Build it and they will walk and bike: youth, government, and developer collaborate for expedited infrastructure changes

by Kevin Anderson, The Climate Center “They already made those changes?” a student excitedly asked during a recent discussion in Mrs. Marika Ramsden’s One Planet Living class at Credo High School in Rohnert Park. There were a number of Credo students surprised to find that some of their very own recommendations for bike and pedestrian-related … Read more

The Dynamic Cycling Duo attack climate change and flat tires with passion

Alexis and Arlene making cable-adjustments

It’s official, Roseland has a Dynamic Cycling Duo. In fact, if you’re looking for a good example of Sonoma County residents taking it to the streets, look no further than Arlene Quiroz and Alexis Roldan. Arlene and Alexis attend Roseland University Prep (RUP), a small college-preparatory high school in the heart of Roseland. The Duo … Read more

Small actions make a difference: ECO2school’s 2017-2018 annual report

ECO2school students biking to school.

“How do we know we are making a difference?” Students often ask us this question after ECO2school events on their school campuses. It’s a fair inquiry. We encourage all of our students to think critically about how their actions impact themselves, their communities, and the planet. Students often cite full parking lots, long lines of … Read more

Casa Grande High School’s transportation trifecta

Kevin Anderson is an ECO2school Program Coordinator for The Climate Center. This year eight Sonoma County public high schools participated in our annual ECO2school Challenge, a friendly two-week competition that encourages students to choose sustainable modes of travel to and from school. Casa Grande High School deserves to be recognized for hitting the transportation trifecta! … Read more

Regional conference catalyzes students find their activist roots

YES attendees enjoying the morning keynote speeches

On Saturday February 24, 800 middle and high school students from all over the Bay Area gathered at Laney Junior College in Oakland for the fifth annual Youth for the Environmental and Sustainability (YES) Conference. Students traveled from all nine Bay Area counties by carpooling, bicycling, walking, using public transportation, and utilizing the shuttles provided … Read more

Center’s Youth Advisory Board shares climate solutions

We are still riding the wave of enthusiasm generated by the students at this year’s Green Teen Gathering. Environmentally-conscious student leaders have doubled down on their efforts to bring awareness to the climate crises in the wake of the worst wildfires in the history of California. We are so very blessed to be working with … Read more

Meal, heal, and change

As an organization committed to inspiring students to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is particularly saddening to comprehend the links between climate change and the California fires. With the fires still burning throughout Northern California, we are trying to make sense of what are being called the most deadly and destructive wildfires in California history. … Read more

ECO2school program cultivates youth leaders at first retreat

by Kevin Anderson, The Climate Center What did you do this summer? The Climate Center’s Youth Advisory Board spent their last days of summer vacation eating good food, hanging out with friends, and cultivating leadership skills while learning about climate change. These fifteen ambitious, conscientious trailblazers came together from across Sonoma County at ECO2school’s inaugural … Read more