Urban Sprawl, Ocean Plastics, and Vehicle Emissions Standards - Freezeout Unfiltered November 2019

Ocean Plastics & Rivers

Anybody who lives on a river knows that even relatively clean ones, like the Russian River, end up sending a lot of plastic into the ocean. With every winter storm that pushes it over its banks, the river grabs lawn chairs, trash cans, kids' toys and anything else left in people's yards, and sends them into the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch nonprofit tackling plastics in our oceans, has found 80% of ocean plastics come from 1,000 nasty rivers from Delaware, to Istanbul, to Kuala Lumpur. And the group is going to attack the problem with its river-cleaning-device called the Interceptor that can snag 50-100 tons of trash per day. “To truly rid the oceans of plastic, we need to both clean up the legacy and close the tap, preventing more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place,” said Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. 

Stop the Sprawl

Imagine a world where 90% of your neighbors believed in protecting open space and stopping urban sprawl. At a time when the inefficiencies of ever-expanding cities are contributing to climate change, 90% of voters in the city of Rohnert Park voted this month for a measure to protect open space and keep growth inside the city's Urban Growth Boundary for the next 20 years. "The public's commitment to greenbelts and communities without sprawl is only growing stronger in the face of climate change," said Teri Shore, North Bay Regional Director for Greenbelt Alliance.

Speaking of Open Space

The breathtaking 654-acre McCormick Ranch, which straddles Sonoma and Napa counties in the southern Mayacamas Mountains, will become park land next year following Sonoma Land Trust's signing of an agreement to purchase historic ranch. The property is in the center of the Marin Coast-Blue Ridge Critical Linkage, an 85-mile wildlife corridor from Point Reyes to the Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument. So, protecting the pristine habitat is important for the survival of black bears and mountain lions. 

California's No Parking Sign for GM, Chrysler & Toyota

Starting January 1, 2020, California's Department of Government Services (DGS) will no longer buy vehicles from automakers fighting the state's new vehicle emissions standards. The state wants its fleet of government vehicles to reduce gasoline consumption 50% between 2015 and 2030. As it moves rapidly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower the state government's carbon footprint, California is battling an axis of ignorance between the White House and executives at several carmakers (GM, Chrysler and Toyota) who hate the fact that the state has the authority to set vehicle emission standards. “DGS is committed to ensuring we do our part to achieve California’s climate goals,” said DGS Director Daniel Kim. “The nation looks to California to drive positive, environmental change, and we will not waver from our commitment to that effort.”

Freezeout Coffee

Freezeout Coffee exists to help preserve the planet. Since Day One, we designed our business to make an impact. We give more than 20% of sales to help preserve land in Northern California. We've been a business partner since 2018 of the Sonoma Land Trust, and we are a member of 1% for the Planet.

Jenner Headlands

This spectacular view is a reminder why the Jenner Headlands became a preserve in the fall of 2018 for all of us to enjoy, and why we named one of our most popular coffees the Headlands Blend. Next time you visit, share your observations on The Wildlands Conservancy's Jenner Headlands Preserve iNaturalist Notebook. Freezeout Coffee exists to preserve our planet. We give more than 20% of sales to land preservation as a business partner with the Sonoma Land Trust and a member of 1% for the Planet. Why not support the environment while you enjoy delicious coffee? Order coffee that helps preserve the land & our planet at freezeoutcoffee.com