Wednesday, March 17, 2010

From the Chron: Measure WW Funds Help Preserve Prominent Lafayette Hilltop

Back in January, I wrote about how the East Bay Regional Parks District's Measure WW funds had already been put to good use during the measure's first year. Due to declining property values, land acquisition has become increasingly successful for the district -- and resulted in two big purchases within WW's first thirteen months. Two months after that, here's yet another example: the EBRPD chipped in to help purchase (and hopefully save from development forever) a 23-acre hilltop in Lafayette. It was seen as such a valuable piece of land that even nearby Walnut Creek chipped in. Here's more, from today's Chronicle.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cal Academy and Exploratrium Be Damned; These Field Trips Go Straight to the Source

A few weeks ago I rode along with a Berkeley High School environmental sciences class on a guided tour of reuse-minded businesses and organizations in the East Bay. I was already familiar with a number of the places, but learned something new each time -- such as how exactly the young, inspirational folks at BTTR Ventures, who grow oyster mushrooms from used coffee grounds, make it all work in their tiny Emeryville warehouse space. It even yielded a couple more story ideas. For this occasion, I decided to write about how East Bay Green Tours ended up partnering with BHS, and how likely it is that other schools and classes in the East Bay will be able to take advantage of these wonderful field trips.