Here’s a press release that combines “San Francisco values” with “Nevada County values” — to coin an old campaign phrase — when it comes to sustainability.
Tonight at Matteo’s, from 5 – 9:30 p.m., 15 percent of all proceeds will go toward this excursion to San Francisco (by carpool). Details of the June 17 meeting to team up on sustainability are below:
“Nevada City is gearing up for the New Gold Rush and San Francisco has taken notice! For the last several months, a committee commissioned by the Nevada City City Council, called the Nevada City Sustainability Team, has been meeting twice a month. In each meeting they have focused on extracting critical information obtained from two recent sustainability workshops held by Darin Dinsmore and Associates. Attendees at the two half-day workshops identified over 60 current sustainable projects and more than 40 possible future projects in Nevada City alone. The Nevada City Sustainability Team has prioritized and identified job and industry opportunities as well as the best ways to build a strong, local economy while simultaneously building community resiliency.
“Nevada City Mayor, Reinette Senum, has been spearheading the committee and working closely with some of the best sustainable leaders of San Francisco. Former Craig’s List Foundation Executive Director, Darian Rodrigues Heyman, approached Mayor Senum with the concept of organizing an ad hoc group of San Francisco’s most sustainably-minded leaders to assist Nevada City in its sustainable vision. This ad hoc group includes names representing organization such as Earth Island Institute, 350.org, Global Exchange, City of San Francisco. Their overall objective? To take San Francisco’s wealth of experience and apply it to Nevada City: a small 3,000 person city that spans only a mile. The concept behind this is that though Nevada City is making great strides, it has encountered many hurdles thus stalling some of its progress. But by bringing in a set fresh of minds to concentrate their expertise on a small contained area, such as Nevada City, the collective effort will garner large results in a relatively short amount of time.
“Focusing this collaborative effort on Nevada City will ultimately serve San Francisco. Nevada City is at the very top of the big city’s watershed. What happens up in the foothills of the Sierra ultimately impacts the city by the bay. This was evident in 1884 when the first environmental regulation was enacted with the Sawyer decision ultimately halting Nevada County’s hydraulic mining that was dumping tons of debris into the rivers and streams decimating valley farmers, the delta and ultimately the San Francisco bay. Today, there has been a reversal of fortune: Nevada City has some of the worst ozone in the country due to the central valley and San Francisco’s air pollution. The lesson? Everything is connected to everything else.
“The ultimate goal is to make Nevada City THE sustainable and scalable. This meeting of Nevada City and San Francisco minds is set for Thursday, June 17th, scheduled in San Francisco.
“Tonight, at Matteo’s, from 5-9:30pm, 15% of all proceeds will go towards this excursion to San Francisco. Party with a Purpose. Bring the family down to Matteo’s for dinner, come for drinks, bring friends.
And, yes, the Sustainability Team will be carpooling to San Francisco.”