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Monitor Notes: BioBiz, Trails, Mobility, Sip Shop Celebrate, and Bats

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


Biomass Business

This just in (yesterday): The Sonoma County Biomass Business Competition, aka BioBiz, has selected two business ventures to receive a sizable chunk of change in startup capital and technical services. The winners, Soil Carbon Management Company and Forestree Collective, offered actionable solutions to larger, more frequent wildfires and, according to a press release from the Northern Sonoma Air Pollution Control District, “address sustainable, community-driven biomass utilization business models.” Funding for the competition was provided by, in part, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.


Ridge Trail Challenge

Last week marked the start of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Challenge, which is an excellent opportunity to do what you already love doing (hiking the hills of the Bay Area) while entering to win a draw for some sweet loot. You can learn how it works on the Ridge Trail’s website, and you have until 31 December, 2021 to complete the challenge. This editor highly recommends sharing your stories on social media via #RidgeTrailChallenge2021 and tagging us @lwv_monitor.


Mobility in San Jose

The City of San Jose, in partnership with the Greenbelt Alliance and Veggielution, is hosting a workshop on Parking and Transportation Demand Management Standards tomorrow evening, 22 July. The workshop is a part of the city’s commitment to engage city residents in the process of updating transportation and parking standards for new development in the city. Join here to learn more and provide input.


Ship, Shop, Celebrate

Join the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville on Solano Avenue for an all day celebration this Sunday, 25 July. You can join the socially-distanced “Solano Stroll” or learn about local committees and the upcoming gubernatorial recall. This modified street fair is an excellent opportunity to support local businesses, artisans, and nonprofits.


Bat Basics

For the crepuscularly curious, tune into a special presentation tonight all about Bay Area bats. I’m sitting here feeling like a sad, broken record as I describe yet another species critically important to our ecosystem that is threatened worldwide, but here I am telling you that bats play a vital role in the health of our planet and have been wrongfully maligned through fear, superstition, and disinformation. Tune in tonight at 6 PDT to learn about the bats of San Jose and how you can help them thrive.




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