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CYCP Program wraps up its first year – Field Report from recipient of 2023 Climate Action Award

by Sarah Ranney, Chair, Climate Literacy Committee, SF Bay Chapter On a chilly night in December, 40 high school students from around California gathered on Zoom to share their policy case studies and celebrate their graduation from the California Youth Climate Policy Leadership program (CYCP), a new initiative from the Climate Literacy Committee of the

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The impact of single-use menstrual hygiene products on climate change and more sustainable alternatives

by Magda Kalinowska One needs only to consider the sheer magnitude of some relevant statistics to understand the wide-scale impact of single-use menstrual products on climate change. An individual will use approximately 441 pounds of single-use menstrual products throughout their lifetime.1 This could potentially add up to a significant amount given that about 26% of

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When green isn’t what it seems

by Kristina McKean Shopping as a sustainably-minded consumer can be a minefield. While on the hunt for a phone case recently (a purchase that should theoretically be simple), I was torn between products that ranged from “biodegradable” to “made from recycled material” to “carbon neutral” and everything in between. While assessing the various options’ ability

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Best practices for agrivoltaics land-use planning and regulations

by Michael Buza, Mike Carberry, Larry Gosselin, Julie Lowe and Richard Rollins We are in the midst of a global transition to clean energy. In the United States, although not receiving regular coverage in mainstream news, recent federal legislation and incentives are accelerating renewable energy development in every state. In rural areas, agricultural lands are

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Agrivoltaics combines production of agriculture and solar power

by Larry Gosselin, Julie Lowe, and Richard Rollins Agrivoltaics, which pairs solar panels (photovoltaics) with agriculture, is a double-duty climate solution that yields benefits to farmers while minimizing the Nation’s need to use undeveloped natural lands for solar energy development. By putting aside the historical practice of devoting land to a single purpose, this approach

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