Category Archives: Beach clean-up

Turning Trash into Treasure

On a recent trip to Columbus, Ohio I accidentally stumbled upon this excellent art exhibit that presents plastic ocean debris in a visually striking way. The artist is an advocate for plastic pollution awareness and creates artwork using plastic ocean debris, excess packaging, and junk mail. Scroll down for some highlights of Sacrifice + Bliss, the traveling exhibit by Aurora Robson, on display at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Sculpture created from plastic marine debris

Wonderful piece created entirely from plastic debris collected from Big Island, Kamilo Point. Kamilo by Aurora Robson

Description of Kamilo by Aurora Robson

Belch Plastic Debris Sculpture

Belch (aka Tarball , 2009) hanging from the Desert Room at the Conservatory. A black, toxic looking sculpture made from plastic debris.

For more information and examples of her great work, visit

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Check out this great video we found. It shows some alarming statistics about the Gulf oil spill of 2010. FYI, a co-worker pointed out today that there have been 66 oil spills since 2000! About 66 too many…

Oil’d from Chris Harmon on Vimeo.

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Share the Spirit: Give to Those Who Give Back to the Earth!

The PNS Energy team is committed to leaving the planet a better place than we found it.   Part of what we considering doing our part as responsible citizens is to promote those nonprofits working to better understand what is happening to our planet and to help preserve it.

Dr. Cook in action with the Green Learning Adventure!

We have two local favorites:   California Center for Sustainable Energy’s Green Learning Adventure and the Surfrider Foundation.   In 2011 we shared our some of resources with both of these wonderful organizations.  As you look for yearend donations, we ask you to consider giving to organizations that support our planet!  For all you Southern California residents, help us support and promote these great, grassroots organizations.

If you are looking for a national organization working to support the Earth through intelligent, measurable means we put together a list (below) and noted their mission statements.

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists is a nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development, and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions.

Sierra Club

Sierra Club’s mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

NRDC’s mission is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. unites an international movement around the climate solutions that science and justice demand.

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Rainforest Action Network’s mission is to want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

Climate Protection Campaign

The Climate Protection Campaign mission is to create a positive future for our children and all life by inspiring action in response to the climate crisis. They advance practical, science-based solutions for achieving significant greenhouse gas reductions.

Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity believes that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in the world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, they work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. They do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.

ClimateWorks Foundation

ClimateWorks is an international philanthropic network dedicated to achieving low-carbon prosperity.

Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth

To bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.


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Riding With the Surfrider Foundation

Greetings Blogosphere, the Plug ‘n Save team has missed you!

We have had so many exciting things happen since our last post that I feel I must take it slow, to keep from overwhelming anyone or pulling a hamstring. So, instead of briefly describing a bunch of the wonderful things we have become involved in lately, I will tell you in more detail about one.

On a beautiful Saturday February 12, the PNS team headed up to Carlsbad, CA for the day to help clean the beach with the Surfrider Foundation. The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches for the enjoyment of all. Surfrider was founded in 1984 by a group of environmentally conscious surfers in Malibu, CA and has since grown to 50,000 members with 90 chapters worldwide. Through activism, education, research and conservation, the foundation strives to inspire people to value and care for their coastal spaces.

As many of you may know, our whole team has become avid surfers and we have developed a love for the ocean through our time in the waves. We admire organizations like the Surfrider Foundation and want to help conserve the beaches that are such an integral part of our coastal beach communities in any way we can. Families, students, and community groups all came out to scour the sand for every piece of trash they could find, and everyone one of us was proud to be there to help. Plus, we got to catch some tasty waves afterward and enjoy the glassy water and warm sunshine!

We plan on continuing to work at beach clean ups and other events, and are also looking forward to exploring California’s coast with the Surfrider Foundation. Check out the photographic evidence below.


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