Coast Redwood forest and understory plants — in Redwood National Park, California. June 2008. Attribution: Michael Schweppe
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California is a state on the west coast of the United States, known for its relatively progressive policies on sustainability and support of renewable energy, as well as its natural beauty, including redwood forests.

California community action[edit | edit source]

Sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Local sustainability initiatives[edit source]

Please see our Local communities in California pages, where of course you can share any more information you may have about local sustainability initiatives.

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

Participatory Budgeting Vallejo

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Cool Block - CoolCalifornia.org - Cool City Challenge

Wikipedia:

Climate change in California: California has taken legislative steps towards reducing the possible effects climate change by incentives and plans for clean cars, renewable energy and stringent caps on big polluting industries.
City of Oakland Energy and Climate Action Plan

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Local Clean Energy Alliance, Bay Area membership organization - Lancaster Choice Energy

Wikipedia:

Solar power in California: California leads the nation in the number of homes which have solar panels installed, totaling over 230,000. California Solar Initiative
Wind power in California has doubled in capacity since 2002. California presently ranks second nationwide in terms of capacity, behind Texas and just ahead of Iowa.

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

California Bicycle Coalition - Davis Bicycles!, 501(c)(3) nonprofit citizen group dedicated to promoting bicycling in Davis, California - Wikipedia: Bike paths in California (category), Bike paths in Orange County, California (category)

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Pollution in California, Air pollution in California (category)

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Lunch at the Library, free meals and learning opportunties added 16:04, 30 September 2020 (UTC)

See also: Urban agriculture in California, Category:Locally Delicious

Altadena Community Garden - Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) - Benicia Community Gardens - Food Commons Fresno - Harvest Club of Orange County - Homeless Garden Project, Santa Cruz - OC Food Access Coalition

Localism[edit | edit source]

Fibershed, Local fibres, local dyes, local labor - Willits Economic Localization

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Ulistac Natural Area[edit | edit source]

  • Ulistac Natural Area, the only dedicated natural open space in the City of Santa Clara. UNA's 40 acres of undeveloped land along the Guadalupe River, not far from the largest nearby city, San Jose, is a tiny oasis of natural beauty in a giant suburban desert. It's also a work in progress as UNA and its many volunteers attempt to return the tract to pre-colonial condition. The Ohlone, various indigenous peoples, tended the land in the area for up to 3,000 years before European colonization. The name of the preserve is derived from their language. It refers to one past use of the area — a place to weave baskets. "A paradise made even more bountiful by the Ohlone's land management practices." An unrestrained river fed fertile bottom land. Herds of tule elk, pronghorn, and mule deer roamed the grasslands and forests. Streams teemed with salmon, perch, and stickleback. Waterfowl were plentiful and a key Ohlone food source. As is the case today, man and beast enjoyed one of the most hospitable climates on the continent.[1]added 22:10, 1 December 2020 (UTC)

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Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Californians Against Waste - Repair Café Palo Alto

Wikipedia: City of Oakland's Zero Waste Program: The City adopted a Zero Waste Strategic Plan in 2006, detailing a road map for the City to follow toward the implementation of a Zero Waste System by 2020. Oakland residents have played an important role in moving the City toward Zero Waste. Using their buying-power, consumers can tell industries that products must be non-toxic, reusable, recyclable or compostable or they will stay on the shelf.

Sharing[edit | edit source]

Toy Cycle, Platform for Families to Swap Toys

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

Santa Cruz Warming Shelter Program

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia:

Plug-in hybrids in California: California has been a leader in the promotion of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). As of January 2014, California leads the country with 5,749 public charging points, representing 26.7% of the U.S total.
Transportation in California, Current issues: The California High Speed Rail Authority was created in 1996 by the state to implement an extensive 700 mile (1127 km) rail system. It would provide a TGV-style high-speed link between the state's four major metropolitan areas, and would allow travel between Los Angeles' Union Station and the San Francisco Transbay Terminal in two and a half hours. Voters approved Proposition 1A in November 2008, approving a $9 billion state bond to finance the project. Then in 2012, the California legislature and Governor Jerry Brown approved construction financing for an initial stage of the project. However, the High Speed Rail Authority still estimates that the initial stages will not be completed until 2021.
Hiking trails in California (category)

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

As part of a privately funded experiment in Universal Basic Income in 2019, the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (S.E.E.D.) conducted a pilot project that gave a $500 stipend to 125 randomly selected residents for an 24-month period with “no strings attached." It was made possible by the Economic Security Project, an advocacy group chaired by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, which provided the first $1 million for the program, and a dozen other Silicon Valley organizations and private donors who funded the rest of its $3 million budget. The positive benefits of the program during the first year were described in an interim report published in March 2021.

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Friends of Carmel Forest - Wikipedia: Monterey County reforestation

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]

Adapt Oakland

Resources[edit | edit source]

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

The Wellbeing Project, information from the City of Santa Monica's Office of Wellbeing.

Commons[edit | edit source]

Embassy Network Coliving, Silicon Valley

In 2006, Jessy Kate Schingler and four young engineers landed jobs at NASA in Silicon Valley. Instead of opting for cheaper housing with a long commute in one of the most expensive housing markets in the U.S., they rented a large house nearby and started the first coliving community, Rainbow Mansion. They discovered there was a glut of mansions in the area. They saw a way to create a better quality of life at a lower cost by sharing a mansion, but what was most important to them was growing as people. So, they created an environment to accelerate their personal and professional development through collaboration. In addition to sharing rent, utilities, cars, and food, they began supporting each others' professional projects including startups. They also sought out other people who were interested in changing the world for the better. They hosted workshops and events to learn and network beyond the four walls of their home. They often kept one or two rooms open so young innovators from other countries could visit.

Following Rainbow Mansion's example, many early coliving communities became hubs of learning, innovation, and social activity. Thus the pattern for coliving was set. Now there are hundreds of coliving communities worldwide.

Jessy took this one step further by creating Embassy, a network of coliving houses that give tenants access to many communities. She describes this lifestyle as, "one rent, many locations." Others have followed her lead, and the coliving movement grows as young workers have a great need for affordable housing, meaningful friendships, and professional development. My friend Chelsea Rustrum says of the coliving experience:

"You develop deeper, more real relationships and have the potential to actually work together, actually help each other. Not just in professional ways but in personal ways also." [2]

Community resources[edit | edit source]

Networks[edit | edit source]

  • NorCal Community Resilience Network, "...activates and supports community-based and ecological solutions to climate change, economic instability and social inequity toward a Just Transition away from fossil fuels. Our vision is to transform our homes, neighborhoods and communities into self-sufficient, regenerative places." NorCal Resilience Network on facebook

Other resources[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

News and comment[edit | edit source]

see separate article: California news

Events[edit | edit source]

2014

May 3 Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Californians Against Fracking on facebook

Local communities in California[edit | edit source]

Los Angeles - Long Beach - San Diego - San Francisco

See also[edit | edit source]

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External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. shareable.net, Neal Gorenflo, November 28, 2020
  2. @Shareable