On September 4th, Portland had its town kick-off meeting for Solarize Portland. We weren’t sure what to expect for attendance, but over 60 people showed up, 37 of them wanting a solar consultation! Solarize works by selecting a single installer who has been vetted by the Town and running a 4-month long campaign to sign up as many people as possible for residential solar....Read more
I had two job offers for the summer before my junior year of high school, and I went for the one that came with new boots. The job was with Student Conservation Association (SCA), a program that offers youth the opportunity for real jobs in the conservation ﬁeld. I was assigned to a crew working on trails in Washington DC. Since then, I have been a part of three additional SCA crews in DC, Maryland and South Dakota. During all these crews I wore the same pair of Timberlands. They’ve changed since I got them, and I’ve changed too....Read more
SCA teamed up with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area to organize the largest ConSERVE NYC event to date, bringing over 100 volunteers to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on March 1st to continue the storm recovery process....Read more
A Blog, written by Hailee (aka Master Mattress Pavi-Pav), that is loosely based off of Bob Dylan’s lovely song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” in lieu of the wondrous rain Jawbone has ﬁnally received!
Oh, where have you been, my DRC crew?
And where have you been, my lil’ dusty ones?
I’ve sat in the wet soil of a Cottonwood oasis,
Surrounded by the thirst of desert deprived.
I’ve found...Read more
The Hitch of the Double Hack
- It is a silly thing when you think about it, really… Seeing how long you and your crew can keep a sack ﬁlled with sand in the air, using only your feet. That is the point of hacky sack though; little rules and a lot of movement make the game fun. There are a few things to shoot for when you play however, like getting a “hack.” Only after everyone takes part in keeping the bag up have you reached a single hack, accomplishing a basic goal of “hacky sack.” -
At the start of this hitch a goal was set, so lofty and...Read more
Southwest Airlines employees blew in from the frigid Chicago weather to give back to local nonproﬁts inside the tropical Garﬁeld Park Conservatory on Wednesday. After an engaging presentation from Annette Prince, an SCA alum and director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, a chorus of hammers rang out as the volunteers began the surprisingly challenging task of constructing birdhouses....Read more
Perhaps the SCA + SWA team was inspired by the Winter Olympics, because the competitive spirit was certainly at play in Phoenix. The group of Southwest employees gathered 56 bags of trash, for a total of 2,800 gallons of waste removed!...Read more
“The wind is with us, but I wish it was the force.” This was a quote by a nice man in California City, one of many interesting characters we encountered this weekend while performing outreach. This 4-day mini-hitch consisted of hanging out with our local off-roaders, to educate them about the Rands Mountain Management Area permit program. We met folks of all ages, from seasoned couples who have been riding the Rands area for years, to 6 year old boys riding dirt bikes no higher than our knees. Seeing people roll up in their loud, neon, vamped-up dune buggies was like a commercial before...Read more