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Cap Refinery Emissions 5/31

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 09:00 AM · 27 rsvps


We are on the cusp of a huge win to cap GHGs at the Bay Area’s five refineries.  Members of our coalition met this week with BAAQMD Board Director John Gioia and Chief Executive Officer Jack Broadbent.  Both now believe that due to our initiative in pressing for emission caps, both the State of California and the Air District are prepared to recommend approval of Rule 12-16 to cap GHG emissions.

If successful this would be the first such regulatory limit on the rise of GHGs at any refinery in the country and perhaps the world.

Please attend the first hearing next Wednesday May 31 that we hope will lead to final approval at the Board’s June 21 hearing.   Thanks to many of you who have previously attended Board meetings, over the last three years we have successfully built momentum towards this historic action. At long last, the State, District Staff and Director Gioia are in alignment with our proposal. We are confidant that moving forward as quickly as possible is in our best interest.  It is important to note that the recommendation does not cover Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) and other pollutants, which will be addressed in rule making by the District in the near future and which we will also follow closely.

We expect Richard Corey from the CA Air Resources Board to speak in favor of the Rule, along with health experts and representatives of our coalition, before Director Gioia makes the motion to direct staff to prepare the approval documents for the June 21st hearing.   Your presence and support will help propel the Board towards a positive decision.  Since attendees are only allotted one minute to speak, it would be helpful if you would consider ceding that minute to our public health experts and community spokespersons.   We already know the industry will once again send paid refinery workers into the meeting, so you are encouraged to arrive between 9 and 9:15 to fill out a speaker’s card, and indicate your willingness to cede time to the person holding a “Cede Time Here” sign in the building lobby.  Arriving early will also ensure you get a seat.


Transportation Campaign Meeting 6/4

Sunday, June 04, 2017 at 02:00 PM · 11 rsvps
Sierra Club in Berkeley, CA

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Join us at our next Transportation Campaign meeting in the East Bay 

We will have a speaker from TransForm–a leading land use/transportation planning organization.  We'll talk about our recent experiences with MTC.  And we will strategize how to best move toward our goal of 40% reduction in GHGs from transportation in the Bay Area by 2040 (or sooner if possible).

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  • 2:00 - 2:15 -- Welcome/Introductions
  • 2:15 - 2:45 -- TransForm speaker

Social break

  • 3:00 - 3:30 -- Planning and brainstorming
  • 3:30 - 3:45 -- Next meeting plans & cleanup 

Let Jack know if you want to call in (510-436-7682). Conference call number--712-451-0011, conference: 332329#



Going Solar 6/8

Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 3 rsvps


Come hear Rosana Francescato from MyDomino present the nuts and bolts of rooftop solar, including:

  • Rooftop solar basics
  • How to prepare
  • Steps in the process
  • Maintenance and monitoring

Other topics include back-up batteries, energy efficiency, community shared solar, and how a Community Choice energy program could make going solar easier.

This is the third in a series of public-interest events on issues related to renewable energy and a sustainable future hosted by Local Clean Energy Alliance, www.localcleanenergy.org. The Alliance is a non-profit membership organization working for equitable, sustainable communities through local renewable resource development.

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Refinery Corridor Healing Walk #3 6/11

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 08:00 AM · 3 rsvps
Ninth Street Park in Benicia, CA

HealingWalkGroupShot.jpgWalk #3 - Sunday, June 11th

Join Idle No More SF Bay for the Healing Walk. We will begin at Ninth Street Park in Benicia

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are two places along the walk where folks can join us - please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at Lone Street Park in Rodeo

Please join us for prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m.   Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your watershed to join the waters that we will be carrying in prayer along the walk and putting into the Bay at the end of the walk.

Registration for the walk will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to "What To Expect" in the tabs above.

We also request that walkers keep the Four Agreements in mind:
1) Be impeccable with your word
2) Don't take anything personally
3) Don't make assumptions
4) Always do your very best
For more information:  The Four Agreements

This walk is 10.8 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided - Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

There will be three "return" points where people can be taken back to their cars at mile 4 and mile 6 (see map) and at the end.
  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end.  

Sure you're coming?  Please carpool to the walk by offering a ride or accepting a ride  as soon as possible by signing up here:

Let us know you're coming!  RSVP BELOW!

Make sure you keep this phone number with you on the walk:

We will begin in Benicia, home to the Valero Refinery, and proceed through Vallejo.  Crossing the Carquinez Bridge is always a treat!  Then we head toward the Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo , ending at Lone Tree Park.


Cycle the Rockies: Energy & Climate Change in Montana 6/15

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 09:00 AM
Montana in Missoula, MT

CtR_PPT_slide__2017.pngBike across Montana for academic credit this summer!  Seriously. 6/15-7/12

The Wild Rockies Field Institute offers field-based, academic courses to undergraduate students, accredited through the University of Montana and transferable to other universities and colleges.  WRFI’s summer course, “Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana” takes students on a month-long bike tour across Montana to learn about energy production as well as how climate change is effecting Montana’s people and landscapes.  Scholarships and financial assistance available! 

Dates: June 15 - July 12, 2017

Learn more: http://www.wrfi.net/courses/cyclemontana.html. 

Please Contact Bethany Applegate (WRFI Outreach Manager) with questions at bethany@wrfi.net or 406-549-4336.



350 East Bay June Mtg & Going Away Party for Amy 6/17

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM · 8 rsvps
Sierra Club Bay Chapter in Berkeley, CA
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Please join us for our June meeting. This is a big summer for climate! We'll be talking about ways you can get involved. Newcomers are always welcome.

After the meeting, we'll be having a going away party for Amy! She's leaving us to get her PhD in Boulder. She has been our fearless leader, & we don't know what we'll do without her, but we can at least send her off in style! Please bring food to share if you like!


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