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News & Posts

Healthy Eating and Economic Justice in the Pajaro Valley.

Radio Show #28, September 20, 2020, Healthy Eating and Economic Justice in the Pajaro Valley. Host Ronnie Lipschutz welcomes his guests, Mireya Gomez-Contreras and Ana Rasmussen, codirectors of Esperanza Community Farms.  Esperanza Community Farms is a system-changing, sustainable community agriculture project focused entirely and directly on increasing food security and good health among low-income families from under-resourced communities in the Pajaro Valley. ECF cultivates fresh, pesticide-free, culturally preferred vegetables and fruit varieties, then deliver bi-weekly boxes of produce directly to members’ homes via a subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. You can find out more about Esperanza Community Farms at: https://esperanzacommunityfarms.org/  and more about sustainable urban agriculture at https://sustainablesystemsfoundation.org/sustainable-urban-agriculture-initiative/


Read the latest article on the Waste Not Want Not initiative written By Lauren Schenck (Former GEOPAth Intern & Consulting Volunteer)


Read Our OpenIdeo “Beyond the bag” Earth to Earth Proposal

SSRF’S Team has submitted a proposal for “The Beyond The Bag Challenge” from Closed Loop Partners to help reinvent the single use plastic bag.  Read our “Earth to Earth” proposal  below:


Sustainability Now! September 6, 2020: Accessory Dwelling Units in Our Backyards

Show #27, September 6, 2020, Accessory Dwelling Units in Our Backyards: Host Ronnie Lipschutz and his guest, Santa Cruz architect Mark Primack, talk about how we might address the California housing crisis through construction of accessory dwelling units.  Primack has lived and worked in Santa Cruz since the late 1970s, served on the City Council, written Divisible Cities: Acting Local in a Transient World and writes a regular column on local matters for The Santa Cruz Sentinel (for example, here and here). Additional resources on ADUs are available at SSRF’s “ADU Resources” page.

Sustainability & Politics after Annus Horriblis 2020, with Kim Stanley Robinson

Join Host Ronnie Lipschutz and his guest Kim Stanley Robinson, for a wide-ranging conversation about sustainability, politics, 2020 and after, and how we might prepare for the future. That’s Sunday, August 23, 5-6 PM, on KSQD, 90.7 FM on your dial and KSQD.org. Here is the podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5VCnvWn0kya5zLTedA7eES

Sustainability Now! August 9, 2020: Climate Change, Public Health & Birth Impacts

Radio Show #25, August 9, 2020. Climate Change, Public Health & Birth Impacts, with Dr. Rupa Basu, Chief of the Air and Climate Epidemiology Section at California Office on Environmental Health Hazards in the California Environmental Protection Agency and a lecturer in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.  She is coauthor of a recently-published review article in JAMA Open Network about the effects of air pollution and climate change on birth outcomes and conducts research on the health effects of climate change. Dr. Basu received her PhD in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Public Health from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Environmental Art in Built & Natural Landscapes, Sunday July 26 on KSQD

Radio Show #24, July 26, 2020. “Environmental artists seek to investigate our human relationship with the environment through embedding their artistic practice within it” (“The Art Story”). Learn about the practice of environmental art on Sustainability Now! on Sunday, July 26th, from 5-6 PM, when host Ronnie Lipschutz speaks with Marisha Farnsworth. She is an Oakland-based artist, whose large-scale public space interventions explore future ecosystems, infrastructural utopias and the social and ecological implications of materiality in the built environment.  Her work has been exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Venice Biennale and is in the collection of the Nevada Museum of Art. She was the lead artist for the 2017 Temple at Burning Man. You can find out more about her work here.