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Imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have to pay volatile gasoline prices, only rarely returned to your auto dealer for service, and could re-charge your car at home overnight like a cell phone. Want to have the speed and amenities of a gasoline-powered car but not pollute the air while driving? Drive electric! It’s easier and cheaper than many think.
Learn how simple it is to drive and charge an electric vehicle at Marin National Plug In Day 2012, set for Sunday, September 23, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Marin County Civic Center, next to the Farmers Market.
Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association (GGEVA) are teaming up to present the free event, which will feature more than ten plug in electric vehicles and motorcycles, including the BMW Active E, Brammo Electric Motorcycles, Chevrolet Volt, Coda, Fisker Karma, Ford Focus Electric, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Tesla, Toyota’s RAV 4 EV and Plug In Prius, as well as electric bicycles.
Visitors can test drive or ride along in an electric vehicle, learn how to use plug in charging, and get an accurate assessment of yearly cost-savings and state and federal purchase incentives. Local Marin EV owners will share their driving experiences and reasons they choose to drive electric.
"Electric vehicles are a win-win for Marin drivers,” says Dale Miller, president of GGEVA. “They cost less to own and drive than gas cars. Switching to an electric car is the most effective step that Marin residents can take to reduce their carbon footprints. GGEVA is proud to co-sponsor this opportunity for Marin drivers to see how much fun it is to drive an electric car."
Across the country, National Plug In Day 2012 will be celebrated in more than 60 cities “to draw global attention to the environmental, economic, and other benefits of plug in electric vehicles,” according to national organizers Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association. Locally, Marin National Plug In Day 2012 will help educate and motivate drivers to consider a plug in electric vehicle the next time they need to purchase a new vehicle.
“We want Marin drivers to consider electric vehicles when planning their next vehicle purchases because EVs are a critical component in our goal to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Dianne Steinhauser, executive director of TAM.
She notes that TAM unanimously adopted a resolution this week supporting Marin National Plug In Day 2012 as part of its larger effort to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles and improve air quality, which includes public and local government education, promotion of zero-emission transportation, and facilitating the installation of EV charging stations throughout Marin. “People are discovering how truly practical these cars are for everyday driving and that more and more public charging stations are becoming available in our communities. Electric vehicles are a great environmental choice for drivers and air quality.”
Marin National Plug In Day 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Event located in the parking lot across from the Marin Farmers Market, Marin County Civic Center
Free admission. Open to the public.
Organized by Transportation Authority of Marin and Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association
About the Organizers
Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) is the congestion management agency and sales tax authority for Marin County. TAM manages a variety of transportation projects and programs in Marin County, receiving federal, state, regional, and local funds, and working closely with all eleven cities and towns as well as the county.
Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association (GGEVA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer educational, support and advocacy organization that promotes electric vehicles.
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The Peninsula online photo contest is underway.
you are looking back on Belvedere from your sailboat on the bay or
looking down on the Tiburon Peninsula from atop Saint Hillary’s open
space, there is no denying we live in one of the most beautiful and
photogenic places on earth. For the past decade, the Belvedere Community
Foundation has been inviting professional and amateur photographers
alike to share their most captivating images of our home in their annual
photography contest. For the eleventh year of the photography contest
we have six categories to submit photos under:
contest is open to everyone. Photographs must reflect some aspect of
the Belvedere Tiburon Peninsula in color or black and white.
contest is already open and accepting photographs. All submissions must
be received by October 31, 2012. A panel of judges will determine a
winner in each of the three categories. There will also be a People’s
Choice Award determined by community voting on our website so even if
you don’t submit photos, visit the Photography Contest on the Foundation
website to vote for your favorites.
To vote, please go to the gallery page and
select one of our six photo contest category galleries, then highlight
the picture you wish to vote for. Scroll down to the rating stars. To
vote, roll your cursor over the blue stars until they turn green and
click at the number of stars you wish to give to the photo.
For more information, please visit their website at
Belvedere Community Foundation Photo Contest
The City of Belvedere will host a prescription drug take-back day
10:00am to 2:00pm
Belvedere Community Center
Get rid of your unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Bring your medications for disposal to the Belvedere Community Center at 450 San Rafael Ave. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. A
Belvedere Police Officer will be available to take your medication and
have it disposed of safely. Please bring your pills, (no liquids or
creams will be accepted) in plain plastic baggies.