About Past STAY COOL Meetings

On April 28, 2018 STAY COOL organized our second walk at San Diego Audubon’s Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary near Lakeside. Read the first hand account of this outing here.

Members who attended the STAY COOL general meeting on March 29, 2018 were introduced by Mikaela Bolling to a great online resource – The San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard. The Dashboard measures trends throughout the region to track a central theme: Is our quality of life improving? Read the blog about this event.

STAY COOL hosted a Climate Walk on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Cabrillo National Monument for a special Ranger-led Climate Walk hosted by ecologist Alexandria “Alex” Warneke. Read the blog about this Climate Walk.

On March 6, 2017 we heard from Dr. Lisa Levin on “The Lesser Known Consequences of Ocean Deoxygenation and Ocean Acidification.” As a deep sea biologist, she spoke to us about her research on how climate change is affecting the ocean. Click here to read more about the event with Dr. Levin.

STAY COOL hosted a special holiday event on December 12, 2016 to honor climate scientist Dr. Richard Somerville for his early and ongoing efforts to explain climate science clearly to the public, presenting him with a Grandkids’ Climate Defender award. We were honored to have Dr. Somerville share his insights on recent global climate developments at this event. Read more about his inspiring messages here.

In October 2016, STAY COOL for Grandkids teamed up with partners Engage Encinitas and North County Climate Change Alliance to offer a moderated forum on the SANDAG Half Cent Sales Tax Initiative (Measure A on the November 2016 ballot). Our event presented speakers from both sides of the issue and was moderated by the League of Women Voters. More than 100 attendees heard passionate advocacy for and against the ballot measure, which ended up being defeated in the November election.

On June 12, 2016 we learned about climate change education in our public schools from from Crystal Howe, who is the CREEC (California Regional Environmental Education Community) coordinator for San Diego and Imperial Counties. Learn how the new Next Generation Science Standards provide a framework for teaching climate change in K-12 schools.

STAY COOL took a naturalist guided hike in Audubon San Diego’s Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, June 4, 2016. We learned about how local flora and fauna is being impacted by climate change. Click here to see the photos and summary of what we learned.

On March 9, 2016 we heard from Dr. Bruce Bekkar on climate change and the impacts on public health. Click here to read the meeting summary.

Our November 4, 2015 meeting featured Admiral Len Hering, USN (Ret.), Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy.  We learned about the Center for Sustainable Energy and “Global Warming: How It Is Affecting Our Sustainable Energy & National Security Plans.” Read the meeting summary. During our end-of-the-meeting activity, we briefly shared techniques for writing Letters to the Editor that will help to get them published.  Click here to download the Letters to the Editor Writing Tutorial document (PDF).

On September 1, we heard from speaker Nicole Capretz from the Climate Action Campaign. She spoke about the future for clean energy in the San Diego region and we learned about Community Choice Energy. Our members also participated in a letter writing activity and 19 letters were sent in honor of Grandparents Climate Action Day. Click here to read the event summary.

On Tuesday, June 9 we learned how businesses in San Diego are becoming more sustainable and how clean technology is advancing our region from speaker Jason Anderson, president and CEO of Cleantech San Diego. We also learned about sustainable and responsible investing from Judith Seid, president of Blue Summit Wealth Management. Click here to read the blog post summary of the June 9 event.

Read about our March 4, 2015 meeting featuring Dr. Ron Flick, SIO coastal studies researcher, and assistant professor Dr. Sarah Giddings. On Thursday, Feb. 19, STAY COOL members met in La Jolla Shores to hear from Drs. Flick and Giddings as well. The topic was sea-level rise and the event took place during a “King Tide” – a peak extreme high tide that occurs when the earth, moon and sun are specially aligned. Attendees were treated to a private tour of the SIO pier. Read the blog about this event or click here to download the handout from Dr. Flick: Feb19_Handout_DrFlick_King_Tides.

Our December 9, 2014 meeting featured Nancy Bragado, the Deputy Planning Director with the City of San Diego. We learned details of the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan draft and the projected emissions reduction targets. We also heard from Sustainability Manager from Qualcomm, Gail Welch about the company’s emissions reduction efforts. A summary can be found here.

On Wednesday, September 24 we heard from Dr. Charles F. Kennel, Director Emeritus, Vice-Chancellor, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at SIO. This insightful event explored the concept of “Creation Care” and we heard first hand about Dr. Kennel’s trip to the Vatican in May 2014. Click here to read the event summary.

On July 15, 2014 we heard from Jim Stone of Circulate San Diego and Laura Schumacher about the San Diego Unified PTA Council and their update on climate change education in our schools. To view a summary of this meeting along with Jim’s slide show click here.

On May 14, 2014 we heard from Dr. Dan Cayan, a Research Meteorologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) about planning for climate change. To view a summary of this meeting along with Dan’s slide show click here.

Our March 6, 2014 meeting featured Brendan Reed from the City of Chula Vista who shared with us insights about Chula Vista’s sustainability programs and Climate Action Plan. Click here to view the March 6, 2014 meeting summary and Brendan’s slides.

Click here to view the December 4, 2013 meeting summary which featured speaker Nilmini Silva-Send from USD’s Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and Climate Education Partners.