Strategic Organizer Training Opportunity!

Have you been looking for a meaningful way to volunteer with AEL? Are you ready to think outside the box on environmental issues with enthusiastic colleagues? But just don’t know where to start? Then join our team at the two-day Strategic Community Organizer Training! We have four scholarships available for volunteers who are looking to […]

We’re Collecting Maps of the Auburn Area

Hello friends! We are collecting maps. Do you have one to share? How often have we said to each other, “We wish a construction project knew about the beauty, ecology, and history of a place. If only they knew, and cared, maybe something could be saved, incorporated, maybe even celebrated.” This is your opportunity to […]

Viewing Parties for PCL’s CA Enviro Assembly!

Dear friends, The Planning and Conservation League’s California Environmental Assembly Webinars run for the next three weeks! This is one of the treasured events of the year and, to the delight of our Urban Planning Squad, there are four sessions related to Smart Growth! We are excited to discover the latest and greatest methods that […]

Holiday Party Invite

Season’s Greetings, You and your organization are invited to the Alliance for Environmental Leadership’s Holiday Party! At our upbeat meet and greet, we will celebrate accomplishments by our Alliance partners and community from 2021. The last two years have challenged all of us to find new ways forward and we would like to thank you […]

AEL Volunteer Perk for Architects-in-Training

Did you know that architects-in-training must log 3,740 hours of experience in their field as part of their application for licensure? Now licensure candidates can apply AEL volunteer hours towards this requirement! We are officially a pre-approved community-based design center/collaborative with NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). Licensure candidates may earn up to 320 […]

Heritage Oak Mitigation Fees Need your Voice

Written by Amber Beckler. Cover image: Oak Graveyard Piles. Image captured showing the large piles of oaks that were cleared in the heavily wooded eastern portion of the project site. On Monday, July 26th at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisor Chambers 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, an appeal of the Placer County Planning Commission […]

30×30 Survey

Have you heard that President Biden has ordered 30% conservation of our lands and waters by 2030? And that, in response, Governor Newsom has pledged to conserve 30% of California by 2030? The goal is based on scientific consensus that 30% of the land must be conserved to prevent catastrophic biodiversity loss and mitigate climate […]

Sustainability and Resiliency, different yet connected

As I read the article, “As floods, fires and temperatures worsen, these architects design homes to withstand climate change” by David Walter this morning in the Washington Post, it gave me a new point of view for looking at our communities and problem solving environmental impacts and livability over the next hundred years. Walker interviews […]

Grassvalley Mine Threatens Watershed

A junior mining company from Canada has arrived in Grassvalley with an eye to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine- and so far Rise Gold Corp. has not made a good impression. They have a horrible environmental track record at their other mines and have already started breaking the rules in Grassvalley. Despite all this, in May, […]

Repurposing Retail Space

“Before the Great Recession we had too many retail spaces. Now we have way too many retail spaces.” – Randy White, CEO of White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group It’s hard not to notice retail space vacancies around Placer County rising this year. It reminds me of the empty quiet in our streets during the […]