As farmers markets begin to bustle and produce stands pop-up along the roadside, celebrating National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month presents a fresh and delectable invitation for a summer meal. Whether from a stand, you picked-it-yourself at a local farm, grew it in your backyard, or had a friendly neighbor knock on your door, ‘lettuce’ take a bite of all that is yummy.
Much of our work at T4CI lends itself to healthy, fresh produce that focuses on sustainability. One of our projects, The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative, for example, is working to get fresh fruits and veggies in religious communities and their food pantries. And the central T4CI team in Oakland is always up to anything fresh and edible.
Here are the office favorite fruits and vegetables:
Ty: Mango and Chickpeas
Stephen: Mango and Sweet Potato
Carolyn: Opal Apples and Broccoli
Tenzin: Apples and Spinach
Jessica: Blueberries and Broccolini
Laura: Grapefruit and Celery
Kvetka: Apples and Peas
Kristin: Cherries and Brussels Sprouts
Shannon: Avocados and Jicama
We’re hungry for more, so please share your favorite fruits and veggies with us in the comment section.
This Mother’s Day weekend, T4CI would like to introduce you to the woman considered by most the mother of the environmental movement: Rachel Carson.
Carson was the first woman to take and pass the civil service exam for federal employment. And in 1936 she began working for Bureau of Fisheries as a biologist. She wrote several books on the environment and in 1952 left the Bureau to pursue a full-time writing career.
Her environmental writings inspired the nation to look at environmental problems seriously. Her book Silent Spring, published in 1962, provoked a national reexamination — and ban — of the use of DDT, a pesticide shown to cause and that its agricultural use was a threat to wildlife, particularly birds.
In it, she said:
“In nature nothing exists alone.”
Carson’s writings were attacked by chemical manufacturers who painted her as an alarmist and even attempted to dismiss her findings because she was a woman. But Carson also had powerful advocates, among them President John F. Kennedy, who established a presidential committee to investigate pesticides.
T4CI has experienced tremendous growth over the past three years (~$18-$20M annual revenue) and seek a savvy and experienced senior development professional to join our downtown Oakland team. This is a newly created position and we are poised to hire immediately.
The Senior Advisor, Fundraising/Development will be a multi-faceted leader with well-rounded generalist skills in nonprofit fundraising and development. Although we seek a seasoned and experienced development generalist, this position is somewhat unique as it does not entail routinely raising funds to support the Trust for Conservation Innovation directly, and thus it is not titled with the traditional “development director” moniker.
As an in-house coach, advisor, and thought partner, the Senior Advisor’s primary function will be to provide ongoing advisory support, coaching and training to the approximately 50 nonprofit programs in our portfolio. This position will be an ideal fit for a leader who has held both senior in-house roles and who has also served nonprofit clients via a consulting/professional services role.
This week is National Environmental Education Week. Held each spring around the time of Earth Day, National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) promotes the understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12 students and educators, and people of all ages in an inspired week of environmental learning and service.
At T4CI, our projects take education very seriously as part of their mission. Here’s a sample of what some have been up to:
Building Codes Assistance Project: We are educating/inspiring architects and engineers in 22 cities on how to incorporate solar photovoltaics into their building plan projects, to increase use of solar energy and reduce demand for fossil fuels.
Sane Energy Project: One of our campaigns is WinWindNY. We have secured a commitment from our Governor to purchase offshore wind off the coast of NYC. Our work right now is to let the public know offshore wind is going to happen and how they can participate in the process in its development.
SOUL:We’re hosting a 10-hour educational series about the urban forest and its potential to mitigate decrease flooding, subsidence, air, water and soil pollution, the urban heat island effect, and improve community health.
Would you like to help our projects education the world? Please consider a donation to one of our projects at: http://t4ci.org/sponsored/
Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the anti-war protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was originally aimed at creating a mass environmental movement. It began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of air and water pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.
And although it’s decades later, there’s still so much to be done. That’s why our projects are on the front lines stimulating change everyday. Here’s just a sample of the plans for Earth Day 2017:
Menlo Spark: We’re celebrating the first anniversary of the Menlo Green Challenge with some exciting contests to help people Park take climate actions, compete with their neighbors to see who can be greenest, and save money.
Sane Energy Project: On Earth Day, we will be active with all of our volunteers with art windmills, storytelling in the public square with a giant storybook. We’ll be encouraging the public to participate in letter writing, calls, hearings and community meetings.
SOUL: We’re partnering with The Port of New Orleans on Friday, April 21 for an Earth Day event to clean the storm drains of debris and trash removal. We will plant native water-loving trees at this site in the fall. On Saturday, April 22, SOUL is hosting a maintenance day at the Rosa H. Keller Library’s rain garden. Volunteers will weed, remove invasive species, plant native Irises and mulch.
At T4CI, we celebrate Earth Day everyday, and we hope you do too. Often, however, the question arises, “How do we teach our children about how to take care of the earth? After all, it is their responsibility too.”
We put together a few tips to help. Check ’em out. (And remember to share, too!)
Two of our projects are looking to hire! Are you a fit for one of these new careers?
CHANGE director – Californians for a Healthy & Green Economy (CHANGE) is looking for a new director, who will advance the production of safe, affordable, and accessible alternatives to toxic chemicals, spurring economic growth in vulnerable communities and creating a healthy, green, sustainable economy for all. The job announcement and details is here.
WaterNow Alliance director of team operations – WaterNow Alliance (WNA) is a network of water utility leaders dedicated to expanding sustainable water solutions in their communities. The Alliance focuses on innovative strategies to accelerate adoption of reuse and efficiency technologies, green infrastructure, watershed health, stormwater recapture and groundwater management. Reporting to Executive Director (ED), the Director of Team Operations will serve as a key leadership team member and an active participant in strategic planning, mission execution and fundraising The job announcement and details is here.
With incredible growth the past three years, T4CI is currently looking for an experienced and forward-thinking program operations manager to join our downtown Oakland-based team. This is a newly created position and we are poised to hire immediately.
Please welcome the newest member of our T4CI team: Kristin Fischer, as the human resources director.
In this newly-created position, she not only fulfills the traditional HR role for the organization, but also works as T4CI’s talent developer, capacity-builder, and executive steward of our most important resources – our team members.
Kristin was formerly the director of people operations at Villarreal Hutner PC and oversaw human resources, and support staff management. Prior to this role, she was the director of implementation services at Eatec Corporation.
Kristin holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from Kenyon College as well as a Grande Diploma in Culinary Arts at Ecole Ritz Escoffier.
A self-proclaimed “Gilmore Girls “addict, she also enjoys hiking, travel, and Wii “Just Dance” competitions with her family.
The Bay Area Resilient by Design Challenge (RbD) is an international design competition that will propose innovative, scalable, and financeable resilience projects on 10 sites along the San Francisco Bay shoreline.
Over the course of 15 months, RbD will invite Bay Area, national, and international designers, architects, developers, and financiers to create and implement visionary, realistic, and replicable solutions that enable neighborhoods and communities to adapt now to the future effects of rising sea levels, increasing storms and flooding, and seismic vulnerabilities. These solutions will be developed in partnership with residents, businesses, and community-based organizations, and with local and regional political leaders. Just as important, they will bring multiple benefits to those communities and the region, e.g., protecting at-risk populations, enhancing the natural environment, and bolstering critical infrastructure.
Currently the organization is hiring for two positions.
Communications Manager – who will work with the Managing Director to develop and execute all communications strategies, outreach, and materials.
Administrative Project Assistant – who will support the rest of the RbD team, including the Managing Director and Program Managers. The assistant role includes coordinating agendas, meeting and event planning, travel, and supporting the Executive Board and other committee work.