ECOS Climate Committee 5/12 Focus on Transportation

ECOS Climate Change Committee – Focus on Transportation, THURSDAY, MAY 12 6:00 pm

Co-hosted by Ralph Propper, Climate Committee Chair and John Deeter, Transportation Team Lead

Agenda

6:00 Let’s chat — Zoom break-out rooms

6:05 Welcome and brief introductions

6:10 Sacramento Regional Transit (Sac RT) staff will discuss plans for the coming year. RT’s fiscal status has improved, as ridership is increasing again.

Craig Norman (Director of Engineering) will discuss more frequent service on Folsom line, electric buses, low-floor light rail stations/vehicles, new LRT stations (Dos Rios station; Horn Rd. station near Rancho Cordova’s Kassis property)

6:30 SacRT and TOD – Traci Canfield will provide high level overview of the SACOG-SACRT Transit-oriented Development Action Plan written in 2020

6:50 CapCity Freeway Lawsuit Update – Betsy Weiland of SARA (invited contributor) to discuss impacts to river

7:05 Transportation Ballot Measure for November election – Steve Cohn of SacMoves (invited contributor)

7:20 UPDATES

  • Climate Action Plans for County and City of Sacramento
  • For July presentation — Valley Rail, San Joaquin JPA, by Dan Leavitt, Manager of Regional Initiatives, will update us on the Stockton to Sacramento segment of Valley Rail w/maps, station areas, station designs. Valley Rail is on the Sacramento Subdivision from Stockton to Natomas — on separate, parallel UP track(s) to Sac RT from Cosumnes River Blvd to R Street in Midtown. Service will extend to Natomas (Elkhorn Blvd), but planning work is being done with Butte CAG and SACOG for a future extension to Butte County (Chico).

7:30 Adjourn

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 6:00pm

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6656164155

To phone in: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 665 616 4155

Sac City Council Meeting, April 26, 2022, Item 19 Quarterly Climate Update 

On April 26, 2022, ECOS submitted a letter to the City of Sacramento Council Members regarding their Council Meeting on April 26, 2022, Item 19: Quarterly Climate Update. Below is an excerpt from our letter.

Sacramento can be a leader in sustainable and equitable growth and reducing of GHG emissions. The Sacramento region is the home of the Blueprint, upon which was modeled the landmark law SB375 linking land use and transportation. The concept of coordinating or integrating land use and transportation was right in 2008 and it is still right today. The key is to implement it.

Therefore, ECOS urges the City to use SacRT’s transit system as the backbone for redevelopment. Five- to seven-story buildings should frame the light rail station areas. Streets with existing high-ridership bus routes should be transformed into boulevards with consistently high street walls, wide sidewalks, protected bikeways, street trees on park strips, and curb parking. New parks and public plazas should be inserted.

Click here to read the letter in full.

Sac County Candidate Forum: Watch the Video

April 26, 2022 at 6pm

Watch on Youtube below.

Sacramento County District 5 Supervisors seat: Hear what the candidates say about issues affecting Sacramento, including climate change, land use and transportation, equity, housing, business and the prospects for a clean energy economy – before the June 7 primary.

The race for the Sacramento County District 5 Supervisor seat is probably the most important race in the Sacramento region in terms of equity and climate. The County and City of Sacramento are the most populous areas within the Sacramento region and therefore, where they go, so goes the region.  

All District 5 candidates will be participating in the forum. They are (in alphabetical order) Pat Hume, Alex Joe, Steve Ly and Jaclyn Moreno. Moderators will be Capradio’s News Editor Kris Hooks, and Environment and Climate Change Reporter Manola Secaira.

Sponsored by Environmental Council of Sacramento, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento Chapter, 350 Sacramento, and the Sierra Club Sacramento Group

Big Day of Giving 2022

ECOS: Through education, advocacy, and litigation, we seek to help the Sacramento region meet its climate goals and shift its land use and transportation patterns to create a transit-connected network of sustainable, sociable, affordable, and equitable communities.

The Environmental Council of Sacramento is a powerful advocacy organization in the Sacramento region for over 50 years, arguing for transit-oriented development and against greenfield sprawl, to protect our habitat, and clean up our air. With the climate crisis growing and affordable housing a critical need, our advocacy efforts are needed more than ever. Please donate and join. Make a difference with us!

Can we count on you?

Big Day of Giving, the Sacramento region’s largest annual event to support the causes we care most about, is on now. Between now and May 5, please give to ECOS.

Big Day of Giving helps non-profits like ECOS raise much needed funds — mostly in small gifts — proving that when we all give a little, we can make a big difference.

For as little as $40, you can help us reach our fundraising goal of $10,000 which will allow us to continue studying and taking positions on regional and local issues — climate change, land use, transportation, green building, habitat, and water. Also, your gift will help ECOS build its next generation of leaders – we seek young people who recognize the dangers of climate change and want to do something about it.

Make a gift today or mark your calendar for Thursday, May 5 to be a part of this historic day of philanthropy.

Check out some of our activities

  • ECOS Orientation via Zoom on May 5 at 6 pm; contact office[at]sacramento[dot]net
  • Sacramento Earth Day on April 24 – https://www.ecosacramento.net/sacearthday/
  • SacCounty District 5 Candidate Forum on April 26 – https://youtu.be/EFvJfZEY3oo
  • Climate Action materials and Committee Chair Ralph Propper rpropper47[at]icloud[dot]com
  • Field trips – salmon spawning habitat in American River; sandhill cranes at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve in Oct 2021 and Jan 2022.

MAKE A GIFT to ECOS for the BIG DAY OF GIVING

Community Earth Month 2022 Events

Although we honor the earth every day, April is often known as Earth Month. Here is a compilation of Earth Month events happening in the Greater Sacramento Region this April!

Thursday, April 21

11:00am – 3:00pm Sacramento City College Earth Day Event.

Friday, April 22

4:00pm – 9:00pm Auburn Earth Day Festival. Hosted by the Placer High School Environmental Club. Overlook Park, 855 Pacific Ave, Auburn, CA 95603. Details: https://enviroalliance.org/events/earth-day-festival/

Saturday, April 23

9:00am – 1:00pm The Great Sacramento clean-up event! Details: https://www.handsonsacto.org/opportunity/a0C5c00000O4XwnEAF/the-great-sacramento-clean-up-event

10:00am – 12:30pm Sacramento EJ Coalition Earth Day Mixer. Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacramento-ej-coalition-earth-day-mixer-tickets-303165806087

12:00pm – 6:00pm Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum Community Earth Day Celebration. 2251 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95822. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/295569172716632

1:00pm – 9:00pm Earth Day Celebration Hosted by Sac Yard. Sac Yard Community Tap House, 1725 33rd St, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Sunday, April 24

11:00am – 4:00pm SACRAMENTO EARTH DAY! Hosted by ECOS. Southside Park, 700 T St, Sacramento, CA 95818. Details: https://www.ecosacramento.net/our-work/events/sacearthday/about-sacramento-earth-day/

April 22 – 26

Wild and Scenic Film Festival selections. Hosted by Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby. Details: www.tinyurl.com/WSFF2022

Wednesday, April 27

6:30pm – 7:30pm What Will it Take to Tackle Climate Change? — Kathy Dodson. Hosted by Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby. (Free Zoom Event) Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-day-climate-change-speaker-series-tickets-289994510387

Saturday, April 30

Environmentalists’ Spring Social. Hosted by the Sierra Club Sacramento Group, ECOS and the Sacramento Climate Coalition. Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95818. Details: https://www.ecosacramento.net/2022/03/environmentalists-spring-social/

Wednesday, May 4

6:30pm – 7:30pm Hope in the Face of Climate Change – Lisa Howard. Hosted by Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby. (Free Zoom Event) Details: www.tinyurl.com/SACCCL