Vermont’s Connection to a Green California: The Clean Energy States Alliance

California and Vermont seem to be blessed with the largest per-capita population of creative, experienced policy makers and green practitioners in the nation.  A good friend from Vermont coordinated this year’s Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) National Membership Meeting in Sacramento earlier this week, so I was able to connect with her between the events hosted by the California Energy Commission and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.  

 CESA’s mission supports state and local leadership to promote the use of existing and emerging clean energy technologies. The Alliance’s analysis and studies are designed to accelerate clean energy deployment.  They are a nationwide network of leaders at the state and local level working together to catalyze a low-carbon energy economy, and I feel privileged for having the opportunity to be in the presence of such good intended thought leaders. State policies and programs will determine the progress of renewable energy implementation and standards in America.  Did you know that since 1998, $3.4 billion of state clean energy funds support has driven the construction of over 130,000 renewable energy projects representing a total investment of nearly $16 billion? 

 

I’m interested to see these projects continue to succeed and expand in the coming years, and will continue to do my part in supporting the initiatives.

~T.

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Watersheds Light in the Morning

Watersheds Light in the Morning

I enjoy my early morning walks along the American River Parkway, a 30 mile greenbelt that runs from the Nimbus Dam to the confluence of the Sacramento River. The Lower American River Watershed is a major source of inspiration for my Conservation Art series.
Tomorrow’s trip to Merced California will afford me the opportunity to explore a major tributary of the San Joaquin River, and produce a few more studies for my works on paper.

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The Poppy Series: On Location

The Poppy Series:  On Location

Disc golf is a very popular sport here in California, and I’m thankful for having been introduced to it. In addition to reaping the health and beauty benefits that come from engaging in physical out-of-doors activity, I am creatively inspired at every turn.

This field of glorious native California wildflowers can be found on the back nine of the Rocklin California course.

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Olly Olly Toxin Free

toxin free

In the game hide and seek, calling out “Olly Olly Oxen Free” is used to let the best hidden players know that the seeker is giving you a pass.   In our garden, insects get a free pass from pesticides.  I’d much rather deal with holes in my spinach than having toxins in my body.

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As Cool as a Pickled Cucumber

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Three types of phytonutrients found in cucumbers provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. Cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids have been the subject of active and ongoing research to determine the extent and nature of their anti-cancer properties.

We are making two batches of non-fermented pickles with the first harvest of cucumbers that are thriving in our garden, and will savor the flavor of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese that  these incredible vegetables provide us.  

~T.