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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Ground Water Becoming Another Big California Fight

Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:16 am

The next front in California’s long-running water wars has already opened, and the reasons for it will sometimes be hard to see – but not always.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Assemblyman Bloom's Legislation To Ban Plastic Microbeads Moves Forward

Posted Apr. 8, 2014, 9:47 am

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (Dem-Santa Monica) announced Monday that his legislation to ban plastic microbeads and reduce ocean debris passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a 6-3 vote.

Santa Monica-based 5 Gyres Institute is seeking one crew member to help research ocean plastic pollution. The contest prize is worth $10,000.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's 5 Gyres Seeks Crew Member To Help Research Ocean Pollution

Posted Mar. 30, 2014, 6:00 am

The 5 Gyres Institute, the Santa Monica group leading legislation banning cosmetics containing tiny plastic beads, has launched an online video contest for those who want to experience a high seas “plastic garbage patch” firsthand.

Environment, Santa Monica, Education, Youth

McKinley Elementary Named A Finalist In LA Trash-Free Lunch Challenge

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:35 am

McKinley Elementary in Santa Monica has been named a finalist in L.A. County’s third annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Recognizes National Tsunami Preparedness Week

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:21 am

In recognition of National Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 24-30, the Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management would like to remind those who live, work, and play in Santa Monica to take the time to check their emergency kits, update their family emergency plan, and be informed of the hazards that may exist in our community.

Santa Monica Tree Hugging Day organizer Jerry Rubin and his wife Marissa.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Residents To Celebrate Spring Equinox With Tree Hugging Day Event

Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 8:30 am

The annual Tree Hugging Day public gathering in Santa Monica will once again take place today on the Spring Equinox at the Children's Tree of Life.

Fix a Leak Week is March 17 - 21.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica To Promote "Fix A Leak Week" March 17-21

Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:55 am

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ongoing "We're for Water" campaign, this year's "Fix a Leak Week" encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than one trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

What Say You? Drought & Clean Water In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:50 am

“Drought, it’s got everyone’s attention and that’s a good thing. The storm we had at the beginning of March dropped two inches of rain. Normal rainfall in a year is about 14 inches and this two inches is the first rain we’ve seen,” said Gil Borboa, Water Resources Manager for the City of Santa Monica.

A rally was held Monday at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean Avenue opposing the proposed Keystone XS Pipeline from Canada to Nebraska.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Activists Join Coordinated National Rally Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 7:08 am

More than 100 people participated in a coordinated rally and candlelight vigil on Monday evening in Santa Monica to protest against the construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

Santa Monica city officials urge residents and businesses to cut back on water usage.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Officials Urge 20 Percent Water Reduction To Avoid Crisis

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 8:42 am

Santa Monica city officials are asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water use 20 percent from 2013 usage in an effort for the community to become water self-sufficient and avoid a drought induced water crisis and mandatory water restrictions.

In September 2013, more than 400 people reportedly attended a community festival along Michigan Avenue to view temporary installations of the project’s potential elements.

News, City Council, Environment, Transportation, Santa Monica

Michigan Avenue Concept Designs On Display At Tuesday Night Workshop

Posted Jan. 3, 2014, 8:40 am

Santa Monica residents will have a first crack at taking part in the public process in 2014 when City Hall hosts a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7 to present the conceptual plans of an ambitious “green” project planned for Michigan Avenue between the beach and Bergamot Station.

The recyclables collected by Santa Monica High School students.

News, Samohi, Environment, Santa Monica

LifeStraws Program At Santa Monica High Saves Lives Thanks To Recyclables

Posted Dec. 28, 2013, 7:16 am

As part of Santa Monica High School teacher Benjamin Kay's long-term service learning projects, his students along with partnering families and teachers have collected and sorted approximately 100,000 recyclable beverage containers since 2008.

Santa Monica residents can take advantage of the City's free Christmas Tree Recycling Service.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling Service

Posted Dec. 26, 2013, 9:12 am

Christmas has come and gone, but are you left wondering how to dispose of your unwanted Christmas tree?

Nominate Before Dec. 16 For 2014 Sustainable Quality Awards

News, Environment, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica

Nominate Before Dec. 16 For 2014 Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards

Posted Dec. 10, 2013, 9:13 am

SQA Nominations can be submitted by any interested party and for any Santa Monica area business. It is a simple process and your nomination will be sure to surprise and delight the business you submit for consideration.

Jackie Keller, a member of Al Gore’s Climate Leadership Corps, regularly speaks about climate change. She also has her own business of 26 years – NutriFit – that specializes in fresh, gourmet, customized, and delivered meal programs that are tailored to accommodate an individual’s health and lifestyle needs.

News, Environment, Business, Santa Monica, Food

The True Price Of Carbon: Why Food Costs Are Increasing

Posted Nov. 5, 2013, 8:54 am

For NutriFit founding director Jackie Keller, climate change is a huge issue that she says is affecting the food supply and earth’s water system.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Lincoln Boulevard Beautification Project To Take Place Saturday Morning

Posted Oct. 29, 2013, 9:13 am

A "Harvest the Litter" clean-up event will be held along a portion of Lincoln Boulevard acquired by the City of Santa Monica from State (also known as CA-1) this Saturday, Nov. 2.

A tractor was used Thursday morning to clear trash from Santa Monica beach after the first flush.

News, Samohi, Environment, Beach, Santa Monica

October Rain Causes Weird First Flush At Santa Monica Beach

Posted Oct. 13, 2013, 9:02 am

Santa Monica High School teacher and coach of Team Marine Benjamin Kay said of his six years documenting the first flush of plastic pollution flowing out of the Pico Kenter Storm Drain, Wednesday's was the weirdest.

Search the 2013 Citywide Yard Sale map on the City of Santa Monica's website.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's 2nd Annual Citywide Yard Sale Saturday

Posted Sep. 26, 2013, 11:09 am

Before Santa Monica celebrates Glow on Saturday night, the City of Santa Monica will host the 2nd Annual Citywide Yard Sale during the day from 8 am to 3 pm.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Kayak Cleanup Event Today As Part Of Coastal Cleanup Day

Posted Sep. 21, 2013, 9:34 am

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation (SMBRF) will host its Kayak Cleanup Day Event today from 9 am to noon. The event is part of the greater annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) which draws more than 14,000 volunteers from across Los Angeles County to hundreds of events.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica

Church In Ocean Park Allocated $5,000 For Climate Change Exchange

Posted Sep. 16, 2013, 9:20 am

A local church hopes to make climate change easier to understand for people in and out of Santa Monica. With a little financial help from the City Council, the Church in Ocean Park might be taking one step closer to its goals.

The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway provides the opportunity to improve connections for users along the route.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica

Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Begins To Take Shape

Posted Sep. 7, 2013, 9:42 am

Bergamot Station seems to be on Santa Monica’s mind these days. The City Council has two Bergamot Area items on its upcoming Tuesday agenda, while planning commissioners are taking a stab at Hines’ request to enter into a development agreement (DA) with City Hall.

The program is offered by the UC based-educational institution where all teachers are volunteers and class fees cover costs not teachers.

Environment, Seven Days, Gardening

Low-Cost Local “Victory Gardens” Classes Taught By Master Gardeners

Posted Aug. 22, 2013, 8:34 am

With the recent release of a report on urban agriculture in Los Angeles, Cultivate L.A., it’s become clear that interest in locally grown, organically raised produce has never been higher.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, Santa Monica, Government

Unanswered Questions In The Water Tunnel Analysis

Posted Aug. 17, 2013, 8:56 am

Backers of the water tunnels at the heart of the proposed $25 billion plan for updating and replumbing the Delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers thought they had played a trump card the other day when they presented a 244-page economic impact report.

Chinese study abroad students conduct research on cigarette butt pollution in residential, boardwalk, and sandy beach areas of Santa Monica.

News, Environment, Beach, Santa Monica, Youth

Chinese Students Investigate Cigarette Butt Pollution In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 14, 2013, 9:21 am

Eight students from Beijing, China investigated cigarette butt pollution in Santa Monica over two days on August 4 and 5.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica On Track For Water Self-Sufficiency By 2020

Posted Jul. 16, 2013, 8:54 am

The City of Santa Monica continued making progress toward its goal of water self-sufficiency by 2020 with City Council approval to finalize a Sustainable Water Master Plan.

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