current actions we recommend
Most cities in Sonoma County have now passed Polystyrene Ban and Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinances, which bans polystyrene foam containers, requires other takeout food ware to be compostable or recyclable (no “compostable” plastic: not accepted at compost facilities), and mandates that utensils, condiment packets, straws and lids only be given out upon request by customers
- Santa Rosa is the latest city to pass an ordinance: Santa Rosa City Council bans single-use disposable food ware beginning Jan. 1, 2022.
- For a list of others cities that have passed, scroll down to chart on this page
Please help report non-compliant restaurants/ businesses in Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sebastopol, and Windsor (cities where the ordinance is now in effect) by filling out the simple online form on Zero Waste Sonoma website: Disposable Food Service Ware and Polystyrene…
The Bay Area’s Air District is responsible for making sure that we can all breathe clean air. They have been slow to take action to reduce fine particulate matter, called PM, one of the deadliest forms of air pollution. Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Lynda Hopkins is a Board Member at the Air District, the body that makes decisions to implement or delay aggressive action.
Send email to: Lynda Hopkins, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairperson firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested email talking points:
Good morning/afternoon Chairperson Hopkins,
Thank you for strong support for climate action. In reference to your role on the Air District Board, I support the strongest possible actions at the Air District to reduce health-harming particulate matter (PM). The worst industrial source of PM pollution in the Bay Area is from refineries, and I ask you to support the strongest Catalytic Cracking Unit technology to reduce emissions by 70%, technology that is in use at the majority of refineries in the US.
The Air District has the regulatory authority to take strong action against deadly air pollution. I am encouraged by your participation on the Board, and look forward to increasingly urgent action to reduce emissions.
Send email to/ Make phone call to:
Find out who your California Assembly Member and Senator is here,
Then use this doc to find out their office’s phone number:
Script for Assembly Member:
Hello, my name is ____________ from ______ (your city).
I am calling to urge Assembly Member________(your Assembly Member) to vote YES on AB 525, which creates goals for offshore wind energy that will help create good union jobs and help California meet our 100% clean electricity goals.
I also urge the Member to vote NO on AB 1139, which would create steep new charges for rooftop solar by utility companies, making it harder for homeowners to afford installing solar panels.
Lastly, I support the governor’s prioritization of climate goals within the budget, in particular, the allocation of money for infrastructure and incentives to implement the state’s EV goals.
Script for State Senator:
Hello, my name is ____________ from ______ (your city).I volunteer with 350 Bay Area Action, which promotes policies to reach ambitious climate change goals. We have hundreds of members concerned about climate change in the Senator’s district.
This year, we are prioritizing four senate bills. We ask you to vote
- Yes on SB 47 to clean up Hazardous/Idle Oil and Gas Wells.
- Yes on SB 372 for Purchasing Assistance for Electric Trucks.
- Yes on SB 596 for Cleaner Cement and Concrete Production.
- Amd yes on SB 99 for Clean Resilient Energy and Microgrids.
Join us on June 5th for their awards ceremony. An in person covid safe event!
State Bills to protect people from pollution caused by extraction of Fossil fuels and the Plastic reduction act failed to pass during the 2020 last session. The influence of Fossil fuel and Plastics Industry Money was instrumental in these defeats. Our own state representatives have not taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.
Pledge Signers website (see which politicians have signed) Your CA State Senator Mike McGuire has signed and Asseblymember Bill Dodd has signed.
- Find their names and contact info here
Call or email your Assemblymember: Please Sign the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge
Hello Senator/ Representative ___________, my name is ________ and I’m from [city], CA. I’m calling to ask you to sign the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge” to reject campaign contributions from PACs, lobbyists, or executives of fossil fuel companies. Sign the pledge at nofossilfuelmoney.org to show your commitment to protecting the health of our families, climate, and democracy. Thank you.
Optional: add why you care about the environment/ climate”
Interact with/ add your ideas here
We need to start with a new vision of an equitable, resilient, zero-carbon Sonoma County in 2030 that works for all. We need bold, immediate actions. The purpose of this project is to encourage all members of our diverse communities to imagine that crowd-sourced vision for 2030, bring that vision to life with sketches, and to identify and advance the policy proposals that will get us there. To change everything, we need everybody!
USPS is replacing up to 165,000 of their aging delivery trucks. According to Postmaster General DeJoy, just 10% of them will be electric. USPS routes average about 20 miles. EVs have much lower lifetime costs to own and operate. All USPS locations have available electricity, and in most instances, 110 charging after shift and overnight is sufficient to meet route needs. Electric options make the most sense in most cases by far, and are a cheaper alternative. petition
From the Lakota People’s Law Project and the Standing Rock Sioux, sign (if you have not already done so) and share widely the petition.
This is a petition to stop the construction of a huge new Costco gas station in Novato. All you need to do is click the link and add your name
Support Deb Haaland’s nomination for Interior Secretary (she is being aggressively opposed by oil and gas interests).