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American Idol Pulls Plug On Plastic Pollution PSA

UNDER PRESSURE FROM SPONSOR, AMERICAN IDOL PULLS PLUG ON PLASTIC PSA, Forbes Magazine, 11/8/11, Forbes reports that 11 contestants of American Idol Season 10 want you to REFUSE disposable plastic. A big time Idol sponsor – possibly Coca Cola, is objecting to the YouTube PSA. The two minute  short film created by Producer/Director Kate Miller with Mirror Films has a bit of song, a bit of humor and a big request for action – they are trying to raise $50,000. The… Read More »

Ride Your Bike To Work Day

(snipped from the Bike To Work Day’s website) The San Francisco Bay Area’s 17th annual Bike To Work Day will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2011 with all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is part of National Bike Month. “Energizer Stations” are located along Bay Area county commute routes where bicyclists can stop for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information or simply to be ‘cheered on’ by fellow participants. Energizer Stations will be open during morning… Read More »

Stand Up and Be Counted! 350 Home and Garden Challenge

The 350 Home Garden Challenge | May 14 & 15, 2011 – One audacious weekend. 1,000 powerful actions to grow food, conserve water, and save energy. Register (www.dailyacts.org/350-challenge) today!

Watch and share our videos! We will build on the incredible success of 628 garden actions in 2010 by inspiring 1,000 bold new actions: retrofit your home,apartment, office, or neighborhood with a new garden, greywater system or energy upgrade!… Read More »

Bad News/Good News for Environmentalists

Our Lives Are Under Threat From Some of the Most Powerful and Richest Entities — Here’s How We Can Fight Back and Win: We need to rebuild the kind of mass movement that marked 1970: bodies, passion, and creativity are the currencies we can compete in. It’s not impossible. By Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben – April 8th, 2011, Posted on AlterNet Not for forty years has there been such a stretch of bad news for environmentalists in Washington. Last… Read More »

Event: The Climate Impacts of Waste and Local Green Business

Zero Waste Sonoma County, League of Women Voters, Sonoma County Conservation Council and Sierra Club, Sonoma Group present A Landfill Issues and Zero Waste Communities Workshop on The Climate Impacts of Waste and Local Green Business Thursday, April 29, 2010, 1-4pm, Santa Rosa City Council Chambers, Free Waste reduction is one of California’s key strategies for reaching the greenhouse gas reduction goals mandated by AB 32, the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act.  As soon as next year, a series of… Read More »

Event: Kid’s Bike Parade, Sebastopol, May 2, 12-1pm

Celebrating Sebastopol’s Car-Free Day in Sebastopol’s Town Plaza! All kid powered zero emission vehicles welcome – including skates, skate boards, scooters and wagons! Kids 4-10 should be escorted by an adult. Older children can join their siblings or take part in Section Two. Pets in baskets and/or on leashes welcome. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated entry. For additional information send a note to carlite@sonic.net. Organized by Car-Lite, LITE Initiatives, Transition Sebastopol and the Sebastopol Farmers Market! Our… Read More »

Event: Sebastopol’s Car-Free Day Celebration, Sunday, May 2, 10 am-1pm

Our goal is to get 1,000 people to downtown Sebastopol without their cars!!! We encourage you to wear green or orange and/or wear a “Car-Free today!” note or sign. Participants will receive raffle tickets for Farmers Market discount coupons, free Community Bike classes or shop time and more! Be sure to check in at the Car-Free Table! LITE/Car-Lite, Transition Sebastopol and the Sebastopol Farmers’ Market invite you, your family and friends to visit the Market and take part in the following car-lite activities:… Read More »

Event: 35 Hour Earth Day Hour Environmental Forum/Party, Santa Rosa – April 24 and 25

Best Yet Mobile Earth Day Party for Our Planet and Our Future!  Everyone is invited to these public forums! Organized by a team lead by Council Member Veronica Jacobi. Please Note – Due to the complexity of a mobile 35.0 hr event details are subject to change. Please check www.ourgreenchallenge.org  for updates and rain details. This is a Zero Waste event – please bring your own cup, plate, silverware – and some snacks. Some food will be provided and available.… Read More »

Events: Earth Week – continued

For more information on each of the events listed below, please visit www.srcity.org/earthday. Thursday, April 22th 1. The Creek Stewardship Program, along with the Sonoma County Water Agency and Movement Oasis, will host a creek walk and clean up along Piner Creek from 3:30p.m. – 4:45p.m. Saturday, April 24th 1. The Creek Stewardship Program will host its annual Earth Day along the Greenway Creek clean-up from 9:00a.m. to noon. 2. City of Santa Rosa will host its Annual Spring Clean at… Read More »

Event: Santa Rosa CityBus Free On Earth Day!

Santa Rosa CityBus is very pleased to announce that, through a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air, it is providing FREE rides on all CityBus routes on Earth Day! Pollution caused by vehicles is the source of 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions in our City. This is a great opportunity to learn how riding CityBus can markedly improve air quality while, saving money. Santa Rosa CityBus is committed to providing clean air choices… Read More »