Week of the Ocean: What do you know?

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This week is the National Week of the Ocean.  Yet we know very little about the waters that cover 70% of the earth’s surface and holds 96% of all the water in the world.

But there are things we have discovered over the years. Let’s see how much you know by taking the quiz below!

How much do you know about our oceans?

It's the National Week of the Ocean. How much do you know about these bodies of water and its inhabitants?

Habitat sweet habitat

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April is World Habitat Awareness Month. It celebrates the Earth’s diverse natural habitats, but also reminds us of their fragile nature. Not only are species endangered, so too are many of the world’s habitats.

Which habitat should you most likely should be in? Find out by taking out quiz. (And don’t forget to share your results!)

Which Habitat is Right for You?

Celebrate World Habitat Awareness Month by taking this fun quiz to find out what habitat is right for you!

T4CI Salutes César Chávez

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The last day of March is César Chávez’s birthday. The late social justice worker was also committed to helping the earth. He equated the farmer workers he worked for as the canaries in coal mines.

“Farm workers are society’s canaries.Those who live in the area of grape vineyards are constantly exposed to cancer, birth deformity, miscarriages, sterility, respiratory difficulties and death. You find toxic substances in the fields, streets, soils, air, water, playgrounds, parks, and the poison and killing of children continues unabated.”

Take a look at this mini bio of the inspiring leader:

Spring Cleaning? Think sustainable!

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Spring is a time to renew and to refresh, to leave the cramped, cold days of winter behind and prepare for the long, fun days of summer. During National Cleaning Week (March 27 – April 2), we’re advising using the week to focus on sustainable cleaning.

Here are some tips:

  • Choose products that are either compacted or are concentrated and hence use less packaging per job. This reduce the environmental impact of transportation.
  • Choose products in packaging made with the highest PCR (post-consumer recycled) content and that can be recycled or reused.
  • Make sure you select the optimal cleaning product for each cleaning task and spend wisely on efficient cleaning products. It will ensure you get the job done using the least amount of products, time and energy.
  • Look for products that are biodegradable or compostable and claim to be “petro-chemical-free,” “nontoxic,” or “septic-safe.”

 

 

Urban Cooling Achievement Award in memory of Art Rosenfeld

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The Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) has established an award to honor the legacy and impact of Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld’s advocacy for cooler buildings, cooler cities, and a cooler planet. Dr. Rosenfeld was a founder of GCCA and a tireless advocate for building materials that improve thermal comfort and make a positive impact on global climate change. The Urban Cooling Achievement Award will recognize leaders who demonstrate Art’s drive, passion, and intelligence to overcome the challenges of excess urban heat.

“Everywhere we work, we meet people inspired by Art who are trying to make their communities cooler, more prosperous, and healthier. I am excited to launch an award to honor their efforts and to highlight Art’s enduring legacy of inspiring positive global change” said Kurt Shickman, Executive Director of the Global Cool Cities Alliance.

Those wishing to donate to support the Dr. Arthur H. Rosenfeld Urban Cooling Achievement Award may do so at https://www.globalcoolcities.org/rosenfeld- award/

Test your water knowledge on World Water Day

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Water: the essential building block of life.  So much so that in 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day.

But how much do you really know about H2O?

It’s time to take the T4CI Water Quiz to find out.

Test your water knowledge

Water Quiz

 

 

 

Celebrating International Day of Forests

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Today marks the United Nations’ fifth annual International Day of Forests, a day to celebrate the important and diverse contributions of the world’s forests and help to protect the health of forest ecosystems worldwide.

Forests presently cover 30 per cent of the Earth’s land area, or nearly 4 billion hectares. Sustainably managed forests are healthy, productive, resilient and renewable ecosystems which provide essential goods and services to people worldwide. An estimated 1.6 billion people – 25 per cent of the global population – depend on forests for subsistence, livelihood, employment and income generation.

Forests provide goods such as wood, food, fuel, fibre, fodder, and other non-wood products. They provide a range of ecosystem services, from soil, land, water and biodiversity conservation to climate change mitigation and adaptation, from clean air to reducing the risk of natural disasters including floods, landslides, droughts, and dust and sand storms.

Here’s more information on the celebration.

T4CI welcomes new staff member

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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.

Join us: Faith, Family Farms, & Food Access Conference

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T4CI program, The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative, is hosting its fifth annual “Faith, Family Farms, & Food Access” conference on Tuesday, March 21st from 1:30 to 7:30 pm.     

The conference features Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and secular speakers, including Bay Area and national innovators implementing sustainability and food access programs. Presenters also include farmers seeking to partner with local congregations to establish CSA (Community Supported  Agriculture) drop sites and produce stands at faith-based sites.  

Go to www.interfaithfood.org or call (707) 634-4672 for more information.

The conference is supported with key funding from: California Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant Program and the Presbyterian Hunger Program.

Green isn’t just for the Irish: Earth-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day

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If you are already going green this St. Patrick’s Day, you should think about making the holiday a real green event by becoming more eco-friendly.

That’s because,  the ‘Green’ holiday is anything but! Think of all the waste from cups, banners, confetti, hats and trinkets.

Our planet needs more than luck to save its environment. It needs everyone doing their part – even a small part – to make it safe and less toxic. And the best part: you’ll be wearing the green’ every day if you start thinking eco-friendly!

And it’s easy to get greener than ever this holiday:

  • Buy locally brewed beer. What’s St. Patrick’s Day without a beer for most individuals?” When you buy beer that is ‘less travelled’ plus put it in a reusuable beer mug or glass, you are hitting a pot of ‘green’ gold!
  • Eat green. Locally-produced food (including corned beef and cabbage) will not only support the local economy while providing you with the freshest food, but also reduce the need for long-distance food distribution that now accounts for up 17 times more greenhouse gas.
  • Leave the car behind. Take a cue from those in Ireland and walk if you can. Or find alternative ways to get to parties by taking a bus, train or share a cab to the Irish destination.
  • Plant something green. If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint – the amount of carbon dioxide generated annually as the result of your person consumption – become a modern Johnny Appleseed and put down some trees.
  • Use environmentally responsible house cleaning products. Once the festivities are over, let the house sparkle like a pot of gold by cleaning it with eco-friendly, chemical free cleaners.