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Two words that can inspire every one of us to make a difference. Toyota is proud

to support Cool Globes and its commitment to raising awareness of global warming.


Doyle Drive


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Globes Around San Francisco

San Francisco

International Airport

City Hall (2)

Pier 39

Ferry Building Plaza

AT&T Park

California Academy

of Sciences

Parking and Transportation

The Globes will be exhibited along the Crissy Field

Promenade, with easy parking and access from the

East Beach and the West Bluff Picnic Area.

From San Francisco:

• Take Van Ness north to Bay Street

• Turn left on Bay Street

• Continue right onto Laguna Street

• Continue left onto Marina Blvd.

• Stay in right lane and continue straight on Mason

(don’t turn left toward Golden Gate Bridge)

• Turn right into the East Beach parking lot or

continue on Mason to the West Bluff Picnic

Area parking.




Golden Gate Promenade / SF Bay Trail





Mason Street



Mason Street

Doyle Drive

Richardson Avenue

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With an unwavering commitment to environmental protection, Toyota

strives to create clean and efficient products, and to conserve resources

before its vehicles even hit the road. Cool Globes acknowledges and

thanks Toyota for being the presenting sponsor of Cool Globes in San

Francisco. Without Toyota’s generous support this exhibit would not

be possible.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is committed to achieving

clean air to protect the public’s health and the environment in the San

Francisco Bay region. Cool Globes appreciates the support the Air District

has provided through printing this guidebook.

Michael Schwab has established an international reputation as one of

America’s most beloved graphic artists, creating award-winning logo

designs and poster art for a remarkable list of clients. Cool Globes

extends its appreciation for donating his time and talents to design the

guidebook cover and San Francisco street banners.

Cool Globes would like to acknowledge and thank the following

organizations for their support: Clif Bar, Golden Gate National Parks

Conservancy, Jasculca/Terman and Associates, Inc., National Parks and

Conservation Association, Pier 39, Presidio Trust, Port of San Francisco,

San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco International Airport,

Save the Bay, Sign and Sign Again, and Sun First! Solar Energy Systems.

In addition, we would like to recognize the following outstanding

individuals: Ben Avery, Laura Castellini, Wade Crowfoot, Ozola Cody,

Lindsay Irving, Tracy Keough, Denise Lamott, Grier McCurdy Mathews,

Cindy Morton, Aaron Pope, Allison Quaid, Jesse Simons, Terri Spath and

Ted Witt. Cool Globes would also like to thank its staff, Megan Scarsella

and Nora Gainer, for their continuous hard work.

The paper in this guidebook was manufactured with electricity in the

form of renewable energy (wind, hydro and biogas) and contains a

minimum of 10% post consumer recovered fiber.

9 Get in the Game: Take Action for

the Environment

A Perfect Game Plan

Thom Cicchelli

10 Commercial Recycling

Recycled Evolution,

Bryan Sperry

10 Adjust the Thermostat

Warm Up: Wear a Sweater

Lindsay Obermeyer

11 Service Your Car

Under Pressure,

Derric Clemmons

12 Let Your Voice Be Heard

The Choices in Your Hands,

Paula Clayton

13 Common Ground

Mr. Polar Bear Goes to Washington,

Peter Mars

13 Wind Power

Wind Andamento,

Karen Ami

14 LED Traffic Lights

Stop Traffic Cold,

Lee Strickland

14 Take Simple Steps

Teenie Greenie,

Red Moon

15 Take Action For the Environment

Things To Do Today,

Geo Kita and Reid Johnston

16 Green Your Screens

Green Beacon,

Robert Chambers

16 Chicago’s Green Roofs

Hey, Nice Rooftop!,

Mason Dixon

17 Listen To Our Children

Listen To Our Children,

John Santoro and Arthur Santoro

17 Join The Stop Global Warming

Virtual March

Tom Van Sant

18 Corporate Environmental


Community Care,

Nancy Bank

19 Residential Recycling

The Comer Connection (Plastics, Metals

and Cell Phones OH MY!),

Faheem Majeed and Gary Comer

Youth Center

19 Green Schools

Green School, Green Students,

Lawrence Hall Youth Services; Janice

Gould (teacher), Sergio Ramos, Lakeysha

Dunn, Darnell Rhodes, Ebony Stamps,

Dominick Dunbar and Carlos Jones

20 Geothermal Energy

Tapping Geothermal Resources,

Deidre Fox

20 Encourage Green Government

The Word Globe,

Bernard Williams

21 Global Green

The Butterfly and the Tsunami,

Lauren Davies

22 Use Public Transportation

Take the “A” Train,

Sue Sommers

22 Population Awareness

Population Density,

Darrin Hallowell

23 Get Involved

First We Scream, Then We Act,

Nancy L. Steinmeyer

23 Green Office

Make It Happen,

Cathryn Henry-Colcer and Dan Colcer

24 Preserve Green Spaces

Flower Power,

Carrie Nardello

25 Buy Wind Power

Chris Burke

25 Clinton Climate Initiative


Sandra Bacon

26 Food for Thought

We Are What We Eat,

Nicholas Kashian

26 Rooftop Gardens Around the


Green Roof Connection,

Ingrid Albrecht

27 Don’t Idle

Itz a Rhythmistic World,

Turtel Onli

28 Green Manufacturing

Watching the Process,

David Gista

28 Green Laundry

Spin Dry: Drawing a Line on Global Warming,

Thom Cicchelli

29 Urban Greening

Tree of Life,

Kim C. Massey

29 Rebuild Green Cities

New Orleans: Toward a New Paradigm,

Karen Perl

30 Illinois Green Fleets

Green Fleets,

Peta Kaplan-Sandzer

31 Give Me Five

Blue Man Group

31 Support Organic Products

Organic-Sustainable Farmed Products,

Vicky Tesmer

32 Reuse

One Man’s Trash…

Don’t Waste—Instead Create!,

Mitch Levin

32 Simple Steps Go a Long Way

Simple Steps Go a Long Way,

Vincent Grech

33 Prairie Restoration

Tall Grass,

Nina Weiss

34 Tidal Energy

Wave Power,

Vivian Visser

34 Green Events

Paula Clayton

35 Support Scientific Research

Scientific Research That Furthers

Conservation and Sustainability,

Sharon Bladholm


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advisory board

what is cool globes?

San Francisco Co-Chairs

Gavin Newsom • Mayor, City of San Francisco

Brian O’Neill • Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Cool Globes National Advisory Board

Wendy Abrams • Founder, Cool Globes

Ted A. Beattie • President and CEO, The Shedd Aquarium

Frances Beinecke • President, Natural Resources Defense Council

Doug Belgrad • President, Columbia Pictures

John Bryan • Chairman, Millennium Park, Inc.

John A. Canning Jr. • Chairman and CEO, Madison Dearborn Partners

Nelson Chai • Chief Financial Officer, Merrill Lynch

Jayni Chase • Founder, Center for Environmental Education

James Cuno • President and Director, The Art Institute of Chicago

William Daley • Chairman of the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase

Laurie David • Founder,

The Honorable Richard Durbin • United States Senator

Marshall Field • Chairman, The Field Corporation

Ann Friedman • Educator

Christie Hefner • Chairman and CEO, Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Dipak Jain • Dean, Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Sadhu Johnston • Chief Environmental Officer, City of Chicago

Paul H. Knappernberger Jr. • President, The Adler Planetarium

Kevin Knobloch • President, Union of Concerned Scientists

Fred Krupp • President, Environmental Defense

John McCarter • President, The Field Museum

The Honorable Barack Obama • United States Senator

Dr. Michael Oppenheimer • Professor of Geosciences, Princeton University

Kyle Orton • Quarterback, Chicago Bears

John Podesta • President, Center for American Progress

Carl Pope • Executive Director, The Sierra Club

J.B. Pritzker • Managing Partner, The Pritzker Group

Kathleen Rogers • President, Earthday Network

“Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet” is designed to inspire public dialogue and encourage individuals,

corporations and government officials to take action to stop global warming.

Created by environmental activist and mother of four Wendy Abrams, Cool Globes is a vibrant, engaging

and educational exhibit that features larger-than-life sculpted globes, each custom-designed by local,

national and international artists to showcase solutions to reduce global warming.

Cool Globes - public art with a purpose - simple solutions to combat global warming.

Cool Globes Around the World

Washington, D.C. • From May 24 – October 13, 2008, Cool

Globes is the featured attraction at the United States Botanic

Garden’s annual “One Planet – Ours! Sustainability for the 22nd

Century” exhibition. In addition, 60 miniature Cool Globes are

on display in the Kennedy Center’s Hall of Nations and Hall of

States from June 11 – September 3, 2008.

Chicago • As part of an encore presentation

from its launch in 2007, a selection of Cool Globes

is on display at The Field Museum from April 17

– September 1, 2008.

San Diego • From October

2008 to January 2009, Cool

Globes will be on display in

Balboa Park.

For updates, please visit

London • Plans are underway for

a Cool Globes exhibit in London’s

Trafalgar Square in Spring 2009.


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message from

the honorary


message from

cool globes


Brian O’Neill

Mayor Gavin Newsom

Wendy Abrams

On behalf of the National Park Service and the City and County of San Francisco, welcome to “Cool

Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet!”

Cool Globes is public art with a purpose – to inspire individuals and organizations to take action against

global warming. The National Park Service and the City and County of San Francisco have embraced the

opportunity to make our planet better for ourselves and our children. We hope this exhibit will inspire you

to do the same.

The National Park Service is the environmental steward for many of our coastal headlands, beaches,

redwood forests and historic sites like Alcatraz and the Fort Point. As part of the Climate Friendly Parks

program, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area aims to be carbon neutral by 2016. We’ve implemented

many green practices in the past year alone and have more exciting projects in the works, including

achieving LEED certification for the new Lodge at Cavallo Point, expanding shuttle services to popular

destinations like Muir Woods, and creating a “sustainable Alcatraz” with renewable energy and onsite

wastewater treatment.

The City of San Francisco is meeting the climate crisis head-on by radically reducing the impact we have

on our environment. Through a series of innovative, practical and wide-ranging environmental programs,

we have achieved 69 percent recycling and have converted all of our municipal diesel fleet to biodiesel.

We introduced stringent green building guidelines that require optimum environmental performance in

commercial and residential buildings and have launched a local carbon offset program that will promote

investments in San Francisco-based green projects. And we have many more programs in the pipeline.

Now it’s your turn. After you enjoy the exhibit, pledge to do one thing when you return home to improve

our planet. When added together, all of these actions will make a big impact and a better world for our


Few will argue that global warming is a daunting problem. With a dramatic rise in man-made greenhouse

gas emissions, the earth’s atmosphere is warming at an unprecedented rate. The ten hottest years in

recorded history have all happened in the past two decades. Glaciers are melting which serves as the

water source for much of the world’s population, is decreasing rapidly. Global weather patterns are shifting

abruptly, disturbing the natural habitats of thousands of species and threatening entire ecosystems. With

statistics like these the problem of global warming may seem overwhelming, and it is easy to feel helpless.

But we are not helpless.

Cool Globes is public art with a purpose and is designed to demonstrate simple solutions we all can do to

combat global warming.

Cool Globes presents a vast array of solutions with a clear message; we can solve the problem. We can

stop global warming if we inspire government, corporate and community leaders to lead the way. But the

best way to do this is to engage the public at large to motivate our leaders and to embrace the solutions


Cool Globes is proud to partner with the City of San Francisco and Golden Gate National Recreation

Area. Mayor Newsom has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment through initiatives

that encourage San Francisco residents to act “green.” From the banning of plastic grocery bags and

restaurants’ use of Styrofoam, to the creation of a business council on climate change to share publicprivate

best practices, San Francisco is a leader in addressing climate change.

I encourage everyone to visit the exhibit, learn about the simple solutions represented and make changes

in your daily lifestyles. Become part of the solution.


Brian O’Neill

Honorary Co-Chair, Cool Globes


Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Gavin Newsom

Honorary Co-Chair, Cool Globes

Mayor, City and County of San Francisco


Wendy Abrams

Founder, Cool Globes


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Get in the Game: Take Action for the Environment

our sponsors and partners

Cool Globes would like to thank our partners and sponsors for their generous support.

our sponsors

Title: A Perfect Game Plan

Artist: Thom Cicchelli

The saying “best alone, better together” is fitting for a major league

baseball team, and also holds true when it comes to solutions to

global warming. Positive steps like switching to CFLs are good,

but are even better when combined with other efforts, such as

recycling and conserving water. Share a ride on the way to work.

Drink your coffee from a re-useable mug. A strong left fielder can’t

make the game if his first baseman can’t catch. Consistency is key

in this fight against global warming, so keep up the positive actions.

With a little effort, we can all be a team in this cause. Stepping up

to bat for the environment is a homerun!

Located at AT&T Park

our partners

GIANTS’ Green Initiative

The energy we use to light and heat our homes and

businesses has a major impact on climate change.

Did you know that buildings are responsible for 50

percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions?

We can all make a difference by making small changes

in the way that we consume energy. A great place to

start is by doing an energy audit of your home or business.

An audit can identify simple steps like replacing

incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light

bulbs (CFLs) or using curtains to shade direct sunlight.

CFLs are up to 70 percent more efficient, last 10 times

longer, and can save you $30 over the lifetime of a

bulb. Also, consider purchasing ENERGY STAR appliances.

Weatherize your home. Do only full loads when

using your washer and dryer and clean the dryer lint

trap after each load. Install a solar water heating system.

You can have a huge impact by doing just a few of

these simple actions. So, what are you waiting for?

PG&E’s Green Initiative

At PG&E, we are committed to reducing our carbon

footprint and empowering our customers to take

action against climate change. On average, more than

50 percent of the energy delivered to our customers

comes from sources that emit zero carbon dioxide.

We also offer our customers a suite of smart energy

solutions, such as energy efficiency programs, solar

energy incentives and our innovative ClimateSmart

program. PG&E’s commitment to helping San Francisco

become the nation’s greenest city includes a tailored

energy-efficiency plan to help its citizens and businesses

reduce their energy use and specific programs

designed to increase solar power in the city. We are

also pleased to partner with the San Francisco Giants—

making AT&T Park the first ballpark in Major League

Baseball to install a solar system. To learn more

about PG&E’s environmental commitment, visit


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Commercial Recycling

Title: Recycled Evolution

Artist: Bryan Sperry

Up to 45 percent of discarded waste in the United States is

generated by businesses. A good part of this waste stream can be

reduced, recycled and reused. Businesses should conduct waste

audits and implement waste reduction and recycling programs.

These practices not only save businesses money, but also

conserve energy and natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas


Bryan Sperry’s globe raises awareness about this collective

commercial responsibility to pay attention to how the planet is

treated. Applying a variety of recycled material to the surface,

including stainless steel, rusted sheet metal, rebar and wood,

Sperry’s globe drives home the idea that humans create far more

waste than is healthy for the planet.

Service Your Car

Title: Under Pressure

Artist: Derric Clemmons

A well-maintained car is significantly more fuel-efficient than

a poorly maintained one. Regular tune-ups can increase fuel

efficiency by four percent, properly inflated tires raise it by three

percent, using the recommended motor oil adds a further two

percent, and checking and replacing clogged air filters raise

efficiency by a whopping 10 percent! All told, a serviced car can

increase its fuel efficiency by as much as 20 percent and save

thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Incorporating tire treads and tire pressure nozzles, Derric

Clemmons’ globe reminds viewers to properly care for their car’s

tires. The “treads” placed above and below the globe are made of

several different media, including cement compounds, sawdust

and sand, and have been blown dry with heat. Each nozzle is

chrome-plated to contrast the globe’s green hue and multicolored


Adjust the Thermostat

Title: Warm Up: Wear a Sweater

Artist: Lindsay Obermeyer

Half the energy consumed in the average home is used to run its

heating and cooling systems. The good news is that residents

can curb greenhouse gases by simply adjusting the thermostat.

Programmable thermostats allow users to regulate temperature

to conserve energy while asleep or away. For example, setting the

temperature at 68 degrees or lower in the winter and 78 degrees

or higher in the summer may mean adding or removing a layer of

clothing, but it is a great way to help curb greenhouse gases.

This globe’s cozy turtleneck was hand-knit by Lindsay Obermeyer

as a charming reminder that wearing an extra sweater can go

a long way in conserving energy. Using UV-resistant, mildewresistant,

polyester, hollow-braided “yarn” – often used as

parachute cord – enabled Obermeyer to achieve a texture uniquely

suited to weathering the most blustery conditions.

Toyota’s Green Initiative

Toyota established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing

plants, with another under construction in Mississippi. At Toyota, our mission is to contribute to

society and the economy by designing and building clean, safe and innovative vehicles, while

respecting the environment and the culture of the local communities in which we operate. Toyota

also supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment

and safety. In 2007, Toyota contributed more than $56 million to philanthropic programs in the

U.S. For more information on Toyota’s commitment to the environment, visit


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Let Your Voice Be Heard

Title: The Choices in Your Hands

Artist: Paula Clayton

Global warming may feel like an overwhelming challenge, but artist

Paula Clayton seeks to demonstrate that every individual has a

voice, and by joining hands and raising our voices together we can

help fight global warming. Specifically, by making small changes

in our own lives, such as carpooling and buying local products, we

can demonstrate our collective commitment to helping fight global

warming and encourage business and government leaders to do

the same. For example, communities may institute better recycling

programs, businesses may adopt carbon neutral policies or elected

officials may pass legislation requiring stricter minimum standards

for protecting the environment if we let our voices be heard.

Common Ground

Title: Mr. Polar Bear Goes to Washington

Artist: Peter Mars

Americans may not agree on which candidate to vote for, but

many agree that the environment’s welfare must be part of the

national agenda. Elected officials are working across party lines to

find solutions to global warming. Last year, a bipartisan coalition

of U.S. senators introduced legislation that would reduce gasoline

consumption by a trillion gallons over the next 20 years.

Peter Mars has long been a leader in Chicago’s “avant pop”

movement. Combining found objects with images from popular

media, Mars painted his globe to tell a poignant tale of the

creatures who are most immediately affected by global warming:

the polar bears. The patriotic globe shows a concerned polar bear

father visiting the U.S. Capitol to try to convince senators and

representatives to help him save the rapidly receding polar ice.

Sierra Club’s Green Initiative

America has the technology and the know-how to move beyond our dependence

on polluting oil and coal-fired power plants by investing in a clean, efficient energy

economy. The Sierra Club advocates clean, safe and affordable renewable energy

sources, such as wind and solar. The Club also works to increase the energy

efficiency of our buildings, vehicles and appliances so we can do more with the

energy we generate. Switching to clean and efficient energy creates and keeps jobs

in America, makes our country more energy independent, saves consumers money,

reduces air and water pollution, and combats global warming.

Wind Power

Title: Wind Andamento

Artist: Karen Ami

It’s versatile, readily available, and an easily renewable source of

energy. Wind power is the fastest growing source of electricity in

the world, with an annual growth rate of 30 percent. In fact, wind

farms are popping up all over the country, as customers demand

cleaner energy and policymakers create new incentives for utility

companies to make green energy widely available.

This globe represents wind movement and flow over the earth’s

surface, designed by Karen Ami to show how readily accessible

wind power really is. By using ceramic and vitreous glass tiles, Ami

contrasts land and water through a variety of textual patterns. The

mosaic creates a visually unified whole that serves as a metaphor

for the unity necessary in the fight to stop global warming.

Located at City Hall

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LED Traffic Lights

Title: Stop Traffic Cold

Artist: Lee Strickland

One way to reduce global warming is as close as the nearest

intersection. The energy and globe-warming pollution produced

by stoplights is reduced by 85 percent every time an old bulb

is replaced with a light emitting diode (LED). If one major city

changed its stoplights to LEDs, it would save about $2.5 million

in annual energy costs and to decrease carbon dioxide emissions

by 1.2 million tons per year.

Powered by an LED solar panel, Lee Strickland’s globe features

lights that have been fashioned into fruit and plant shapes to

demonstrate that their power comes from an Earth-friendly source.

With the addition of lamps and signs from different countries,

Strickland illustrates how LED lights, which take a fraction of the

energy to create, double the light everywhere in the world.

Take Action For the Environment

Title: Things To Do Today

Artist: Geo Kita and Reid Johnston

The actions we take in our daily lives are often scripted by notes

stuck to our refrigerator door or to our desktop. Often we use these

notes to remind us of every day events: “plug in Prius,” “pick up

Rosie from riveting class” or “low on tofu.” Here we elevate the

message to a global scale, as expressed in terms of what can be

accomplished by people on a daily basis: “replace light bulbs with

compact fluorescent bulbs,” “buy locally produced food” or “tune

up bicycle for work commute.” Often we can be overwhelmed by

the scale of the challenges before us. By acting within our own

sphere of influence, we can take the necessary steps that will grow

into a great movement.

Take Simple Steps

Title: Teenie Greenie

Artists: Red Moon

Being green doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Simple

everyday actions can save energy and money.,

a grassroots effort led by concerned citizens, advocates that small

changes can make a big difference. Imagine if everyone turned

off the water while brushing teeth, shut down computers at night

instead of leaving them on and glowing, used manual can openers

or bought recycled napkins. These simple steps would add up!

The tiny plastic people covering this globe stand for the members

of who have committed to sharing these small

measures to help make the world greener. This globe–and the

entire movement–prove that we can each take little steps to make

a big contribution.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Green Initiative

With the goal of being carbon neutral by 2016, GGNRA is implementing many green actions, such

as involving visitors in the “Do Your Part for Climate Friendly Parks” campaign. GGNRA’s newest

addition, Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker, which will become LEED certified, includes solar panels

on all new lodging units. A “Sustainable Alcatraz” will generate renewable energy and treat its

own water and wastewater. Expanded free shuttles for visitors, energy-efficient retrofits in historic

buildings, and a fuel-efficient vehicle fleet are just the beginning of climate-friendly changes

throughout the park. To learn more, please visit and

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Green Your Screens

Listen To Our Children

Title: Green Beacon

Artist: Robert Chambers

Artist: John Santoro and Arthur Santoro

More than half of American households own a computer and

more than half of the U.S. workforce uses one. There will soon be

one television for every U.S. citizen. These electronics account

for up to three percent of the nation’s electricity consumption.

Energy-efficient models of computers, monitors and televisions are

available and should always be unplugged when not in use.

They are young, but wise. Children’s voices can be heard around

the world in a multitude of languages, all speaking the same

message: Stop global warming! ¡Paren el calentamiento global!

From Kenya to Kazakhstan, youngsters are leading the way by

recycling, replanting and reminding us that solutions are simple

enough for even a child to understand.

Colors indicate the imminent threat of global warming on Robert

Chambers’ globe. Green landmasses symbolize the potential

for change - the more green a continent contains, the more

environmentally aware its inhabitants are. Red masses are the

most vulnerable, indicating the need to speed up our green

process. Chambers also mounted solar-powered cooling fans

within the oceans to demonstrate the possibility of such devices

to hypercharge bacteria to gobble up pollutants in seawater and

produce a by-product of sustainable energy.

Sponsor: Sony

Kids are gathering kitchen waste for composting in India, creating

energy conservation posters in Norway and helping plant 250,000

trees in Lebanon. In an international classroom project, global

warming solutions listed by children from 20 countries included

carpooling, turning off lights, taking oral or online exams to save

paper, and holding a solar oven bake sale to benefit environmental

groups. This globe displays artwork sent in by children around the

world and illustrates their ideas for solving global warming.

Children are speaking out - let’s listen!

Located at the Ferry Building Plaza

Chicago’s Green Roofs

Title: Hey, Nice Rooftop!

Artist: Mason Dixon

Join The Stop Global Warming Virtual March

Title: The Next Generation

Artist: Tom Van Sant

When Cool Globes debuted in Chicago in 2007, this globe

featured Chicago City Hall’s beautiful 33,000-square-foot rooftop

garden, which is home to more than 100 plant species and is an

attractive stop for birds, butterflies and bees. The garden has

inspired other green roofs throughout the city, and has served as

a living laboratory for researching the “urban heat island” effect

- the tendency for urban and suburban temperatures to be up to

10 degrees hotter than nearby rural areas. Results are undeniable:

ambient air temperatures have been recorded up to 78 degrees

cooler on the mayor’s green roof than the adjacent tar roof.

Mason Dixon’s globe demonstrates the growth of the city above its

roots, reaching to the sky organically. The actual structure is built

out of cob, a durable all-natural building material. The globe draws

attention to the unique green roofs on the buildings, which become

the primary identifier of each structure.

Located at San Francisco International Aiport

Over 600,000 people are marching online to stop global warming!

Are you one of them? The organization

has banded together people with the common goal of finding

solutions to climate change. The Web site was created by activist

Laurie David to mobilize individuals with environmental concerns.

The virtual march has successfully built a front against global

warming and been strengthened by celebrities, politicians and

corporations lending their support to the cause. The Web site

suggests many ways individuals can affect change right from their

homes, from driving a hybrid car to changing light bulbs. Look into

taking steps to reduce your environmental impact and keep in mind

what Laurie David says about change, “Everybody can do a little bit

in their day-to-day lives to make a difference. And it does make a

difference.” Go to and join the march!

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Corporate Environmental Volunteerism

Title: Community Care

Artist: Nancy Bank

So many of us want to volunteer and give back to the communities

in which we live and work. We want to clean up parks, beaches,

trails and rivers; repair urban greenscapes by planting trees;

set up recycling programs; and educate school children about

environmental issues. But with work and family demands, who has

time? One solution is corporate volunteerism. By encouraging their

employees to get involved in community service, companies build

a reputation for direct involvement in their communities and reap

substantial benefits. Employer-based volunteer programs help

with recruiting and retention, plus the company builds goodwill

among potential customers who recognize their good corporate

citizenship. Corporate Environmental Volunteerism...good for the

company, good for the employees, good for the community and

good for the PLANET.

Using a bright, bold and warm color pallet, artist Nancy Bank’s

whitewash portraits of “employees” patterned with environmental

icons and a heart show how much we all care about the environment.

The silhouetted “bosses” looking over the employees’ shoulders

show that companies are recognizing the importance of these

values. And the illustrations of environmental volunteers inspire

and provide ideas for companies that want to organize volunteer

programs and service projects.

Southwest Airlines’ Green Initiative

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Environmental stewardship is a responsibility Southwest takes seriously, and efficient operations are

the hallmark of our company and the foundation of our environmental commitment. In order to protect

the world for future generations while meeting our commitments to our customers, employees and

stakeholders, we strive to lead our industry in innovative efficiency that conserves natural resources,

maintains a creative and innovative workforce, and gives back to the communities in which we

live and work. Our sustainability strategy includes optimizing fuel efficiency, alternative energy

options, energy requirements of all ground-based operations, suppliers’ energy usage and materials

management, as well as eliminating waste generation through source reduction, recycling and reuse.

Residential Recycling

Title: The Comer Connection (Plastics, Metals and Cell Phones OH MY!)

Artists: Faheem Majeed and the Gary Comer Youth Center

Recycling conserves resources and cuts down on energy use. The

energy conserved by recycling in the U.S. is enough to power nine

million households annually. Recycling one glass jar saves as much

energy as it takes to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours. Recycling

saves resources as well. If Americans recycled just 10 percent of

their newspapers, it would save 25 million trees a year.

The medley of cell phones attached to Faheem Majeed’s globe call

attention to the importance of both recycling and communication.

As an added benefit, the construction of the piece allowed Majeed

to educate the Gary Comer Youth Center participants on the value

of reusing materials and respecting the environment.

Green Schools

Title: Green School, Green Students

Artists: Lawrence Hall Youth Services; Janice Gould (teacher), Sergio Ramos,

Lakeysha Dunn, Darnell Rhodes, Ebony Stamps, Dominick Dunbar and Carlos Jones

School districts are learning to save energy. More efficient energy

use in schools can cut utility costs by 25 percent and reduce global

warming. As a result, new buildings are incorporating solar panels

and green roofs. Old schools are changing light bulbs and caulking

windows. American K-12 schools could save an estimated $1.5

billion by increasing energy efficiency - enough to hire 30,000

more teachers or buy 40 million new textbooks.

Seeking to highlight the benefits of green schools, the Lawrence

Hall Youth Service used a collaborative approach to paint this

globe. The artists added images of green schools, as well as the

proposed design for the center’s redevelopment by architecture

firm McBride, Kelley and Baurer, a member of the U.S. Green

Building Council.

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Geothermal Energy

Title: Tapping Geothermal Resources

Artist: Deirdre Fox

Maybe you can’t feel it, but beneath your feet lies a source of clean,

sustainable energy called geothermal energy. This energy can be

produced by capturing hot water and steam from deep in the earth

or by using the relatively constant temperature of shallow ground

to heat and cool. Tapping geothermal energy is an affordable and

sustainable solution that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

In Western states and other places around the world, geothermal

energy is used to power electrical and industrial plants, while also

heating buildings and homes cleanly and inexpensively. Currently,

geothermal energy provides about five percent of California’s electricity.

Can you find the geothermal hot spots identified on this globe?

Global Green

Title: The Butterfly and the Tsunami

Artist: Lauren Davies

While the ‘butterfly effect’ is mostly linked to chaos theory, an

alternate interpretation can focus on interdependent global

ecologic systems. Regardless of how small our ecologic missteps

may seem, their effect can be felt far beyond our local community.

Consider others as you go about your daily routines. Take public

transportation to work, carry a water bottle. Bring re-usable bags

for grocery shopping, and while you’re at it, buy locally grown

and produced foods. Make efforts to conserve energy at home by

switching to CFL bulbs and reducing water waste. If all of us took

these small steps, their positive impact would be felt far and wide.

Think global when you go green!

Located at the California Academy of Sciences

Encourage Green Government

Title: The Word Globe

Artist: Bernard Williams

Uncle Sam, we want YOU to help! Local, state and national

government can play a significant role in curbing global warming by

adopting better energy policies. Our leaders can set the tone with

higher fuel economy standards, dedicated high-occupancy vehicle

traffic lanes, and renewable portfolio standards which require a

percentage of electricity to come from wind or solar power.

The government can also help by ensuring public buildings are

energy efficient, converting public fleets to hybrids and purchasing

green power. In addition, our government offers a variety of grants

and tax incentives to expand efficient, clean energy use. United we

stand, divided we fall victim to global warming!

California Academy of Sciences’ Green Initiative

The Academy’s mission to explore, explain and protect the natural world compels the Academy to

engage in scientific research on sustainability, to minimize its own environmental impact, and raise

public perception about urgent environmental problems and solutions through programming and

partnerships. The Academy’s involvement with the Cool Globes project signifies its commitment to

the issue of climate change. In addition to Cool Globes, the Academy is addressing climate change

through its ‘Altered State’ exhibit, focusing on climate change impacts and solutions throughout

California and the rest of the world, and its ‘Building Green’ and ‘Living Roof’ exhibits, as well as its

audio tours and Web site content.

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Use Public Transportation

Title: Take the “A” Train

Artist: Sue Sommers

Taking public transportation is an easy way to lessen the globewarming

carbon emissions produced by driving. A full bus takes 40

cars off the road; a full train can take hundreds. Commuting by train

instead of driving cuts carbon emissions by nearly 5,000 pounds

per year. Taking advantage of public transit also means avoiding

the frustration of traffic jams and potentially engaging in more

positive interactions with others in the neighborhood.

Forming a collage of intricate drawings and wooden frames on

her globe, Sue Sommers expresses the potential for community

inherent in public transportation. Having used public trains and

buses as her studio, Sommers portrays an endless stream of

transportation riders who are connecting themselves to others

even as they help conserve the environment.

Get Involved

Title: First We Scream, Then We Act

Artist: Nancy L. Steinmeyer

Take action and get involved by voting and urging elected officials

to pursue sensible environmental laws. Incorporate eco-friendly

practices in the home, the workplace and throughout the community.

Look into joining or volunteering with an environmental or community

organization working to make a difference. As Mahatma Gandhi

said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Nancy Steinmeyer has been exploring environmental issues

through her artwork for the past 10 years, and global warming

is her new target. This globe reveals how every small action can

add up to a large reduction in the emission of carbon dioxide gas

into the atmosphere. A reproduction of Edward Munch’s famous

painting “The Scream” might signify the planet calling out for help,

while Steinmeyer’s “I want you” image of Uncle Sam provokes the

viewer to act.

Population Awareness

Title: Population Density

Artist: Darrin Hallowell

Since 1900, the human population has nearly quadrupled and

globe-warming CO2 emissions have increased twelve-fold.

Looking ahead, the world is facing a serious challenge in inevitably

rising fossil-fuel consumption and explosive population growth

in developing nations. Experts suggest that the solution to the

population problem may be increased access for women to health

care, education and economic opportunity.

With paint and four common colors of fabricated plastic pills,

Darrin Hallowell’s globe maps out global population densities.

The pill colors that extend across the globe’s continents represent

population size per square kilometer: blue indicates populations of

more than 1,000 people per square kilometer, green is 501-1,000,

pink, between 101-500, and yellow, between 1-100. Hallowell’s

interpretation is a striking illustration of population and its effects

on resources.

Green Office

Title: Make It Happen

Artists: Cathryn Henry-Colcer and Dan Colcer

Clocking in can be eco-friendly when workers make a conscious,

coordinated effort to go green. For example, companies can reduce

paper consumption by communicating electronically, and reduce

energy by switching off or unplugging office equipment when not

in use.

Dan and Cathryn Colcer divided their globe into hemispheres,

juxtaposing two cities: one ignoring the call to reduce its carbon

footprint, and the other acting on the need to go green. On one

side, the artists depicted an office scenario in which employees

drive separately to work, use disposable dishware and leave

electronics running at all times. The globe’s opposite side sits in

contrast, pointing out how cities can take great strides in becoming

green, where working people plant green roofs, use public

transportation and recycle. The artists imply that the differences in

behavior are obvious, as will be their effects.

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Preserve Green Spaces

Title: Flower Power

Artist: Carrie Nardello

San Francisco is greatly enhanced by its green spaces. Throughout

the city, landscaping, parks and open spaces provide wonderful

natural diversions from busy urban life. Green spaces also provide

great benefits for the environment – they filter pollutants, provide

shade, lower temperatures in urban areas, and provide habitat

for numerous species of animals and plants. Flower Power is a

fun, bright and positive call to action – with a nostalgic nod to

1960s San Francisco, which led the country’s political and social

movement of that time. Carrie Nardello has covered her globe with

artificial grass and marked the continents with cheerful daisies. The

message to us is simple and clear: Preserve Flower Power!

Buy Wind Power

Artist: Chris Burke

Forecast for a better tomorrow—wind! Wind energy is the fastest

growing source of electricity in the United States. Turbines on

wind farms are converting the energy of wind into electricity

without releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. One wind turbine

saves as much CO2 as hundreds of thousands of trees can absorb.

Not everyone can receive power directly from wind turbines, but

you can purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) to support

wind farms. RECs subsidize the development of renewable energy

sources that don’t create greenhouse gases. Businesses and

homeowners are buying wind credits to make up for the electricity

generated by burning fossil fuels. For only a few dollars a month,

you can offset a significant portion of the electricity you consume.

Change is in the wind!

Sponsor: Whole Foods Market

Clinton Climate Initiative

San Francisco’s Green Initiative

The City and County of San Francisco aims to be a place where words like “green” and “sustainable”

are meaningless, because it will simply be understood that any action taken includes best practices

for the environment. Already, the City was the first in the nation to complete certification of municipal

greenhouse gas emissions and the San Francisco Climate Action Plan has committed the City to

reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. With hundreds of other

practical programs being implemented, the City is well on its way to meeting its green goals.

Title: Ripple

Artist: Sandra Bacon

The William J. Clinton Foundation and the world’s largest cities

have joined forces in the race against climate change. The Clinton

Climate Initiative offers strategies for cutting greenhouse gas

emissions, standards for measuring progress, technical resources

and the opportunity for city leaders to learn from each other.

As President Clinton stated, “The fate of the planet that our

children and grandchildren will inherit is in our hands, and it is our

responsibility to do something about this crisis.”

To highlight and honor the initiative’s 40 partner cities, Sandra

Bacon painted translucent circular ripples of color around each

area. The ripples represent the impact that each city’s carbon

dioxide reductions can have on their surrounding regions. She

hopes viewers will notice that many of the ripples overlap, showing

the promising results of this initiative in a vivid way.

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Food for Thought

Title: We Are What We Eat

Artist: Nicholas Kashian

A new UN report states that almost a fifth of global warming

emissions are a result of livestock production. That’s more

greenhouse gas than is released from all of the world’s

transportation combined! Eating a vegetarian meal just once more

per week can make a huge difference. It takes far more fossil-fuel

energy to generate the same amount of protein from a meat source

than from a plant source. A healthy planet and a healthy population

will come from everyone eating more legumes and vegetables.

Nicholas Kashian’s globe forces the viewer to consider the realities

of livestock consumption and its effects on the world. Drawing

inspiration from 16th century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo,

Kashian’s globe represents a human head made from sculpted

fruits and veggies. In a playful appeal to a younger demographic,

the globe spiritedly demonstrates the importance of eating less


Don’t Idle

Title: Itz a Rhythmistic World

Artist: Turtel Onli

Car idling is a habit to avoid. Cold cars only need about 30 seconds

of idling to warm them - any more than that causes twice as much

wear on internal parts as driving at regular speeds. Buses and cars

that idle outside of schools are both heating up the planet and

polluting the air children breathe. Communities that establish idlefree

zones near schools, train stations and taxi stands are well on

their way to creating cleaner air for their citizens.

Turtel Onli painted this globe with “visual rhythms” to depict how

greenhouse gases permeate the world’s atmosphere. The globe

was titled to reflect Onli’s belief that we are all connected by

rhythms, styles and practices. The handholding figures surrounding

the globe symbolize that all humans are subject to the effects of

global warming and therefore must unite against it.

Rooftop Gardens Around the World

Title: Green Roof Connection

Artist: Ingrid Albrecht

A growing number of cities worldwide are discovering that green

roofs can be an aesthetically pleasing solution to a wide range of

environmental concerns. Traditional roofs absorb heat, significantly

raise city temperatures above those of outlying communities,

increase smog and require extra energy to cool. In contrast, cities

with green roofs enjoy lower air temperatures, energy expenditures

and storm-water runoff, not to mention improved air quality and

greater capacity for wildlife habitats.

From Cool Globes’ launch in Chicago in 2007, this globe highlighted

Chicago’s leadership role in rooftop gardening. Pinpoints of Chicago’s

22 sister cities are intermingled with information and images of

how green landscaping - including native planting, creating habitats

for migrant birds, and growing your own fruits and vegetables

- might flourish through the sister cities network.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s

Green Initiative

Motorists can Spare the Air and reduce greenhouse gases by turning vehicle engines off when

the car will be sitting idle for more than three minutes. Idling emits greenhouse gases, pollutes

the air we breathe and wastes fuel. In the Bay Area, automobiles contribute more than 50 percent

to summertime smog pollution. The Air District is committed to achieving clean air to protect the

public’s health and the environment in the Bay Area. Our Spare the Air Every Day campaign is a

call to action and not idling your engine is just one way to Spare the Air, Every Day. You can also

protect air quality and the climate by taking transit, walking or biking; linking errands; maintaining

a steady speed while driving; selecting non-toxic household cleaners; using energy-efficient bulbs

and appliances; buying local products and more. Learn more ways to Spare the Air Every Day at

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Green Manufacturing

Title: Watching the Process

Artist: David Gista

Green manufactured products are designed to use less energy,

weigh less, use less packaging and contain fewer hazardous

substances than products constructed without the environment’s

needs in mind. They are also built to last longer and are easy to

disassemble so that components may be recycled. While most

products are dumped into landfills at the end of their life, green

products and their components are meant to be used again and


To begin a similarly cyclical interaction between the viewer and this

solution to global warming, David Gista crafted his globe to mirror

its own audience. In a literal revelation of this intended dialogue,

the painted audience on the globe itself seems to encourage people

to participate in the process of green manufacturing, simply by

paying attention.

Urban Greening

Title: Tree of Life

Artist: Kim C. Massey

Urban greening invites city dwellers to spend more time outdoors,

planting greenery that helps absorb harmful greenhouse gases.

Throughout the city, more and more pavement is being replaced

with trees and flowerbeds. Rooftops and vacant lots are being

converted into gardens and parks. Approximately 500,000 trees

have been planted on median strips alone. Volunteering is an easy

way for urbanites to get involved in greening their city and help

change the color of the world.

Originally from South Korea, Kim Massey grew up in a city

surrounded by mountains. Her globe includes a large sculpted

Tree of Life, illustrated for all seasons, growing out of the earth,

providing a powerful picture of the vital role trees play in absorbing

greenhouse gases, producing oxygen, and shading and cooling

the earth.

Green Laundry

Title: Spin Dry: Drawing a Line on Global Warming

Artist: Thom Cicchelli

Doing laundry may be a chore, but conscientious cleaners can feel

good about themselves by avoiding excessive energy use on wash

day. As much as 90 percent of the power that a washing machine

requires goes toward heating the water. Simply switching from

hot to warm water means using only half as much energy; cold

water yields even better results. For drying, hanging clothes is

ideal because a dryer uses more energy than virtually any other

home appliance.

Thom Cicchelli’s globe displays garments that have been hung

outside to dry. All of the garments are recycled, thrift-store gems;

no additional artwork or lettering was added. Deciding which

garments made the final cut was a difficult task, as was gluing rope

upside down. Fortunately, line-drying at home is an easy way to

do a world of good.

Rebuild Green Cities

Title: New Orleans: Toward a New Paradigm

Artist: Karen Perl

After the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the rebuilding

of New Orleans and other Gulf Coast cities offers a chance to get it

right. Where global warming may have contributed to destructive

storms, a movement is now underway to reshape these cities into

showcases for green living. Global Green USA has partnered with

Habitat for Humanity and others on the Gulf Coast to build several

model green schools and 10,000 affordable, environmentally

friendly homes.

Casting New Orleans as her subject, Karen Perl portrays a culture

that was once passionately tied to traditions, surviving tragedy and

beginning again. With vignettes, including landmarks, a funeral

procession and voodoo symbols, Perl, whose own family members

survived the devastation in New Orleans, tops her globe with a

“healthy” Mississippi River, complete with green architecture and

returning pelicans.

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Illinois Green Fleets

Title: Green Fleets

Artist: Peta Kaplan-Sandzer

Cool Globes launched in Chicago during the summer of 2007.

This globe features the voluntary Illinois Green Fleets Program,

which gives businesses, communities and organizations

recognition if they use environmentally-friendly vehicles and fuels

like ethanol, biodiesel or natural gas. Many organizations have

already signed up, including zoos, forest preserves, universities

and restaurants.

Highlighting this program, Peta Kaplan-Sandzer’s painted globe

juxtaposes the businesses and organizations that choose clean,

green, domestic, renewable-fuel vehicles against those that do

not. Kaplan-Sandzer illustrates the initiative by featuring a case

study of the Illinois’ Brookfield Zoo, a Green Fleet participant.

The slices of red (oil) and green (corn stock) are overlaid with a

graph demonstrating greenhouse gas emission trends. Ultimately,

the globe shows Green Fleets as a true driving force in the fight

against global warming.

Give Me Five

Artist: Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group asks people to pledge to take action against

global warming, starting with five simple solutions you decide

to try. “We can’t blow people’s minds with our show if all of the

seats in our theatres are under water. Global warming is a topic

that crosses all boundaries. No matter where you live in the world

or what your political affiliation, global warming is a phenomenon

that will affect you, your family and your community. We are

already bearing witness to its effects with extreme weather

and ice cap reduction. We need to band together to try to do

something about it! We invite and encourage you to learn more

about global warming and pledge to take action.”

Support Organic Products

EA Logistics’ Green Initiative

EA Logistics is a domestic and international freight forwarding company and is home to Delivered

GrEAn, a free carbon-neutral shipping program available to any of our clients. We measure CO2

emissions during transport and purchase offsets in the client’s name for the CO2 we can’t

reduce. We achieved the highest possible ranking in EPA’s SmartWay program, which measures

and helps us reduce the CO2 emissions in our truck fleet. Soy biodiesel powers our trucks and we

have reduced idling. EA’s Expo and Event Division is leading the meetings and convention industry

to reduce CO2 emissions in their everyday operating procedures. Learn more at

Title: Organic-Sustainable Farmed Products

Artist: Vicky Tesmer

The production of petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides

accounts for 36 percent of agricultural energy use. Natural

farming methods avoid these synthetic products and in turn help

reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately 75 million

acres worldwide are now farmed organically. Today, more and

more organic products are available at specialty stores and local

supermarkets. Organic foods should be at the top of everyone’s

grocery list.

Both illustrations on Vicky Tesmer’s globe express how important

organic crops are for the environment and for our bodies. One side

displays a lush array of fruits and vegetables growing, complete

with a view of their roots breaking through the dirt. The opposite

side features rolling fields of sustainable farms. A bird with a

“seed of life” in its beak and the sun in the distance symbolize

nature in its purest form.

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Title: One Man’s Trash…Don’t Waste—Instead Create!

Artist: Mitch Levin

One of the best tools in fighting global warming is creative

thinking. Change your commute by carpooling or taking public

transportation. Make your coffee at home and drink it in a

travel mug. Reuse water bottles. Reuse cloth bags for grocery

shopping. The more we reuse, the less waste there will be. Start

thinking creatively about solutions and make the effort to effect

the change. Over 500 pounds of metal scrap were collected to

embrace the earth in a cocoon of steel to prove the point that

ones man’s trash could truly be the world’s treasure…

Prairie Restoration

Title: Tall Grass

Artists: Nina Weiss

Converting traditional lawn into prairie is an attractive landscaping

solution that significantly reduces household energy consumption;

there is no need to mow, irrigate or apply petroleum-based

fertilizers. As leaves release oxygen into the air, dense prairie

root systems capture carbon, a phenomenon known as “carbon

sequestration” that mitigates global warming.

Using copper tubing to symbolize hearty, native tall grasses, Nina

Weiss spotlights native grasses grown worldwide. Weiss’ globe

incorporates the visions and textures of nature, to show how

maintaining tall grass regions helps offset the effects of carbon

dioxide in the atmosphere and provides a renewable source of

biomass to convert into energy.

Simple Steps Go a Long Way

Artist: Vincent Grech

“Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet” was created by

environmental activist and mother of four Wendy Abrams

to inspire people to take action against global warming. It is

inspiring local, national and international artists to find creative

and engaging ways to make addressing the complex problem of

global warming less daunting. It engages nonprofit organizations,

governments, businesses and citizens to work together to raise

awareness about and inspire action to reduce global warming.

Teachers and school children are participating in the project, both

as artists and through the development and use of curriculum

materials to support classroom instruction about climate change

and the need for action.

Natural Resources Defense Council’s Green Initiative

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has grown from law firm to leading champion of the

environment by consistently finding a way-or inventing a way-to do the impossible. No group is

better equipped with both policy expertise and grassroots power to advance comprehensive

solutions to today’s biggest environmental challenges: curbing global warming, moving America

beyond oil, reviving the world’s oceans, saving endangered wild places, stemming the tide of toxic

chemicals and accelerating the greening of China.

Cool Globes is public art with a purpose - simple solutions to

combat global warming. How will you join?

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Tidal Energy

Title: Wave Power

Artist: Vivian Visser

Support Scientific Research

Title: Scientific Research That Furthers Conservation and Sustainability

Artist: Sharon Bladholm

We all know the power of ocean waves. But how many of us know

these waves are a viable source of renewable energy? Harnessing

the power of the ocean’s water can generate electricity, and this

resource has great potential for us now and in the future. The

ever-presence of waves allows countries with large coastlines and

strong winds to produce five percent or more of their electricity

from wave power.

One application of this “wave” technology is the Pelamis Wave

Energy Converter. The converter, a series of semi-submerged

cylinders hinged together, uses the motion of the water to create

electricity. Wave farms consisting of three Pelamis machines in

the same area have the potential to displace more than 6,000

tons of carbon dioxide emissions that would otherwise be

produced by conventional power plants. So catch a wave—and

convert it into energy!

Located at City Hall

Science is continually increasing our understanding of how the changing

climate impacts ecosystems and the natural carbon absorption cycles

of oceans, plant life and soils. With this understanding comes a greater

opportunity to forecast and adapt to climate variability and, more

importantly, to develop methods to solve global warming.

The importance of supporting scientific research, learning about global

warming and then sharing that information provides the basis for Sharon

Bladholm’s globe. Drawing inspiration from her scientific expeditions

to the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon, Bladholm recreated the fish on

this globe from preserved specimens collected for study. The plants

she illustrates represent the seed-banking project of different botanic

gardens around the world, which are helping to preserve the earth’s

environment and ensure that plant species do not become endangered

due to climate change.

Located at Pier 39

Green Events

Artist: Paula Clayton

A musical celebration going into its 15th year, Lollapalooza is

an annual three-day concert event with more than 100 bands.

Thousands of people attend the event. That’s a lot of potential

for energy waste – something Lollapalooza is working hard at

fixing. Some of their solutions include running biodiesel in every

generator, banning Styrofoam and using paper or compostfriendly

plates. There is also a ban on promotional paper handouts

on concert grounds. Their corporate offices are making

efforts to become carbon neutral. These are just a few of the many

steps taken in the right direction. Wouldn’t it be cool if all outdoor

festivals followed their lead?

Waterkeeper Alliance and San Francisco Baykeeper’s

Green Initiative

Waterkeeper Alliance is the fastest growing and most effective protector of clean water

because we act locally and organize globally. On more than 180 waterways around the world,

local Waterkeepers are on patrol, standing up to polluters and enforcing your right to clean

water. Waterkeeper Alliance connects and supports these grassroots advocates and fights for

clean water worldwide.

A greener concert – music to our ears!

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simple ways you can help

Try these simple solutions in your everyday life to help join the

fight against global climate change.



Take a Hike • Reduce the number of miles you drive by walking,

biking, carpooling or taking mass transit. Avoiding just 10 miles of

driving every week would eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon

dioxide emissions a year!

Buy Recycled • Buying recycled products closes the recycling loop.

You can find recycled content in paper, packaging, tires, motor oil and

more. This is where your hard work separating paper, plastic and glass

pays off.

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Go Fluorescent • Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a

compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). CFLs use 60 percent less energy

than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of

carbon dioxide a year.

Buy a Hybrid or Buy For Better MPG • You can save 3,000

pounds of carbon dioxide every year if your new car gets only three

miles per gallon more than your current one. You can get up to 60

miles per gallon with a hybrid!

Unplug Electronics • Even when turned off, things like hairdryers,

cell phone chargers and televisions use energy. Unplug items and

reduce energy usage.

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