Some people have asked why SMUD is on such a bold path. My answer is simple. We can’t afford not to. We’ve all seen the devastating impacts of climate change. We’ve all seen the impacts of poor air quality. We can’t afford to waste any time.Read More
Last month, I sat down with Rachel Machi Wagoner, who heads California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, better known as CalRecycle. Our talk was so wide-ranging, we decided to break it into two stories for SN&R: Part 1 focuses on SB 1383 and organic waste. And this second part is the discussion we had about other important legislation, as well as the governor’s zero-waste proposal.
Rachel Machi Wagoner heads the California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, better known as CalRecycle, so of course her focus is the environment. But what you may not expect is how passionate she has long been to this work, which began at the age of 22.
Marlon Yarber was born and raised in Stockton. His personal experiences there, in large part, he says, helped shape his career.
Many people in Sacramento are rethinking our criminal justice system. So we decided to sit down with Contra Costa’s District Attorney, Diane Becton. During her…
Last December, Sheriff Jim Cooper was sworn in at the Sacramento State Ballroom, thereby becoming the first Black Sheriff in the county’s history.
Adult education programs are free or low-cost and can train people for high-paying in-demand jobs. And in so doing, can change the life of an individual as well as the future of the entire family. So why don’t more people know about their local adult schools?
The Bay Area has long been on the forefront of recycling—and has served as a state and even national model in terms of starting it early and doing it right. What can other city agencies learn from how the City of Oakland, for example—with one of the most diverse Bay Area populations—created outreach campaigns that work?
We continue our SB 1383 series—designed to take a deep dive into the challenges and successes as our state takes on significant organic waste recycling in an effort to save landfills and save our planet.
Plastic is everywhere—in our packaging, in our parks, in our oceans and even in our bloodstreams. But SB 54, which Gov. Newsom signed into law in June, is aimed at changing that.
Sitting down with Jeff vonKaenel, president and publisher By Kate Gonzalez Solving Sacramento, a journalism collaborative, launched in early 2022 with the goal of covering…
Restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels and private households all have food they can’t use, but—with the proper resources—can end up on a hungry family’s table instead of in the garbage.
At the end of June, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 54, known as the plastics bill, which requires all packaging in the state to be…
Hear from Bill Hall, the newly selected president of the SEIU 1000, on his role with the union and its future.
‘Product stewardship’ is a not a term most of us can quickly define. But it’s getting increasing attention in the waste and recycling world, as…
SB 1383 can see like a big change in behavior that will be difficult to implement. But we have models around the state–particularly the Bay Area–where they are already doing it, for more than two decades.
We are collecting organic waste–most of it uneaten food–in a new way. What happens to it next?