Cocoa 4 Carpools – Treats for Sustainable Transit

Did you ever want to get rewarded for doing the right thing? This February students across Sonoma County delivered an important message to their peers, encouraging them to walk, bike, bus, or carpool to school. As a reward, the eco-club greeted students with either a delicious cookie or a cup of piping hot cocoa. What […]

YES conference provides hope and inspiration to climate activists

by Amy Jolly, Center for Climate Protection It was a packed house at the Youth for Environment and Sustainability Conference this year as 500 teens from across the Bay Area came together on February 25th at the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco. The conference – organized by Bay Area Air Quality Management District and […]

Student commute programs cut emissions significantly

World wide transportation accounts for only 13 percent of our carbon footprint 1.  However, in the Bay Area transportation is biggest GHG contributor, 2 and here in semi-rural Sonoma County, transportation accounts for more than half of our greenhouse gas emissions 3.  We drive a lot. So what can we do about it? The Sonoma County Transit Authority […]

Excellence in Transportation Award

Caltrans recently recognized the Bay Area’s Spare the Air Youth Program with an Excellence in Transportation Award in the Public Awareness Campaigns category. Only 13 projects received awards out of nearly 100 entries for this year’s program – from within Caltrans, public agencies, private contractors, and consultants across the state. Spare the Air Youth coordinates […]

Join us for a Green Teen Gathering

Join us for Sonoma County’s fourth annual Green Teen Gathering. When: Friday, November 18, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm Where: Montgomery High School Cafeteria Food will be available for purchase. The Green Teen Gathering is a youth-organized, youth-led event sponsored by the Center for Climate Protection’s Youth Advisory Board. Students on the Youth Advisory Board learn leadership and […]

International Walk and Roll to School Day a big success

On October 5, students across Sonoma County left their cars in the driveway and took to the streets. By making a choice to use alternative transportation, walking or biking they started their day with a breath of fresh air. In Sonoma County, more than 10,000 students participated in International Walk and Roll to School Day. […]

Tips from a teen on riding the bus

As an 18-year-old who would like to keep my carbon footprint as low as possible, I have almost no interest in driving. Last year, I was living in Brazil as a Rotary exchange student. I used public transportation to get everywhere I needed or wanted to go. Upon returning to the U.S. for my senior year of high […]

Youth Leader Spotlight: Zalvina prioritizes climate!

In high schools across Sonoma County, the ECO2school program works with students to support climate protection issues using a service-learning model. Collaborating with teenagers, along with their mentor teachers, the program provides opportunities for young people to take leadership roles in their schools and beyond. This work impacts the school communities – and also has a long-lasting impact on the students themselves. […]

ECO2school summer interns

Who has the experience and enthusiasm to communicate climate issues to teenagers across Sonoma County? Why, fellow students, of course! The ECO2school Program continues to bring in student interns from around the county to educate others and spread the word about environmental issues. This summer, the ECO2school Program is working with a four-person creative team of summer interns to develop a series […]

Exploring China with Youth Environmental Leaders

This summer I was lucky enough to to chaperone a group of vibrant youth leaders as they explored Hong Kong and Guangzhou China on an environmental education trip. Seventeen students from across the Bay Area were carefully selected from over 200 applicants to explore climate, sustainability, and environment in a Chinese cultural exchange. Participants included […]