Tag Archives: habitat

News of the Mission Blue Butterfly

The endangered Mission Blue butterfly is a local treasure. It lives in only  a few spots in the San Francisco area and on San Bruno Mountain favoring  various “flavors” of lupine for its meals. This butterfly has been at the heart of a long controversy that has affected development and won the hearts of school children.  Here are a few stories of the beloved  Mission Blue Yahoo!!!

The friends of San Bruno Mountain and San Bruno Mountain Watch hold benefits and plant sales at a local nursery for the plants the Mission Blue depends on. And recently, the Wells Fargo team members volunteered to improve the local habitat for the butterfly.  Over one hundred volunteers went to Fort Baker and  learned about this special  butterfly, its local food sources and the overpowering weeds that threaten that habitat. It’s a great story.

Wells Fargo volunteers helped beautify the habitat of an endangered species

Stop Waste’s Business Efficiency Awards 2014

Jim Foley, Greater Bay Area region president at Wells Fargo and vice chair at the East Bay Economic Development Alliance addressed an audience of local leaders at Stop Waste’s Business Efficiency Awards 2014 held at Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, Calif.

The event, which was sponsored by Wells Fargo, recognized local businesses for their efforts to reduce waste and lead local environmental change. Each awardee had the chance to accept their award and briefly explain the reason behind the change.
Congratulations to the 2014 award winners!
Company City Award
America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company Oakland Waste Reduction Excellence in Food Processing
traX Berkeley Excellence in Eco Social Media Innovation
The Sacred Wheel Oakland Waste Reduction Excellence by a Restaurant
The Home Depot Several Waste Reduction Excellence by a Building Material Supplier
Kaiser Permanente  Livermore Waste Reduction Excellence in Commercial Property Management
South Shore Center Alameda Waste Reduction Excellence in Commercial Property Management
Carriage House Apartments Fremont Waste Reduction Excellence at a Multi-family Property
Reliance Metalcenter Union City Waste Reduction Excellence in Manufacturing
Recology Grover Environmental Products Several Excellence in Quality Compost Production
Republic Services Newby Island Compost Facility  Several Excellence in Quality Compost Production
WM EarthCare Several Excellence in Quality Compost Production
Zero Net Energy Center, IBEW and NECA Electrical Training San Leandro Energy Efficiency Excellence in Commercial Construction and Operations
About StopWaste
StopWaste is a public agency responsible for reducing the waste stream in Alameda County. They help cities, businesses, schools, and residents reduce waste through source reduction and recycling, market development, technical assistance and public education. Stop Waste’s vision is that by 2020, less than 10% of Alameda County’s trash will be readily recyclable or compostable. Check out their website, there are guides, info and events! – editor
Our commitment to our environment 
At Wells Fargo, we believe those of us who can, should lead positive environmental change and we embrace that responsibility. We foster and fund entrepreneurial ideas for new and emerging clean technologies with leading universities and incubator programs. We are investing in nonprofits focused on sustainable agriculture and forestry, land conservation and water resources, habitat and urban ecosystem restoration, green infrastructure, and environmental education.

Native Birds, Native Plants – Talk Sept 20

You are invited to the following free talk this Friday at the Los Altos Library. Please spread the word. Thank you.

– Arvind Kumar

Native Birds, Native Plants: Made for Each Other, a talk by Bob Power

Friday, Sep 20 7:30p to 9:30p
Los Altos Library, 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA

The San Francisco Bay Area leads the nation in environmental awareness, education, and advocacy because of grassroots, volunteer-driven organizations like CNPS which work tirelessly to advance the cause of native plants and habitats and the environment as a whole. CNPS is fortunate in that it is not alone in this effort, having many excellent partner organizations to work with. This month we are pleased to present a program by our sister environmental organization, the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS).

Executive Director Bob Power will speak to us about Audubon’s current priorities, and the areas in which Audubon and CNPS complement each other’s efforts. Native fauna depend on native plants for their very existence and survival, a principle that is well understood and internalized at SCVAS, which has devoted considerable staff resources towards habitat conservation. Environmental Advocate Shani Kleinhaus notifies CNPS of upcoming local conservation battles. Programs Coordinator Toby Goldberg lectures widely at area libraries and a key part of her presentation focuses on the importance of planting natives in order to attract and sustain bird populations.

Bob Power holds a Masters in Management from John F.Kennedy University and did his undergraduate work at Eastern Kentucky University. His previous professional experience includes assignments in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he was the South and East Bay Trail Director for the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. He also managed stores for Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) in Cupertino and Berkeley. He is a day leader for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s hawk watch program, and has been a field trip leader for Golden Gate Audubon, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and Wild Bird Center.

Directions: From Foothill Expy., travel ½ mile on San Antonio Rd. towards the Bay, cross Hillview and turn right into the driveway; the library is on the left. From El Camino Real, travel towards the hills on San Antonio Rd., cross Edith and turn left into the unmarked driveway just before Hillview. The sign on San Antonio Rd. reads “Civic Center, Library and History Museum.” Enter through the lobby of the main entrance.

CNPS General Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chapter President Stephen
Rosenthal at sailinsteve@sbcglobal.net or the Chapter phone at (650) 260-3450.