Chabot Green Team Weekly Mother Earth Tips

Mission Statement
Encourage, educate and promote a greener and more sustainable way of life for the Chabot College community and its sphere of influence.
(First Mtg. ­ 2/26/2008 - C. Super, K. Pinkas, F. Zermeño)
Our Green Words to Live By
remember, reduce, reuse, recycle, renew, refresh, recover,
restore, respect, refuse, reintegrate, rethink, rot

Recycle for cash.
Turn your trash cans into piggy banks, by contacting Recyclebank. They pay you to recycle. Good, huh? (9/2009)

A bottledwaterless town.
Would it be great if we could copy the town of Bundanoon, Australia? They actually outlawed it. Now, they make money selling plastic bottles for their tap water. (9/2009)
A plasticbagless town.
In Modbury, England, Rebecca Hoskings convinced the storeowners to do away with them! She had seen too much plastic bag destruction in a visit to an island. Way to go! When are we going to do it here? (9/2009)
Solar lamps!
D.light Design sells solar powered lamps that even now recharge cellular phones, for from $10 to $25. Good idea. (9/2009)

Greenbelt Alliance
A good organization for making our San Francisco Bay Area more climate friendly with open spaces and vibrant places. Visit

East Bay's Green Corridor Partnership
This was created in 2007 to create clean and green jobs in our area.

20 top green living web sites



* 16/viii/2008
Please view the following two clips on Styrofoam recycling.
Timbron is the recycling company, and its owner, Bob Telles, who I met a couple of weeks ago, actually has Hayward roots and is connected to our city.
So, let's convince our administrators to contact Timbron, to set up our Styrofoam recycling system.
Bob or one of his representatives would be more than happy to visit us and set us up with a mother nature friendly program.
Timbron Executive Offices
1333 North California Blvd._Suite 545
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Tel: 925-943-1632_Fax: 925-943-1164

* 28.vii/2008
I believe it is time to rid ourselves of plastic bags...look
this over and see if you agree
Plastic Bags - This has convinced me to remember to
bring my own bags to the market!
Once in the slideshow, use the scroll bar on the right
side of the screen to scroll through.
Everyone on earth should see this. It's that important.
Scroll through the presentation.And please pass it on-

* 4/vii/2008
Old glasses can be recycled by contacting the Lion's
Visit to see what the
East Bay Conservation Corps is doing.
Also, check out this month's Rolling Stone
magazine for a good article on global warming.
Green on!

* 21/vi/2008
Corporate Express ( recycles our used toner and ink cartridges, by reusing the plastic, steel, aluminum, and rubber in them in order to conserve these materials
thus reducing waste as 97% of the cartridge components are diverted from landfills (8 cartridges are thrown away each second in the USA),
and saving us energy since one refurbished laser cartridge conserves about 1/2 gallon of oil.
So, please contact them. (from Andrew Howe, Distict Office).

Also, check out the book "A Slice of Organic Living" by Alice Waters
(from Nanette Aldaña, Chabot Reception) Teach on!

* 6/vi/2008
I was at a friend's house. Their bathroom was pink. Yes, their
TP was also a matching pink...of course!
Now, did you know that colored & perfumed TP is harder to
produce and break down than plain ol' white?
Please, only natural white TP!

Visit to learn about recycling.

* 2/vi/2008 - please - remember, reduce, reuse,
recycle, renew, respect, rot
In your garden, plant bamboo. It actually
produces more oxygen and consumes more
CO2 than any other plant in the world.
From the Hayward bamboo kings - the Super
family. Happy gardening!

* 26/v/2008
First - Thank you all! We saved our District's Rose Garden (which is planted at Chabot College)!
Now...your weekly tip, which is using our natural resources, instead of chemical products -

"Here is a hint that I read about and I have been using it for a week, and I swear it works great. If you have a lemon tree and you have cats that frequent your garden, and leave their droppings, cut up excess lemons and put them in the planter beds. They hate anything with a lemon smell. I have removed all my old funky lemons and they are now cut up
all over my yard." (from Kathy Super, Chabot Green Team, and Hayward Clean and Green Task Force member)
Hayward on!

* Fri, 16 May 2008
Don't flush meds that you want to dispose of. Some pharmacies,
like Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley, will take expired meds back.
Push your local drug store to begin accepting expired meds for
correct disposal. Even better, med disposal boxes that are located
at the local firehouses are something to write your city council member
about. Otherwise mix meds with cat litter in a plastic bag that will not
spill and dispose in the trash. (From Kathy Super, Hayward's
Clean & Green Task Force).
Green On!

* 26/iii/2008
When you go out to dine, or lunch, take
a recyclable container for your doggie bag.
And, when you take a lunch to work,
make sure it's on reusable container, with
metal utensils and, a cloth napkin.

Enjoy the Swallows, compliments of our
colleague Mark Schaeffer, as they return to Chabot, at

* 03/21/08 9:55 PM
At work, in the office, and in the classroom, make sure everyone uses the recyclable bins correctly, and daily.
Visit Hayward's Clean and Green Task Force in their website.

Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait, Chris jordan, Seattle, 2007

This series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 410,000 paper cups used every fifteen minutes. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. The underlying desire is to emphasize the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

My only caveat about this series is that the prints must be seen in person to be experienced the way they are intended. As with any large artwork, their scale carries a vital part of their substance which is lost in these little web images. Hopefully the JPEGs displayed here might be enough to arouse your curiosity to attend an exhibition, or to arrange one if you are in a position to do so. The series is a work in progress, and new images will be posted as they are completed, so please stay tuned.
John Gonder 

* 3/15/2008
By the way, another tip I thought of (an addendum to one you/your staff had last time re water bottles).... everyone should be encouraged to either bring a mug or water bottle or cup with them when they go to events, meetings, gatherings so that disposable cups are used at a minimum for serving beverages.  Yup, it can be a bit of a hassle, but then, isn't that exactly the problem.... convenience has put us in this mess that we are in now!
* 3/2/2008 - Think outside the plastic bottle
Consider saving money and the environment...don't buy bottled water!
Instead, buy a reusable container, and fill it with Hayward tap water.
Hayward has great water. Why else would Pepsi Cola and Shasta have a plant in our city?
Visit and
* 3/9/2008 - First Green Salvo (to the CC community, Las Positas College and Pleasanton District Office, and Hayward folks)
Hola, to all
Please remember - Reduce, Renew, Reuse, Recycle, and Respect
Please, next time you go to the Supermarket, take a bag with you. Avoid plastic ­ Visit
Thank you
Chabot Green Team
Green on!

Save the Bay • Clean Bay Project• Program Actions

Save The Bay is launching a new program to support cities in adopting 10 simple programs to reduce Bay pollution. Save The Bay will work with Clean Bay Project partners to adopt one to two of the following programs each year, bases on their capacity and priorities. Not all of the program actions will apply to every city in the same way. Save The Bay will measure success of the Clean Bay Project by cities’ efforts and implementation of these programs. Program actions may be added or modified as new successful programs are developed.
Protect the Bay from trash
    •       Adopt a ban or consumer fee on plastic and paper single-use bags at retail stores to encourage the use of reusable bags.
    •       Adopt a ban on non-biodegradable/non-compostable take-out food containers to reduce the use of polystyrene and other
persistent plastics (“Styrofoam ban”).

Keep mercury and heavy metals out of the Bay
    •       Add e-waste curbside recycling programs and/or frequent and accessible free e-waste disposal events for residents.
    •       Establish mercury thermometer exchange and household mercury disposallocations that are easy and convenient for
            residents to use.
    •       Establish a program to ensure that local dental offices transition to dental amalgam separators to remove mercury from
            their waste water.

Reduce pharmaceutical contamination of the Bay
    •       Establish permanent medicine disposal sites that are easy and convenient forindividuals to use and discourage flushing
            medications into local waterways.

Reduce oil and other vehicle pollutants in runoff
    •       Actively discourage residents from washing cars in the street, and offer incentivesfor residents to use licensed car wash facilities.

Reduce pesticides flowing to creeks and Bay
    •       Adopt integrated pest management techniques for city properties to significantlyreduce city use of pesticides that pollute local waterways.
    •       Establish a program to reduce residential use of pesticides and encourage residents to use alternative pest management techniques.

Build storm water retention projects to prevent polluted runoff from reaching the Bay
    •       Integrate into development projects construction of vegetated swales, rain gardens, permeable pavement, or other natural drainage projects that treat runoff pollutants.

For more information and how to help, visit (vii.2009)

Our Green Words to Live By
remember, reduce, reuse, recycle, renew, refresh, recover,
restore, respect, refuse, reintegrate, rethink, rot

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