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

by Kevin Anderson, Center for Climate Protection “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 […]

Center for Climate Protection youth scholarship program now open

In all of human history, we have never known an existential threat like climate change. But humans are cognitively wired to deny, ignore, or remain complacent to the crisis regardless of the floods, droughts, wildfires, rising sea levels, and other evidence surrounding us. With the current federal administration, climate change deniers and fossil fuel leaders […]

Solana Jolly spices up low-carbon commutes with Windsor High Green Week

Solana Jolly, a senior at Windsor High and co-president of the “Green Team,” recently organized a “Green Week” as her senior project. The week was supported by the staff of the Center for Climate Protection’s ECO2school program. Green Week engaged students in activities geared towards encouraging a shift in how students get to and from […]

Pairing a passion for change with a positive future: A climate career social

by Ivy Stuart, Center for Climate Protection The Center for Climate Protection’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) once again demonstrated their passion and commitment to positive action in response to the climate crisis with the Green Careers Pathway Social. Environmentally-savvy youth from high schools across Sonoma County joined together with peers and panelists to discuss and […]

Meet our World Changers program interns

The Center for Climate Protection’s World Changers program is fostering the next generation of climate leaders. This semester we have two interns, one from Sonoma State and one from the Santa Rosa Junior College who are putting their knowledge and passion together for climate action. Allison Piazzoni is a senior at Sonoma State University. She […]

Youth Advisory Board speaking with climate scientist Carl Mears.

Equipped with integrity, curiosity, and hope, youth leaders discover the power of policy

Youth play a key role in implementing speed and scale climate solutions. The Center’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) students have been excitedly working on individual climate projects at their respective schools. Projects include developing sustainability kits and climate presentations, organizing a “No-Idling” STEM project, coordinating an on-campus “green week” celebration, and participating in a 350.org […]

The youth climate response – when impatience is a virtue

It is hard not to notice the upwelling of young people leading the way in the current climate movement. As a youth leadership program, this is an exciting time to listen and be inspired! By now most have heard Swedish 16-year old Greta Thunberg, “I don’t want your hope,…I want you to act.” Greta has […]

BayCLIC tackles transportation

The Bay Area Climate Literacy Impact Collaborative (BayCLIC) is a professional network dedicated to ensuring that visitors to the Bay Area’s array of renowned educational institutions learn about the core elements of climate change and feel both motivated and empowered to take action. The Center for Climate Protection plays a support role for BayCLIC, facilitating […]

Alexis and Arlene making cable-adjustments

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

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 […]

Carbon benefits add up with bike commutes that offer a nature fix and a safe commute with friends

Rincon Valley in Santa Rosa is like many neighborhoods throughout the United States. It’s a neighborhood full of children, schools, and childcare, and on any given day, there are approximately 4,000 children being transported via car around the area, from infants to high-schoolers. All this schlepping around Rincon Valley adds up to approximately 12,000 pounds […]