UC Davis’ West Village is a new mixed-use community, located adjacent to the core campus, with housing for students, faculty and staff. Opening last month, the neighborhood is the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States.
Read more about it here.

UC Davis’ West Village is a new mixed-use community, located adjacent to the core campus, with housing for students, faculty and staff. Opening last month, the neighborhood is the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States.

Read more about it here.

Greeting cards that play music are not only irritating, but they also can’t be recycled with the rest of your paper discards because they contain a teeny-tiny battery. In fact, you can’t even toss the card in the trash because it’s illegal to throw away batteries in California due to the toxic chemicals they contain.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, tell Hallmark, the greeting card industry leader, to find a way to make musical greeting cards less toxic by sending this letter to Hallmark’s board chairman.

Still looking for a 2012 calendar?

Then consider the California State Parks Foundation's 2012 “Our Parks” calendar. Your $9.99 purchase will not only give you 12 scenic vistas from the Golden State’s most beautiful state parks, but it will also support the Foundation’s important work. Plus, it’s tax-deductible!

California Fall Color

Your guide to California’s changing leaves because — as the website points out — “dude, autumn happens here, too.”

LA Times: California lists flame retardant as a carcinogen

California isn’t banning the chemical chlorinated Tris (TDCPP), which is used as a flame retardant in foam furniture cushions, auto seats and a variety of baby products — but products containing TDCPP will require warning labels.

Hey, it’s better than nothing.

BPA banned in baby bottles & sippy cups in California

Last night, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act into law. The new legislation, which bans BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, will go into effect on July 1, 2013.

Bay Citizen: Organic Strawberries? Not So Much

Ruh roh…

"In a letter sent to the United States Department of Agriculture last month, an advocacy group in San Francisco and a triad of local growers demanded an end to what they say are vague federal regulations that allow millions of pounds of toxic chemicals to be used to grow plants that eventually produce strawberries labeled as organic."

Greetings from Big Sur

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of staying at the luxurious and eco-friendly Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur (a trip made more enjoyable by the fact that we did not have to pay for the pricey resort).

Check out some of the Post Ranch’s cool green features:

Post Ranch offers free reusable water bottles to take advantage of the area’s clean, fresh water and to discourage disposable water bottles.

Want chilled water? The resort provides glass water bottles in each room’s fridge, refilling and reusing empty bottles.

The resort’s 208 kilowatt solar array.

And who knew solar panels made a great shelter for wild turkeys?

Many of the fruits, vegetables and herbs used at the Post Ranch’s restaurant are grown in its own garden.

And did I mention that Big Sur is paradise?  Who needs Hawaii and palm trees?  I’ll take Big Sur over a tropical vacation any day.

LA Times: BPA ban passes California state Senate

Yesterday the state Senate passed AB 1319, The Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act, which would ban the plastic chemical bisphenol A, also known as BPA, from baby bottles and sippy cups sold statewide. Now the bill heads back to the state Assembly for a vote on the Senate amendments.


NY Times: Out West, Eye Rolls and Jeers for East

“We eat 5.9 for breakfast,” says one SF Chron commenter.

In fact, the Bay Area had a 3.6 tremor for a midnight snack last night, and Orange County felt a 2.7 quake this morning.