I wrote a blurb for Organic Matter on the Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan.
On a related note, I've switched my apartment electricity to "green energy." My electricity won't be directly drawn from wind and hydro power but, by paying a premium rate, I help subsidize New York State's alternative energy projects. Although I do have some minor reservations about hydro and wind power, they're far better than our more traditional power sources.
It's easy to make such a switch in most areas. Visit Green-E "Pick Your Power" for more information on your local options. In New York City, I contacted ConEdison Solutions/GREEN Power. Because ConEdison was already my supplier, switching to their alternative plan took only a few minutes.
I'm also including a photograph by Joel Sartore, scanned from the most recent issue of National Geographic. The fine looking critter below is a maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) or stilt-legged fox, photographed in the Pantanal of southwest Brazil. I prefer the more descriptive nickname since it closely resembles a fox.