February 6, 2015

If January is the month of resolutions, February is the month where we actually start to see results. You’re looking at one result right now! We are thrilled to share our new e-news layout, with a design that is easier to read and navigate. We hope you find it better connects you with the issues, actions, and events that matter to you most.

More this month

BLACK HISTORY MONTH & REMEMBERING DR. KING

February is Black History Month, when greats like Langston Hughes, Rosa Parks, Alice Walker, and Frederick Douglas were born. In January, we celebrated the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr by reflecting on some of the reasons why Dr. King’s message still rings so true to the struggles for justice we see today. In the movement to make transportation more fair for everyone in California, we are guided by his strategy and inspired by his words. Why we stand with Dr. King.

ONE MONTH UNTIL THE SILICON VALLEY SUMMIT!

There’s only four weeks left to register for the Let’s Get Moving: Silicon Valley Transportation Choices & Healthy Communities Summit. The Summit is an annual convergence of people like you who care about improving transportation and making Silicon Valley’s communities safer, healthier, and more affordable. Register today to save your spot!

WHAT'S AHEAD FOR SILICON VALLEY

At the close of public comment period on the proposed El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line last month, we are so encouraged by how much buzz we have generated in its support. All in all, we counted roughly 880 comments, petitions, and actions taken by people like you who want BRT along El Camino Real! But our work isn’t over to bring fast, effective and affordable transportation choices to Silicon Valley. Read what we accomplished, and what lies ahead.

BE PART OF THE MOVEMENT: REGISTER NOW FOR THE CA TRANSPORTATION CHOICES SUMMIT

Be a part of the movement to create a greener, more equitable future: come to the California Transportation Choices Summit on April 27 in Sacramento. Join us for a day of learning and strategizing, hear from inspiring keynote speaker Dr. Manuel Pastor, and connect with diverse advocates and leaders from around the state to solve our state’s most pressing issues. Sliding scale rates and travel grants are available. The Summit is followed by an optional Advocacy Day on April 28, where we take our message to decision-makers in the state capitol. Register today!

CALIFORNIA'S NEW BUDGET & THE PATH TO SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

When Governor Brown announced California’s budget in January, he set the tone for California’s continued leadership in climate protection, and our commitment to lifting up our state’s most vulnerable communities as a way to reach those goals. Since then, the final guidelines for three critical cap-and-trade investment programs have been approved to start funding projects that will support affordable homes, sustainable communities, low-carbon transportation, and intercity rail. Learn how these programs are poised to improve California.

INTRODUCING GREENTRIP PLATINUM

Since 2008, the GreenTRIP Certification program has helped developers, city leaders, and community members introduce innovative strategies - like including transit passes and carsharing in new residential projects - that reduce the need for driving and parking. Today’s affordability crisis calls for even greater innovation, which is why we are thrilled to announce the launch of GreenTRIP Platinum Certification. Platinum Certification can make our cities more affordable and vibrant.

THE 2015 CARBON CRUSHERS NEED YOU!

The TransForm Carbon Crushers are back for Climate Ride 2015! From May 17-21 the team will be riding 300 miles down the coast of northern California to raise awareness and funds to fight climate change. This year our team includes TransForm staff, board members, and our friends and supporters. It’s not too late to join our team and ride with us! And if biking 300 miles isn’t your thing, you can always support us by donating today. Pedal on! Donate to help us reach our goal by May 11!

GOT SALESFORCE SKILLS? VOLUNTEER WITH US

We’re seeking detail-oriented, computer-savvy volunteers to help with database projects in Salesforce. Tasks will range from basic data entry and updates, to more intensive quality control that will help strengthen our efforts to achieve safe, healthy, and fair transportation options for all Californians. Plus, you’ll get to meet the people behind our e-news, blog, and Twitter feed…and did we mention our daily dance parties?