Eco News

School District Switches to Solar

SolarCity helped the Woodland school district switch to solar in 2012. The Temecula School District announced last week that it is switching too.

by Eric Johnson

National Monument on Capitol Hill

Rick Cooper of BLM welcomes a CCC crew made up of young veterans to a trail-building event at Coast Dairies on Saturday, Oct. 3. Photo courtesy Conservation Lands Foundation

Cotoni-Coast Dairies gets first Senate subcommittee hearing Thursday, Oct. 8

Big Basin Founders' Day

Self-portrait of photographer-turned-activist A.P. Hill, who helped found the Sempervirens Club and save the last big trees in Big Basin.

Celebrate California's first state park and the start of the modern conservation movement this Saturday at Big Basin.

The Economics of Solar

SolarCity, which went public in 2012, is the largest and fastest-growing solar company in the world. Photo courtesy NASDAQ.

There’s a powerful force driving growth in the solar energy industry: affordability.

3rd Mole & Mariachi Festival

Six chefs will bring their best to the Mole & Mariachi Festival on Saturday, Sept. 19, so festivalgoers would be wise to eat a small breakfast. Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks photo.

Year Three is a charm as the popular Mole & Mariachi Festival adds more musical acts and home chefs to the party at the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe.

Can Solar Save the World?

Solar City Chairman Elon Musk in Sun Valley Idaho, July 2015. Photo by Thomas Hawk / CC. While he's famous for supercars and rockets, his innovations in the energy marketplace may prove to be his biggest win.

Bill McKibben: “The energy revolution, instead of happening piecemeal, over decades, could take place fast enough to actually help an overheating planet.”

How Do You Mend A Broken Part?

Peter Julber of Santa Cruz Gear Repair readies 'The Beast' for action. Julber's shop mends tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, even leather jackets.

You don’t have to throw away ripped tents, busted backpacks and torn raincoats anymore. The newly opened Santa Cruz Gear Repair—the only outdoor gear repair shop in the Monterey Bay and South Bay areas—fixes them all.

Tribe Returns to Land Near Ano Nuevo

Amah Mutsun youths tend patches of angelica, a medicinal plant. Courtesy 'Open Road.'

The Quiroste Valley is once again under the care of native Californians. On Aug. 9, 'Open Road with Doug McConnell' explores how the Amah Mutsun are reviving their traditions with support from Sempervirens Fund and State Parks.

Researchers Uncover Ancient Volcanos, Fish

Photo courtesy pattyjansen / CC

A team of 28 scientists searching for baby lobster wound up discovering four underground volcanoes and a fish species off the Australian coast.

Team 222 To Continue Watershed Clean-Up

Chinook salmon in Los Gatos Creek, 1996. Photo by Schmiebel / CC

The Clean Creeks Coalition is set to have its second Team 222 clean-up at the Los Gatos Creek and Guadalupe River this Saturday.