Shop local for sustainable gifts. See link in the text.
Give Green, Shop local. Grow our economy. Shrink our carbon footprint. Members of the Davis Climate Action Team and concerned citizens created a list of suggestions for a greener holiday celebration. Get two for one this holiday season. Give a gift to your loved ones that’s also a gift to the planet.
Categories on the list include Shop Local, Give a Gift of Sustainable Living, Give Locally Grown and Locally Made Products, Read more…
Kids cycle to Birch Lane Elementary School [Photo credit: Davis Enterprise]
The City of Davis is inviting everyone interested to attend a community meeting to review the Draft Recommendations
from the Davis Safe Routes to School Walk & Bike Audit Project. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 11th, from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Davis Senior Center on 646 A Street. Read more…
Finance solar pv, windows, heating and cooling systems through PACE.
How would you pay to make your home more energy- and water-efficient? Cash? Credit card? Home equity loan? The new Clean Energy Yolo program provides a better option for these costly improvements and is not based on personal credit.
The Yolo County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on November 5, 2013 to allow residential property owners to upgrade their homes using Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. Read more…
John Mott-Smith Credit: Davis Enterprise
This column by JohnMott-Smith, a member of Cool Davis, is reprinted with thanks to the Davis Enterprise.
When we look in the mirror, we see ourselves. Or, more precisely, we see ourselves backwards: my left arm looks like the right arm of the impostor in the mirror. It turns out that we can’t, without some optical gymnastics, really see ourselves as others see us.
And, collectively, we tend to view ourselves through the lens of our own history and culture. It’s hard for us, for example, knowing ourselves to be good-hearted people, to understand why much of the world has an antagonism toward us as a country.
So it’s interesting to me to read the foreign press, to see what others are saying about the United States as it relates to climate change. And I appreciate those friends who regularly travel, or just travel the Internet, and send me news articles from other countries.
- DK (David Kemp), the Davis Biking and Pedestrian Coodinator, sailed through the festival.
Well, our name is Cool Davis, then early this year we won the California Coolest City award, so getting ‘cooler all the time’ seemed an apt slogan to describe Cool Davis fourth annual festival.
The five-hour-long event on Saturday October 12 certainly managed to live up to the slogan. Over 3000 people turned up for a festival that showcased not only every aspect of sustainable living, but combined it with great music, amazing bike contraptions, mouthwatering food demonstrations, and countless tips and inspiration for reducing our personal and our community’s carbon footprint. Read more…
Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice is sponsoring Travel Lite to Worship.
Bike, Walk, Ride Transit, or Carpool to the First Worship of every month
Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice launched their Travel Lite Challenge the first weekend in October in seven faith groups across town. The first worship of each month they will continue to challenge one another to reduce their transportation footprint by encouraging worshippers to bike, walk, ride transit, or carpool to church. By May, a month ideal for bike riding, they hope many congregants will be converted to the pleasures of healthy, Read more…
Davis protesters drew the line on tar sands oil passing through Davis by rail.
Valero Oil, No! No!
Toxic Tar Sands No! No! No! No!
Rail cars roll by in the night
Filled with tar sands that can ignite
Just one accident and we will all feel the burn
In our eyes, with our lungs sulphurized
Let us stop this crude madness
And keep our world safe from this blight Read more…
Bill Heinicke shares his delicious baked sweet potatoes recipe!
Shared by Bill Heinicke and rated Delicious! by Cool Davis Board.
makes 6 servings
olive oil 2 tablespoons
honey 1/4 cup
fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons, chopped
salt 1 teaspoon
black pepper 1 teaspoon
sweet potatoes 3 large Read more…
Matt Biers-Ariel loves bike commuting from Davis to Winters.
By Matt Biers-Ariel
I commute 180 days a year to Winters High School where I teach English. Like most people who ride a bike to work, I love it. Sometimes I think of a great lesson plan. Sometimes I obsess over a difficult interaction with a student. And sometimes the ol’ mind wanders and watches the world for a glorious hour and a half. I’ve never missed the first robins of spring or the pungent almond blossoms bursting open. For a good part of winter, Read more…
A sorting station with bins for compost is essential for zero waste events.
Zero Waste events are fast becoming the norm in Davis, as one by one event organizers and ordinary people planning small parties weigh the pros and cons of purchasing disposables versus going sustainable. Whether small or large, organizations are looking for ways to make zero waste events easy and automatic. As Susan Steinbach stated after her Myanmar fundraiser for 200 guests, the planners knew about zero waste events in town and at the Unitarian Universalist Church, so going zero waste “just seemed like the right thing to do.” Read more…