TCEC members receive the Eco-Logic Newsletter, which is published monthly except for July/August and November/December issues. Each issue is full of local environmental news, events and activities, and ways you can get involved in environmental issues. Review a sample (past) issue.
Online, we feature the Closer Look column, written for our newsletter by TCEC Publications Chairperson, Donna Olsen.
Closer Look — November/December 2017
Two Opportunities for You
At the end of each year, the ecology center has two projects that we think you might like to take part in. The first is helping us select environmental organizations or causes that we (you!) believe are doing a particularly noteworthy of job in their chosen area. This results in a donation, ranging from $200 to $500. The selection of approximately 10 groups happens in December. If you have a favorite, please let us know who and why before December 6. Contact me at email@example.com.
The second chance for your input is our annual book (DVD, etc.) donation to the five libraries in the tri-city area. Have you come across a book or film that you feel belongs in our local libraries? We donate about $1500 worth of material each year. Again, please let us know at the above email address or mail the choice to TCEC, PO Box 674, Fremont CA 94537.
Adrienne Would Like to Retire
Adrienne Stephens has been our Bio-Compostable Champion for about 10 years. And she would like to pass the job along to someone else. What does the bio-compostable Chair do? He/she keeps track of the current stock, orders more when it gets low and picks the order up at the local business in Hayward.
Our Bio-Compostable “perk” for TCEC members is extremely popular. The dishware, etc. is used by dozens of our members for daily use or big events. If you are interested, contact Adrienne or Donna through our website.
Want to Simplify the Holidays?
This month, as Christmas decorations go up, we are reminded of how much the holiday season is at odds with our values. What should be a time of connection and celebration has become an onslaught of shopping, spending, and frenzied preparations. Pressure to center the holidays around consumerism often leaves us feeling exhausted instead of uplifted. That’s why every year New Dream encourages our community to Simplify the Holidays and prioritize connection over consumption.
From an alternative gift catalog filled with hundreds of meaningful gift ideas to SoKind, an online registry that will encourage your loved ones to give gifts that align with your lifestyle and values, we have resources for anyone who wants to focus on more of what matters this holiday and less of what doesn’t.
Not ready to start thinking about the holidays yet? Not a problem. Our resources are available whenever you want to start simplifying your season. Here’s to a season filled with more connection and less stuff! Happy Holidays from New Dream, 301-891-3683, firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Spare the Air Season
During the Winter Spare the Air Season, from November 1 through February 28, the Air District calls Winter Spare the Air Alerts when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy due to fine particulate pollution, primarily from wood smoke. When an alert is in effect, it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors in the Bay Area for a full 24-hours. Natural gas, propane or electric fireplaces do not release unhealthy smoke into the air and can be used during Winter Spare the Air Alerts. Source: BAAQMD
Holiday Tree Curbside Collection
Free holiday tree collection is offered to residents of Newark, Fremont and Union City. Trees are taken to a compost facility to be turned into beneficial mulch and compost.
Simply place trees curbside for pick-up on your regular service day during the removal period for Your city. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, other decorations, and stands before placing your tree at the curb. Trees taller than 5’ must be cut down, and no flocked trees are accepted.
Trees will be picked up curbside on your regular collection day during these weeks:
- Fremont Residents: January 2 – 12, 2018
- Newark Residents: January 15 – 26, 2018
- Union City Residents: December 26, 2017- January 31, 2018
Collection provided by Tri-CED in Union City.
This collection schedule is for single family homes with individual waste services. For multi-family tree disposal, please contact your property manager or HOA. Happy Holidays from Republic Services of Alameda County! From Jennifer Makin, Republic Services
Spread the Love…Volunteer for MedShare
Join MedShare as we improve the quality of life of people and our planet! When you volunteer with MedShare, you know that you’re making a difference in the lives of patients around the world. Help us prepare medical supplies for delivery to underserved communities in 100 countries. In just three hours, you’ll touch the lives of hundreds of individuals in need of medical care, whether they’re on the other side of the world or just across the street!
To sign up for a session, visit www.medshare.org/volunteer and join our volunteer corps of more than 22,000 local humanitarians! Source: Pat Kite and Eric Talbert | MedShare Western Regional Director, 2937 Alvarado Street, San Leandro, CA 94577, 510-567-7070 ext. 108, email@example.com