life in cities. - Accommodation charges: Sin$223 (US$159) per room (single/twin) per night (Conrad International) or Sin$170 (US$121) (Allson Hotel) or Sin$130/US$93 (Oxford Hotel) - Substantial press coverage by the local and international mass media. - An International QOL Association (IQOLA) is to be formed. Three cities have so far expressed interested in hosting the 2nd QOL in Cities Conference in 2000. =20 4. RUSH YOUR PAPER TITLE & ABSTRACT to: =20 Conference Secretariat School of Building and Real Estate National University of Singapore 10 Kent Ridge Crescent Singapore 119260 Tel: (65) 772-3440 =20 Fax: (65) 775-5502 E-mail (general matters): E-mail (technical matters): WWW site: =20 Yours sincerely, =20 Dr Foo Tuan Seik Conference Organising Secretary


Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 08:36:01 +0900 From: (Hop) Subject: America Recycles (McDonald's) Day

Sorry to be so sceptical but ...... having read the following:

>I am writing to share some exciting news about America Recycles Day. >To help spread the word in your state, McDonald's restaurants are >considering using colorful "Buy Recycled" tray liners with information >similar to the sample enclosed. Two years ago, McDonald's distributed >more than 30 million "Buy Recycled" tray liners to their customers >nationwide. It is a terrific way to publicize how and why to "Buy >Recycled."

..... I couldn't help but visit my archives and send you guys this:

Embargoed till: Sunday 16 October 1994 MEDIA RELEASE

Hey Mac ... Take Back Your Pack!

The occurrence of Worldwide Anti-McDonald's Day today, Sunday 16 October, has sparked the Waste Crisis Network to call on McDonald's, and other 'fast food' outlets in Australia, such as Hungry Jack's and KFC, to take back their packaging.

"Packaging is a major contributor to the waste crisis" says Peter Hopper, Project Officer for the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. "One only needs to look down and around them in the street to find examples of takeaway packaging litter from fast food outlets."

"Landfill capacity is dwindling around the country. The one-way approach to packaging has to end."

"McDonald's, Hungry Jack's, KFC, and others, could help to ease the waste crisis by taking a leaf out of Pizza Hut's book. They should abandon their use of disposable packaging for eat-in customers and provide reusable knives, forks, spoons, plates, cups and glasses instead" says Mr Hopper.

"The potential benefits of such a switch are very real and go beyond just a cleaner environment. Extra jobs would be created by such a move and savings would result from the avoided cost of the packaging and waste disposal charges."

"Instead of allowing huge quantities of takeaway packaging to become a burden to local councils, the community, and the environment, 'fast food' providers should:

* avoid packaging wherever possible, * replace disposable packaging with reusable alternatives, and * retrieving the remainder for recycling or composting.

In this way they would demonstrate to their customers, and to the wider community, that they have a commitment to the 3Rs - Reduction, Re-use, and Recycling, in that order of priority - and that they wish to contribute to the '50% reduction in waste by the year 2000' target adopted by the Commonwealth, and State and Territory Governments" says Mr Hopper.


Update: Since then the target for New South Wales (the east coast state of Australia having Sydney as the capital) has been raised to "60% reduction by the year 2000", new waste minimisation legislation has been introduced, and a lot more is expected of companies such as McDonald's.

Can't you expect a bit more in the US?

We've been suffering the disbenefits of your poor packaging laws for years (ie. we've had bestowed upon us by business, following the US example, the worst rather than the best of your packaging trends).

Honestly, truckloads of "Buy Recycled" McDonald's tray liners is not enough to expect from such a campany. Perhaps Worldwide Anti-McDonald's Day on 16 October (I assume it's on again this year) will provide some of you with the opportunity to let them know you expect a little more!


Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 13:43:49 -0400 (EDT) From: Kirk Brown <> Subject: Fwd: In search of videos

Hi Robin -=20 We're just wrapping up production of a video that focuses on waste auditing but includes a strong "why recycle" message.. its very upbeat, graphically illustrates the quantities of waste that are produced by even=20 a small community (a university in this case), and one of its intents is to show people that many things that typically get thrown out are easily recycled.. The whole vid runs about 15 minutes. =20 If this suits your purposes, you can find a description of the video and ordering info at:

yours Kirk Brown PIRG McGill

On Mon, 18 Aug 1997 wrote:

>=20 > --------------------- > Forwarded message: > From: (Moore, Robin) > To: ('') > Date: 97-08-01 07:05:18 EDT >=20 >=20 > Does anyone out there have any "Why Recycle?" videos? >=20 > The City of San Jose is currently focusing its commercial solid waste=20 > outreach efforts on recycling in multi-tenant office buildings. Given= that=20 > some tenants and property managers are difficult to convince that= recycling=20 > is worth the hassle, we thought a brief (5 minutes) motivational video=20 > might be a great way to begin some of our kickoff meetings. We've have=20 > contacted the waste board to see what they have available --= unfortunately,=20 > what they have is primarily waste prevention and more focused on the "how= =20 > to's" rather than "why is it important". We have yet to find something= that=20 > is brief and inspiring. (We'd be happy with something as general as "why= =20 > care about the environment", which we can then relate to recycling.) >=20 > Does anyone have anything of the kind, or any suggestions that might point= =20 > us in the right direction. We may end up creating something ourselves,= but=20 > don't want to reinvent the wheel if it's been done. If you do, I would= love=20 > to hear from you. You may e-mail me or reach me at: >=20 > Robin Moore ( > City of San Jose > Environmental Services Department > 777 N. First Street, Suite 450 > San Jose, CA 95112 > (408) 277-5533 - phone > (408) 277-3669 - fax >=20 > Thank you. >=20 >=20


Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 11:20:12 -0700 (PDT) From: "David A. Kirkpatrick" <> Subject: In search of videos

Robin -

WUNC-TV, NC's statewide PBS station recently did a 1/2 hour=20 segment, "Recycling - Is It Garbage?." It was provocative, playing off of the Tierney NYT piece and with some debate=20 between a Campbell Univ. economics professor and myself. The piece also included alot of great footage of recycling collections,=20 processing and end-use, including plastic bottles being made into=20 irrigation pipe. Overall, it came out with a pro-recycling and=20 conservation message. You may be able to use some segments from it for=20 your purposes. To order a videotape copy, send a $20 check made out=20 to "UNC Center for Public Television" and a request for the "IQ Series=20 including the recycling segment" (the 1st 1/2 hour is on another=20 environmental topic) to:

Viewer Services Attention: Loren Stuttz=20 UNC Center for Public Television P.O.Box 14900 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-4900 (919)549-7063

For GRRN members in NC, I understand the segment will air again on=20 WUNC-TV on Friday, September 12 at 1:00 PM.


David Kirkpatrick

>Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 16:04:03 -0400 (EDT) >From: >Subject: Fwd: In search of videos > >--------------------- >Forwarded message: >From: (Moore, Robin) >To: ('') >Date: 97-08-01 07:05:18 EDT > > >Does anyone out there have any "Why Recycle?" videos? > --------------------------------------- KirkWorks =09 good works for the good earth =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D Address: Post Office Box 15062 Durham, NC 27704-0062 Voice: 919/220-8065=20 Fax: 919/220-9720=20 Email: Website: =20 =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D


Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 10:16:07 +0100 From: (Mary Appelhof) Subject: Video on "Why Recycle?"

Robin Moore asked, "Does anyone out there have any "Why Recycle?" videos?

A few years ago, Jolie Jones (Quncy Jones daughter) was responsible for the production of a short, dynamic video called "Yakkety Yak Take It Back," whose purpose was to get people to recycle. Many popular entertainers (Bette Midler, Quincy Jones and others) volunteered their time and talents to appear in the fast-paced and glitzy production. Several thousand copies of the video were given away to organizations and broadcasting stations which would air it. A further benefit was that about twenty 30 sec. or 60 sec. PSA spots were tagged on so that a comprehensive series on recycling could be broadcast. I saw about two pallets of these videos available for pickup by teachers attending the National Science Teachers Association national conference in Philadelphia in April, 1995, . Jolie had sent them to avoid warehousing the videos any longer. Perhaps some are still available, or you could arrange to make use of the master. My last address for Jolie is: Take It Back Foundation, 111 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505.

By the way, the long-awaited revision of "Worms Eat My Garbage" is now available for $13.45 postpaid. Generous discounts are available for organizations ordering 10 or more copies.

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Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 10:12:13 -0700 From: Myra Nissen <> Subject: Video on "Why Recycle?"

The library at the Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation, Palo Alto, CA has a large selection of environmental videos, many of them have to do with recycling.

(650) 962-9876



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