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    After 25 years of its environmental science education programming, Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.) celebrates its anniversary with an alumni reunion at its outdoor classroom (14029 Hwy. 190, Covington) and launches a yearlong fundraising effort dubbed The Giving T.R.E.E. Visit their Web site or call 525-9020 for more information.
  • Yesterday, City Council's Utility Committee approved the resolution to adopt Entergy New Orleans' Energy Smart program, which will aim to make New Orleans more energy efficient. City Council will put it to a vote next week, and if approved, the program will begin in 2010.
  • AmeriCorps granted America's WETLAND Conservation Corps (AWCC) $157,000 to help fund coastal restoration projects through 2010. According to AWCC, the organization completed more than 164 restoration projects with 54,000 service hours and recruited more than 5,000 volunteers between February 2007 and June 2009.
  • The Clean Energy Works campaign, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Environment America released a report evaluating the benefits of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, finding that it could save Americans about $832 a year, create about 600,000 jobs and reduce carbon emissions by 500 million metric tons, among other claims.
  • This Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, Parkway Partners (1137 Baronne St., 620-2224) holds its Back to the Vegetable Garden workshop. With New Orleans vegetable gardening reaching its seasonal peak, the workshop covers the basics and offers a few tips.
  • The New Orleans Food & Farm Network's September Grow Mo' Betta workshop is all filled up, so in case you missed it, you can get in touch with them to join their October program.
  • Starting Monday, Sept 14., the Army Corps of Engineers will be pumping sand onto the beach at Grand Isle, which means no beach access for 45 days. This extremely rainy weekend'll be the last chance to visit for more than a month. The good news: the Office of State Parks will allow beach camping once the project is finished.

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