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Monitor Notes: Healthy Homes, Wildfire Mitigation, Shoreline Stroll


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


Monitor Report: Inspiring the Next Generation of Environmental Journalists

Journalist Felicity Barringer had covered government for decades — first at The Bergen Record in New Jersey, then at The Washington Post, and finally at The New York Times — so when she became the Times’ national environmental correspondent in 2003, it came as a surprise. It was also a thrill.

“I fell in love with environmental reporting and 19 years later am still in love with it,” Barringer says.

Exploring the bond between the planet and people also compels her. “There’s a dimension that goes beyond science and engineering, and touches the human spirit,” Barringer says. “I’m deeply drawn by this connection.”

Read more from Robin Meadows at the Bay Area Monitor.


Climate Action on a Community Scale
Thursday August 25th, 2-3pm

Climate action is often approached in a top-down way, with residents of communities feeling reliant on larger regional and state government action to make a difference. To help empower residents, the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition and the California Climate and Energy Collaborative are joining forces to point people to resources to help them take action on the community level. This hour-long webinar will provide an overview of strategies for engaging community members on climate and resilience actions with case study examples from three community programs in California

Sign up for the event here.


Regional Partnerships Protecting Community Health
Thursday, September 8th, 10-11:30am

The Air District will be hosting a webinar showcasing how interdisciplinary regional partnerships can be created to help protect community health and well-being, advance climate goals, and promote equity. This webinar will feature the Bay Area Healthy Homes Initiative (BAHHI), a cross-cutting partnership built upon an existing pilot program in Contra Costa County and include an interactive presentation allowing participants to engage with each other and discuss the challenges in forming partnerships across disciplines.

Found out more here, and register for the webinar here.


Climate Speaker Series: Wildfire Mitigation
Wednesday, September 7th, 4pm

Join the League of Women Voters of Piedmont and Piedmont Connect on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 at 4pm for a discussion with Sara Paul of Watch Duty, a non-profit founded in the wildlands of Sonoma County to provide real-time push notifications about wildfires in California.

Sara Paul is a wildfire mitigation consultant. She manages Sonoma County Fire Updates, established on Facebook at the start of the 2017 Tubbs Fire and now a resource for vegetation fires, threatening weather and evacuation preparedness.

Register for the event here.


Beat the Heat Shoreline Stroll

Bay Area summer heat is no excuse to stay indoors, so join Ashley Adams on the East Bay Regional Parks District at the Bay Point Regional Shoreline for a stroll along the marsh that delves into human history of the area and the local ecology.

This is a drop in event, so no need to sign up. Go to the Parks’ website to learn more, or show up at 8am sharp at the Trojan Road Staging Area (map link here).

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