Next Week! Wild and Scenic – Dec 8

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Doors Open at 6:00pm, Films 6:30pm-9:30pm

24th Street Theater at the Sierra 2 Community Center
(2791 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95818)

Inspiring Action

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour in Sacramento features a program of short films that ECOS/Habitat 2020 specially designs to focus on the ecosystems and environmental justice struggles in our area, and to inspire action by citizens to protect the planet. Themes of the film program this year include water conservation, the role of rivers to humans and the planet, climate change and its effects, sustainable agriculture practices, wildlife protection, outdoor adventures and beautiful landscapes. We continue to make this film festival a lasting and rewarding annual event to inspire communities in Sacramento to enjoy and protect wild and scenic places close to home.

Silent Auction and Raffle

We host a silent auction and raffle at the film festival to raise funds for the protection of local habitat in the Sacramento region. Come early to make sure you can check out the raffle prizes and the wonderful selection of photography and artwork up for silent auction! It’s a great opportunity to get that special gift for the holidays, treat yourself to a getaway or a new piece of house decor, and at the same time, invest in preserving our local ecosystems.

The Cause

The chosen beneficiary of all festival proceeds is the California Heartland Project, the regional conservation vision of Habitat 2020, the conservation committee of ECOS. The California Heartland Project seeks to create a connected network of parks, preserves, and conservation easements on working farms and ranches–creating access to open space for education and recreation, protecting the unique biological diversity found in the Sacramento Valley, and conserving our agricultural heritage.


Tickets will be available at the door, but space will be limited! We recommend you buy them online as soon as possible. If you sponsor this event, tickets are an included benefit. Click here to buy tickets now.

Don’t miss this program of films selected just for the Sacramento region!

Thank you to all of the Sponsors of the 2016 Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour in Sacramento!

Read more about the film festival by clicking here.


Holiday Party – Dec 3

You are invited to the Annual Environmentalists’ Holiday Party, co-hosted by the Sierra Club Sacramento Group and the Environmental Council of Sacramento!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 6 PM – 9 PM

Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, California 95816

Local musician and Environmentalist Jenn Rogar will perform live acoustics for us!

A main dish, a vegetarian option and some beverages will be provided. Please bring a beverage to share, along with your favorite side dish, salad or dessert to complete this holiday potluck.

Cost: $10 (to cover room rental and main dish)

Tickets to be sold at the door. Ticket proceeds will equally benefit the Sierra Club Sacramento Group and the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS).

Silent Auction to benefit the Sierra Club Sacramento Group.

Event photo taken by Ron Maertz of ECOS.


Ideas To Save Energy On Your Home When Traveling

Guest Post Written for ECOS by Uma Campbell

Before you leave the house, you probably go through a mental checklist of remembering to lock the door and unplug the iron, but there’s one thing you need to add to the list: remembering to save energy while you’re away. Before you leave to go to work, hang out with friends or run errands, make sure you follow these tips:

Do a walk through to unplug devices.
As you do a final walk through of your home to make sure you didn’t forget anything, take a look around and unplug any devices or appliances that won’t need power while you are out. Some devices, known as vampires, consume energy even when they turned off as long as they remain plugged into an electrical outlet. Although you might not want to unplug every device in the home, you can unplug devices such as computers, coffee makers, and other appliances that have no use while you’re out.

Adjust the thermostat temperature.
You don’t need to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home when you’re not there, so don’t leave the air conditioner running when you leave. If you have a programmable thermostat in your home, don’t forget to change the settings before you exit the house. Turn the furnace temperature down and your air conditioner up so neither turns on while you’re out.

And the refrigerator temperature.
But, that’s not the only temperature you should adjust before you leave. If you want to keep your refrigerator running while you’re gone, there is still a way for you to save energy on this appliance without completely powering it down. Adjust the refrigerator temperature to 42 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer temperature to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not enough of a change to impact any of the food inside, but it is enough of a difference to help you save energy.

Use automatic lights.
Are you one of the many people who likes to leave lights on in your house so other people in your neighborhood don’t know you’re not home? If so, consider using automatic lights, which will automatically turn on at a certain time everyday, instead of leaving standard lights on at all hours. Automatic lights will serve the same purpose as standard lights—scaring off prowlers—but they won’t use as much energy while they do this, so it’s a win-win situation for homeowners and the environment.

Turn off the water heater.
As you head out the door, make a pit stop at your hot water heater and turn it off before you go. This appliance usually accounts for between 15-20% of your bill every month, so turning it off every time you will be gone for a few hours will make a huge difference on how much you have to pay during the next bill cycle. If your tank is electric, turn it off right at the breaker, but if it’s gas, just switch it to the pilot setting.

Print out these tips and keep them handy so you can use them as a last minute checklist before you leave the house!

Sacramento’s New Downtown

November 5, 2016

Interview By Cosmo Garvin

The Sacramento City Council is likely to approve the downtown railyards development plan this Thursday, November 10. Most of the buzz about the project has been around the proposed stadium for the Sacramento Republic soccer team.

The media has paid less attention to the amount and type of housing that will (or won’t) be built there, even though this is probably the most important part of the whole enterprise.

In Cosmo Garvin’s latest podcast, he interviewed Earl Withycombe and Alexandra Reagan of the Environmental Council of Sacramento, who say that “the current plan for the Railyards doesn’t include enough affordable housing, or enough of any kind of housing. They say the project isn’t dense enough, isn’t ambitious enough, about building a transit friendly, environmentally sound, inclusive urban core.”