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News, discussion, and updates on organizing for a more sustainable, equitable San Gabriel Valley, one of the most diverse communities in the United States. The official podcast of @ActiveSGV.

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    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings

News, discussion, and updates on organizing for a more sustainable, equitable San Gabriel Valley, one of the most diverse communities in the United States. The official podcast of @ActiveSGV.

    Healthy Homes

    Healthy Homes

    Gas companies have tried to convince us for years that it’s safe to use gas appliances in our homes, but research shows that burning gas is bad for our health and indoor air quality, not to mention the toll it takes on the environment. On this episode of ActiveLab, you’ll hear a recording of the Healthy Homes Info Session recorded on July 22, 2021. The panel, featuring the research team at UCLA, The Energy Coalition, and ActiveSGV, will discuss the latest findings from the Healthy Home Study, tips to help you prioritize health and energy efficiency inside your home, and next steps for implementing a clean energy future.
    Links to more information, resources, and tips shared in this ActiveLab episode include:
    The ABC’s of Electrifying your Homes Appliances - https://www.activesgv.org/healthy-home-study.htmlPurpleair.com  
    ActiveLab is made possible by the support of ActiveSGV members and the Liberty Hill Foundation. For more information about ActiveSGV, or to support our work, please visit activeSGV.org.

    • 1 hr
    COVID-19 Series: What's Going On?

    COVID-19 Series: What's Going On?

    This episode was recorded on 05/04/2021. 


    In this episode of ActiveLab, Brisa Aviles interviews Ana Zepeda from the Lundquist Institute, a 501(c)3 independent non-profit biomedical research organization, affiliated with UCLA and the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Kicking off the first podcast of the COVID-19 series, we talk about vaccine research, why practicing empathy during this time is especially important, and discuss the most common myths and misconceptions about the pandemic. 


    For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html?s_cid=10496:cdc%20covid%20vaccine:sem.ga:p:RG:GM:gen:PTN:FY21

    • 11 min
    Meet the Millennial Mayors

    Meet the Millennial Mayors

    Baldwin Park and Alhambra residents elected two fresh, new faces in November 2020. Mayors Sasha Renee Perez and Emmanuel J. Estrada share their thoughts on being elected to local office before turning 30, and what local communities can do to improve our health, address equity issues, and prepare for climate change.
    ActiveLab is made possible by the support of ActiveSGV members and the Liberty Hill Foundation. For more information about ActiveSGV, or to support our work, please visit activeSGV.org.

    • 56 min
    Coolest Home in the SGV

    Coolest Home in the SGV

    This episode of ActiveLab is about one couple’s efforts to transform a non-descript, suburban Ranch house into a healthier, more sustainable 21st century home! Over the past few years Wen Lee and Chris Stratton of Temple City have chronicled their largely DIY home renovation project on their blog FrugalHappy.org. While the many upgrades might not be apparent from the outside -- other than the visible solar panels on the roof and vegetable garden replacing the front lawn -- theirs is now one of the most energy-efficient homes in the San Gabriel Valley, a region where most homes remain “dual-fuel”, relying on both methane gas and electricity for power, heating, and cooling.
    More information, resources, and tips shared in this episode:
    Sample Watt Reader (to help you measure how much energy devices in your home use) - Kill-A-Watt meterPortable Induction Stove Top recommendations (great way to try out modern induction cooking technology at an affordable price - about $75) - WirecutterWonky building science resource website - Green Building AdvisorSample Indoor Air Quality Monitor (used by Chris and Wen in their home) - IQ Air "Electrify Everything" (popular with some building performance/HVAC contractors) - Facebook Group Living the Green Dream in the SGV (video story of Wen/Chris' project under construction) - SCECBS Meet a Building Scientist (Chris Stratton)Sample Health StudiesHealthy Home Study (2019) - Avocado Heights / Bassett"Effects of Residential Gas Appliances on Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality and Public Health in California", UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (2020)Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Brita E. Lundberg, M.D., The False Promise of Natural Gas, New England Journal of Medicine, Chris and Wen’s Blog - Frugal Happy Did this episode inspire you to undertake some changes in your home? We’d love to hear about it. Let us know @activeSGV on social media or via info [at] activeSGV.org 
    ActiveLab is made possible by the support of ActiveSGV members and the Liberty Hill Foundation. For more information about ActiveSGV, or to support our work, please visit activeSGV.org.

    • 26 min
    SGV Counts, State Climate Inaction, and VoteSGV

    SGV Counts, State Climate Inaction, and VoteSGV

    On this episode of ActiveLab, Adriana Pinedo and Wes Reutimann discuss the state of Census in the San Gabriel Valley, the lack of action on meaningful climate policy in the 2020 CA state legislative session, ActiveSGV's upcoming efforts to inform voters, and what it's like to be a local election worker!  

    Check out ActiveSGV's Voter Guide here: www.activeSGV.org/vote

    Take the Census (and remind friends and family to) here: https://my2020census.gov

    Details on how SGV state elected officials voted on key environmental and health bills in 2020 here.

    Election workers needed! Learn more here. 
    ActiveLab is made possible by the support of ActiveSGV members and the Liberty Hill Foundation. For more information about ActiveSGV, or to support our work, please visit activeSGV.org

    • 35 min
    Bike Friendly Business: Plant Love Food

    Bike Friendly Business: Plant Love Food

    This episode of ActiveLab is all about our Bike Friendly Business District (BFBD) program. ActiveSGV staff, Amy Wong and Carly Curiel, are joined by Jannet Hernandez and Osmar Mérida, owners of Plant Love Food. Plant Love Food is a delicious, plant-based Mexican restaurant located in El Monte and one of our favorite bike-friendly businesses! Listen as we discuss how Jannet and Osmar started Plant Love Food, how COVID-19 has impacted their business, what we as customers can do to support, and some updates on their new location opening up on Main Street (aka: Valley Mall) in downtown El Monte! 
    Note: Since the recording, the El Monte Farmers’ Market has been closed until further notice.
    To learn more about Plant Love Food, follow them on Instagram, @plantlovefood. For more information on our Bike Friendly Business District Program, please visit: bikefriendlysgv.com. 
    ActiveLab is made possible by the support of ActiveSGV members and the Liberty Hill Foundation. For more information about ActiveSGV, or to support our work, please visit activeSGV.org.

    • 33 min

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SGV specific sustainability news and actions

ActiveSGV organizers provide a glimpse into local efforts to make the San Gabriel Valley a healthier, more sustainable region. The first few episodes focused on Earth Month and Bike Month, and featured interviews with other SGV residents advocating for positive change in their communities.