Kerry Rivers
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Action of the Month: Support Central Contra Costa’s Last Plastic Straw Campaign

The Central Contra Costa Last Plastic Straw campaign is continuing to gain momentum! This month, consider taking action to help stop the use of single-use plastic straws in Contra Costa by participating in the campaign.Actions you can take: Refuse plastic straws at restaurants – remember to say “No straw, please” when ordering a…See More
Jun 27
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Sunscreen Safety

Summer is upon us, and with it comes the need to slather on the sunscreen when heading outside. Did you know that many sunscreens are made with UV-blocking ingredients that protect our skin but can damage coral reefs? One such ingredient, Oxybenzone, has been found to cause “endocrine disruption, DNA damage and…See More
Jun 3
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Save Water: Plant native, drought-tolerant plants

Did you know that in California, we use an average of 30-60% of our water outdoors? Cutting water use in the yard or garden has the potential to make a big impact on your overall water use. For this year’s Community Resilience Challenge, consider making a pledge to save water. Choosing to plant native, drought-tolerant plants…See More
Apr 30
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Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Environment

One of the most rewarding sights to see in one’s garden is pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds fluttering from plant to plant. Pollinators play an important role in ecosystems, and are responsible for the growth of most flowers and foods we get to enjoy. To get started on a…See More
Mar 5
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Action of the Month: No Disposable Plastics

Single-use plastics like straws, utensils, and cups are everywhere, but do they have to be? Nope! Each of us can take individual actions to start a collective movement to reduce disposable plastics by simply saying no to disposables. There’s a reason “Reduce” comes first in the saying “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, and that’s because Reduce is the most effective of the three R’s. Why? Because you don’t have to throw something away if it’s not produced in the first place! This month, eliminate straws…See More
Feb 5
Tyler Snortum-Phelps replied to Kerry Rivers's discussion All About Egg Labels
"And don't forget, the very BEST eggs are those from your own backyard! In March, you can learn everything you need to know to set up your own small flock. Registration and information is HERE."
Jan 3
Kerry Rivers posted a discussion

All About Egg Labels

When you go to the grocery store, there are a variety of eggs to choose from: cage-free, free-range, pasture-raised, organic, Certified Humane, non-GMO, etc. What exactly do each of those labels mean? Cage-Free: The chickens laying eggs “cage-free” are un-caged and free to walk and nest. They may not have outdoor…See More
Jan 2
Tina King Neuhausel replied to Kerry Rivers's discussion 10 Gift Alternatives for the Holidays
"Thank you for the great ideas Kerry! I'm planning to try making homemade body butter. "
Dec 6, 2017
Alison Clary replied to Kerry Rivers's discussion 10 Gift Alternatives for the Holidays
" I've been stumped on gift ideas and there are some great ones here! Thank you."
Dec 5, 2017
Kerry Rivers posted a discussion

10 Gift Alternatives for the Holidays

It’s officially December, which means shopping season is ramping up. Why not forego the mall this year, and consider alternatives to the typical holiday gifts? Check out the list below for some ideas: Campground Reservation - Enjoy the great outdoors!Reusable Lunch Kit – Some kit ideas: Stainless steel or glass…See More
Dec 3, 2017
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Climate Change & Fire Risk

Last month we witnessed the devastating impacts of fire that was fueled by years of drought and a recent welcomed (but dangerous) rainy season.  It seems counter-intuitive that we’d see an increased fire danger after a rainy 2016-2017, but there’s a reason for it. First, the dead and dry vegetation from the drought…See More
Oct 31, 2017
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Action of the Month: Say No to Plastic Straws

Did you know that 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded in the US every single day? That’s enough to wrap around the entire circumference of the earth 2.5 times, and is a lot of waste that can easily roll, drift, or blow into the environment (on land and in our oceans) and harm wildlife.A couple of years ago, a…See More
Sep 30, 2017

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Avoiding the Microbead: DIY Face Scrubs and Washes

Have you heard about microbeads?  They are tiny beads made of plastic that can be found in some face washes and even some toothpastes. Unfortunately, microbeads are small enough that they can pass through water treatment plants and end up in our waterways, where they easily absorb pollutants.  Marine organisms may mistake microbeads for food, which…

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Posted on February 26, 2015 at 9:30pm

Look Who's Taking Action: Urban Tilth

It is pretty cool to be able to go out to your garden and pick fresh vegetables to include in your lunch or dinner.  However, not everyone has the ability to grow their own food, and some areas may lack fresh produce in their grocery stores.  To improve access to fresh vegetables in more communities,…

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Posted on January 29, 2015 at 7:34pm

Sharing Rides—Getaround, Spinlister, Zipcar

If you have a car or bike (or need one) and you are ready to embrace the “sharing economy”, there are various sites that make it easy to do so.  Zipcar and Getaround are avenues for car sharing, while Spinlister is a sharing platform for bikes, snowboards,  and skis.   If you are looking to share peer-to-peer, then explore Getaround and Spinlister.  Zipcar…

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Posted on January 2, 2015 at 8:00pm

Fun Outdoor Activities in Contra Costa County

Looking for fun, local outdoor activities this winter?  There are many opportunities in Contra Costa County to get outdoors and enjoy what our beautiful cities have to offer.  Whether it’s a race, kayaking trip, or a community cleanup event, it will feel great to get out there and do something!  Check out the list…

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Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:30pm

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