A morning motivation for movement: A story of teens on bikes

It was a misty morning in Sebastopol as my fellow riders, Annabelle and Josh and Naia, a small fleet from Analy High School, came pouring out of the bike path. With smiles on their faces, and helmets securely fastened, we were set to tour around our lovely town, Sebastopol, before heading to school on Bike […]

State Rep. Tom Gann and State Sen. Marty Quinn read aloud to first graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma; In “Petro Pete’s Big Bad Dream,” the main character finds out life without petroleum is a “nightmare.” Published in 2016. Oklahoma Energy Resources Board.

Oil’s pipeline to America’s schools

The below article by Jie Jenny Zou of the Center for Public Integrity speaks to the need for climate education in our schools. This is why the Center for Climate Protection engages with schools on climate education through the ECO2school program. Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma, were in for a treat. […]

Jackie Fragoso of Roseland University Prep holding her ECO2school certificate

Center wins World Changers grant from Community Foundation

The Center for Climate Protection is pleased to announce the award of our World Changers grant by the Community Foundation. World Changers will structure a career pathway for the next generation of climate leaders by providing formative internships. World Changers invests in the next generation of problem solvers and creative thinkers applying themselves to the […]

ECO2school Challenge spurs 15 thousand green trips to school

Spring is in the air, and with extended daylight hours, and great weather, students from across Sonoma County took on the ECO2school challenge to lower carbon emissions and use alternative transportation to get to and from school. Our results are in! This year, 1,574 student’s participated in the ECO2school Challenge, making 15,002 greenway trips to […]

Climate Science teacher overcomes a stubborn obstacle: students

by Amy Harmon, New York Times WELLSTON, Ohio — To Gwen Beatty, a junior at the high school in this proud, struggling, Trump-supporting town, the new science teacher’s lessons on climate change seemed explicitly designed to provoke her. So she provoked him back. When the teacher, James Sutter, ascribed the recent warming of the Earth […]

The state of climate education

With the recent March for Science as well as the threats to climate research, it’s timely to assess the state of climate education. Schools are the primary venue for creating a foundation of scientific understanding and key scientific concepts, as well as an appreciation of how scientists assess evidence and reach conclusions. Youth will be […]

Youth advocate for climate and community health in Sacramento

April 25th the Center for Climate Protection’s Youth Advisory Board took to the halls of the state capital. These youth leaders were advocating for different bills regarding public transportation, equity, and climate change. This was an amazing chance to have conversations with legislators and voice their ideas for ways to improve the state and address […]

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 […]