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 — February 2018
Don’t Forget to Vote!
In the next few days, you will receive in the mail your Election of Officers Ballot Envelope. Please vote for the candidates listed or write in a person of your choice. And, of course, we are asking you to fill in the Volunteer Card as well. Pick your favorite interest (s). We will call you. Our members are TCEC’s chief asset. Your help is vital to our many projects and activities.
Also note: a special insert from Caroline asking for your help (topic suggestions and hands-on assistance) with displays at the Fremont Main Library.
RM 3 Traffic Relief Measure Heads for June Ballot
At its January 24 meeting, the Bay Area Toll Authority (an affiliate agency governed by the MTC commissioners) gave a green light to Regional Measure 3, which would raise tolls on the region’s state-owned bridges to finance a $4.5 billion suite of projects to improve mobility in the bridge corridors and their approaches. Known as RM 3, the measure calls for raising tolls by $1 in 2019, followed by two additional $1 increases spread out over six years, and will appear on ballots across the nine Bay Area counties on June 5, 2018. An MTC opinion poll conducted in late 2017 showed strong support among Bay Area voters for raising tolls to improve BART, reduce freeway bottlenecks, and make enhancements to bus, ferries and commuter rail service. Source: MTC/ABAG
Thank you, Mr. Anonymous
Many thanks to Mr. (or Miss, Mrs. or Ms.) Anonymous for the $1000 donation. We are grateful for the extra funds that help us continue many of our special projects and programs. TCEC’s Eco-Grants and library donations are just two of these. Also thank you to Marsha Badella, Mia Mora, Davi Isaac and Tom Browne for their extra contributions. Thank you all!
LEAF Benefits from TCEC Eco-Grant
Ten new raised planter beds will soon be available at the LEAF Center in Niles. Zubayr Mohammad’s Eagle Scout project will add these much needed planters to the 30-40 existing ones, which are popular and heavily-used. He has given their construction a great deal of thought and they should last a long time. Zubayr received funding of $300. Good luck on your project!
Looking for Library Display Case Help …..in Your Ballot
Yes, it’s time for the annual ballot and requests for volunteers. One of the volunteer needs is help with the library displays at the Fremont Main Library. We have become so popular with our fantastic displays that we need extra help. You will be working with Caroline Harris (and others). Another need is volunteers for the upcoming Earth Day(s). Send in your volunteer card.
Ducks for Bucks Coming Soon
The ecology center will again be taking part in the annual Ducks for Bucks race. Ann Morrison and Janis Stob will co-chair the fund-raising effort. This year, the D4B race will occur on Saturday, April 28 at Lake Elizabeth. Watch for Ducks for Bucks information, registration form and envelope in your March newsletter.
This Year…Two Earth Day Events
The third weekend in April is going to be a busy one. On April 21, the City of Fremont and Washington Hospital are once again teaming up to host Let’s Go Green Together, an Earth Day event. The hours are from 11am to 3pm. The event will be held at the Washington West Building, 2500 Mowry Avenue. There will be booths both indoors and outdoors.
The second Earth Day program is on Sunday, April 22 from 10am to 3pm. It is sponsored by LEAF and will be held at the LEAF Center in the Niles Nursery. It will emphasize climate change and sustainable living. Workshops and booths will be featured in an outdoor setting.
And, yes, we will need volunteers for both Earth Day events. See page 12. More details to come.
Library Donation Hits All Time High
This is TCEC’s 46th annual book/DVD donation to the Alameda County libraries in the Tri-City area. This year, there are 24 titles: 13 books in the children/juvenile category, 7 for adults, three miscellaneous books and one DVDs….for a total of 103 books/DVDs.
This year’s book donation for adults includes three books concerning climate change. The titles are: The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change, Water Will Come and The Climate War. In addition, we included publications about bees and bicycles to add to last year’s donation. They are: Beekeeping for Dummies and Just Ride.
This year’s choices of children/juvenile books includes six books published by Dawn Publishing that specializes in nature books for ages 3 to 12. There’s a Bug on My Book and Tall Tall Trees are examples. The latter was selected as the 2018 Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teacher’s Assoc. and Children’s Book Council. Dawn Publishing is located in Nevada City CA.
Over the years, the ecology center has donated approximately $55,000 worth of books, videos and DVDs to the Fremont, Newark and Union City county libraries. This is our longest-running annual donation program…thanks to you, our members. We hope to continue it for many more years.
Update on Puerto Rico Migrant Health Clinic
Hello Donna, I have some good news. As we wrap up fundraising (we are within $96 of our fundraising goal), the gears are in motion to put solar on the Migrant Health Clinic (MHC) in Maricao. New Energy is putting the finishing touches on the engineering drawings. I am excited to report that next week, Alejandro from New Energy will be presenting the engineering plans for MHC to 50 people including President Bill Clinton in a meeting in DC. The Clinton Foundation has been working in Puerto Rico since the hurricane to help with clean energy issues.
Our MHC project has catalyzed others. After I initially approached the Solar Foundation wanting to install a solar emergency microgrid on a small, rural medical clinic, Solar Foundation created a program called Solar Saves Lives. There are now 10 clinics and hospitals in the queue after MHC to receive solar power and energy storage that will serve their critical loads. Kelsey at the Solar Foundation has been doing a great job pulling this all together: coordinating donations of equipment, financial donations, and local solar installation firms doing pro bono installation.
My husband and I are proud to be part of this project with all of you. Thanks to Tri-City Ecology for the $400 donation and coming on this journey with us. More details soon. Yours in sustainable community, Justine
The World’s Largest Ivory Market Just Banned Ivory!!
Hong Kong’s ivory market is gigantic — responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of elephants. With these amazing creatures careening towards extinction, conservation organization Avaazers launched a massive petition, sent thousands of messages to Hong Kong legislators, got many engaged directly with the campaign, and built a media storm right before the vote — legislators even held up the campaign ads during the debate! On February 4, the ban became law.
Source: Avaaz is a 46-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages.