Music is a force, and Hip Hop is like ‘The Little Engine that Could’; a monumental movement in itself. Why? Because Hip Hop has never been scared, nor swayed by the naysayers. It started with nothing, only to become a...continued→
Tiffany Traynum, Program Assistant, San Francisco
Born and raised in Southern California, I had the luxury of growing up near sandy beaches and the state’s gorgeous coastal landscape. After graduating from California State University, Long Beach, I migrated up north and found myself amongst young people invested in creating change in their community and in the state of California. I began working in social services and youth advocacy, looking for creative ways engage and challenge their belief systems. Often times these "creative" challenges took place in wilderness and ocean settings. Nature always proved itself to be the best place to open up, invoking feelings that rarely surfaced. After six years I began looking for another opportunity or "passion project" where I could bridge my love of California’s natural resources and working with other dedicated professionals making a real difference in the state. I found this opportunity at Natural Resources Defense Council.
I work with both the Communications and Latino Advocacy teams. This gives me the unique opportunity to explore and bring public attention to environmental factors that negatively impact our less affluent communities, as well as highlight some of the work NRDC is doing to bridge the gap. Through my blog I hope to inform and excite the "non-traditional" environmentalist.
As everyone knows, I like keeping it local. Don’t get me wrong, traveling is the only way to experience other ways of life and take in all the beauty this world has to offer. But there is nothing better than...continued→
Trouble-makers for good -- the influencers who shape history, from world leaders and to grass-roots advocates-- for the most part have something in common, which is that they set out to make life better for everyone. To inspire change where...continued→
It’s not easy getting older. Believe me, as perhaps the oldest member of the NRDC ‘Youth Task Force’ nearly every day I am faced with the laughable question “so when do I retire from the force”? And once I’m identified...continued→
Spring is the season when the world shakes off its winter hibernation and reveals new life. Flowers bloom; fabrics get lighter and brighter; birds chirp hello; we feast, dance and ‘Spring Break’; and much needed April Showers’ feed a thirsty...continued→
“You’ve practically grown up at UC Hastings”, my mother said to me as we drove awayfrom the prestigious law university. In a way, she was right. In fact, I first stepped foot on UC Hastings campus back in the 80’s,...continued→
Every now and again, like the musician Prince, I party like its 1999. You remember that year; maybe Y2K computer glitch fears had you freaked out, or perhaps that was the year you became obsessed with The Matrix. For us...continued→
How often do you think about food? Breakfast, lunch, and dinner make three; but if you work at NRDC it never stops. Why? Because we not only have a deep love for the food that nourishes us, but we...continued→
Most smartphones can hold up to 2160 apps. That’s a lot of info right at your fingertips, if you choose your apps wisely. Need to know when the next bus in coming? There’s an app for that. Want to know...continued→
Last Tuesday NRDC’ers brimmed with pride as we witnessed our President tell the country – and Congress -- that he WILL issue clear directives and policies in the months ahead to combat climate change. I examined many of the faces...continued→
As I’ve said before, “I love my four-wheels”, partly because I’m the offspring of the car enthusiast of all enthusiasts and partly because I’m a Californian. Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but as a former Southern California local, I...continued→
There’s a lot to look forward to in the New Year. A new season of MLB playoffs (Go Giants!) and another round of crazy reality shows are sure to have me on the edge of my seat. And if you...continued→
The holiday season is my favorite time of year. You could easily argue that there are other seasons as equally stunning as winters on the west coast, but there is undoubtedly no other time that feels as good as...continued→
I work in one of the most gorgeous buildings in San Francisco; a stunning 22-story high-rise built in 1926 with a French Romanesque design. It’s not unusual to see me dodging at least a dozen tourists, staring in awe at...continued→
You know you’re starting to get old when you find yourself using phrases like, “Kids thesedays” and “Back in my day”. Nonetheless, that's what happens; not so long after leaving college life. You find yourself displaced from the carefree lifestyle...continued→
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