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Save Energy: Participate in Bike to Work Day on May 11!

Trying to figure out what Community Resilience Challenge pledge to make (and complete) to save energy?  The perfect opportunity is coming up this month – Bike to Work Day! Not only will it build some exercise into your daily routine, it will help the environment by keeping some more cars off the road.  Fewer cars = fewer…See More
Apr 30
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Action of the Month: Be Heard - Get Politically Active!

Clean water and air, fuel efficiency standards, EPA funding, protecting open space, banning dangerous pesticides, CLIMATE CHANGE… if any of these issues are important to you, now is the time to speak up and let your representatives know. What’s the first step? Know who your elected officials are.…See More
Apr 4
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Household Hazardous Waste: What to do with Cleaners and other Chemicals

Nail polish remover, paint, kerosene, window cleaner… Sometimes we buy cleaners and other chemicals, use them a couple of times, and then retire them to the back of a bathroom cabinet or that dusty shelf in the garage.  So what do you do with that stuff when you want to get those chemicals out of your life or you just…See More
Feb 27
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Rain: Slow it, Spread it, Sink it!

Green hillsides, full reservoirs, and flowing creeks are signs that our drought woes may be subsiding (at least for now).  Yet, the glorious downpours bring up another issue: stormwater runoff. Aside from what’s collected in rain barrels or absorbed into the land, much of the rain ends up flowing into the street and…See More
Jan 26
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Look Who's Taking Action: Conscientious Consumers

Making decisions and purchases is a part of every day life. To make more environmentally and socially conscientious purchases, check for certifications and product standards like the ones listed below: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) CertificationFSC certification ensures that products such as paper and…See More
Jan 4
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Climate Change Refresher

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends and family members, and to eat a lot of really good food.  Conversations may range from friendly piecrust discussions to exciting political discourse.  One subject that seems likely to come up over the holidays this year is that of climate change, you know, that…See More
Nov 28, 2016
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Fresh from the Farmers’ Market!

So long tomatoes and watermelon… hello brussels sprouts, apples, and acorn squash!  Shop at your local Farmers’ Market to embrace the produce of the fall and winter seasons. If you need some extra motivation to say goodbye to summer fruits and vegetables (even if they’re at your grocery store year-round), take a look at some mouth-watering recipes for seasonal produce below. Breakfast Apple Granola CrispRecipe by…See More
Nov 2, 2016
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Action of the Month: Compost!

Whether it’s starting backyard (or indoor) composting or participating in curbside organics collection, there’s no time like the present to begin composting!  Compost is a nutrient-rich soil amendment made up of broken-down organic materials such as vegetable scraps, landscape trimmings, and coffee grounds.  It can be added to…See More
Oct 2, 2016
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Action of the Month: Plastic Free July – and Beyond!

Have you heard of the Plastic Free July challenge?  It is a global challenge aiming to reduce society’s demand for disposable plastics by encouraging people to decline single-use plastics such as plastic grocery bags, straws, and packaging.  According to Plastic Free July, approximately 60,000 people…See More
Aug 2, 2016
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Summer Water-Saving Practices

California’s mandatory drought restrictions have been lifted, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop water conservation efforts.  According to the State Water Board, approximately 60% of California still remains in a severe drought. Continuing…See More
Jul 3, 2016
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Outdoor Gear – Just Rent It!

Backpack, tent, sleeping bag, bear-safe canister, food, water… If you are planning a backpacking or camping trip, these are probably some of the things on your mind.  A lot goes into planning an outdoor adventure, and it can be a bit daunting to look at the price tags for gear, especially if you’ve never been…See More
May 25, 2016
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Build Community: Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved and support your community.  Check out Sustainable Contra Costa’s Network events page and the Community Resilience Challenge Calendar of Events to see…See More
May 2, 2016
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Grow Food: Learn to Can and Preserve the Bounty

Summertime is just around the corner, which means many of you are preparing to plant your summer edible garden (which is a great CRC Action)!  Another action that complements growing an edible garden is learning how to can and preserve, so you can enjoy the bounty…See More
Apr 29, 2016
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Apr 24, 2016
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Action of the Month: Litter Cleanup

It’s Earth Month – or rather, one of twelve Earth Months :)  If you’re looking for ideas on how to help the Earth this month (or year-round), consider a litter cleanup.  Whether it’s volunteering with a group or picking up a few pieces of trash from the ground on your lunch break, you will have a positive impact on the environment. …See More
Apr 3, 2016
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Look Who’s Taking Action: City of Martinez Implements Organics Recycling Program

Martinez is the latest City in Contra Costa County to adopt an Organics Recycling Program to divert organic materials from the landfill!  The program, which began on January 1st, 2016, allows residents to toss food scraps, food-soiled paper, yard debris, and other…See More
Jan 31, 2016

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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…


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,…


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…


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…


Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:30pm

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