Supportive Conditions for Living Car-Lite

“Most of us think of transportation as a means to an end, but the way we move from one place to another has profound effects on natural resources, community, and personal well-being.” – Liz Maw, Chief Executive Officer, Net Impact   Transportation accounts for the largest percentage of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) at state (California– 39%),…

By mbiggar March 30, 2018 0

Backbone Support for Cross-Sector Collaboratives (Newsletter)

In this newsletter: California Outdoor Engagement Coalition San Francisco Children and Nature Network Plan for Environmental Literacy in CA Collective Impact Convening, April 3-5 in Austin, TX Resources and Opportunities San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Strategic Plan Planet Vision Latino Outdoors ED Opening Whether working to protect the environment, enhance community health and sustainability, improve educational…

By mbiggar March 1, 2018 0

Hope in the New Year, Part Two: Local Government Action

With a new year ahead and the days growing longer, we can renew our sense of hope for the future. With many national politicians currently more interested in denying social and environmental problems than addressing them, hope may be seem elusive. However, in our complex democracy and system of federalism, state and local government can make policy…

By mbiggar January 29, 2018 0

Making Partnerships for Social Change Work: Common Ground and Funded Support (Newsletter)

Breaking news on a host of problems including gun violence, climate-related disasters, sexual harassment, systemic racism and political propaganda nearly every day is overwhelming and can leave us feeling hopeless. It challenges our ability to cultivate a sense of gratitude during this time of Thanksgiving. We need to look beyond the news and headlines to find reasons for gratitude and hope.…

By mbiggar November 14, 2017 0

Climate Change and How We Respond

Here in the Bay Area, we are greatly saddened by the immense loss of lives, homes and buildings in the recent North Bay fires. So soon after the hurricanes that caused heavy damage in Texas and theCaribbean and devastation to islands like Puerto Rico, anticipation of more severe weather events weighs on all of us.…

By mbiggar October 24, 2017 0

Taking Down Walls

Diversity is our reality. In a blog post last Fall, I discussed the importance of biodiversity and human diversity within the places we live and experience everyday. Our connectedness to one another and nature sustains, nourishes and rejuvenates us. Walls separate us, diminish diversity and threaten the ability of people and nature to thrive or even survive. The…

By mbiggar September 12, 2017 1

Facilitating Change in Personal Transportation Behavior (Newsletter)

Connected to Place Summer 2017 Newsletter Content Behavioral Science Research (conference presentation) Education and Outreach, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Social Support, SPUR Social Norms, BayCLIC Electric Vehicles, Cool the Earth Connected to Place Blog In this newsletter, I’m focusing on my transportation behavior-related research and work along with promising new initiatives under way in the Bay Area. Getting…

By mbiggar August 15, 2017 0