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Nov 262008

Children’s Environmental Education

  • Golden Gate Audubon Society — Eco-Oakland and Eco-Richmond Environmental Education Programs
    The Golden Gate Audubon Society’s Eco Programs offer year-round environmental education to elementary school students and their families. Begun in 1999, the programs serve over 10,000 students and community members in the Bay Area.
  • Contra Costa Water District — Water Education Program
    The Contra Costa Water District’s Water Education Program is a comprehensive water-related program for students in grades 2-12. It targets students in over 100 service-area schools with a wide-ranging water-related environmental science program. During the 2007-08 school year, the program’s classroom presentations, field trips, and school assemblies reached more than 30,000 students and teachers in Central and East Contra Costa County.
  • Orange County Department of Education — Inside the Outdoors
    The Orange County Department of Education’s Inside the Outdoors program was established in 1974 to empower students, teachers, parents and the community to explore their natural world, while expanding their knowledge and understanding of science and the wonders of nature. Each year, more than 125,000 students experience hands-on environmental education through one of Inside the Outdoor’s three programs. Inside the Outdoors also has a public program with offerings such as a sustainable cooking classes, fire ecology sessions, eco-friendly fashion shows, art sculpture, full-moon hikes and summer nature day camps.

Sustainable Practices or Facilities

  • Ferry Building — Green Initiatives
    The San Francisco Ferry Building, a historical icon originally opened in 1898 and
    restored in 2003, is a unique and exemplary project because of its resourceful conservation efforts,
    public food marketplace, green initiatives and environmentally friendly commuter benefits. The Ferry Building’s green practices include the procurement of an industrial size compost dumpster for retail food scraps; yearly green office and restaurant supply open houses; recycling tips and recognitions via
    office/tenant e-mail newsletters; setting printers to only copy doublesided; switching from bottled water to filtered tap water for meetings; trash audits reported to individual tenants and groups; and, public transportation education. It’s most measurable environmental benefit is its aggressive recycling and waste management program, which results in a 64% diversion rate for its more than 50 offices and shops, 800 employees, and 10,000-20,000 shoppers per day.
  • Kunde Family Estate — Innovation Sustainability
    The multi-generational ownership of Kunde Family Estate is committed to the creation of wines that
    are unique to their land while farmed with an ethical and sustainable pedigree. Kunde is committed
    to continuing its journey through generations to sustainable stewardship of the estate. “Because all
    great wine should be GREEN,” Kunde uses sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming practices.
    Kunde’s sustainable winegrowing is a balance of economic, environmental, and social practices.
  • Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center
    Lauded as “a model health, wellness and youth development center,” Alameda County’s Juvenile Justice Center is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-rated green building of its kind in the country. The United States Green Building Council awarded the project 43 out of 45 points submitted towards its certification, including perfect scores in the categories of energy and atmosphere, and innovation and design process. Exceptional levels of efficiency include the use of a water-efficient irrigation technology which reduces site water consumption by more than 50% and saves over 5 million gallons of water annually; waterless urinals and water-efficient plumbing fixtures which reduced water consumption by 41% and save more than 2 million gallons of water annually; an 850 kW rooftop solar panel to provide over 60% of the building’s energy demands; purchasing 100% of the building energy needs from wind generation; and recycling 93% of construction waste.
  • Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company — Green Insurance for Commercial Buildings and Homeowners
    Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company developed specialized coverage for green buildings to spur
    sustainable development in California and the nation. In order to offer financial incentives to building green, Fireman’s Fund became the first insurance company to offer green insurance for commercial buildings. The first green insurance product offered owners a 5% discount in their insurance premiums if their building was certified green. They expanded their green coverage to policyholders who upgraded to green during reconstruction — effectively endorsing the use of nontoxic, low odor paints and carpeting, water efficient plumbing, energy saving interior lighting, Energy Star roof and insulation materials, and included extra costs to recycle construction debris.