Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17th, 2016: Community Headlines

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* Around the Bay (baycrossings.com) for May, 2016 [archive.is/eyiKC]

* "New Ways to Discover the San Francisco Bay Trail; You can now discover 345 miles of walking and biking trails and explore the shoreline with updated San Francisco Bay Trail map cards and a new website" (2016-05, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/KrBd8]

* "Join the Third Annual Bay Parade; Calling all swimmers, kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and boaters! You are invited to be part of Baykeeper's Third Annual Bay Parade on Sunday, May 22" (2016-05, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/dcUFz]


Creating Commons Festival
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM
at A PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, CA [aplaceforsustainableliving.org] [510-788-5857]

Join millions around the world to celebrate 
Global Sharing Week [globalsharingweek.org]
Global Sharing Week is about helping millions discover and participate in the sharing transformation, a movement that promotes the sharing of community resources, cooperative enterprises, and other commons-based projects.
Global Sharing Week 2016 is taking place June 5-11.
You can check out the map above and see where events are happening in your community — or sign-up to host your own [is.gd/4eHy5b].
If you need idea on what kind of event to organize, check out our Resources page [is.gd/Yyoyy4].
* "14 Guides on Throwing Awesome Community Sharing Events" (shareable.net) [is.gd/HFAQTD]

* "Living the New Economy Convergence 2016 to Tackle Systemic Inequities" (2016-05-03, shareable.net) [is.gd/ynK8Hp] [begin excerpt]: The Living the New Economy Oakland Collaborative is excited to announce the Living the New Economy Convergence 2016 [lne2016.wordpress.com], to be held at Mills College, in Oakland, CA, from Oct. 21-23. We’re a broad coalition of community leaders and social entrepreneurs committed to advancing inclusive economic, racial, and environmental justice solutions in Oakland.
Community leaders and organizations are coming together for a next level dialogue about the state of our economy — and innovative models that are addressing inequity, displacement, and other issues related to the well being of our communities.
Through interactive, participatory activities, we will shine a light on what’s working, what’s not, and what more we can do to build the inclusive, vibrant Oakland of our dreams. Included are three days of workshops, panels with local leaders, presentations, and self-organized open space sessions, followed by a day-long series of “Activation Sessions” for groups seeking mentorship and support in their policy campaigns, movement initiatives, or social enterprises. [end excerpt]


* "Flipping a chemical switch helps perovskite solar cells beat the heat; A simple chemical conversion could be another step toward making cheap, efficient and stable perovskite solar cells" (2016-04-25, news.brown.edu) [archive.is/c5JKa]
Contact: Kevin Stacey [401-863-3766]

* "KYOCERA Solar Empowers Hawaii Tokai International College to Stabilize Electricity Costs Long-Term; College projected to use 284kW solar system for more than half of total power requirements, anticipated to be Hawaii’s first LEED-certified, multiple-building campus" (2016-04-27, Reuters Newswire) [archive.is/MItot]

* "UNSW takes lead in race for non-toxic, thin-film solar cells; ‘Zero-energy’ buildings – which generate as much power as they consume – are now much closer after a UNSW team achieved the world’s highest efficiency using flexible solar cells that are non-toxic and cheap to make" (2016-04-27, newsroom.unsw.edu.au) [archive.is/gSBbZ]
Contact: Wilson da Silva, Faculty of Engineering [0407 907 017] [w.dasilva@)unsw.edu.au]
Photo caption: Dr Xiaojing Hao of UNSW's Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics holding the new CZTS solar cells.


* "Watch Out for Whales!" (2016-04, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/koPpT]:
Last month, NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advised boaters along the north-central California coast, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, to steer clear of whales migrating through the area in large numbers from winter through late spring.
Last month, NOAA’s Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advised boaters along the north-central California coast, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, to steer clear of whales migrating through the area in large numbers from winter through late spring. Gray whales are at a particularly high risk of collisions with vessels because they often travel near shore on the outer coast, and may even wander into bays.
Boaters and water recreationists should use caution around whales year-round, but springtime presents a greater chance of coming into contact with whales. From March through May, around 19,000 migrating gray whales make their return migration north from Mexican breeding grounds to feed in Arctic waters off Alaska. Many travel through the busy shipping lanes off San Francisco’s Golden Gate, in the Greater Farallones marine sanctuary.
While they also migrate south through the sanctuary in winter, gray whales—including mothers with newborn calves—swim closest to shore in spring. Cow-calf pairs can be seen from headlands and coastal cliffs. They may pause in the surf zone and small bays for the calf to rest and nurse, and to avoid attack by killer whales. Calves are totally dependent on their mothers at this time.  
Boaters should watch for the gray whale’s blow—its exhalation—which looks like a puff of smoke about 10 to 15 feet high, since very little of the whale is visible at the surface. A whale may surface and blow several times before a prolonged dive, typically lasting three to six minutes.
Federal guidelines advise that boaters should avoid:
•    Approaching within 300 feet (the length of a football field) of any whale
•    Cutting across a whale’s path
•    Making sudden speed or directional changes
•    Getting between a whale cow and her calf (if separated from its mother, a calf may be doomed to starvation)
Each year, thousands of ships and smaller vessels pass through the Golden Gate. Even small-craft collisions with a whale can have disastrous results, for whale and vessel, and sometimes the boaters. All whales are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Other local species, such as humpback and blue whales, are additionally protected by the Endangered Species Act.


* "A Vote for Measure AA Is a Vote for the Bay; You are reading Bay Crossings, which suggests you've probably been near San Francisco Bay today, and maybe can even see it from where you're sitting" (2016-05, by Christopher Richard, for Bay Crossings monthly newspaper) [archive.is/gkTHE]:
You are reading Bay Crossings, which suggests you’ve probably been near San Francisco Bay today, and maybe can even see it from where you’re sitting.
You’ve probably heard that San Francisco Bay is an estuary and that it’s an ecosystem. But try thinking about it as a giant factory. Think of the terrain as the buildings and grounds of the factory campus. Raw materials coming in are water, sediment and sunlight. The workers are the plants and animals living in the Bay, and the products are clean air, seafood, recreation, flood protection and the setting for a quality of life that is envied throughout the world.
Continuing the metaphor, some of the most productive parts of the factory are the salt marshes and other wetlands that once ringed most of the Bay shoreline. Their productivity cleans the air and releases oxygen, provides rearing habitat for young fish and crabs, filters impurities from the water and provides flood protection. But since the California gold rush, we have lost 90 percent of these wetlands. Think of trying to run a factory with that percentage of your most productive assembly lines shut down.
There is a great opportunity to restore those assembly lines, and your voice can be heard on the question. But more on that later. Much of the lost wetland acreage was diked off from the Bay to exclude the flow of the tides, and then drained for economic purposes: primarily the grazing of animals and production of salt. But almost all of the pastures are no longer grazed, and most of the salt ponds are no longer in production. The Bay needs 100,000 acres of wetlands to be healthy and sustainable. More than 30,000 acres are already awaiting funding of projects to restore them to their original functions of producing, cleansing and protecting.
Measure AA for a Clean & Healthy Bay is on the June ballot in the nine Bay Area counties. It’s aimed at restoring productivity and function to the Bay ecosystem while providing flood protection, increasing shoreline recreational access, and thereby supporting the quality of life we all appreciate here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It is a $12 parcel tax for the Bay Area counties that will, over time, raise $500 million for wetlands restoration and access. It was placed on the ballot by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority with support from business groups like the Bay Area Council and Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and environmental groups including Audubon California, Ducks Unlimited, the Trust for Public Land and the Nature Conservancy.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said, “Measure AA is an unprecedented opportunity for all Bay Area residents to unite in support of the Bay we love, and improve it a lot for very little cost.” A San Jose Mercury News editorial stated, “We’re happy to urge voter support for Measure AA.” Even though polling shows that a large majority of residents across the Bay Area support this measure, the two-thirds majority required to win is a high bar to meet. Your vote can make a difference.      
These maps portray the 90 percent loss of wetlands, shown in green, from the shores of San Francisco Bay between the time of the gold rush and today. But much of the lands within the areas outlined in magenta remain feasible sites for wetland restoration and improved access projects funded by Measure AA.

Christopher Richard is a retired Curator of Aquatic Biology at Oakland Museum of California. He is on the board of directors of Save the Bay, and past president of the Alameda County Fish and Game Commission.

* "Five Bay Advocates Honored by the Bay Institute" (2016-04, by Mallory Johnson, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/9FueB]

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