Category: People Who Give Us Hope

People Who Give Us Hope
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People Who Give Us Hope

Photo by Bryan Patrick. Nuestra Casa has been a true champion of the Latino community in East Palo Alto since its founding in 2002. In standing up for environmental justice in their community and throughout the Bay Area, the non-profit has been influential in the fight for inclusionary access to green spaces throughout the region,...

People Who Give Us Hope – Carolyn Tognetti
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People Who Give Us Hope – Carolyn Tognetti

Carolyn Tognetti has been a true champion of southern Santa Clara County’s environment for decades. A native of Gilroy, Carolyn became involved in city land use issues with a local group called Citizens for Balanced Growth in the late 1980s and has remained a core member as it transformed into Save Open Space Gilroy in...

People Who Give Us Hope: Zoe Kersteen-Tucker
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People Who Give Us Hope: Zoe Kersteen-Tucker

Zoe Kersteen-Tucker has been a coastal advocate for decades, helping to craft some of the coast’s most iconic campaigns like the Devil’s Slide Tunnel initiative. She has represented the coastside as a San Mateo Planning Commissioner, directed the Coastside Land Trust, and helmed Committee for Green Foothills as an Executive Director and President from 2001-2003....

People Who Give Us Hope: John Lynch
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People Who Give Us Hope: John Lynch

John Lynch, volunteer extraordinaire, has helped propel the Dunes Beach campaign forward by personally collecting over 2,000 signatures in Half Moon Bay for a petition we crafted with members of the community to express support for protecting the area adjacent to Dunes Beach from development. John is a former member of the Committee for Green...

People Who Give Us Hope: Smita Patel
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People Who Give Us Hope: Smita Patel

Smita Patel is a member of the Committee for Green Foothills Advisory Board and a tireless advocate for change.  She is a co-founder of the Mountain Children’s Foundation, which provides support and empowerment for children in mountainous areas of Uttarakhand, India, and now works in education journalism.  Recently she shared a remarkable episode of the NPR...

People Who Give Us Hope: John Bourgeois
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People Who Give Us Hope: John Bourgeois

John Bourgeois has been working in local wetland protection and restoration for decades.  Most recently, he has served as the Executive Project Manager of the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project, which is carefully reverting industrial salt ponds, mostly acquired from Cargill, back to their original tidal wetlands habitat.  Before bringing his experience to the...

Three Cheers for the District 8 Community!
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Three Cheers for the District 8 Community!

Jim Zito, Jeremy Barousse, Robert Reese, Daniel Reyes, Wesley Lee, Rose Herrera (former San Jose Vice Mayor), Bonnie Mace, and all of the other residents of District 8 in San Jose who have been leading the effort to oppose the Evergreen initiative, are people who give us hope. The Evergreen Initiative, would threaten much of San...

People Who Give Us Hope: Vida Verde
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People Who Give Us Hope: Vida Verde

Vida Verde, started by Laura and Shawn Sears 15 years ago, is an outdoor education program. The program provides overnight environmental experiences for underserved youth in the Bay Area. These experiences have undeniable positive impacts on participants’ health, development, connections to learning, and environmental stewardship. Thank you Vida Verde for all you do for our...

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