18seconds CFL Summit in San José, CA and the Web

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The 18seconds.org CFL Summit is taking place on February 22, 2007 and will be held at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San José, CA.  The Summit, hosted by coalition partner Yahoo!

Summit participants will discus issues, share accomplishments and plan the next steps to help America switch to energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). 

Currently, there is a lot of attention on global warming and energy efficiency in the United States, and the Summit organizers believe that we can capitalize on this momentum to bring CFLs to the tipping point.

It takes about 18 seconds to replace a conventional incandescent bulb with a CFL.   This group of actvisits is formalizing an effort to make the CFL the bulb of choice for America by creating the 18Seconds Coalition – a cross-sector “network of networks.”  The coalition is open to organizations, elected officials, corporations, nonprofits and individuals that want to champion the CFL cause as a means to save money, promote energy awareness and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  They invite you to join coalition, which we will formally launch February 22.

The 18Seconds.org website, built by Yahoo! is a tool to track nationwide CFL purchases by metropolitan area and state.  Any organization can easily download the “badge,” which draws data from 18Seconds.org and creates a tracker on the organization’s website.  Check it out and spread the word!

Lawrence Bender, producer of An Inconvenient Truth, previewed the site at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C. on January 25 and the formal launch will coincide with our San José Summit, February 22. A number of mayors have already pledged to use the site to encourage their constituents to try CFLs, and we hope many more elected officials, organizations, corporations and individuals will launch their own campaigns on February 22.  During the Summit, you are encouraged to share with the innovative ways you hope to use the 18Seconds.org website.

It takes about 18 seconds to replace a conventional incandescent bulb with a CFL. We are formalizing our effort to make the CFL the bulb of choice for America by creating the 18Seconds Coalition – a cross-sector “network of networks.” The coalition is open to organizations, elected officials, corporations, nonprofits and individuals that want to champion the CFL cause as a means to save money, promote energy awareness and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We want you to join this coalition, which we will formally launch February 22.

Flickr photo from Mulad

Beth Kanter, BlogHer Contributing Editor for Nonprofits and Social Change, also blogs at Beth's Blog

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