Energy use in Bay Area buildings accounts for 40% of our greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s time to do something about that. The Chapter is stepping in. Along with the national Sierra Club and the US Green Building Council, we’re launching a program to encourage homeowners to get going. The State of California is in the act, too: its Energy Upgrade program is a cornucopia of ideas, tax breaks, incentives, links to contractors, and everything else a homeowner needs to get started. Learn more about our October 9 workshop, what you can do in your own home, and how you can get involved to spread the word.
While we're not excited by the makeup of the new Congress, the environment fared much better in California and local elections. In particular, voters strongly rejected Proposition 23, which would have put the state's global warming efforts on hold. Further, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, and Kamala Harris are excellent environmentalists. And last, voters put 75% of the Chapter's endorsed local candidates into office. We're particularly pleased that Jerry McNerney, the congressman from the east bay whom we have endorsed several times, won re-election to his seat in Congress.
Work from home! No startup costs! Start making a difference now! The Chapter is working to improve its website (getting better all the time), its electronic newsletter (which you're reading right now), its other electronic communications (currently in short supply), and its home toxics testing program (getting started). The various jobs need technical skills, writing and visual design skills, and willingness to learn about toxics. More information about this work and about other volunteer positions is on the Chapter's volunteer web page.
The Chapter runs lots of hikes, activities and workshops. They're in our calendar. Perhaps you'd like to learn to backpack. In eight classes plus three weekend trips, the Backpack Section's Basic Backpacking Course covers everything you need to get started. You'll find it on the calendar starting on April 19. Or perhaps you'd like to learn first aid. Read more to find our more about the activities available to you.
In our November issue, we ran an ad for the Kit Carson Lodge that told you all about the wonders of summer there. Since then, the editors of the Loma Prietan stuck their noses out of their holes and noticed that summer is so over. Let us tell you that in the winter you can snowshoe, cross-country ski, or just play in the snow in and around the Kit Carson Lodge. You'll also get away from phones, TVs, and noise into a world of wood, stone, water and spectacular scenery. They’re rustic, but not too rustic to have a website. It's here.