Are EIA’s Necessary In Regards To Plastic Bag Bans?

In 1969, the National Environmental Policy Act was created so that officials who make decisions affecting environmental changes are fully informed of the environmental aspects and consequences prior to making their final decision.  Policies that might impact our environment are things like plastic bag bans, building a dam, building a park, new roads, ect.   To retrieve all the information … [Read more...]

San Francisco Working Towards Expanding Plastic Bag Ban

In 2007, San Francisco was the first city in the U. S. to pass a plastic bag ban, but it initially focused only on large grocery stores and pharmacies.  Now, San Francisco wants to expand the ban to include most businesses, including restaurants.  If customers forget to bring their reusable grocery bag, the ban would impose a .10$ fee for any plastic or paper bags handed out at check out. Save … [Read more...]

Bring Your Reusable Grocery Bag To A Farmers Market

There are a lot of local benefits to hosting Farmers Markets.  Farmers Markets benefit producers, consumers, the environment, the community and the economy. Producers Farmers Markets help the farmers by cutting out the middleman and thereby allowing increased financial returns through direct selling, price control, and a regular cash flow.  Consumers are able to talk directly with the farmer … [Read more...]

Save Our Shores To Hand Out Reusable Grocery Bags in Santa Cruz County

Save Our Shores, located in California, is a community leader in  marine environment issues including ocean awareness, advocacy and citizen action.   Their core initiatives are plastic pollution clean up, clean boating, and ocean health. Over the last 30 years, Save Our Shores has accomplished many positive environmental outcomes.  For example, they were instrumental in establishing the … [Read more...]

California Shore Lines About to Get a Little Cleaner

President Obama has approved a ban, initiated by California Senator Joe Simitian in 2004, to force cruise and cargo ships to dump their sewage at least three miles out from any California coast.  Joe Simitian initiated the ban in 2004, along with Governor Schwarzenegger, but the EPA under the Bush administration never signed it. This banning of large ship sewage dumping is a triumph  for … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Show that someone special you love them by giving a gift you can both feel good about.  Purchasing eco-friendly gifts will show you put the same amount of thought into the gift that you give to them.  Every time your partner uses these gifts, they will think of your thoughtfulness not only for them, but for the planet. Drinking enough water and staying hydrated is vital to good health.  Help … [Read more...]

San Luis Obispo County IWMA Sued By Save The Plastic Bag

Save The Plastic Bag Coalition is suing San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority, seeking a writ of mandate to set aside, void, annul, repeal and terminate the implementation and enforcement of the IWMA’s ordinance fully adopted on Jan. 11, 2012.  The new ordinance states that grocery stores, pharmacies and other big box stores charge at least .10 cents for single use bags as … [Read more...]

Plastic Bag Ban In San Franciso Continues

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle In San Francisco, California, the Board of Supervisors voted to extend the plastic bag ban in order to encourage citizens to bring their reusable shopping bags when they go shopping.  Right now, the ban only applies to major grocery stores and pharmacies but come September 1, there will not be any more plastic … [Read more...]

Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle Comes to Santa Cruz

On February 16, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., at the UC Santa Cruz Music Recital Hall, Dr. Sylvia Earle will present the sixth Fred Keeley Lecture on Environmental Policy.  Sylvia Earle is an accomplished American oceanographer that has been educating the public since the 1960's.  On this lecture, her topic will be "Oceans, Life, and Survival" .  The event is free to the public and parking is available for … [Read more...]

Alejandro Duran Makes Art Out of Trash

The Sian Ka'an, an ecological preserve near Tulum, Mexico, is a beautiful peninsula in the Carribean Sea.  The name Sian Ka'an means, "Where The Sky Is Born," and is the first established Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. Currently, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and remains a high priority of protection for the state of Mexico. As the third largest protected area in Mexico, the Sian Ka'an … [Read more...]

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