Gardens, biking and hiking trails, a lawn-fronted gazebo and covered picnic pavilion are some of the features proposed for the new Jean Sweeney Open Space Park that’s planned for 22 acres of onetime Alameda Belt Line property.
Photo courtesy of Lori Fujimoto.
Lydia Bird’s introduction to the Alameda Raptor Monitoring team came six years ago, when its coordinator knocked on her door in search of Cooper’s Hawks. Bird had been noticing the raptors in her neighborhood for years, but didn’t know that much about them.
Three years later she saw some of the medium-size hawks strolling on her sidewalk, so she got in touch with the coordinator, Harv Wilson, and was pulled into the team, which scans thousands of tall trees each year in search of a handful of nests in an effort to protect the hawks and their young fledglings.
“It’s this amazing world going on over our heads,” Bird said. “There’s this whole little wild kingdom going on four stories up.”
Alameda's public school students are forsaking the gray bin, putting paper and food scraps in their place. We've got a nifty infographic detailing the schools' progress over the past five years and the equivalent environmental impact, at the jump.
Five years ago, city leaders adopted a plan aimed at reducing Alameda’s carbon footprint. And community members formed a group, Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda, to help promote the plan’s emission reduction goals and gain the public’s help in reaching them. This Wednesday, April 24, the city and CASA are teaming up once more to celebrate their achievements at a Climate Protection Forum, where they will highlight the results of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions report, and spotlight local climate heroes.
The Bay-Eagle Garden offers bursts of green. Photo by Kristen Hanlon.
On a quiet stretch of Eagle Avenue between Bay and St. Charles streets is an oasis of green known as the Bay-Eagle Community Garden. It takes up about two-thirds of a city block and is bordered by a small playground and homes managed by the Alameda Housing Authority. On a drizzly, overcast morning in late March, a few dedicated gardeners were at work weeding, preparing their plots for spring planting, and harvesting vegetables for the Alameda Food Bank. I spoke with Jane Jackson, who has seen the transformation of “a heap of broken glass and garbage” to the productive garden it is today.
Alameda’s city leaders offered a unanimous show of support for a future nature reserve at Alameda Point on Tuesday, approving a resolution that affirms the city’s commitment to a wildlife conservation area at the former Navy base and offers support for formally designating more than 500 acres as a conservation area.
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Navy will be taking comments on a draft environmental assessment of plans to build a clinic and columbarium at Alameda Point at a pair of hearings on the USS Hornet today.
In addition to the Hornet hearings, which are being held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, an additional hearing has been scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 10 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club and the comment period has been extended to April 19.
Alamedans polluted less in 2010 than they did five years earlier, the results of a new study show.
Emissions of carbon dioxide and other air pollutants dropped 8 percent over that time, the 2010 Community-Wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory estimates, putting Alameda on track to meet the city’s reduction target of 25 percent by 2020. But some are questioning whether the numbers will hold as the nation emerges from a recession that likely reduced the car trips that are responsible for much of the pollution, and they say that much more needs to be done.
Photos by Mike Rosati. Click photo for slideshow.
“If asked to describe myself, I’d tell you I’m an artist. I don’t know how I got into this industry,” Reusable Lumber Company’s Jim Steinmetz said.
Plastic bags catch the wind at the Altamont Landfill. Photo by Rebecca Jewell.
City workers are offering Alameda’s environmentally conscious shoppers a gift at this year’s annual Hometown Holiday Celebration: A free, reusable shopping bag, in exchange for single-use plastic bags collected from the grocery and other stores.
The bag exchange was set up to promote awareness of new, countywide rules going into effect on January 1 that will prohibit grocery stores from offering plastic bags to their customers.
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