9 results for month: 03/2018

Walnut Creek Saves is Getting it’s Interns Ready for the Workforce

One of the goals for Walnut Creek Saves is providing high schoolers with work experience that will help them as they move into the workforce. The job teaches students skills, meeting etiquette, blog/article writing, and sales tactics (even though we aren’t technically selling anything - our consultations are free!). Read more about what Lorcan McSharp is learning from his time as a Conservation Coach with Walnut Creek Saves.

Energy Guide: Desalination – An Innovative Solution

Though the Bay Area has technically been drought free since April of 2017, California has constantly been looking for new ways to improve water availability. Seeing the success of the Carlsbad desalination plant in San Diego, which has provided about 50 million gallons of fresh drinking water daily for over 400,000 people in the county, California has finally received funds to construct eight new plants throughout the state, including in the Bay Area.

Shaping Our Future

Clarissa Drouillard has heard many people say that children are the future of this planet. Going along with that philosophy, she is glad that she had the chance to educate a group of bright middle school students on energy and water conservation. Spreading awareness of our impact on the environment is vital, even if changes are happening one light bulb at a time. What we teach the youth now could influence them for a long time!

The YES Conference Aftermath

Going to Oakland in February to present at the YES Conference was probably one of the more interesting events Gautam Sajja has attended here at Walnut Creek Saves, and it is without a doubt, one of the biggest. Meeting new people who are just as passionate about our planet’s future as us was awe inspiring, and going to a college campus to present, really showcased how far we have come.

Growth from the YES Conference

A little less than a month ago, Kate Tovey and five of her fellow Conservation Coaches were given the opportunity to attend and present at the YES Conference in Oakland. YES stands for Youth for the Environment and Sustainability and the conference contained just that. Around 1,200 excited and passionate youth from the nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area gathered at Laney College in Oakland for a day of learning, sharing and bonding over our like mindedness when it comes to preserving our planet and its resources.

Energy Guide: Spring Cleaning Tips

Winter finally ended and is replaced with spring. Everybody knows it’s around that time for a good scrub down of their own home, spring cleaning! Anisah Rodgers, a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves, prepared the following article to provide tips on how to conserve energy and water when cleaning the house.

Energy Guide: You Are What You Wear

What do you look for when shopping for new clothes? Color? Style? Fit? The answers to this question are limitless, but one that we don’t hear enough is sustainability. Shopping for affordable, sustainable, and fashionable clothes can often seem impossible, but it might not be as hard as you think. Lola Bamberger has prepared a list of companies to keep your eye for when looking for sustainable options.

Conserve Away!

Ever since Walnut Creek Saves started we have been targeting Walnut Creek residents’ water and energy use. However, recently, we decided to target other aspects of conservation like composting and recycling. For the month of March, we decided to focus on the topic of sustainable gardens. Michelle Lee, a student Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves, shares all about how we plan to spread information about sustainable gardening!

Energy Guide: To Recycle or Not to Recycle

When it comes to recycling, many Americans understand that separating their garbage is beneficial for the Earth. However, according to Environmental Leader, 25% of Americans do not recycle simply because they do not know how to. Even as a Conservation Coach, it is still difficult for Tiffany Zhao to tell what is recyclable and what is not. It is important to recycle because Earth has limited resources that are shrinking everyday due to pollution!