City Light Impacts on Declining Salmon Populations

March 21, 2017

ECOS submitted the following letter with concerns about outdoor lighting on the Sacramento riverfront and its effects on local salmon populations, such as the endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, which are particularly important among California’s salmon runs because they exhibit a life-history strategy found nowhere else on the West Coast.

Read the full letter by clicking here.

The Arch Nexus building at 930 R St

By Mark Glover

March 1, 2017

The Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento architectural design firm will host formal grand opening ceremonies Thursday at its newly renovated building along the R Street corridor, with hopes that the structure will be certified a world leader in sustainability a year from now.


Read more here:

Glover, Mark. “Downtown Sacramento building aims for gold standard of green.” Sacbee. N.p., 01 Mar. 2017. Web. 14 Mar. 2017.

Downtown Specific Plan NOP

The City of Sacramento, Community Development Department, as Lead Agency, has issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report for the Downtown Specific Plan.

The comment period is from February 15, 2017 to March 17, 2017.

The issuance of the NOP is to inform all responsible agencies of the decision to prepare an EIR. The purpose of the NOP is to provide information describing the project and its potential environmental effects and to seek input from responsible agencies as defined by CEQA (PRC Section 21069) and the public. Agencies should comment on such information as it relates to their statutory responsibilities in connection with the project. The full NOP is attached here and is available at the City’s Community Development Department webpage at:

A public scoping meeting will be held on Thursday, March 2 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sacramento City Hall, 915 I Street, Room 1119, Sacramento, California 95814. Responsible agencies and members of the public are invited to attend and provide input on the scope of the EIR. Written comments regarding relevant issues may be submitted at the meeting.

Comments and suggestions as to the appropriate scope of analysis are invited from all interested parties. Written comments or questions concerning the proposed project should be submitted to the following address no later than March 17, 2017 (Public counter hours are between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.):
Tom Buford, Senior Planner
Community Development Department
300 Richards Boulevard, Third Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811
Email: tbuford[at]cityofsacramento[dot]org

ECOS Board/General Meeting Jan 23, 2017

Join the Environmental Council of Sacramento – ECOS for our first ECOS Board and General Meeting of the year! Help us plan for the new year, welcome our new board members and push forward for a more sustainable Sacramento region!

Everyone who is interested is welcome. Bring a friend! ECOS encourages participation from members of marginalized communities, including women, youth, people of color, those who identify as LGBTQIA, people have migrated from another country and people who live with disabilities.

Note: this meeting was moved from January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Board Meeting of the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS)
Reception 5:30 pm / Meeting 6:00 pm | Monday, January 23rd, 2017
SEIU Local 1000, 1325 S Street, Sacramento CA 95811 (Training Room)

5:30 – 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.

1. Greetings & Introductions
2. Approval of November 2016 Minutes and approval of January 2017 Agenda (5 minutes)

3. Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream (20 minutes)
4. ECOS Officer Elections (5 minutes)
5. New member org: AARP (5 minutes)
6. Orientation/Refresher for Board Members (30 minutes)
a. Transportation, Air Quality and Climate Change (TAQCC) Committee
b. Land Use Committee
c. Habitat 2020 Committee
d. Organizational Development Committee
7. Treasurer’s Report (10 minutes)
Earl Withycombe, Treasurer
8. Adoption of 2017 Annual Budget (5 minutes)

9. President’s Report
Brandon Rose (5 minutes)

10. Issues of interest from Members and/or Member Organizations
11. Announcements

Meeting Agenda here (PDF): 

ECOS Board of Directors meetings

More homes coming to Mill at Broadway development

By Ryan Lillis

December 21, 2016

The Sacramento Bee

The developers behind the growing Mill at Broadway neighborhood south of downtown Sacramento have sought the city’s approval to begin the next phase of the project.

Bardis Homes has applied to construct 55 condominiums on the site in northwest Land Park, just south of Broadway. Of the new homes, 39 will be single-family residences and the rest will be duplexes, according to the application filed Wednesday.

The Mill is among the most significant recent housing developments near Sacramento’s central city.

Read more here:

Lillis, Ryan. “More homes coming to Mill at Broadway development.” Sacbee. Sacramento Bee, 21 Dec. 2016. Web. 04 Jan. 2017.

Big Day of Giving 2017

Big Day of Giving
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mark Your Calendars! BIG Day of Giving is coming on May 4th, 2017. We are excited to join the Sacramento Regional Community Foundation for our 4th year of participating in the Big Day of Giving!

Some of the changes in this year’s Big Day of Giving campaign include:

  • the ability to take payments in any format, not just with credit or debit cards.
  • the ability to schedule payments ahead of time, e.g. if you are going to be out of town on May 4th, 2017
  • the minimum donation amount has been lowered to $15.00
  • a new online platform, called CiviCore, has been chosen to replace Kimbia
  • a phone bank has been established
  • a reduced transaction fee of 5.2%, down from 6.4%
  • donors can now sign up for monthly donations
  • Please consider giving to ECOS on May 4th, 2017.

More information about The Big Day of Giving can be found here.