Skip links

Articles

Smoothing the Way for New Pedestrian Paths

Charlie Bowen, Path-building Lead for the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Photo courtesy of Charlie Bowen Charlie Bowen had no idea that a network of walking paths wound through the …

Read more

Green Energy from Green Bins

Photo: Katherine Fraser Waste disposal teaches an important lesson on sustainability: one size doesn’t fit all. From the trucks themselves to what happens to their contents, “going green” can present unique challenges; battery power that is right for a …

Read more

Empowering Youth to Take on Climate Change

Lil Milagro Henriquez Photo: Jessica Arroyo When smoke from the Tubbs fire shrouded the Bay Area in the fall of 2017, Lil Milagro Henriquez choked on the poisoned air. “I couldn’t breathe,” recalls Henriquez, who then worked as Director of Organizing a …

Read more

Transportation Transformation

Photo: SFMTA A new Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) advisory group tasked with evaluating governance reforms met for the first time on January 10 amid pressure to create a cohesive regional transit system that people would use for more trip …

Read more

Ridge To Ridge: Circumnavigating the Ridge Trail

Loma Alta, Novato. Photo: Scott Markewitz When William Penn Mott Jr. looked out at the Bay Area landscape, he saw more than discrete ranges of hills separated by river valleys and tidal basins. He saw a connection: a single trail that linked the ridge …

Read more

North Bay Confronts Coal-By-Rail

  Sonoma-Marin Transit (SMART) passenger train waiting at station. Credit: Creative Commons Residents of the Bay Area have fought several battles over the past decade to prevent the movement of coal shipments along the region’s rail lines and thro …

Read more

The Magic of Winter Light

Laguna de Santa Rosa, by Sergio Lopez. Outdoors in our region at this time of year, winter light is less assertive than its summer counterpart. Hues are softer, and leafy shadows tat ephemeral quilts on the wall. More than a visual phenomenon, this sub …

Read more

Need for Reduced Speed

Elizabeth Colomello speaks at the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on November 21. Credit: William McCleod Families and friends gathered at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza on November 21 to mark “World Day of Remembrance for Road Tr …

Read more

Building Environmental Justice from the Inside 

Nahal Ghoghaie (center, back) with other participants of the Women’s Foundation of California Local Policy Fellowship. Credit: Nahal Ghoghaie When Nahal Ghoghaie began her career in environmental justice, she advocated for vulnerable communities from t …

Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Bay Area Monitor! We’d like to thank our supporters and sponsors that make our journalism possible. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the East Bay Regional Parks Distri …

Read more

Start typing and press Enter to search