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“We want to tear down walls instead of build walls,” says Carlos Zambrano, the Rose Foundation’s New Voices are Rising Project Coordinator. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Carlos studied at UC Berkeley before working toward environmental justice in Oakland. Carlos is excited for our students. “I love seeing the growth that students undergo and the confidence that they build” he says and is excited to plan a Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy that brings down barriers.
Teens Deserve Clean Streams Our "Clean Streams Green Teens" project will address local water and air pollution
Last Week, we participated in a Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board field day and had the pleasure of introducing Board members to the Rose Foundation and our New Voices Are Rising program. We offered the Board a tour of Coliseum College Preparatory Academy (CCPA) to explain our Clean Streams Green Teens project. The Clean Streams project will work with CCPA students to draft a stormwater plan to deal with the polluted runoff flowing into nearby Lion Creek.
Rose intern, Mykela Patton, recently went to the Plan Bay Area 2040 Alameda County town hall and she shares her opinion on the plan
Last summer New Voices Are Rising collaborated with five environmental justice programs to give Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy students an in-depth look at what it means to be a leader for environmental health in their community.
Thank you again to the Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter for recognizing our New Voices Are Rising youth Fellows at the David Brower Dinner. Make sure to check out this video of Pa, Kyree, and Nate accepting the 2015 Youth Award!
Do you remember the first time you stood up and spoke out? Watch our New Voices Are Rising 2015 Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy participants as they discuss the power of their voices and how they have gotten involved in the fight for climate resiliency in Oakland.
Electric cars continue to make the headlines, but at the Rose Foundation, we’re still excited to celebrate the 19th Century’s bicycle. The US has celebrated May as Bike Month since 1956 as a way to recognize the value of biking. Biking provides excellent exercize while reducing the production of greenhouse gases.
New Voices fellow Javier Mejia-Cuenca stood up for what he believed is right. On a trip to Sacramento with our New Voices Are Rising coordinator Carlos Zambrano, he lobbied for Senate Bill 5 (SB5). SB5 would provide funding for disadvantaged communities who do not have access to recreational spaces. Furthermore, this bill provides funds for the state to employ green flood control methods, such as rain gardens and storm water ponds. These improvements give space for runoff to collect safely and provide habitat for plants.
The New Voices are Rising Interns spoke at the YES (Youth for Environment and Sustainability Conference) about the final preferred scenario for PLAN Bay Area. PLAN Bay Area is a transportation and housing plan that will develop the Bay Area, and also decrease its green house gas emissions by 2044.
Helping Underbanked Consumers Avoid Excessive Debit Card and Overdraft Fees: A Cy Pres Success Story
CEQA in the 21st Century: Environmental Quality, Economic Prosperity, and Sustainable Development in California Rose Foundation Report
New economic study shows CEQA protects the environment without stunting economic growth.
The Kern Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club released a study indicating significant underestimation of NOx emissions associated with oil and gas well drilling activities in Kern County, California. You can read the full report here on our website.