Congratulations to Urban Environmentalists Travis Close and Venessa Boehm for getting their fantastic op-ed published in Berkeleyside! In their piece, Vanessa and Travis eloquently call for the California Legislature to pass SB 9, which would legalize duplexes and lot splits statewide. Read their op-ed here.
Opinion pieces are an essential part of getting the word out about urban environmentalism. If you would like to write your own op-ed about a topic you're passionate about, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or become a member and find us on the Slack at #environment. We'll help you refine your idea, provide writing tips and edit suggestions, and help you get placed in a local paper. Publishing an op-ed is surprisingly easy, we promise!
Want some inspiration? Check out some other op-eds written by Urban Environmentalists here:
Please join us in Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park for the Urban Environmentalists Summer Picnic! If you haven't yet checked out Car-Free JFK, this is a great opportunity to arrive by foot, bike, or scooter via JFK Drive.
Due to the pandemic, this is a BYO event: make sure to bring your own food & drink, picnic blanket, folding chair, etc. For everyone's safety, fully vaccinated attendees only.
Sign up today, and we'll see you there!
We are thrilled to announce that Joanna Gubman, a long-time volunteer lead with Urban Environmentalists, has signed on as our first-ever Executive Director!
Joanna comes to us from the California Public Utilities Commission, where she served as an Administrative Law Judge and Commissioner's Advisor, among other roles. She brings to Urban Environmentalists her expertise in clean energy and transportation policy, energy programs for underserved communities, and of course, navigating complex government bureaucracies. In her free time, Joanna serves as a member of the board of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Her several research fellowships in Germany have also inspired Joanna to become ever more committed to urbanism here in the Bay Area. She wishes everyone had the opportunity to live in a city with mixed-use multifamily development, transit that runs every 4 minutes, protected bike lanes on nearly every major street, and playgrounds every few blocks.
If you haven't yet met Joanna, we hope you'll join us for our Summer Picnic on August 29 and say hi! You can also reach out anytime with your thoughts and suggestions to email@example.com.