MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SONOMA COUNTY!350 Sonoma, an all-volunteer non-profit, is working to slow climate change and promote climate justice in the county. We're part of 350 Bay Area and inspired by 350.org, the international climate action organization founded by Bill McKibbon. We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. Join us!
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Hello Earth Enthusiasts! Please spread the word about Santa Rosa Earth Day. This will be a fun Zero Waste volunteer opportunity, particularly for middle school, high school, or college students and teachers that you know. Enthusiastic students make great Zero Waste ambassadors! Sign up to help with compost and recycling stations at the celebration. We want to give students a chance to sign up first. It will be super fun and a great community service opportunity! For the first time ever, this will be a Zero Waste event, and we need your help to make it happen. I am giving the first sign-up opportunity to middle school, high school, and college volunteers.
Volunteers will help monitor the compost/ recycling/ trash stations so that materials go in the correct bin. As a volunteer, you will help people sort their waste items (we will provide you with gloves and grabbers). This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in educating the public about how to sort waste at home so that we don’t send valuable recyclables and compostables to the landfill. AND, all volunteers get a free Santa Rosa Earth Day Volunteer t-shirt and reusable water bottle.
Click on this link to sign up: http://signup.com/go/VHVOMJz (you will not need to create an account to sign up). Shifts are either from 11:00-1:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm or 3:00-5:00 pm.
We will have our next Zero Waste Action Group meeting on Monday, April 2nd, 6:30-8:00pm in Sebastopol. We focus on spreading the word and community organizing. We have so many exciting things to talk about and plan for! Email 350SonomaCounty@gmail.com for location.
At this point — it’s still early in the California Legislature’s session — 350 Sonoma’s legislative action group, working closely with 350 Bay Area’s legislative committee, is focusing on two high priority bills: SB 100 and AB 1745.
How great would it be if at some not too distant time in the future, all of California’s electricity came from wind, solar, or other renewable energy source? SB 100 would do just that — mandating the end to dirty coal and oil electricity generation by 2045. But right now SB100 is stuck in the California Assembly. Please email your legislator and tell him/her that you support this important bill! (Don’t know who your assembly member is? Check here.)
AB 1745 is another critical piece of legislation that would go a long way in moving California to a clean energy future. If passed, AB 1745 would require all new model-year 2040 and later passenger vehicles in California be zero-emissions vehicles. Right now the bill is in the California Assembly’s Transportation Committee. Whether or not it gets moved out of the committee will probably be decided in mid April. Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (Assembly District 4) is on the Transportation Committee. If you live in AD 4, please email, tweet, or write Assemblymember Curry today and urge her to vote to move the bill out of committee!
- Snail mail: State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0004
- Telephone: (State Capitol Office) (916) 319-2004
- Fax: (State Capitol Office) (916) 319-2104
- Twitter Handle: @AsmAguiarCurry
Here’s a sample letter or email:
Dear Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry,
I live in name of town and am asking you to help speed California on its way to a low-carbon future by voting to move AB 1745, the Clean Cars 2040 Act, out of the Transportation Committee. California has been making good progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but we won’t be able to meet our goals unless we transition to zero emission vehicles as soon as possible. Thank you for your support!
Sign the petition to show your support for AB 1745!
AB 1745 (The Clean Cars 2040 Act) is now in the California Legislature. It would require that newly registered cars be Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs) beginning in 2040.
Forty percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. If California is going to meet the greenhouse gas emission reductions set by AB 32 — to be achieved by 2050 — it will need to dramatically increase the number of ZEVs on the road.
Many countries including England, France, China, and India are moving rapidly towards ZEVs. California’s current regulations set a goal of 5 million ZEVs by 2030. AB 1745 would move California more quickly toward this goal.
#ActOnSB100 Mon., Jan. 8
Tweet your California Assembly Member on Mon., Jan. 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Ask your Assembly Member to support #SB100 — SB 100 will ensure that 100% of California’s retail electricity is generated from renewable sources by 2045. Sample tweet: “I’m from (city), and I want a zero-emission electricity grid that will create clean air, good jobs, and a safe climate. Please support #SB100. Assembly Members: @JimWoodAD2 @MarcLevine @AsmAguiarCurry @AssemblyDems @CASenateDems
In the wake of tragedy, we have a strong drive to rise up and find a way to come back even stronger from it. It’s in that spirit that 350 Sonoma is working in coalition with other local and regional climate groups to build a vision of a more sustainable and resilient community. 350 Sonoma spearheaded an effort to capture the main elements of rebuilding sustainable and resilient communities. This is just the first step in creating a common vision of the future of our community and world.
In recognizing the suffering of those who lost homes, we advocate strongly for solutions that do not add cost or complication to the process, and we call on our city and county governments and agencies, and other community leaders to join us in rebuilding for the future.
In summary, we promote zero net energy homes, the use of sustainable and fire-resistant building materials, wise resource management, and an intentional effort to create sustainable communities. Here is the document in full: read more…
The Sonoma County climate and environmental community got together on October 30 and agreed to support 350 Sonoma’s plan to rebuild our neighborhoods to be sustainable and resilient. 45 attendees representing about 25 regional organizations discussed 350 Sonoma’s action plan to develop a specific vision including all electric infrastructure supported by solar and storage with the goal of net zero energy, sustainable building practices, rainwater management, and drought resistant regenerative landscaping, among other ideas. Sunny Galbraith from 350 Sonoma summarized the call to action saying, “This is an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild using methods that reflect best practices in sustainable design, materials and systems to achieve both reduced emissions and greater resilience to future climate impacts.”
Climate and environmental activists in the region are organizing around creating a strong case for electrification including cost analyses, digging deep to uncover potential sources of funds, and coordinating with other community groups and government entities to gather information about other similar efforts, educate and ask our city and county officials to take strong action towards rebuilding with 21st century methods.
Because our first commitment is to our community, these efforts are guided by three principles: solutions will not add to the cost of the rebuild, they will be incentive-based, and they can opt out if they choose. 350 Sonoma, with the support of other groups, has hit the ground running and is in the process of determining where action is already taking place and figuring out how to support existing efforts that fit the overall vision for an innovative rebuilding process. Early indications are that there is a general, community wide call for electrification and that the local community choice energy group, Sonoma Clean Power, is putting its weight and know-how behind that effort.
As Laura Neish, Executive Director of 350 Bay Area (and a Santa Rosa resident) summarized: “We aren’t just asking Santa Rosa and Sonoma County to model sustainable and resilient rebuilding at a neighborhood scale, we are supporting our community to model how we can all work together to recover after a major climate-related disaster.”
Good news! Santa Rosa just approved a contract with Recology, choosing it to be its new garbage hauler. Recology has an excellent record both as a responsible steward of the environment and a company concerned with the well-being of its employees.
350 Sonoma worked closely with North Bay Jobs with Justice to encourage city councilors to choose a waste hauler with a strong track record of fair and safe employment practices, and a sustainable, zero-waste approach. We know that rates will increase to reflect the added costs fair wages and cleaner trucks and practices. The result will be rates in line with our region, better jobs, safer working conditions AND keeping key resources out of the landfill. Other cities working with a zero-waste philosophy have significantly reduced landfill requirements and spurred local economic growth by utilizing resources previously discarded.
Watch this space! 350 Sonoma is part of two coalitions working towards improving waste management in the county, the Compost Coalition working to bring a local compost facility back, and the Zero Waste Task Force, working with other community groups to get Sonoma County cities to adopt zero waste policies.
The BEAM Team is a group that has formed to support and further test the research of Dr. David Johnson, a New Mexico State University molecular biologist who has been investigating the microbial life in the soil. Dr. Johnson has developed, applied and tested the results of a high fungal compost called BEAM – Biologically Enhanced Agricultural Management–with the goal of enhancing soil microbial community populations, structures and functionality to regenerate natural processes in soils of agro-ecosystems. His test plots have had very positive results in terms of the amount of carbon returned to the soil, soil nutrient availability, plant vitality and growth, and water retention. This research offers a different perspective than traditional soil science which has been focused on soil chemistry rather than soil life systems. The BEAM Team includes farmers, orchardists, grape growers and gardeners as well as climate activists. Current members are located in Sonoma, Marin, and Yolo Counties.
Interested in getting involved in this exciting project? Contact Anna.
What is Plastic Free July? It’s a challenge to all of us to refuse single-use plastic! It’s not all that easy – straws, bags, plastic lids all get delivered to us automatically, so you have to remember to ask to NOT receive them (and shouldn’t it be the other way around?) Take the pledge here and learn about ideas for avoiding junk plastics. We have found it (mostly) pretty easy to avoid plastic bottles, cups, straws and bags by carrying our own. What do you do to avoid junk plastic?