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Native plant landscaping saves water and adds beauty to your home and garden

Bottom Line: Landscaping with California native plants is an ecologically sustainable way to beautify your home or business, save water, cut CO2 emissions, and create wildlife habitat.

California Native Gardening

Water shortages are increasingly common, and everything that we can do in order to save water makes a difference. Even more substantial than taking shorter showers or collecting wastewater from your kitchen or bathroom is reducing the amount of water you use outside. Gardens and landscaping are very precious but can often involve large, costly amounts of water. Not only do they involve these impositions, but also they are usually done with gas-powered, and polluting equipment. Other benefits of this idea are that it cuts the use of synthetic fertilizers, and reinforces the natural beauty of the native California landscape. There is an easier solution other than spending a fortune on water for an alluring, high maintenance garden – substitute many or all of your plants for native plants! Aside from these plants being gorgeous and easy to take care of, they don’t call for much water. Most California native plants are exquisite and look good year round, but other low water plants can be great too. California has tons of beautiful native plants that require barely any water. You can find the plants at any reputable nursery for a reasonable price. In the end, not only will you have a beautiful, exotic, and fun filled garden, but you will be saving water, the planet, and have a few extra bucks in your pocket!

Is your house good for solar?

Bottom Line: If you’re thinking about going solar, knowing that your home and solar are a good match makes the shopping process even easier. Here are the top five questions and answers that will help you determine whether solar is right for your home (read on, it might surprise you).

Zero-emission school buses to reduce costs and clean up the air

The Electric Vehicle (EV) School Bus project is an ambitious, innovative project currently underway in California. It is the largest EV school bus demonstration in the nation that to deploys Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology. The school buses are currently being repowered in Poway, CA by Transpower, USA and will be deployed in Torrance, Kings Canyon and

Be an energy- and water-saving HERO with new HERO program

Bottom Line: the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program makes it easy to finance energy- and water-saving home improvements.

Enriching San Mateo County’s South Coast Community

Bottom Line: Puente de la Costa Sur is the only Community Resource Center for San Mateo County’s South Coast communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, and San Gregorio. Puente both advocates for these communities and leverages resources that foster economic prosperity and security, and that promote individual and community health and wellness.

Inspiring Children Through Sustainable Living

Bottom Line: Susty Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization that inspires and challenges elementary students to adopt and promote sustainable lifestyles.

Teaching Social Justice

Bottom Line: Reach and Teach is a peace and social justice learning company dedicated to transforming the world through teachable moments.

Convert Your Car to Biodiesel

Bottom Line: Almost any diesel engine car can go biodiesel with little or no modifications.

biodieselAlmost any diesel car can run on biodiesel without major modifications. Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. These blends are sold using a system called the “B factor,” which denotes the percentage of biodiesel contained within a petrol/bio mix. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.

Only diesel engines can run on biodiesel. All engines that run on #2 diesel can also be run on biodiesel. This means, home furnaces, generators, half-trucks, homestead tools, fishing boats, etc.

Making Ocean Health a Priority

Keeping our Oceans Green Anyone who lives within sight and sound of the ocean and who is concerned about the care of our environment has to see that our response to environmental pollution must not stop at the shoreline. While good work is being done to protect and clean up our coast and offshore waters,

Take Advantage of Local Environmental Education Programs

Bottom Line: Local Environmental Education Programs offer students, teachers, and families a chance to explore their natural world, develop a deep appreciation for our local environment and an understanding of the importance of responsible stewardship.

There are many environmental education programs offered throughout San Mateo County. These incredible programs give students opportunities to observe natural ecosystems, engage in hands-on discovery activities, and receive knowledgeable scientific instruction. These valuable programs lead students to an appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of the importance of responsible environmental stewardship. There is a range of affordable or free environmental educational programs available for student groups, teachers, individuals, and families.


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