Environment

Main building at the Levin-Richmond Terminal. Photo by Jacob Shea.

As Oakland rejects coal, it’s business as usual for Levin-Richmond Terminal

When it comes to shipping coal from California ports, many lawmakers have thrown their support overboard, citing the need to halt climate change by reducing reliance on the fossil fuel. A new statewide regulation prohibits...
Adam Boisvert, co-instructor of the Urban Agriculture Institute, waters carrots in one of the class’s 57 raised beds. Photo by Reis Thebault.

Richmond students learn to grow in urban agriculture program

Away from the bustling halls of Richmond High, behind the school and past the tennis courts, Claudia Ramirez and Alondra Torres gasped when they saw the sunflowers towering near the football field—the result of a...
CEO of SMASHsolar Troy Tyler demonstrates his new product. Photo by Olivia Rempel.

Richmond company rolling out new solar panel design

Richmond-based solar-panel manufacturer SMASHsolar Inc. will unveil a new type of solar panel on Tuesday that is easier to install and will significantly cut down the time it takes installers to mount them onto roofs.
Richmond Greenway Trail. Photo by Isara Krieger

National Park Service asks for input in designing the Richmond Wellness Trail

National Park Service (NPS) agents in the East Bay have been working with administrators from the city of Richmond and other community partners since last year to create a wellness trail for Richmond as part...
President Obama greeting Betty Soskin at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House (courtesy of The National Park Service)

Richmond’s Living Legends

“Rosie the Riveter” is the iconic symbol of female independence and strength, celebrating the female workers who played a pivotal role in World War II shipbuilding. The museum, operated by the National Park Service, features...
Chemicals lingered in the air above Richmond after the Chevron refinery fire. (Photo by: Tawanda Kanhema)

Chevron’s role in childhood asthma hazy

Richmond is home to higher than average childhood asthma rates and a refinery responsible for some the highest emissions in the state. How are the two connected?
Cole Dunford (center) and Copeland Cormier (right) enjoy a day on the Happy Lot Farm during November’s volunteer day. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Local gardener transforms vacant lot into thriving urban farm

Andromeda Brooks is changing the way we look at vacant lots. Tired of staring at the litter outside her window, Brooks decided to turn a blighted lot at Chanslor Avenue and First Street into an...
A young boy enjoys his healthy food choice. (photo by Isara Krieger)

First Annual Food Day event in Richmond promotes healthy diets

Food Day is a new national initiative created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It’s dedicated to teaching Americans to eat healthier foods and educating them about health issues that are preventable...
Eucalyptus trees may seem a lovely part of the East Bay landscape, but some see little but an invasive species and fire hazard. (Photo by Manjula Varghese)

Environmental groups clash over East Bay eucalyptus

A group of environmental, municipal and educational organizations say the eucalyptus trees in the East Bay Hills are a fire hazard that must be gotten rid of. Activists disagree.
PG&E used graphics to show how inconvienent vegetation can be when first responders need to deal with emergencies. (Image courtesy of PG&E)

PG&E to incorporate safety initiatives, remove obstructing trees

After the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion five years ago, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. launched a statewide upgrade to its gas safety program. Richmond will receive its PG&E pipeline safety makeover in the upcoming...