The Environmental Committee works to protect the watershed and to educate the public on forestry issues, erosion control, hazardous waste, recycling, and other issues. We also monitor government policies and procedures.
PG&E is a high priority for the Environmental Committee due to its massive and destructive felling of trees to prevent wildfires when unsafe, unreliable, antiquated equipment is the fundamental cause of the fires. From working on legislation and a new Franchise Agreement for PG&E in the County to in-depth research and analysis to support work with agencies affecting PG&E and helping folks protect their trees from PG&E’s contractors, this keeps the group busy. We work with a State-wide Utility Wildfire Prevention Taskforce on these issues.
Your help is needed.
Visit https://endpowerlinefires.com for more information.
River & Road Clean Up
with Save Our Shores
Annual Environmental Town Hall
Felton Community Hall
First Saturday of the month
Second Saturday if the first Saturday is a holiday weekend.
10:30 am at VWC Office at Highlands Park Senior Center
On Zoom and in-person. Email for Zoom info.
Meetings are open to the public.
Call 338-6578 or email for information.
Valley Women’s Club Environmental Committee members enthusiastically participated alongside over a dozen other organizations at the “What Can You Do About Climate Change?” event on September 6th at the London Nelson Community Center in downtown Santa Cruz. This highly attended gathering was co-sponsored by dedicated volunteer groups Environteers and the Santa Cruz Climate Action Network. With a specific focus on addressing local climate issues and concerns, the event successfully united environmental and community organizations from Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay Area, providing a platform for robust discussions on climate change, advocacy, and actionable solutions in a public forum.
After a meal from Tortilla Flats and brief introductions from each group, attendees had a chance to connect with organizations, including the Valley Women’s Club (VWC), the Sierra Club, Environteers, Santa Cruz Climate Action Network (SCCAN), Save Our Shores, Ecology Action, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), Friends of the Rail and Trail (FORT), Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the City of Santa Cruz, Campaign for Sustainable Transportation (CFST), the Homeless Garden Project, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Eat for the Earth, University of Santa Cruz, The Climate Alliance (TCA), Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, and more.
Various groups presented their work, including forest, river, and watershed issues, regional wetlands conservation, environmental lobbying, personal rapid transit (PRT) and safer streets, marine biology, coastal cleanup and preservation, and sustainable agriculture and food. VWC PG&E Subcommittee members discussed the VWC’s work advocating for a PG&E franchise agreement renegotiation to provide better protections for county residents, the September 2023 SLV River & Road Clean Up, and other environmental efforts. Community members, activists, and educators met, learned about each others’ new and continuing work, and signed up for future volunteer opportunities and events.
Networking with other environmental organizations and meeting new activists at events like this is a valuable part of the VWC’s work. You are welcome to join the VWC for volunteer opportunities and to participate in our local activities. The Environmental Committee meets on the first Saturday of each month, from 10:30 to 12, at the Highlands Park Community Center and on Zoom. Come to an Environmental Committee meeting, see what we’re doing, and bring your concerns, thoughts, and ideas. What would you like to work on? Contact EC Chair Nancy Macy through this form to begin receiving committee updates and get involved when you can.