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Shifting focus…

November 15, 2012 by


We’ve been quiet here at the New IPO for a while, yes, a very long while. Our fearless leader got the crazy idea that it was time for graduate school, packed her bags and headed to the coast to work on her Masters in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy with an emphasis on the […]

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Ugly…

December 31, 2010 by


Everyone, or nearly everyone, will spend a few moments reflecting on the close of the first decade of the 21st Century before beginning the next decade with a an awe inspiring hangover. We, here in the land of green opportunity, are no different. Let us review the events of the past decade in all their […]

Garages are for Parking Cars

October 10, 2010 by


    In the US, garages are akin to storage units, providing a safe haven for holiday decorations, photo albums, camping gear and that bike you manage to ride very infrequently.  In Amsterdam, garages are used to park cars.  How does this happen?  In Amsterdam the Dutch do not allow people to buy a parking […]

Chillaxin’ with Michele…

September 24, 2010 by


Who knew that taking over parking spaces with trees, grass, plants and people could be so much fun!? Last Friday was PARK(ing) Day, an international, grassroots event for artists, advocates and citizens to temporarily transform on-street parking spaces into urban parks. This annual event got its start in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco art […]

Gulf of Mexico : a dilemma in the making?

May 4, 2010 by


As a kid I walked the beaches along California’s Central Coast. Often coming home with thick bits of black goo stuck to my feet, my clothes and on the shoes I refused to wear in the sand. Mom was not happy. I would stare at the oil rigs far offshore and wonder why fish and […]

Relax. We come in peace.

January 5, 2010 by


If these aliens could speak that is what they’d tell us, gently, with a soft flourish and delicate touch. Don’t let their fragrance or prettiness fool you. These aliens have got to go.  No, I’m not talking about little green men with antenna or even blue giants. These alien invaders show up in your yard, line […]

Which environmental ethos prevails?

December 29, 2009 by


A large solar project, 1.2 million panels on roughly 3,200 acres, is being proposed for the Panoche Valley, South of Hollister. The project poses an interesting question, which environmentalist gets the nod? According to the Audobon Society the issues center around wildlife habitat and corridors for travel. With several endangered species living in the valley […]