When we think about saving water, the first thing that comes to mind is not usually how water conservation has an impact on our environment, energy resources, and local species. How can taking shorter showers help endangered fish in the Delta? How does saving water keep our natural environment healthy? Let’s take a look at…

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A Drought Climate It may come as a surprise to some, but we Pleasantonians live in a drought climate. Droughts in Pleasanton are long, dry, and worst of all, unpredictable. They lead to instability in our water supply for residents, businesses, buildings, recreation, and our environment. The Go Green Initiative 2020 Pleasanton interns met with…

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The 2020 Go Green Initiative Interns Are Like No Other, Because 2020 Is A Year Like No Other. This summer, the Go Green Initiative hosted two virtual internships, conducted entirely over Zoom. One set of interns was made up entirely of Pleasanton residents, and the other employed students from Compton, Hayward, Newark, and Oakland, CA;…

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It’s not easy to be chosen as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, but Bishop O’Dowd high school in Oakland, CA is no ordinary educational institution. According to its mission statement, “Bishop O’Dowd High School seeks to develop leaders of influence who are loving, open to growth, religious, intellectually competent, and skilled leaders…

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When I founded the Go Green Initiative back in 2002, I saw myself as more of a child advocate than an environmentalist. The human health impact of pollution, and the break-neck speed at which our world is consuming finite natural resources, made me worry about the world I was leaving to my children. My motto…

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In science class, kids are taught about the many systems of their bodies, for example: the nervous system, digestive system, and the skeletal system. It is important for them to understand how their bodies work so they can take good care of themselves. Likewise, it is also important for students to understand how the critical…

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