2014 Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change Endorsing Organizations:
See also Climate Action Plan page.
Air Resources Board
We believe small, simple steps serve as building blocks for reducing carbon footprints and making choices matter. We’ve worked with our partners on the first peer-reviewed, California-specific carbon footprint calculator for households and small businesses; and a Funding Wizard that helps users find grants, incentives, and rebates for sustainable projects. http://www.arb.ca.gov/homepage.htm
California Native Plant Society, Sacramento Valley
The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. Plants take up carbon dioxide and create carbon and oxygen during photosynthesis. The carbon is stored in the plant material. The only real solutions to climate change are using energy much more efficiently and nurturing the plants keeping our planet healthy. Since plants take carbon out of the atmosphere, protecting each one and the places they grow is the best defense against climate change. http://www.sacvalleycnps.org/
Citizens Climate Lobby Sacramento Chapter
The mission of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) is to create the political will for a stable climate and to help members exercise their political voice. CCL supports a national revenue-neutral carbon tax: a fee on emissions with 100% of the money returned equally to all U.S. households. The Sacramento CCL chapter builds political will in the Congressional districts of Matsui, Bera, and McClintock.
Please join us at www.sacramentoccl.org.
Cool Davis is an active network of residents, community organizations, businesses and organizations committed to implementing the Davis Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Our Mission is to inspire our community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to a changing climate, and improve the quality of life for all. We aim to: 1) Achieve measurable greenhouse gas emissions reduction, 2) Reduce carbon to 15% below 1990 levels by 2015 by engaging 75% of our households and 3) Reach Carbon Neutrality by 2050.
Deep Green Resistance
Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) Transportation, Air Quality & Climate Change (TAQCC)
The ECOS TAQCC committee supports policies/projects that: 1) provide all residents pedestrian, bicycle and transit access; 2) provide adequate and efficient goods movement and support the provision of local goods/services; 3) protect and strengthen local communities, towns and urban centers from the corrosive effects of traffic while promoting equity and opportunity for all residents; 4) minimize impacts on and use of the land, air and water; 5) minimize the consumption of limited resources and reduce pollution and noise; 6) encourage land uses that minimize travel; 7) eliminate transportation subsidies which handicap achievement of the above goals; 8) ensure vigorous and effective public participation in transportation planning.
Environment California is a state-wide, citizen-based environmental group. We’re working to promote practical solutions to global warming, like getting cleaner cars, trucks and buses on the road and making clean energy more accessible — solutions that reduce air pollution and create jobs as well. We’re also working to ensure that big polluters pay for the damage they inflict on our environment and that extreme fossil fuel extraction methods like fracking come to an end in California. http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/
Friends of Sutter’s Landing/Friends of the Riverbanks (FORB)
Friends of Sutter’s Landing is working to protect, enhance, and restore the native habitat along the American River at Sutter’s Landing. This area is a vital corridor for wildlife and plants and needs to be in healthy condition to be resilient to climate change. Friends of the Riverbanks shares the excitement and mystery of the natural environment with families, children, and others in the area. http://www.sutterslandingpark.org/ and http://www.friendsoftheriverbanks.org/
Friends of Swainson’s Hawk (FOSH)
Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk helps in the climate change effort by advocating for preservation of farmland that is the habitat of Swainson’s Hawks and other raptors. http://swainsonshawk.org/
Green Restaurants Alliance of Sacramento (GRAS)
Green Restaurants Alliance of Sacramento is dedicated to growing a sustainable food community in the Capital City. Working with restaurants, haulers and community gardens, GRAS has developed programs focused on reducing food waste, Zero Waste events, and on building the local food-cycle — recycling food scraps back into our Farm to Fork soil.
Kidical Mass is about getting families comfortable with using bicycles as transportation. By riding legally and safely, parents and children become more confident riding responsibly with traffic. The United States lost entire generations of bike riders due to the motor vehicle takeovers in the 50s. Cities developed around drivers, and bicyclists have been marginalized ever since. We want to encourage people to get back on their bikes and reteach this generation that biking is safe, environmentally sound, and fun! The more we can get people away from their car-addictions, the healthier our world and our communities will be. http://sackidicalmass.org/
League of Women Voters of Sacramento County
League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public-policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. One of our local League’s emphases this year is raising the public’s and our membership’s awareness of climate change. http://www.lwvsacramento.org/
Lutheran Office of Public Policy
California works with congregations, clergy, members, and friends of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America statewide, on issues of economic justice, human rights, and care for creation (www.elca.org/ advocacy). The ELCA issued a call to action on climate change in its Social Statement, Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice, in 1993. LOPP-CA is represented on the steering committee of California Interfaith Power & Light (www.interfaithpower.org). http://www.lutheranpublicpolicyca.org/index.shtml
Organizing for Action, Sacramento Mighty Oaks Chapter
Following the release of the National Climate Assessment, with its rather dire predictions, Organizing for Action will be organizing events to motivate our legislators to support the President’s Climate Action Plan. The first measure we want to support is the upcoming rules for reducing emissions for greenhouse gases from existing coal fired power plants. We also plan a Primary Watch Party on June 3. Look for further information on Watch Party BarackObama.com. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sacramento-Mighty-Oaks/415971991807799
Peace & Freedom Party
The Peace & Freedom Party has a long history of advocating environmental and conservation policies. In 1970, well before the original Earth Day, we adopted strong environmental positions and spoke forcefully about the need to end pollution, shut down nuclear power plants, use renewable resources, and adopt environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of our lives.
Physicians for Social Responsibility, Sacramento Chapter
Physicians for Social Responsibility/Sacramento provides a medical voice for policies that slow, stop, and reverse climate change. We meet with elected officials and the public, providing information from a medical perspective that helps to institute important policy changes to lower CO2 emissions. PSR also educates legislators and the public about climate change’s health effects, to help us better prepare for the disease, injury, and death that can result from disasters and increased heat. http://www.sacpsr.org/
Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA)
Our world is cleaner and our community is more livable when people have convenient alternative to driving. The mission of Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates is to transform our region into a cleaner, healthier, friendlier, more prosperous place by enabling more people to comfortably choose a bicycle as everyday transportation.
Sacramento Area Peace Action
Sacramento Area Peace Action works to change U.S. foreign policy to reflect human rights, including environmental protection, and to reduce the U.S. military budget and redirect the savings to human needs including sustainable energy sources, energy efficient transportation, and environmental protection. As the world’s largest single user of fossil fuels, the U.S. military is a major contributor to global warming. The U.S. war machine also wreaks havoc on the environment, humans and other living creatures. http://www.sacpeace.org/
Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association
SacEV is an organization of volunteers supporting the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV) to reduce air and water pollution along with shifting petrol economy dollars to clean local jobs. SacEV members share their experience the joy of driving electric while saving money, cleaning the air and improving the economy. SacEV fights global warming one car at a time.
Sacramento Sustainability Forum 2.0 (SSF2)
Sacramento Sustainability Forum 2.0 is a monthly platform for the entire Sacramento community to explore our region’s sustainable development activity, while uncovering collaborative capacity building solutions to create a more sustainable society. Each monthly event focuses on a specific sustainability topic presented by leading edge speakers, lively entertainers, innovative clean technologies and imaginative arts. http://www.ssf2.org/
Sacramento Tree Foundation
Sacramento Tree Foundation is building healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by growing the best urban forest in the nation. By educating our community about the many benefits of trees and working collaboratively to optimize those benefits through proper placement, planting, and care, we are ensuring the survival and growth of our urban forest, therefore, reducing urban heat island effect and energy consumption while improving carbon sequestration, air quality, population health, shade, and beauty. http://www.sactree.com/
Sacramento Vegetarian Society
Sacramento Vegetarian Society inspires people to choose a healthier, greener, more peaceful lifestyle. We aim to promote a vegan lifestyle for the health of people, animals, and the environment; provide accurate information about the ethical, environmental, and health impacts associated with animal-based foods; provide support to those interested in practicing vegetarian and vegan lifestyles; encourage establishments in the Sacramento area to offer more vegan options; promote gardens to provide fresh produce to children and adults in the Sacramento region.
Save the American River Association
The Save the American River Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a grass-roots organization established in 1961 to spearhead the establishment of the American River Parkway and adoption of the Parkway Plan. Our mission is to protect and enhance the wildlife habitat, fishery, and recreational resources of the American River Parkway. Our members work to ensure American River Parkway will survive and prosper for the benefit of future generations.
Sierra Club Motherlode Chapter, Sacramento Group
We are the foremost grassroots organization in Sacramento, with the goal of preserving our wild places and cleaning our environment. We hope to make the Sacramento County an area were people can enjoy our native plants, birds, fish and other wildlife. http://motherlode.sierraclub.org/sacramento/Sac_Index.html
Sol Collective is a community based arts-education center. Our focus is on Art, Culture and Activism. We are located at 2574 21 Street and offer a variety of art exhibits, political forums and cultural presentations for the general public. http://freesolarts.wordpress.com/
Solar Cookers International
Solar Cookers International’s mission is to share solar thermal cooking technology that requires only free energy from sunlight. This safe and emissions-free cooking method works worldwide to mitigate the effects of climate change. Solar cooking is an environmentally responsible tool that protects threatened forest resources from being cut for fuel. By sparing women and children from cooking over open fires, solar cooking helps to protect people’s health as well as the environment’s. https://www.solarcookers.org/
Southside Park Neighborhood Association
Southside Park Neighborhood Association is a grassroots organization of residents of the lowest-elevation neighborhood of Sacramento, the city which has the greatest flood risk of any major urban area in America outside of New Orleans. The potential impact on our neighborhood of rising sea levels makes climate change particularly relevant to our residents.
Spiritual Life Center
The “Earth Advocates” serve as one of the ministries of Spiritual Life Center. We are stewards of Mother Earth — educating, advocating, and inspiring Spiritual Life Center members and the community to be conscious, loving guardians of our planet. Some accomplishments: Replaced bottled water with filtered water at church functions; host annual “alternative gift fair” to promote alternatives to material gifts; prepare and teach Earth-advocacy lessons for the children of SLC; host a quarterly environmental film. http://www.slcworld.org/
Stop the Sacramento Natural Gas Storage Coalition
Stop the Sacramento Natural Gas Storage Coalition fought and won a David and Goliath struggle to prevent the storage of 800 million cubic feet of natural gas under a historic low-income neighborhood of 700 households in Sacramento. This was an environmental justice issue that illustrates the unequal impacts that our current energy policies have on low income communities.
Therapists for Social Responsibility
We are a group of therapists and supporters whose vision is to create connections and community as we work on local and global social issues in the areas where the psychological and political intersect. We focus on the human costs of current policies such as war, corporate injustice, cuts in services, civil rights, and harm to the environment both in our clinical work and in the actions we take to effect positive societal change.
Ubuntu Green is a nonprofit organization, committed to promoting healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities through advocacy, education, community development, and empowerment. Ubuntu means the ethic or humanist philosophy emphasizing community, sharing and generosity. The concept of Ubuntu is used in the political sphere to emphasize the need for unity or consensus in decision-making, as well as the need for a suitably humanitarian ethic to inform those decisions. The word has its origin in the Bantu languages of Southern African and is a traditional African concept.
WALKSacramento works with transportation and land use planners, elected officials and community groups to create safe, walkable environments for all citizens and particularly for children, seniors, the disabled and low-income individuals. WALKSacramento works to incorporate pedestrian access into transportation and development decisions, to increase funding for pedestrian infrastructure, and to adopt and implement pedestrian master plans for local communities. These actions help reduce the threat of climate change by providing clean, healthy alternatives to travel.
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Sacramento Branch
WILPF works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all. http://www.sacwilpf.org/
Yolano Climate Action
Yolano Climate Action, a Working Group of the Cool Davis Coalition Partners, brings together local advocacy groups for climate action in an effort to increase communication and effectiveness. Much of their focus has been on the transport of crude oil by rail.