New Executive Director, Stephanie Anderson
We are pleased to announce Community Focus’s new Executive Director, Stephanie Anderson! Stephanie replaced Greg Wolf in August 2011 after she had worked with Community Focus for 7 years.
"Stephanie has been the backbone of Community Focus for many years, and I'm thrilled she is getting the recognition she deserves for the dedication, experience and focus she brings to our organization's mission," says Community Focus’s founder and senior advisor, Malka Kopell.
Upon joining Community Focus in 2003 Stephanie had over 20 years of administrative experience in both corporate and non-profit environments. Read Stephanie’s professional bio here.
Spare the Air Employer Program Looking Lively!
The Spare the Air Employer Program is one of Community Focus’s most recent collaborations with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The Employer Program is a growing network of Bay Area employers who are doing their part to improve Bay Area air quality. Employers are connected to resources and information to educate employees, support commute alternatives, and develop clean air policies and practices.
Members of The Spare the Air Employer Program receive Spare the Air Health Alerts, opportunities to implement free, customized employee carpooling programs with the 511 RideMatch Service, and access to ongoing, interactive education such as the quarterly “Breeze” e-newsletter, webinars and other events and online tools. These resources offer information on a range of air quality-related topics including air pollution and its causes, commute alternatives, green purchasing, waste reduction and event greening.
Car Free Napa Encourages Green Tourism
The Napa Valley Clean Air Coalition and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District are working with Community Focus's help to promote clean air and a healthy environment in the Napa Valley through Car Free Tourism.
In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, visitors are able to get to know the local communities of the Napa Valley in a unique way by using alternative transportation: taking-in the agricultural and natural scenery from the window of a restored rail car, chatting with locals on public transportation, kayaking or boating along the Napa River, or cycling to vineyards to enjoy wine tasting at some of the world’s finest wineries.
Anti-Idling School Campaign
The Southern Alameda County Spare the Air Resource Team, a project of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, has launched an “Idling Gets You Nowhere” campaign in the Fremont, Hayward, New Haven and Newark school districts. Community Focus is facilitating this project to encourage parents to help create cleaner air around schools.
Here’s What You Can Do: Turn off your car engine if idling more than 30 seconds. Shutting your engine (except in traffic or valet systems) will cut pollution, curb greenhouse gases and save you money at the same time! Did you know that Idling more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine? And frequent restarting has little impact on engine components like the battery and starter.
The Team is sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and includes local city, school district, business and nonprofit representatives.
New! Contra Costa Resource Team
A new Spare the Air Resource Team was kicked off in Contra Costa County in November, 2011. Resource teams are local voluntary groups that identify local air pollution challenges and help solve them. Community Focus facilitates this work for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Projects of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, resource teams have initiated local air quality projects for 20 years!