California high-speed rail agency unveils sustainability report

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHRSA) late last week released its latest annual sustainability report.

The document updates progress made in 2017 and details the agency’s approach to designing, constructing and operating high-speed rail in a sustainable manner.

Key achievements include recycling 99 percent of all construction materials, which kept 118,000 tons of waste material out of landfills, CHSRA officials noted in a press release.

Plus at the construction site, the agency continues to use equipment that satisfies the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emissions standard. This helps reduce nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and particulate matter emissions, according to the agency.

On the business side of sustainability, CHRSA continued to work with small businesses, including dozens of companies located in disadvantaged communities

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Weekend Along The Farm Trails

Oct 13 – Oct 14, 2018 | 10am to 4pm

Sonoma County farmers will open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm in October 2018.

Registered guests will receive the list of participating farms and a detailed program along with a link to an interactive online map in their inbox. PLEASE NOTE, NOT all Farm Trails members will be open for visitors this weekend. You must register to receive details.

Meet your farmers & vintners, shop from delicious farmstands, see how cheese is made, pick pumpkins, meet farm animals, learn about beekeeping, sample delicious food & libations and discover some of Sonoma County’s best kept secrets!

Most of the stops are FREE. All you need is transportation, the program and online map, a cooler to keep your purchases fresh, and a sense of adventure!

 

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Outdoor Adventures with Sonoma Land Trust Redwoods, Estuaries, Wildlife and more! 2018 Fall Outings

What Happens When the Bar Closes? — The Sandbar, That Is
September 6, 7–8:30pm — Public Talk at Sonoma Land Trust, Level 1
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September 15, 10am–2pm Russian River Estuary Walk — Members Only, Level 3

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Many estuaries are characterized by intermittent closure, which is when a sandbar closes the mouth and separates a coastal lagoon from the ocean. In the basin behind the sand barrier, water levels may rise or fall and water quality extremes typically develop. Professor John Largier of Bodega Marine Lab will talk about the Estero Americano and other estuaries as he shares his research with us. This presentation will be followed by an in-person exploration of the Russian River estuary.

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