The Chapter has joined the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and the Friends of Panoche Valley in a lawsuit challenging the EIR and project approval for Solergen’s Panoche Valley solar farm. Meanwhile, Solargen Inc. has sold its assets (including development rights to the solar farm) to PV2 Energy and changed its name to Nevo Energy, Inc.
The Chapter has submitted its first set of comments about Redwood City’s environmental document process for the ‘Saltworks’ project proposed by developer DMB. Saltworks would cover over 1400 acres of Redwood City salt ponds with offices and housing, raising concerns about traffic, pollution, wetlands restoration, earthquake safety, and economics, among other things. Although the city proposes to address all of these issues, they haven’t addressed them yet. In the meantime, a new poll shows that residents of Redwood City oppose the proposal by a two to one margin.
In the past year, the Chapter has been involved in a number of big issues facing the region and the state. Let me highlight how our volunteers have made a difference in your community and on issues of importance to you.
Gladwyn d’Souza, the Chair of the Chapter’s Transportation Committee, was recently appointed to the Belmont Planning Commission. He is an avid environmentalist and will bring his passion for promoting sustainable and environmentally sound ideas to Belmont’s project review process.
After several years of planned deficits to reduce an oversized cash reserve, the Chapter is once again operating with a balanced budget. Read more to understand what chapters must do to manage the finances entrusted to them by members and organizations committed to supporting local environmental goals.
The first meeting of the Chapter’s new Water Committee in May drew 18 people. It is still getting organized and discussing its future objectives, among which will likely be encouraging cities or water agencies to fully implement the statewide landscaping and grey water ordinances, tracking legislation and statewide issues that affect water supply, and supporting efficiency and recycled water programs. Join them. It’s a great opportunity to participate on an urgent issue and help make a difference in our communities.
We’re seeing the most comprehensive local effort in our lifetime to protect species and their habitat, and it is exciting to see Santa Clara County move towards approving a plan that would ensure long-term protection for the county’s diverse natural ecosystems and native biodiversity. Its adoption will permanently save over 45,000 acres.
After months of controversy, Heifer International decided not to pursue the development of a “Global Village” at Hidden Villa. While the Chapter continues to hold both Hidden Villa and Heifer International in highest regard, we had reservations about the proposed location for this project.
A proposal to build an anaerobic digester in Palo Alto on land that would otherwise soon become part of Byxbee Park has divided environmentalists. The Chapter has taken no position, preferring instead to await the completion of the feasibility study. We have invited two prominent members of the local environmental community who are on opposite sides of this issue to weigh in. Read their opinions in the following two stories.
Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity and the planet. From coastal inundation, to water and food shortages, to an increase in “natural” disasters, to the tremendous loss of biodiversity, everything will be impacted.
Palo Alto has been in the forefront of Baylands Preservation. In 1965 the City dedicated as parkland nearly all of its city-owned baylands and built the Bay’s first Nature Interpretive Center. Our baylands provide tremendous nearby open space and wildlife habitat. Because most Palo Alto baylands are wetlands, public trails are limited to levees and Byxbee Park.
Caterers report that each year they are receiving more requests for plant-based food for weddings and other celebrations. Clients are working with caterers to develop fresh and exciting menus that please everyone. These tips will help make it easy to plan sustainable plant-based feasts.
Want to attract birds to your garden? Got vines? Vines can be aesthetic and functional—they are well suited to small gardens and vertical gardening—but their habitat value is often overlooked. Learn about easy-to-grow native vines.
Take a digital stroll through all kinds of interesting and eclectic environmental information by checking out this issue’s Meandering column and learning about blue marbles, revenue-generating California parks, beach monitoring programs and more!
Have you ever felt a nudge to use your car less and bike more? This essay may be just the inspiration you need to make changes in your personal transportation habits. Read about how Chapter activist Megan Fluke made radical changes in her habits in 2010.
Chapter-endorsed Dave Pine has won the highly competitive race in the special election for San Mateo Board of Supervisors District 1. Learn how the Chapter used a variety of methods to support its endorsement and how important the email addresses of members were to this successful campaign.
Assemblyman Rich Gordon serves the 21st district and was elected last November with Chapter support. In this timely interview, learn more about the issues he is working on and more about his approach to dealing with some of the problems facing the state.
Every year, Sierra Club members from throughout the state meet with their representatives to lobby them on the Club’s legislative priorities. Are you ready to help make a difference? Then learn more about this event and how to participate.
Learn how one avid hiker started reading the “news” that wildlife was publishing, as he visited our beautiful regional parks. Do you notice the signs of animals and their activities? Would you recognize a badger burrow if it bit you?
Relentless and ruthless, the insects highlighted in Amy Stewart’s Wicked Bugs are sure to captivate and astonish. Stewart reveals the ingenious and nefarious habits of about 50 insects and spiders with whom we share this planet. Learn more about these bugs, their role in history and the ways in which we react to them.
Marianna Raymond’s early childhood experiences instilled in her a great love of nature, and she has dedicated much of her personal and professional life to habitat preservation. Read more about her enthusiasm for nature, birds and habitat restoration.
The Chapter accomplishes so much because many volunteers donate generous amounts of time to making it work. We could use a few more pairs of hands and are especially looking for help with photo editing and events editing. Work all or mostly at home. Hours flexible. Interested?