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Exploring San Jose’s Growing Trail Network

On a sunny Sunday in late October, I took my e-bike on BART from El Cerrito to the Berryessa station to explore parts of San Jose’s 63-mile trail network. Sixty-three miles of trails? In sprawling, auto-centric San Jose? As a long-time resident of the …

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Bringing Butterflies to Market Street

Plans to create living roofs atop canopy structures protecting Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station entrances in San Francisco are underway as part of a pilot program.  BART has partnered with the environmental nonprofit Nature in the City to create t …

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Challenging Climate Change

Facing a challenge is often easier when you’re not doing it alone.  Whether it’s dieting, dealing with substance abuse, or building homes for Habitat for Humanity, a group brings support — and maybe some friendly competition — to make the process more …

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Cooling It

It’s late summer, and across the Bay Area, the heat has been building, prompting many residents to turn on their air conditioning – if they have it. A lot of housing built along the West Coast didn’t consider the possibility of American Southwest-level …

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Cut to the Quick: Transit Looks to Rapid Bus Upgrades

Several Bay Area transit agencies are improving bus reliability and cutting travel time with speedy bus routes in dedicated lanes — an offering that could expand as operators assess commute needs post-pandemic. Today, bus-speed improvements are on Van …

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El Cerrito’s 50-year Impact on the Recycling World

At the 50th anniversary celebration for the El Cerrito Recycling Center on Aug. 5, Anura Saliya Pieris of Sri Lanka made a hat for his daughter, Lakshmi, out of old atlases recovered from the center’s home-goods exchange zone. Pieris had toured the bel …

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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 …

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From Vacant Storefronts to New Neighborhoods

Let’s face it: While commercial strips may provide convenience, they are frequently unattractive. With changing retail patterns, they are also increasingly under-utilized. Urban planners see a new future for them as locations for a mixture of housing a …

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Healing the Hood

Growing up as the child of Filipino and Toisan immigrants near Los Angeles, Bernadette Lim never saw a doctor. “We didn’t trust them, it was not a place we wanted to go,” recalls Lim, who is now a doctor herself. Instead, her family relied on Vicks Vap …

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Bad Air and Sick Plants: Handicapping Our Helpers

Green is the signature color for environmental issues because it’s the color of healthy plants, and healthy plants are an indicator of a healthy environment. Plants are also critical components of many of the measures proposed to reduce the impacts of …

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