Help Us Take Real Action on Climate Change

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Go Carbon Neutral

Brightest (Climate)

Flexible times and locations

When we started Brightest we made two simple commitments to ourselves and you: anytime someone completed an act of good or volunteer shift through Brightest, we'd plant a tree. Second, we'd operate as a net zero carbon (CO2) service, offsetting all our servers, travel, and anything else we use to run our website and build our community. Thanks to the commitment of our climate community (and people like you), we've already planted over 10,000 new trees, capturing more than a hundred tons of CO2 this year. All thanks to individual acts of good adding up to big change. Now, with your help, we're taking our tree projects and sustainability commitment to the next level with a new service: a Zero Carbon Living tree-planting offset subscription. Using our existing project and partner infrastructure, each month we plant plant trees and invest in carbon-neutralizing clean energy and waste projects on behalf of our members, then verify the work to report back impact, allowing you to go carbon neutral (or gift zero carbon living to a friend) for less than the price of a weekly coffee ☕ While we don't think this alone will solve the climate crisis (one of the many reasons we provide digital infrastructure and tools to groups like Fridays for Future, XR, and Sunrise Movement), little differences DO add up when we spread the word and work together. To illustrate this, if every Spotify or Netflix customer went carbon-zero, it would carbon offset the environmental footprint of a country the size of Australia or Brazil. If you'd like to help us reach our next planting target of 1 million trees, we'd be extremely grateful, and you can start right here. Your contribution to plant trees and go carbon neutral is tax deductible. Trees planted through Brightest are planted in partnership with The Brightest Foundation Incorporated, a registered US 501(c)(3) public charity, EIN 83-3516335, alongside our local reforestation partner network. Your contribution to plant trees and offset your carbon footprint with us is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S law.

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Outdoor Education Volunteer: Connect Kids To Nature!

The San Diego River Park Foundation

Flexible times

Do you love nature and have a passion for exploring the outdoors? Are you good with kids? Do you want to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards?!If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might enjoy becoming an Outdoor Education Volunteer with the San Diego River Park Foundation!So what does it mean to be an Outdoor Education Volunteer?Our Outdoor Education Volunteers help make our field trip program great by engaging and exciting youth around the beauty and value of the San Diego River! By facilitating hands-on science activities and nature exploration, volunteers will help foster a love of the outdoors and inspire environmental stewardship in our local youth. Our Outdoor Education Volunteers will help support and lead various nature-based activities that are designed to cultivate an awareness of our local environment and the challenges our urban River faces.Do I need experience?No experience necessary, but we are looking for volunteers with that are comfortable working with kids of various ages and leading small groups in the outdoors. Training will be provided.What’s the time commitment? We ask our volunteers to help with 2-4 field trip programs per month (6-16 hours per month). Field trip programs are 3-4 hours long and take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 8:00am and 1:00pm.Interested? See if you fit what we are looking for:Must be at least 18 years of age.Comfortable working with and leading students of various age levels in the outdoors.Ability to travel throughout the San Diego River watershed.Available weekday mornings.Still have questions?Contact us for more info and to RSVP for our Fall Outdoor Education Volunteer Training on Wednesday, September 11th from 9am-12pm! Email Marina Varano at or call us at (619) 297-7380.

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San Diego River
San Diego, California 92108

Storm Drain Stenciling

I Love A Clean San Diego

Flexible times

The storm drain system is designed to prevent flooding by carrying rainwater from city streets to the ocean. Yet chemicals, trash, and oil that have been spilled between rains can also enter the storm drain system. From here they enter pipelines that are not connected to the sewer system, and the water from the storm drains eventually flows, untreated, into the ocean, causing large amounts of pollution.By participating in the storm drain stenciling program, you are acting to educate your community about the harmful effects of improper waste disposal. By marking the drains with a pollution prevention message, we remind people that no oil, soap, or debris should go down the drains.Stenciling is available in the City of San Diego ONLY as part of the City of San Diego's Think Blue.Follow these steps to get involved in storm drain stenciling:Contact Carly Keen, Community Programs Coordinator, at or (619) 704-2774 to make sure that your community is approved for stenciling and to schedule a time to pick up a Storm Drain Stenciling Kit (please give at least one week prior notice).Search throughout your community for storm drains that need to be stenciled, or re-stenciled.Pick up the kit at our office. We require a $25 deposit for each kit, cash or check only. Your check can be made out to I Love A Clean San Diego. In order to receive your deposit back, kits should be returned in good condition and within one month from the pick up date.All volunteers must sign a waiver to participate, and minors need a parent or guardian signature. Waivers are included in the kit.Start stenciling the storm drains!

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City of San Diego
San Diego, California 92106