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Monitor Notes: Indoor Air, Bike Summit, Pacific Institute, League Timeline

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


The Air in There

With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us indoors so much, we’re becoming much more attuned to our home environments. This even includes air quality, which can affect health and comfort, depending on a home’s heating and cooling system, building shell, cooking appliances, and more. Expand your understanding of these dynamics tonight at 8 p.m. during a webinar on indoor air quality put on by StopWaste and the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), and find out how to receive free technical support and up to $6,000 in rebates offered through the BayREN Home+ program. You might also want to check out related BayREN webinars about home energy on Saturday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 28.

Cyber Cycling

One of the region’s biggest transportation events is going virtual this year, as the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition holds its tenth annual bike summit online August 6 and 7. Join transportation leaders and organizers from government, the private sector, and non-profits to discuss intriguing topics such as slow streets, equitable engagement, and micro-mobility. California Department of Transportation Director Toks Omishakin (pictured) will deliver one of two keynote addresses on an agenda filled with workshops, a virtual bike ride, poster presentations, and networking opportunities. Register here.


Troubled Waters

The Pacific Institute, an Oakland-based water think tank, has been closely studying how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our nation’s water systems and usage. Earlier this month, Director of Research Heather Cooley (pictured) dedicated a blog post to the pandemic’s impact on water demand, part of extensive COVID-19 coverage offered on the organization’s website. Take a look, and if your interest is piqued, consider registering for a related webinar scheduled for July 29.


Timely Timeline

The League of Women Voters of Cupertino-Sunnyvale has joined the centennial celebration of women’s suffrage by putting together a narrated and illustrated timeline that chronicles events and accomplishments in League history. Get inspired by this decade-by-decade overview on their website. Then take a closer look at the ’80s and ’90s through a Monitor lens as we bring you the third article in Leslie Stewart’s history of the publication. We’re revisiting Leslie’s four-part series in Monitor Notes all this month; for part one click here and for part two click here.


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