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Monitor Notes: Climate Action, Wildfire Risk, Plastic Free July


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


League Convention Produces Climate Action Plan

At their national convention from June 23rd to 29th, the League of Women Voters shared guidelines to help leagues encourage local governments to take meaningful action against climate change. The climate action plan offers ten actions cities can take, like retrofitting municipal structures for renewable energy supply, and ten processes for local greenhouse gas reduction planning, such as setting reduction goals and integrating climate action into building codes.

Watch a video recording of the presentation here, and follow along with the slides


Managing Wildfire Risk
Friday, July 15th, 12-1pm

Deputy Director of the Greenbelt Alliance Sarah Cardona will join the Women’s Energy Network forum on California Wildfires next Friday. The online event will discuss some of the strategies taken by state utilities to mitigate risk from fires started by power lines and research that vineyards, orchards and greenbelts play in reducing wildfire risk.

Register here by Thursday, July 14th to attend the free, online event.


Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July offers a challenge that helps people reduce single-use plastic consumption in their lives, in turn reducing microplastic pollution of the air and oceans. The challenge’s website offers a quiz to help identify where to reduce plastic use, and if you’re in the south Bay, Silicon Valley Reduces offers a valuable resource to connect customers to businesses that cut down on their plastic use.

Follow the link here to take the Plastic Free July challenge.


Getting People Out of Cars
Thursday, July 21st, 12-1pm

Ian Griffiths, Policy Director of Seamless Bay Area, will present on the mission and vision of this organization that seeks to create an world class transit system throughout the Bay Area that integrates the region’s 27 transit agencies into one easy-to use system. He’ll discuss the path to transformative change over the next several years, relevant current legislation, and steps that local groups and individuals can take to support a better transit system that gets more people out of their cars and helps our region reduce emissions from transportation.

Sign up for the virtual event here.


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