Here are many of the things I’ve found helpful in my quest to promote regeneration and sustainability at all levels. Please continue to visit this page, as I will continue to add to it as I learn about more resources.
Note: This page is focused on resources local to Southern CA residents; however, I will also include national/international resources.
SOMATICWISE COMMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY:
* Provide reusable hand towels for restroom, which are transported via bicycle to washing machine and washed with greywater friendly detergent. (The duck is just along for the ride, not much of a helper when it’s time to re-roll all the hand towels!)
* Most paper waste (paper towels, Kleenex) and all coffee grounds are composted.
* Eliminated use of plastic and styrofoam for drinks; ceramic coffee mugs provided; single serve coffee uses refillable cartridge.
* Use of recycled paper products and eco-friendly cleaners throughout the office.
* Proprietor (that’s me!) commutes to office via bicycle or walking 90% of the time.
* Bicycle rack installed in front of office for bicycle commuters; bicycles and skateboards are welcome to be brought into office during meetings.
* Participating member of Long Beach Green Business network.
RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE’S HOMES:
City of Long Beach Sustainability: This web page links the viewer to many sustainability options offered by the City of Long Beach, including the Green Business Program, sustainable home practices, and more.
ChipDrop! This innovative program allows gardeners to register to receive free deliveries of wood chips. As you may know, using shredded woodchips/mulch as ground cover has several advantages. It’s a tremendous soil builder, reduces waste and recycles organic matter.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens in Claremont, CA, includes a large botanical garden with areas dedicated to different plant communities. It also includes a wonderful native plant nursery.
Tree of Life Nursery is a native plant nursery located in the foothills of Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano. It’s just next door to Caspers Park, a savannah/oak woodland park, and the beauty of both of them makes the pilgrimage worth it.
Rain Barrels International provides support for rainwater harvesting and storage–an excellent solution in our overstressed watershed. Their barrels are recycled food grade barrels that are diverted from landfills. The barrels are vector (insect control) certified and are eligible for rebates.
BYO Long Beach provides reusable options that you can use instead of all that plastic and styrofoam. Hurrah!
The Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards are specialists in local sustainability. They support many ecologically sensitive areas in our great urban sprawl, specializing in wetlands and coastal sage scrub ecosystems.
The California Native Plant Society is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s precious native plants, and the biomes they define. I can’t say enough about how vital it is to support CNPS, as we are a biodiversity hotspot here in California; our plants are fundamental to this and they are increasingly threatened by development and other human encroachments.
SomaticWise is a proud member of Long Beach Environmental Alliance, which provides environmental education, outreach and organization for local events including beach clean ups. Go Long Beach! Go LBEA!
The City of Long Beach has a wonderful sustainability program! They offer monthly native plant classes, gardening classes, the Green Business program, and more! Please check them out!~
Become a certified California Naturalist! This semester long course provides a broad but thorough overview of how natural systems work on our planet. This is a well respected, science based program through the University of California.
I am a graduate of the 100-hour Ecopsychology program offered by Holos Institute. I am very satisfied with my experiences as a student at Holos Institute.
I have also had the pleasure of training with Ariana Candell, LMFT, Hakomi practitioner and founder of the EarthBody institute.
LOCAL NATURE SITES:
The El Dorado Nature Center is an oasis, an opportunity to lose yourself in nature in the middle of our large urban sprawl. It includes examples of several local biomes and restoration efforts.
Madrona Marsh is a former oil field, restored to a vernal (seasonal) wetland. Like the El Dorado Nature Center, it serves as an urban refuge for humans and wildlife alike; and includes a lovely nature center.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is a local land preserve staffed by many dedicated people from four different local cities. It offers nature, education, hiking and hope.
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy works with conservation, stewardship, and propagation of native plants, for the local Irvine Ranch area.
The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is dedicated to conservation and public education regarding the wetlands and its native species. There are miles of walking trails, and I’ve seen beautiful flora and fauna each time I’ve been out. Please be careful and watch out for rattlesnakes!
Saving the planet with relentless, stubborn optimism, which brings us out of despair, overwhelm and immobility:
Try ecochallenge.org for behavior change! The Eco-Challenge website uses social engagement to help us motivate ourselves to make lasting changes in our consumption habits. The website explains, “EcoChallenge.org is a social change platform designed to positively shift the values and decisions individuals and organizations make about transportation, food, materials, energy use, and other lifestyle choices that drive emissions and environmental degradation.” Check it out!
climateinteractive.org “En-ROADS is a fast, powerful climate simulation tool for understanding how we can achieve our climate goals through changes in energy, land use, consumption, agriculture, and other policies.” It’s apparently launching soon and this link includes a sign up to be notified when it launches.