Los Amigos Park is getting a Water Saving Makeover!

From the Santa Monica Office of Sustainability: The Los Amigos Park Stormwater Harvesting and Direct Use Demonstration Project, a collaboration with the Santa Monica-Malibu School District and the Metropolitan Water District, marks another first in infrastructure advancement and water self-sufficiency. Los Amigos is the first retrofit project to harvest offsite wet and dry weather runoff from an adjacent … Continue reading Los Amigos Park is getting a Water Saving Makeover!

California Stands in First Place for Renewables

In late March, California set its renewable energy record, exceeding 50% of its energy use based on clean renewables for a full day.  A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, "Clean Energy Momentum," lauds California,"a stellar all-around performer, leads the way on clean energy momentum. The Golden State appears in eight top-10 lists. It is tops … Continue reading California Stands in First Place for Renewables

Britain’s Day without Coal! One Day will not be Enough.

On Friday, April 21, Britain experienced its first day without coal since the Industrial Revolution,  Year after year, month after month, now day after day, reliance on coal is falling.  Fossil free days cannot come fast enough as the world's CO2 emissions top 410 ppm in the atmosphere, far beyond the 350 ppm that scientists have deemed acceptable for … Continue reading Britain’s Day without Coal! One Day will not be Enough.

Los Angeles County Advances Community Choice Energy!

Thanks to the Los Angeles County Supervisors and Sheila Kuehl's leadership, Los Angeles Community Choice Energy is moving ahead.  The organizing by South Bay Clean Power kick-started and informed the effort to create a local, public energy provider.  Santa Monica is exploring whether to be a part of the County's or SBCP's entity or establish its independent initiative to … Continue reading Los Angeles County Advances Community Choice Energy!

Call to March for Science: Happy Earth Day, Saturday April 22!

Rachel Carson's breaking Silent Spring woke people up 55 years ago. On this Earth Day, the March for Science breaks the silence about how recklessly science and truth are ignored or twisted to deny climate change and other environmental and public health concerns.  We need you to be a part of the March for Science, Sat., April 22, Pershing … Continue reading Call to March for Science: Happy Earth Day, Saturday April 22!

California Drought Emergency Ends and the Desert Wildflowers are Wildly Blooming!

Even though the realities of climate change make the likelihood of droughts being more intense in the future, this season the rains in most of California are giving rise to new life.  Following the wet winter, a wildflower superbloom colors deserts.  Last week, Governor Brown lifted the drought emergency while emphasizing that water conservation must continue.  We can take nothing for … Continue reading California Drought Emergency Ends and the Desert Wildflowers are Wildly Blooming!

Get Lively: Seed Bombs and Bike Rides!

Throughout April, we can spring into all kinds of climate actions that express a fierce love for Mother Earth. Seed bombs spread planting wildflowers, not edibles, to burst forth in barren or untended lands.  The story and history are fascinating.  On Saturday, April 15, a Seed Bomb Social takes place at noon at Santa Monica's Virginia Park Library Annex, 2201 Pico Blvd.  The Kidical Mass ride … Continue reading Get Lively: Seed Bombs and Bike Rides!

Water Conservation Means Water Neutrality and Drought-Friendly Gardens! And More!

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, there is a public meeting on Santa Monica's Water Neutrality Ordinance, 6 - 7 p.m. at 330 Olympic Dr., Santa Monica. Water conservation is our new normal. So, it's also great to hear on KCRW Dean Kubani, Santa Monica's Chief Sustainability Officer, and Sunset Park neighbors share why they are happy to have … Continue reading Water Conservation Means Water Neutrality and Drought-Friendly Gardens! And More!

When the Climate Action Gets Tough . . . “We, the People” Get Going!

Our local leaders are stepping up.  California is leading in what it means not just to be a state, but to be a state of mind and a force of Nature as the Trump Administration tries to make it easier to pollute the planet and harm life!  The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously on … Continue reading When the Climate Action Gets Tough . . . “We, the People” Get Going!