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September 30, 2013
CODEPINK, the grassroots peace and social justice non-profit, got its name in a spontaneous play on words. It was 2002, the U.S. was hurtling toward war with Iraq, and Homeland Security was posting daily terror alerts ranging from Code Green to Code Red. So founders Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin issued their own alert: CODEPINK. Roughly translated, it meant women adamantly opposed to the war.
August 29, 2013
Founded in 1983 with a five-acre lease, a $500 stake and the motto “strong backs and weak minds,” Hog Island Oyster Co. has grown to 160 acres in Tomales Bay producing over 3 million oysters annually, plus Manila clams and mussels, to satisfy the cravings of Bay Area bivalve lovers.
May 29, 2013
In dense urban environments like the Bay Area, a multimodal approach to transportation is key to greener, more livable communities. But getting there is far from easy. Take San Francisco’s Market Street. The city wants to redesign it to create a safe and protected bikeway along the full length of the street and improve the pedestrian experience by adding green areas and gathering places—all while improving speed and reliability in the existing four lanes of public transit.
May 8, 2013
When City CarShare launched in 2001, the idea that you could share rather than own a car was novel. The first carsharing service in the Bay Area—and still the only nonprofit in the space—City CarShare was founded by three transportation activists on a mission to improve both the environment and the quality of life in our communities. They had no idea how people in love with personal vehicles would respond to sharing, but they had determination, great partners, and a vision of a world without car dependency.
April 12, 2013
Much has changed since long-time friends Sue Conley and Peggy Smith started Cowgirl Creamery in 1997: the business has grown from one small cheese-making room to two full creameries, three retail stores, and products sold in more than 700 shops and restaurants nationally. But their vision has remained the same: make great cheese and promote artisan cheese making while supporting local organic agriculture and sustainable practices.
November 30, 2012
The Ecology Center in Berkeley has grand dreams. Its mission is to build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California and beyond. Since its inception in 1969, the organization has been working steadily toward those goals. From farmers’ markets and the Farm Fresh Choice food justice program to its EcoHouse, which demonstrates the viability of carbon-neutral living, the Ecology Center is leading the way in practical approaches to sustainability.
November 1, 2012
Wild Planet Foods, a provider of sustainably caught wild seafood, grew from $2 million in revenue in 2008 to $20 million in 2010 and $60 million today—without compromising on its mission. How’d the company do it?
August 30, 2012
Great manufacturing companies grow from the community. And having exceptional products designed and made right down the street does more than create jobs—it boosts local innovation, environmental responsibility, quality of life and pride. That, in a nutshell, is the idea behind Heath Ceramics, a manufacturer of artisan pottery that’s been part of the Bay Area since 1948.
June 1, 2012
“Forty years and a million lives changed,” is how Susan Smartt, president and CEO of NatureBridge, describes her organization’s achievements so far. Every year, the nonprofit sends around 30,000 K-12 students from 600 schools across the country on three- to five-day field science programs in spectacular outdoor classrooms: our national parks.
March 23, 2012
Tillamook County, home to the eponymous creamery cooperative, has over 25,000 cows—and those cows produce a lot of waste. But Farm Power Northwest is about to turn a problem into a solution. Using manure from 2,000 cows, its anaerobic manure digester will generate almost 1 megawatt of electricity—enough to power 600 to 700 homes.