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Is Your Life Too Plastic? Bag It Movie Review and Much More

The film  Bag It changed my life and watching it will change yours. It takes the plastic issue to another level – even for those of us who have studied it in depth. A well made and funny documentary, it starts with personal bag use it and evolves into a very thorough discussion of the impact of all plastics – in nature, in our lives, in our bodies and in our children’s bodies. At least 50 experts are interviewed. In… Read More »

Laguna Environmental Center Open House

Saturday, July 14th 10am-3pm AND Thursday, July 19th 4-8pm Stone Farm, 900 Sanford Road (at the corner of Occidental Rd.) Santa Rosa CA 95401 Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and historic Stone Farm by taking a self-guided nature walk or a guide-led tour. Stop by for a visit and take in the beautiful views. Birdwatch from the observation deck. Bring a picnic! Enjoy our gift shop and art exhibit in Great Blue… Read More »

Spring at OAEC – Plant Sale and Events

Spring Biodiversity Plant Sale and Tours Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, 9 am-5pm, Tours: Saturday – 2pm, Sunday – 10am and 2pm Hundreds of open-pollinated, heirloom and rare varieties – all California Certified Organic – many started from our own seed collection. All have been trialed, tasted, and savored for years in our demonstration gardens and kitchen. This sale features early Spring crops such as lettuces and greens, peas, brassicas, chards, onions… Read more Summer Biodiversity Plant Sale May 5 & 6… Read More »

Tips And Tricks For Air-Drying Your Wash

Make It Work For You Written in 2008, this article is still relevant and informative… I recently challenged myself to increase the amount I air dry. I already hang dry dedicates – lingerie lasts longer that way, and my few synthetics – since they come out of the washer almost dry. I occasionally line dry sheets and blankets but frankly resisted doing more. To motivate myself – and you, I asked friends and neighbors what works for them: I found… Read More »

Classes: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Courses 2010

OAEC is a nonprofit organizing and education center and organic farm in Northern California’s Sonoma County. OAEC was founded in 1994 by a group of biologists, horticulturists, educators, activists, and artists seeking innovative and practical approaches to the pressing environmental and economic crises of our day. Much of the Center’s work addresses the challenges of creating democratic communities that are ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable in an increasingly privatized and corporatized economy and culture. OAEC’s programs combine research, demonstration, education,… Read More »

Dr. Jane Nielson, Ph.D. Voted Environmentalist of the Year

Geologist and Water Activist Dr. Jane Nielson, Ph.D. is the Sonoma County Environmentalist of the Year. The Sonoma County Conservation Council, the Sierra Club, Sonoma Group and more than 170 activists gathered Saturday night at the Sebastopol Veterans Auditorium to honor individuals and local programs working to protect the environment. Dr. Nielson was nominated by Stephen Fuller-Rowell, Susan Baur, Ursula Baur, Kathy Pons, Magick, Brenda Adelman, Jim Doerksen and Janus Holt Matthes.… Read More »

Daily Acts Voted Outstanding Environmental Education Program

The Sonoma County Conservation Council, the Sierra Club, Sonoma Group and more than 170 activists gathered Saturday night at the Sebastopol Veterans Auditorium to honor individuals and local programs working to protect the environment. Daily Acts of Petaluma named the Outstanding Environmental Education Program. Daily Acts was nominated by Amie Glass of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy…
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Sonoma County Environmental Awards 2010

The Sonoma County Conservation Council, the Sierra Club, Sonoma Group and more than 170 activists gathered Saturday night at the Sebastopol Veterans Auditorium to honor individuals and local programs working to protect the environment. Geologist and water activist Jane Nielson Ph.D. of Sebastopol was named Environmentalist of the Year and Daily Acts of Petaluma named the Outstanding Environmental Education Program. … Read More »

Celebrate Wild Steelhead Month

Respect, Restore, Celebrate Wild Steelhead in Sonoma County! Wild Steelhead Festival, Healdsburg, February 5 & 6, 2010 Sponsored by The Redwood Empire Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Hotel Healdsburg, h2hotel and Russian River Keeper. Join the fun and help bring awareness about this threatened species. Contact Festival Director Liz Keeley for information. Snipped froom the event website:  Friday, February 5th, the 3rd Annual Healdsburg Wild Steelhead Festival will kick off with the Steelhead Gala Dinner held at Hotel Healdsburg, featuring fine… Read More »

Save Thousands Every Year Without Leaving Home

How Do You Conserve Water? Every morning, both my kitchen and bathroom facets must run for a minute or so until warm water flows. I imagine that is true for most households. In my small home that adds up to at least 4 gallons per day – one gallon per sink and two gallons for the shower. Doesn’t sound like much, but when I did the math I was quite startled: One Shower Per Day Households: Two 55-gallon drums per… Read More »