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ou,eun, necufu, rfugress,ve, r~uportel weonesoay, April z, zuI4 ~1II Does "Carpe Diem" support Italian sustainability? "Carpe Diem," or "Seize the Moment," seems to be the motto Italy, referring to eating, drinking, laughter and love. "Caio, bella," my friend said as I departed for my trip to Italy three days ago. It is now the second full day in Rome, having taken 14 hours to arrive here during the first leg of my journey. After recovering from a sleep-deprived plane ride I was ready to hit the streets to inquire about sustainability efforts in this "eternal city" of Rome. Before I solicited local perceptions, I consulted the World Energy Council to discover some background information about the world standing of Italy. Italy now stands 28th in sustainability efforts, having slipped from 27th place due to increased relative sustainability efforts of other countries. The World Energy Council produces a "performance index" that reflects a triple balanced score, measuring the relationships between three competing dimensions -- energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability. High energy production as well as what is possible. He told me that greater dependency balance of our .... ' its diversity to ensure its that recent national energy upon natural gas (fracking) environmental viability. long-term energy security,policy enhancements shouldand renewables will bringThus, it is not just a matter using more natural gas andimprove the overall the prices down. of increasing our energy, but renewables, environmental score. Even as there are 1) decreasing our need for Presently the U.S. receives Some of this policy increasing efforts to produce fossil fuels in general, and 2) its energy from conventional includes ministerial decrees energy for all, the awareness increasing the percentage of COMMUNITY GREEN sources at 70 percent, that reshape incentives for of the effect of greater renewable sources. nuclear at 19.6 percent, hydro electrical production and production and consumption Hopefully, all countries will performers receive a "AAA" at 6.3 percent and renewables developing tariffs that are doesn't seem to be widelyfind the political will and score. Lowest performers at 4.1 percent. Clearly, the more consistent with otherunderstood. Our carbon societal strength to dissuade receive a "DDD" score. Italy U.S. has a way to go in order European Union countries, dioxide and other emissions corporate interests in scores A in energy security, to improve in the category of Also, recent tax breaks for are seriously affecting the continuing their B in energy equity and C in renewables. The increase of energy restructuring and world's climate and viability encouragement of a environmental domestic U.S. oil and gas improvement of energy of the planet. Just today the "throw-away" consumerist sustainability. The United production because of performance in buildings has BBC reported one of the top culture and the associated States, on the other hand, "fracking" and production increased, stories in Europe as the behavior. measures 15th in from shale will also lead to In our hotel, the use of concern over the acidity of So, even though "Carpe sustainability efforts. Our increased exports, but will do automatic light switching the world's oceans. Simply Diem" may summarize an rating is A in energy nothing to limit demand, devices to turn lights on and put, the world's oceans are approach to living and security, A in energy equity Italy has some difficulty in off were prevalent. In becoming more acidic at an enjoying life, it also should and C in environmental its energy equity, as the addition, I have encountered alarming rate. What be used to "seize the sustainability. The lower C ordinary consumer spends amany automatic water typically took thousands of moment" in responsibly score is due to the fact that large proportion of incomeregulators in public years to occur is now moving ahead in a more we are a large county with a on energy. In the U.S. it is restrooms. These measures happening over decades. By sustainable manner. I hope large carbon footprint, viewed as more equitable should improve both energythe end of the century many to be sharing more with you including carbon dioxide because most everyone is security and environmentalsea species will be extinct, as I move south in this emissions, able to afford the energy sustainability, according to This further disrupts thebeautiful country. Italy, at present, produces needed for life activities. Luigi. only 17 percent of the energy We talked with one of our Italy's "energy equity" it consumes. It receives 72.2 Italian hotel staff, Luigi, who score has decreased from 29 percent of its energy from stated that environmentalto34, reflecting the Bar association to conventional sources, 17.8 awareness and action was increasing difficulty for percent from hydroelectric more predominant in the citizens to afford their and 9.8 percent from Northern Italy area. His energy. (The lower score renewables. It is in the estimate is that Rome means a higher ranking.) process of increasing its recycles about 30 percent of The Italians are also hoping ne a ng Julie A. White, Plumas County tax collector, reminds all taxpayers with secured property tax bills to pay their second installment of property taxes. The deadline is Thursday, April 10, at 5 p.m. Payments can be made at her office in the county courthouse in Quincy. Taxpayers may mail their payments but should ensure that the envelope is postmarked by the April 10 deadline. Payments may also be made by credit card. To pay by credit card, contact Official Payments at We can assist with all your building needs- from plans to the finished product CONSTRUCTION (530) 283-2035 P.O. Box 1369 , QUINCY, CA 95971 LIC. #453927 800-272-9829 or failure to receive a bill does Thursday, April 10. The officialpayments.com. Enter not relieve the taxpayer of hours for this drop-off will the jurisdiction code 1535 any penalties if the taxes be 9 a.m. : 4 p.m. when prompted. There will become delinquent. The tax collector's office is be a nominal fee charged for Again, for the convenience routinely open between the this service, of taxpayers, there will be a hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Second installments not volunteer available on the Monday - Friday. Should a received or postmarked by ground floor of the property owner have any April 10 will automatically courthouse, in the lobby questions regarding this or have a 10 percent penalty area, taking routine other matters involving and a $20 cost added to the payments that do not property taxes, he or she bill, according to state law. include cash, receipts orshould not hesitate to call. If a tax bill has not been questions. A drop-off box at received, the property that site will be available owner should call the tax beginning Friday, April 4, collector's office, 283-6260, as and continuing through )N Greenville C. Roy Quincy El April 8, Tuesday !o, Thursday , Tuesday Free the required California School Entry Health exams with your own doctor accepted also. a copy of your incoming Kindergartener's physica exam/CHDP dated no earlier than March 2014. ~,~, , resources and free school suppli for Kindergarten will take place at the same tim~. 1 hours to complete! A parent or guar( an ,st accompany children. ; your child's birth certificate and shot record. ildren must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to em II For more information contact: Nancy Hemsley, RN, PUSD 283-6500, ext 741 or 1-8oo-974-1925, ext. 741 Community Connections Workshop THE JND, A ENTALS OF SOCIAL MEDIA DO0 Weclnesday, April 16th 5:30 pm W "" Capital Arts Gallery, Main Street Quincy Featuring Michael and Patty Clawson of Big Fish Creations in Gr.aeagle. "If you are interested in better developing your online personal or business social media presence, then this 90 minute workshop is perfect for you," says Michael Clawson, Chief Fish of Big Fish Creations. plan to really roll up our sleeves and dig in to some fundamental techniques and applications. Patty Clawson adds, "Actively participating.in social media is a commitment. You've asked for the friend request, like or follow- now engage with them, because, without this commitment, it's like calling someone on the phone and simply setting the receiver down after they've said hello." The 'cost' of this workshop for Community Connections Members is -2.00 time credits. If you are not yet a Member, the cost is $10.00 at the door. Reservations are required! Please call Leslie Wall at 530-283-3611 ext. "818 to reserve your spot. award scholarship The Plumas County Bar Austin Hagwood, of Association will be Quincy; Garrett Hagwood, awarding a $1,000 of Quincy; Alex Folchi, of scholarship to a graduating Beckwourth; and Clarissa high school senior Kusel, of Greenville. Plumas County. Preference In order to be eligible for will be given to a student the award, the student attending a four-year must write an essay and college or university, complete an application The legal community of form by April 25. Further Plumas County, through information is available at the Plumas County Bar each high school or by Association, has been calling the secretary of the awarding the scholarship association, Julia Jackson, since 2001. Past recipients at 283-0406. in recent years have been The public is invited to attend a presentation by: ic Meeting California's Water Needs Despite a Shrinking Water Supply Local environmental lawyer Michael Jackson, a 35 year veteran on environmental issues, will present information on California's current water crisis and how it affects our county and the state. Learn how water needs can be met without sacrificing the environment. April 17 6:30- 7:30 Library Conference Room Quincy Branch of the County Library 445 Jackson Street, Quincy, CA ' ......... i ................. ................................... ......................... Investment Advisor 899-71 www.buildgreatwealth.com DR WEALTH MANAGEMENT INC. 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