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23/03/2009
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San Francisco: Rainwater Harvesting Initiative Launched!

In an effort to further conserve San Francisco’s drinking water supplies and to help divert stormwater runoff from the City’s sewer system, San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Mayor Gavin Newsom recently launched a citywide initiative promoting rainwater harvesting –- the collection and re-use of rainwater for non-drinking purposes like outdoor irrigation and indoor toilet use. Continue reading

23/03/2009
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East Bay: Urban Farming and Climate Action

An exciting new urban farming project called Village Bottoms Farms is taking off in West Oakland, spearheaded by the Village Bottoms Community Building and Development Company and Black Dot Artists, Inc. in collaboration with Ecocity Builders. Village Bottoms Farms was established in 2007 as part of a larger neighborhood vision of revitalization for West Oakland’s Lower Bottoms. Continue reading

23/03/2009
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Abolish the White House Lawn

What we need is for the President to take the lead—to stride out onto the South Lawn, drive the sharp edge of his spade into that unnaturally plush sod and toss the first chunk of White House lawn onto the compost pile. To do so would constitute an act of environmental shock therapy.

The President’s choice of a replacement for the White House lawn gives him an unprecedented opportunity to reinvent the American front yard—and, in the process, promote a saner approach to the environment. Continue reading

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