Friday, May 29, 2009

Environmental service news from EarthTeam

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In This Issue
Carbon Reduction Raffle Winners
Sign up for our Summer Restoration Program
Visuals & Voices Winners
West Oakland Green Scene Celebration
Bay Nature Photo Contest
Oakland Port Commission Hearing
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Upcoming EarthTeam Events:
5/28: Environmental justice presentation at Hercules HS 6/3: Waste audit at Miramonte HS 6/3: Waste audit at Pittsburg HS 6/2: Something's in the Air students attending Oakland Port Commision Community Meeting 6/4-6/7: EarthTeam presenting at PLANet Youth conference 6/6: San Francisco Youth Unity Eco-Fest 6/6: West Oakland Green Scene event at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
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Congratulations to EarthTeam's Carbon Reduction Raffle Winners
Cool schools iconSix schools ran the Carbon Reduction Raffle this spring, challenging students to try seven different carbon-reducing actions to lighten their carbon footprint and be entered in a raffle for a $100 grand prize! This year's raffle winners include:
  • Theo Nasser from Aragon HS, who won for taking shorter showers (5 minutes).
  • Nargess Anwar from Walters Jr. High, who won for updating two light bulbs at home with energy-saving CFLs. She also completed two other actions: walking to school instead of driving/riding in a car, and eating vegetarian for a couple days.
  • Norman Zhong from San Lorenzo HS, who won for carpooling to school. He also ate vegan for two days, and switched-out two regular light bulbs with CFLs.
  • Clayton Valley HS chose to have four winners for their raffle and to divide the prize money among these winners. They also customized the raffle by adding several additional carbon-reducing actions to the list. Jackie Grohs won for planting two lilac trees, Ben O'Connor won for installing two low flow showerheads, Angela Oliva won for carpooling, and Jason Baker won for planting a pine tree/douglas fir.
Schools Lightening Their Footprints:
Students at the schools participating in the raffle reduced the following amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming:
  • Aragon HS saved 37,074 lbs of CO2
  • Walters Jr. High saved 38,936 lbs of CO2
  • San Lorenzo HS saved 42,154.3 lbs of CO2
  • Clayton Valley HS saved 10,906 lbs of CO2*
*not including the pounds of CO2 saved from some of their harder-to-calculate carbon-saving actions, like bringing a zero-waste lunch for a week, eating more local/in-season produce, or the family who replaced an old water heater with a new Energy Star one, etc.! STAYED TUNED to learn about the raffle results of College Park HS & Pinole Valley HS!
Looking for Richmond Teens to Participate in the SUMMER RESTORATION PROGRAM Sponsored by Community Youth Council for Leadership and Education (CYCLE) & EarthTeam
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EarthTeam is excited to once again partner with CYCLE to offer two 2-week summer restoration sessions to Richmond teens this July. Participants will take part in activities including water and air testing, shoreline clean-ups, team building activities, nature hikes in East Bay Regional Parks, community garden work, and much more. Weekly stipends will be awarded to all participants. Program Dates:
Session I: July 6- July 17 Session II: July 20- July 31
About CYCLE: CYCLE, which is the only non profit Iron Triangle group working to link youth to the environment, has a history of working with environmental groups and introducing inner city youth to environmental and scientific investigations. To apply for this program, or to find out more, please contact Kevin Sherrill at You can also visit EarthTeam's homepage to download an application.
The winners of this year's Visuals and Voices contest were announced at EarthTeam's Year-End Celebration, which was held earlier this month. Congratulations to the following winners, who were selected by a panel of artists and writers: Grand Prize for the Global Warming Theme: Zach Watson, Joaquin Moraga MS Art, High School 1st -- Na'Sheela Conn, West County Community HS 2nd -- Olivia Shetler, School of the Arts Group Award -- Art Class at St. Ignatius HS Honorable Mention -- Xavier Russo, St. Ignatius College Prep Art, Middle School 1st -- Diana Kossakowski, Joaquin Moraga MS 2nd -- Thibaut Hardin, Joaquin Moraga MS Group Award -- Helms MS Poetry, High School 1st -- Susanna Grohm St. Ignatius HS 2nd -- Cynthia Ruiz, West County Community HS Honorable Mention -- Zachary Darwish, Skyline HS Photography, High School 1st -- Kim Bowen, Skyline HS 2nd -- Raenn Haro, Clayton Valley HS Honorable Mention -- Erin Cherry, Miramonte HS Photography Middle School 1st -- Caitlin Burnite, Joaquin Moraga MS This year, EarthTeam created a new category for Visuals & Voices, the Green Idol Awards. These winners were chosen based on the number of votes that each Green News submission received. Any visitor to the Green News website was eligible to vote. The Green Idol winners are: Poetry -- Annalyse Sheppard, St. Ignatius HS Interview -- Eveline Hooper, Sycamore Tree Academy Article -- Aiman Arif, California Virtual Academy Photography -- David Kant, Campolindo HS Art -- Vancey Le, San Lorenzo HS green idol winner Bridge, by Vancy Le Click here to visit the Green News website to see more student art, photography, writing, and videos.
SITA Students Attending the Oakland Port Commission Hearing
SITA photo EarthTeam and New Voices are Rising will be taking a group of Richmond high school students to an Oakland Port Commission hearing on Tuesday, June 2nd. These students have participated in EarthTeam's Something's in the Air -- Asthma Education Project, where they learned about diesel pollution's effect on the health of their community. STAY TUNED for details on the outcome of these students' actions.
Join EarthTeam at West Oakland's Green Scene Celebration!
EarthTeam will be participating in the West Oakland Green Scene event -- a free eco-community fun fair for a better planet.
Middle Harbor Shoreline Park Saturday, June 6th * 11am-4pm .Green Scene photo
Visit the EcoVillage
  • Learn about EarthTeam and other groups in attendance, including People's Grocery, OBUGS, Rising Sun Energy, MoBetter Foods, Green For All, Urban Releaf, and City Slicker Farms.
Family Fun Entertainment!
  • ArtEsteem Children's Drumming, Prescott Circus, recycled crafts by MOCHA to go, and Emeryville Taiko
Blues Music
  • Caravan of All Stars
The event will be at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park:
Middle Harbor Road, Oakland, CA Parking is limited: ride a bike or take the hydrogen fuel-celled AC Transit Bus #13
(departs every ½ hour from West Oakland BART).
This event is sponsored by East Bay Regional Parks District, Port of Oakland, and AC Transit
Enter Bay Nature Magazine's Photo Contestbay nature logo
Our friends at Bay Nature are holding a photo contest for pictures taken in East Bay Regional Parks.
If you love photography and the East Bay Regional Parks, Nature Magazine wants to hear from you! The East Bay Regional Park District is turning 75 this year, and Bay Nature magazine is celebrating with a special article and photo spread in their October 2009 issue. So they are asking photographers to send their best images of the landscapes, wildlife, and people of the East Bay Regional parks. The winning photos will be published in the October 2009 issue; winners will also receive cash and other prizes. Submissions are to be sent in through Bay Nature's Flickr group and must be received by July 20, 2009. Click here for full guidelines and submission instructions.
* DONATE! CLICK HERE to donate on-line, or mail your tax-deductible donation to EarthTeam Network, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite L, Berkeley, CA 94702 * PARTNER! EarthTeam thrives through partnerships with other organizations, businesses, and agencies. Contact us if you are interested in partnering with us on any of the projects listed in this email. * VOLUNTEER! We are always looking for volunteers to help with a variety of EarthTeam programs and projects. From grant writing to office assistance, we look forward to working with your interests, skills, and time. To volunteer, contact Sheilah Fish at or 925-878-9288.

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