ECOS Board Meeting Nov. 20th

*NOTE* Location Change for this month: 
This month (November) the ECOS board meeting will be held in the Sierra Club California Conference Room at 909 12th Street (2nd Floor), Sacramento, CA 95814

Join the Environmental Council of Sacramento – ECOS for our November ECOS Board Meeting! Everyone who is interested is welcome. Bring a friend!

Monday, November 20, 2017

5:30 pm Reception
Please come and meet and socialize with ECOS Board Members and guests. Light appetizers and refreshments served. Feel free to bring something to share.

6:00 pm Meeting Begins
Paula Lomazzi, Executive Director of the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee (SHOC) will speak to us about the Homelessness Crisis in the Sacramento region. Did you know there was at least a 30% increase in the homeless population between 2015 and 2017? After we hear from Ms. Lomazzi, we will have a discussion/question and answer session.

As usual, ECOS Committees will report on their current business. Announcements from members and attendees are welcome at the end, as time allows.

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Environmentalists’ Holiday Party Dec. 2nd

The combined Sierra Club Sacramento Group and Environmental Council of Sacramento Environmentalists’ Holiday Party is Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 from 6 – 8:30 pm at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd (entrance & parking on Park Way, between 33rd and 35th Streets). Jenn Rogar is performing her environmentally-based songs again this year. This is a great chance to catch up with friends and meet new people interested in protecting and celebrating our natural world. There will be a silent auction with art, wine and other items available. Please RSVP on our facebook event page.

The Sacramento Sierra Club will be providing vegetarian (with cheese) pasta and a meat pasta, green salad and garlic bread. Names A-L can bring side dishes or vegan main dishes, K-Z hors d’ouvre or a dessert item. Suggested donation is $10 at the door.

More info at: www.sierraclub.org/mother-lode/sacramento

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Don’t miss Sacramento’s Environmentalist of the Year Awards!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Reception 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Awards ceremony 6:30 – 8:30pm

Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community, Curtis Hall, 2791 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95818 

ECOS first started hosting the Environmentalist of the Year Awards in 1973. The awards ceremony is a time to celebrate and recognize the past year’s regional champions and community sustainability successes. It is also a time to reflect on the work we still have in front of us in the year ahead.

The 2017 award categories and honorees include…

Environmentalist of the Year

Jennifer Wood of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento

Jennifer Wood is the energetic leader of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento Chapter and a soil scientist. The Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, non-profit, grassroots movement creating political will for a national climate change solution. Jennifer recruits community members to push elected officials to prepare for and slow the effects of climate change, recruits people to join the movement to find climate solutions, visits legislators to lobby their participation in the movement, and more. She’s a whirlwind of activity and finds ways to build alliances with groups large and small. Jennifer’s energy and commitment to environmental causes has earned her the recognition of Environmentalist of the Year 2017. 

Environmentalist of the Year – Habitat

Lower American River Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Projects

Since 2008, the Water Forum has collaborated with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sacramento County Parks, and other stakeholders and scientists to design and build over 30 acres of salmonid habitat along the lower American River. This unique program is sustaining wild fish in America’s only urban nationally-designated Wild and Scenic river, driving new science, and supporting balanced water use among river communities. These projects are based in a strong collaborative partnership between resource agencies, scientists, and public interests all along the river.

Environmentalist of the Year – Innovation

March for Science Sacramento

On Earth Day 2017, marches were planned across the world in solidarity with the national March for Science in Washington, D.C. The organizers of March for Science Sacramento decided that the City of Sacramento would not be absent in this important action. The March for Science Sacramento organizing team was made up of more than 50 community volunteers from throughout Sacramento who were united by their love of science. Within just a couple of months, the organizing team developed a vision for the local march, planned logistics, promoted the event and raised funds. The march brought together more than 15,000 people who collectively advocated for open, inclusive, and accessible science, and the importance of conducting and applying scientific research as an essential part of a working democracy. 

Environmentalist of the Year – Volunteer of the Year

Robert Meagher

Robert Meagher has tirelessly kept up the project list for ECOS, which includes all new relevant proposed developments in the region. He has also managed to consolidate and organize the countless PDF documents that often make up long CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) documents, and their corresponding attachments, into a single database categorized by region, priority and timing. Making these documents easier to use and refer to cuts down on the time it takes ECOS committees to digest and comment on environmental documents, effectively making it simpler for us to engage in the CEQA process.

Click here for more information about the awards ceremony.

 
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