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October 15, 2019
The New York Times
Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers

Rainforest Connection, a nonprofit group based in California, has installed used cellphones in the rainforest canopy to monitor illegal logging activity. The audio data is analyzed in real time by artificial-intelligence software capable of distinguishing the sounds of chain saws, logging trucks and other telltale audio signatures of illegal activity.

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April 22, 2019
The New York Times
It’s Earth Day. Here’s How to Make Less Trash.

U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business' Chou Hall is the “greenest academic building in the country.” This year it was certified as TRUE Platinum Zero Waste, meaning the building sends almost nothing to the landfill.
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February 12, 2019
Miami Herald
12 Months, Nearly 1,200 Deaths: The Year in Youth Gun Violence Since Parkland

On the anniversary of the Parkland massacre, Trace Media is publishing portraits of every victim under 18 that was killed by gun violence in 2018. In conjunction, the Miami Herald and McClatchy are presenting a series of stories on the year in gun violence against children.
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January 28, 2019
The Urban Adamah Fellowship Integrates Jewish tradition with Sustainable Urban Farming

The Urban Adamah Fellowship is a three-month residential leadership program for adults, age 21 to 31, that includes organic farming, social justice training, mindfulness and earth-based Judaism (focusing on Judaism’s connection to nature). The fellowships are held three times a year, with the next program coming up in June.
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January 15, 2019
Chicago Tribune
Obama Foundation Gets 5 New Big-Money Donors to End 2018

The Obama Foundation secured million-dollar donations from five new donors in the last months of 2018, which include the Boeing Company; Fidelity Donor Advised Fund; the Gibbons Scattone Family Foundation; Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund; and the Harris Family Foundation. The Obama Foundation is responsible, among other things, for overseeing the development and construction of the Obama Presidential Center — a sprawling campus that will be situated in a portion of Jackson Park. The project has drawn national attention because it could transform struggling, lower-income communities by bringing tourists and creating jobs, and possibly sparking more large-scale investment.
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December 10, 2018
J. The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
Form and Function at Berkeley Hillel’s Remodeled Home

After more than a year of construction at Berkeley Hillel, students at UC Berkeley and others who use the facility are finally getting a Hillel house designed to meet their need for a place to gather and celebrate. “It will truly be a Jewish student center on campus in a way I don’t think has ever existed,” said Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, executive director at Berkeley Hillel since 2009.
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October 2, 2018
Tennis Coalition San Francisco
Campaign for Golden Gate Park Tennis Center 2018

Watch this video to learn about the amazing history at GGPTC and the careers of champions who played there, such as Peanut Louie Harper. Also find out about the powerful Tennis and Learning Center program that will expand from elementary through middle school when GGPTC is renovated in 2020.
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September 13, 2018
Inside Tennis
Support the Thrilling Golden Gate Park Tennis Center Renovation

Now over 125 years old, Golden Gate Park Tennis Center has a storied past as "a cradle of champions," with five-time Slam winner Alice Marble, and WTA stars Rosie Casals and Peanut and Marcie Louie among the players who have called it home. SF's main public tennis site, in the heart of one of the world's greatest parks, GGPTC was a community hub, attracting families and tennis lovers of all backgrounds.
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August 10, 2018
The New York Times
As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

One in six hospital patients in the United States is now treated in a Catholic facility as a wave of mergers widens the reach of Catholic medical facilities across the United States. The Trump administration is finalizing regulations to further expand the ability of health care workers and institutions to decline to provide specific medical procedures for moral or religious reasons, prohibiting patients from accessing essential reproductive health procedures. In California and across the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union is fighting to protect reproductive health access at Catholic Hospitals.
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June 18, 2018
Inside Philanthropy
After Parkland, a Regional Funder Gives to Youth Advocacy and Gun Reform

Support for advocacy was front and center in a recent group of grants from the California Wellness Foundation. Many of the $13.4 million in grants went toward youth activism and preventing gun violence. The foundation said the efforts of young people to push for gun control following the Parkland shooting inspired the gifts.
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June 14, 2018
CBS News
Study Finds Chemical BPA Still in Many Canned Foods

It's convenient and a staple in most kitchens, but a lot of canned food still contains a chemical linked to birth defects and cancer, CBS San Francisco reports. Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been removed from baby products, reusable water bottles and most toys. But the chemical is still being used in a lot of food packaging. The Center for Environmental Health recently tested more than 250 cans purchased at supermarkets and dollar stores for BPA. Researchers found nearly 40 percent contained the chemical. That's down from 67 percent two years ago, but the number still concerns some experts.
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June 4, 2018
Three Companies Say They Will No Longer Donate to Pro-Trump Advocacy Group

Three companies say they will no longer donate to America First Policies, a nonprofit group that works to promote President Donald Trump's agenda, after CNN and other outlets reported racist comments made by staffers of the organization.
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January 26, 2018
Challah for Justice!

Breaking bread with Rabbi Michael Lezak, newest member of GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice In July 2017, GLIDE welcomed Rabbi Michael Lezak to its Center for Social Justice. This position, a Rabbi at GLIDE, was made possible by funding from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund and generous individual donors. Recently, we spoke with Rabbi Michael about what a rabbi at GLIDE does. Answer: He bakes!
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January 10, 2018
Chicago Tribune
McDonald’s to Drop Foam Packaging by Year’s End

McDonald’s will stop using plastic foam cups, which keep drinks icy cold but make environmentalists red hot, by the end of this year.
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September 26, 2017
The Washington Post
The National Park Service Showed That Its Bottled Water Ban Worked — Then Lifted It

Long before the Trump administration rescinded a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in select national parks, the Interior Department was aware of a report from the National Park Service that the program worked.
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July 14, 2017
Colleges Educate. Students Vote. We Recognize.

Historically, higher education has been seen as a public good, one that prepared citizens to strengthen our democracy and better our society. Today, it is more often considered a private good, one by which individuals may improve their own lives and earning potential through the acquisition of a credential or degree. This change in purpose has unfortunately caused higher education to lose sight of one of its core values—educating for active and informed citizenship.
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June 23, 2017
Presidio Trust
The Presidio Trust Receives a California Heritage Council Award for the Rehabilitation of the William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center

Presidio of San Francisco (June 23, 2017) – The Presidio Trust, National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy were honored by the California Heritage Council (CHC) with an Award of Recognition for the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of Building 210, the William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center.
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June 21, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle
At 80, Stern Grove Festival Keeps It All in the SF Family

On a sunny Wednesday morning, Judy Tsang glances toward the sprawling wall of trees surrounding the small canyon that makes up the Stern Grove Festival’s amphitheater. It’s where Tsang, the music festival’s director of programming, witnessed her first Grove concert as child — up in the trees with her family, watching the San Francisco Symphony.
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SF Weekly
Stern Grove Festival Turns 80

On a recent Friday afternoon in the Sunset, three tweens practiced a dance recital on the main stage at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. A man sitting atop one of the park’s stone “ziggurats” chomped contemplatively on a red apple, and an Irish Setter sniffed around the grassy lawn.
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June 12, 2017
New housing for Jewish Millennials

Moishe House announced today that it will open a new house in San Francisco’s rapidly-growing “NOPA” (north of the Panhandle) neighborhood to build a community for post-college Jewish young adults. The house’s new residents will host their first program called “Meet the NoPa Shabbat” on Friday, June 9. Moishe House San Francisco-NOPA will create a hub for young Jewish life in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be home to three dynamic residents — Stefanie Adler, 23, Sam Gutin, 24, and Kyla Sokoll-Ward, 24 — who are passionate about the creating Jewish community, health and wellness, the outdoors, and expanding their personal and professional networks in an intentional community. They plan to build and create their own grassroots community by hosting at least 84 programs for hundreds of participants over the next year.
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The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Exhibition Opening: Halprin in San Francisco

Some 100 people attended the opening of The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, including his wife Anna, the innovative and influential dancer/choreographer, and daughters Daria and Rana. It was the first stop for the traveling exhibition following its debut at the National Building Museum and symbolically important because Halprin lived and worked in the Bay Area his entire career.
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June 30, 2016
Huffington Post
Stella McCartney Just Called Out The Fashion Industry

Looking good doesn’t have to ruin the environment. That’s the message of a new video featuring fashion designer Stella McCartney, who’s partnering with environmental nonprofit Canopy to push clothing companies to stop sourcing fabric from ancient and endangered forests. The video, which dropped this week, explains how producing fabrics like viscose and rayon, which is made from wood pulp, pose a serious threat to ancient forests across the globe. And it describes how major fashion brands and designers, like McCartney, are working with Canopy to stop sourcing materials from imperiled woodlands.
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June 25, 2016
The New York Times
The Secret Power Behind Local Elections

Over the last year, the Brennan Center analyzed outside spending from before and after the 2010 Citizens United decision in six states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine and Massachusetts — with almost 20 percent of the nation’s population. They also examined dozens of state and local elections where dark money could be linked to a particular interest.
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January 20, 2016
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Grants Roundup: Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Awards $5.8 Million to 211 Nonprofits

The Chronicle of Philanthropy lists notable new grants including $5.8 million awarded from the Goldman Fund in 2015 to 211 nonprofit organizations working to reduce gun violence, strengthen K-12 public education, shift manufacturing toward sustainable production practices, engage youths in Jewish life, combat anti-Semitism, and protect access to abortion.
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December 16, 2015
Curbed San Francisco
The Bay Lights Sculpture Is Lighting Up for Testing Tonight

Fans of the Bay Bridge's Bay Lights installation probably already know that the huge light sculpture will be back up on the bridge in time for the Super Bowl in early 2016. But over the next few days they can also get an up-close look at artist Leo Villarreal reprogramming and testing the light sculpture before it is officially relit. Villareal will be using his custom software to get the light display back up and running from Pier 14 for the next few nights.
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