Sierra Club, Staples and CollectiveGood, a mobile electronics recycling company,
have teamed up to make it easy to recycle your used cell phone, PDA or pager.
Recycling mobile electronics prevents hazardous elements such as mercury, cadmium
and lead from contaminating the earth through landfill disposal or incineration.
Just drop off your old electronic phones, PDAs and pagers at any Staples store
in the cell phone department. Just don’t drive and talk on the phone with
your new one!
And your old computer
If you live in Santa Cruz County you can get a fact sheet about computer recycling
opportunities from Jeffrey Smedberg, Recycling Programs Coordinator, send
email or call 454-2373.
Tired of driving to work?
Have more free time by vanpooling. Save money and meet new people on your commute.
New riders receive a discount. If you start a new Santa Cruz vanpool, you receive
$1,000. For more information on how to vanpool for Santa Cruz County residents,
call 429-POOL or visit the Commute
Solutions website. For Monterey residents, visit the Commute
Alternatives website or call 422-POOL.
Are you a Democrat? If so, you might want to check out the website of the party’s
Airport expansion grounded
In July the San Francisco Airport threw in the towel in its attempt to fill part
of San Francisco Bay to expand its runways. Part of the reason for the decision
was the opposition of environmentalists. If voters elect to fund a high-speed
rail connection to Southern California, more flights could be replaced by train
trips in the future, further decreasing the need to expand the airport.
Blowin’ in the wind
Both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties received an A in air quality from the American
Lung Association. But 28 California counties got an F. EarthJustice reports that
children in Fresno suffer from asthma at three times the national rate. So consider
if there is an alternative before you drive somewhere alone; our pollution blows
east. Check the scores
For the birds
In a work of pure deceit, developers are using the Audubon name to greenwash golf
courses and sprawl. The “Audubon International” is really a front
for the United States Golf Association. The National Audubon Society has no connection
with this dishonest group which claims to “certify” golf courses.