Designing for change: Safe pathways to school

“I learned that a long walk and calm conversation are an incredible combination if you want to build a bridge.” -Seth Godin At what stage would you feel comfortable sending your children walking or biking to school by themselves. My children are 7 and 4 years old now. We live 0.3 mile away from their […]

YES attendees enjoying the morning keynote speeches

Regional conference catalyzes students find their activist roots

On Saturday February 24, 800 middle and high school students from all over the Bay Area gathered at Laney Junior College in Oakland for the fifth annual Youth for the Environmental and Sustainability (YES) Conference. Students traveled from all nine Bay Area counties by carpooling, bicycling, walking, using public transportation, and utilizing the shuttles provided […]

Maitreyi leads an ECO2schools workshop

Maitreyi Siruguri joins the Center as an ECO2school Program Coordinator

Hi! My name is Maitreyi Siruguri and I recently joined the Center for Climate Protection as an ECO2school Program Coordinator. I was born and raised in India, for the most part in big metropolitan cities, however I was always drawn to the countryside and the serenity of nature. I had the opportunity to explore life […]

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 […]

Center’s Youth Advisory Board shares climate solutions

We are still riding the wave of enthusiasm generated by the students at this year’s Green Teen Gathering. Environmentally-conscious student leaders have doubled down on their efforts to bring awareness to the climate crises in the wake of the worst wildfires in the history of California. We are so very blessed to be working with […]

Center’s Green Teen Gathering will raise funds for fire victims while inspiring students

I was born and raised in a cosmopolitan city in southern India three and half decades ago. In my younger days, there was a lot of time to simply “pass” and find fun things to do. This changed in high school when I discovered all the social problems that could use my attention. I thought […]

Meal, heal, and change

As an organization committed to inspiring students to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is particularly saddening to comprehend the links between climate change and the California fires. With the fires still burning throughout Northern California, we are trying to make sense of what are being called the most deadly and destructive wildfires in California history. […]

Let’s ride! 10 tips to ride your bike to school

A new school year has begun and it is the perfect time to make a new habit. Riding your bike to school is a great way to exercise, save money, clear your mind, reduce your carbon footprint, make new friends, and see your town from a fresh perspective. Sometimes getting started can be overwhelming, but […]

Growing environmental stewards through climate literacy youth programs

By: Tracy Zhu and Amy Sinclair In partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Community Benefits Program, Calpine Energy Solutions joined the Center for Climate Protection and Hunters Point Family to provide 15 girls from the Bayview-Hunters Point with climate literacy training through the ECO2school program. The girls, ranging in age from 8 to […]

ECO2school program cultivates youth leaders at first retreat

by Kevin Anderson, Center for Climate Protection What did you do this summer? The Center for Climate Protection’s Youth Advisory Board spent their last days of summer vacation eating good food, hanging out with friends, and cultivating leadership skills while learning about climate change. These fifteen ambitious, conscientious trailblazers came together from across Sonoma County […]