Entries by Amy Jolly

Student commute programs cut emissions significantly

World wide transportation accounts for only 13 percent of our carbon footprint 1.  However, in the Bay Area transportation is biggest GHG contributor, 2 and here in semi-rural Sonoma County, transportation accounts for more than half of our greenhouse gas emissions 3.  We drive a lot. So what can we do about it? The Sonoma County Transit Authority […]

Excellence in Transportation Award

Caltrans recently recognized the Bay Area’s Spare the Air Youth Program with an Excellence in Transportation Award in the Public Awareness Campaigns category. Only 13 projects received awards out of nearly 100 entries for this year’s program – from within Caltrans, public agencies, private contractors, and consultants across the state. Spare the Air Youth coordinates […]

Join us for a Green Teen Gathering

Join us for Sonoma County’s fourth annual Green Teen Gathering. When: Friday, November 18, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm Where: Montgomery High School Cafeteria Food will be available for purchase. The Green Teen Gathering is a youth-organized, youth-led event sponsored by The Climate Center’s Youth Advisory Board. Students on the Youth Advisory Board learn leadership and life skills […]

Youth Leader Spotlight: Zalvina prioritizes climate!

In high schools across Sonoma County, the ECO2school program works with students to support climate protection issues using a service-learning model. Collaborating with teenagers, along with their mentor teachers, the program provides opportunities for young people to take leadership roles in their schools and beyond. This work impacts the school communities – and also has a long-lasting impact on the students themselves. […]

ECO2school summer interns

Who has the experience and enthusiasm to communicate climate issues to teenagers across Sonoma County? Why, fellow students, of course! The ECO2school Program continues to bring in student interns from around the county to educate others and spread the word about environmental issues. This summer, the ECO2school Program is working with a four-person creative team of summer interns to develop a series […]

7 Steps to Phase Out Carbon Emissions From American Transportation

Here in Sonoma County, 65 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. That is why the ECO2school program focuses on changing students’ transportation habits. Angie Schmitt with Streetsblog USA highlights seven easy actions we all can take now to cut down the miles we drive and to reduce our carbon footprints. 1. Walkable […]

ECO2school Challenge slideshow

From April 11-22, The Climate Center’s ECO2school program supported Sonoma County high schools in the annual “ECO2school Challenge.” The Challenge encourages students to make eco-friendly choices about how they get to school: biking, walking, or carpooling. During the Challenge, ECO2school leaders at each school host activities to engage their peers and increase participation. Favorite activities include the pedal-powered bicycle blender […]

Youth Provide a Voice for Climate Protection at BAAQMD

The Climate Center’s Youth Advisory Board took their climate message to San Francisco earlier this month to present to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District about the ECO2school program’s accomplishments. The meeting was powerfully moving for both the student participants as well as the board members. Johanna Paine, a senior at Montgomery High School, shared her message […]