Some Bay Area communities require businesses to pay over $25,000 just for the permit to install photovoltaic solar panels. By contrast, other jurisdictions in the area charge under $1,000 for the permit. In some jurisdictions, the permit is free.
If a polluter pays someone else to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, should the polluter get credit? Or are such "offsets" more like the indulgences sold by medieval clerics—by paying some money a polluter is absolved from the sins of its discharges into our atmosphere?
Scientists estimate less than 10% of the original wetlands in the San Francisco area remain, but the 'Keeping Our Baylands Wet & Wild' event will celebrate what's left and what's being restored. Come learn about the restoration of South Bay wetlands and how you can help ensure that it continues.
Get ready to reduce your carbon footprint this spring! May has been designated National Bike Month by the League of American Bicyclists. In celebration, San Francisco Bay Area's 15th Annual Bike to Work Day springs forth on Thursday, May 14, 2009.
In 2008, two out of three counties and all but a handful of peninsula cities were on board with helping stop global warming. In 2006, before the Chapter started its Cool Cities effort in earnest, interest was much lower.
Volunteers can have a significant impact on their communities simply by "showing up" and speaking up in public meetings. That was the message of a March 14 Cool Cities workshop, "Building Climate-Friendly Communities: General Plans and Green Building Policy."
Cities and counties now have access to $3.2 billion of federal funding appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The act provides money for energy efficiency and conservation programs.
On March 28, the Humane Society of Silicon Valley opened a new 'green' Animal Community Center in Milpitas. It is one of the first environmentally certified animal community centers in the United States.
Nutrient-packed lentils have been feeding humans for thousands of years. Today, serving dishes based on lentils and other legumes is an easy way to help reduce greenhouse gases and enjoy delicious, sustainable meals.
Sierra Club member and Master Gardener Susan Zaslaw offers workshops and classes on vegetable gardening throughout Santa Clara County. In this article, she demystifies vegetable gardening for the rest of us.
Donating one's time benefits the volunteers as much as the recipients. On a recent ICO trip to Año Nuevo State Park, volunteers took a group of Sequoia High School students to see elephant seals at the popular wind-swept coastal park.
Drawing on 25 years of experience as a chef and conservation advocate, Portola Valley resident Laura Stec has partnered with Dr. Eugene Cordero, an atmospheric scientist at San Jose State University, to examine the connections between our food choices and their effects on global warming.