Doug Silverstein

Name: Doug Silverstien

Organizations

  1. Green County San Mateo, core team member
  2. Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame, board member & treasurer
  3. Citizens' Climate Lobby - San Mateo Chapter, volunteer
  4. Sustainable San Mateo County, volunteer

Disciplines: Climate, Energy, Food, Land, Transportation, Waste, Water

Role Types: programs, policy, leadership

City: Burlingame

Phone: 650-346-8945 (m)

Email - doug@greensmc.org

LinkedIn: /dougs

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Doug Silverstein's activity stream

  • published Hike #10 Blog in Blog 2019-06-28 11:14:59 -0700

    Summary & Blog

    Hike # 10 - Flood Park - Thu Jun 27, 2019

    by Doug Silverstein

    Post-hike summary - We did it! -- 2019 SMC Hike-a-Palooza for Local Environmental Leaders -- 10 Treks, 20 Weeks, 1 Great Community. We got social, enjoyed nature, and broadened our networks... at 3:00-5:30pm every other Wednesday (except this last one). We leisurely explored 10 San Mateo County Parks and brewery cuisine at 6:00pm after each hike.

    On this last 'hike,' we skipped the strenuous part and went straight to the socializing and network building. At a beautiful picnic table in Flood Park, we toasted champaign, sipped beer, and soaked in the success. We shared fruits & vegetables, chips & salsa, and stories of our community work. And... plans for our next adventures to increase the sustainability of our community

    Attendees (7) - Carol C, Dave C, Deborah, Doug, Kathleen, Larry, Ralph (full list)


    Blog: We Built Community

    Come for the hikes, brews, or both… and as often as you like! This was the invitation to the community and they accepted it. 

    In total, the Hike-a-Palooza was a huge success. By the numbers we had... 

    • 41 unique hikers
      • sectors - 4 business, 5 government, 32 nonprofit
    • 24 organizations represented
      • sectors - 4 business, 2 government, 18 nonprofits
    • 112 attendances
    • 20 maximum attendance
    • 11.2 average attendance
    • 550+ miles hiked
    • 200+ beers consumed

    I'm humbled by the community's response and participation. Thank you for shaping our community into a stronger group, more ready and capable to affect change than ever before.

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  • published Hike #9 Blog in Blog 2019-06-21 16:26:11 -0700

    Summary & Blog

    Hike # 9 - Quarry County Park - Wed Jun 19, 2019

    by Doug Silverstein

    Post-hike summary - What a transformation from climate and vegetation of other hikes!. The low lands, slopes, and high points of Quarry County Park showed new growth unseen in any other hike. Almost surreal. 

    Now close hiking buddies after sharing trails on numerous hikes, our tight clan on the coastside pushed up the hills, traversed above the quarry, and strolled back again, unfazed by the steep grades. Now nine treks into this Hike-a-Palooza adventure, our legs were primed and hearts were strong. 

    Admittedly, the route was less planned but trail signage was aged (and soon to be replaced by county rangers). See maps below for routes. Post hike festivities continued at Half Moon Bay Brewing Co with ales, burgers, muscles and sodas. Cheers to all that have hiked so far.

    Attendees (9) - Carol, David C, Doug, Helen, Kathleen, Larry, Leslie, Michele, Nicola (full list)


    Blog: A Green New Deal for Every Peninsula City

    (For today's blog, I want to share a Guest Opinion I had published in the San Mateo Daily Journal on this date. The article is a culmination of prior months' work and ideas, all of which was shaped by my continuous interactions with our amazing community.) 

    Dire climate headlines combined with visible uprisings, from youth strikes to Congress resolutions, present a huge opportunity for Peninsula city councils.

    At U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office in February, future leaders questioned our transition to a cleaner planet. Not satisfied with her response, 1000+ claimed city streets in March to sound the alarm and turn up the volume. Peninsula youth activists were among them.

    With this new “political will,” all San Mateo County cities have an immediate chance to affect climate change. For each to create community Green New Deals that lower carbon emissions, one resolution at a time.

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  • published Hike #8 Blog in Blog 2019-06-11 14:44:46 -0700

    Summary & Blog

    Hike # 8 - San Pedro Valley Park - Wed Jun 5, 2019

    by Doug Silverstein

    Pre-hike reading (theme - food) -  Rotating Crops, Turning Profits -- How Diversified Farming Systems Can Help Farmers While Protecting Soil and Preventing Pollution (new windows)

     

    Post-hike summary - On hike #8, the nine of us that traversed Skyline and dropped into the West County were treated to an amazing afternoon. Choosing the Hazelnut Trail over heading upwards towards Mt. Montara peak, we wandered east into the valley, up and down 865 feet, on a 4.7 miles tidy loop. On shaded trails with lofty trees, we talked about water, land and food. On a Pacific Ocean overlook, we snapped a goofy group photo, a first, then peaked out and dropped into Weiler Ranch Trail -- an beautiful fire road that took us home. But not before discovering Walnut Grove picnic areas with horseshoes, volleyball courts and BBQs. bathrooms and plenty of shade. Wow, San Pedro Valley Park is beautiful -- both when heading straight up to Mt. Montara Peak, and when heading east out into the foothills.

    Now thirsty, we darted over to the Devils Slide Tap Room back deck for cold beers, french fries and pretzels. Great selection on tap, sunshine on the deck, and a nice local crowd. I'll go back for sure. Too bad the Warriors lost game 3... by a handful. No matter, we claimed victory far before the game started.

    Attendees (9) - Bob S, Carol, David J, Deborah, Doug, Isaac, Kathleen, Larry, Madeline (full list)


    No blog this week... just pictures below... 

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  • published Hike #8 - Pre-hike Reading in Readings 2019-06-04 12:31:31 -0700

    Hike #8 - Pre-hike Reading

    Title: Rotating Crops, Turning Profits -- How Diversified Farming Systems Can Help Farmers While Protecting Soil and Preventing Pollution (new window)
    Credits: written by Kranti Mulik, senior economist in the UCS Food and Environment Program. Sponsored by Union of Concerned Scientists who puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. 
    Date: May 2017 
    Sustainability Discipline:  
    Background: While a substantial part of my daily practices, sustainable food is not a topic I'm that familiar with. I shop at Dean's Market in San Mateo and purchase lots of local food, I think. Sinbad's (plastic) packaged meals are assembled in San Mateo, on El Camino Real I think, but I don't know their source of food. I get a Farm Fresh to You box every Friday morning of organic produce. But when I first signed on, I thought it was coast side food, only to find out it comes from west of Sacramento, Copay Valley. And some from Oregon and Washington. I learned of a coastside food delivery but they don't come to my house. So really, how does one eat sustainably around here? Food for thought!
    Excerpt: 

    Today’s dominant Midwest farming system produces two commodities—corn and soybeans—in abundance. But this system has grown steadily less beneficial for farmers over time. US corn and soybean growers achieved record-high harvests in 2016. But due to oversupply, prices for these crops have plummeted, and US farm incomes are expected to drop to their lowest levels since 2002.

    The two-crop system falls short in the sustainability department, too. It typically leaves fields bare for much of the year and uses plowing practices that result in unsustainable levels of erosion. It relies on heavy fertilizer use, which allows excess nitrogen to escape into our air and water, costing the nation an estimated $157 billion per year in human health and environmental damages.

    Rural communities suffer many of these consequences. Iowa, for example, ranks high in surface water pollution from fertilizers, pesticides, and eroded soil. And the negative effects extend far beyond the Midwest: Corn Belt watersheds are major contributors to the annual “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, and emissions from agricultural soil management make up 5 percent of the US share of heat-trapping gases responsible for climate change.

    LINK TO ARTICLE HERE (new window)
    See previous pre-hike reading HERE
  • published Hike #7 Blog in Blog 2019-05-26 18:43:54 -0700

    Summary & Blog

    Hike # 7 - Wunderlich Park, Wed May 22, 2019

    by Doug Silverstein

    Pre-hike video (theme - waste) - The Story of Stuff

     

    Post-hike summary - On hike #7, we had fun. In the wilderness, and notably on the front deck of Freewheel Brewing Company where we ate, drank, laughed, and talked shop. Cruising on his new electric bike, Tom made it from Wunderlich in plenty of time to catch the first pint. David joined unexpectedly to share updates on fossil fuel divestment. And Marty talked up the June 17 CCL event featuring Carbon 180's founder. Despite prior day's rain, the Wednesday outing was sunny and serene. Kym gave a pre-hike history lesson and tour of the active, Arthur Brown, Jr., designed, Folger Stable. Then, with all the chit chat, the 4.5 mile trek through Bear Gulch, Meadow, and Alambique Trails went fast. Starting in the forest, we topped out at "The Meadows" for a beautiful group picture (below). What a nice end to the seventh hike, and the last one east of Skyline before two on the coast. More pictures below.

    Attendees (20) - Alan, Bob M, Bob S, Carol, Dave, David, Deborah, Doug, Elena, Georgi, Helen, Jordan, Kym, Larry, Leslie, Marina, Marty, Nicola, Tobi, Tom (full list)


    Blog: East and West of Skyline Boulevard (aka State Route 35 or SR35)

     

    On January 8, at Philz Coffee in Burlingame, I met Michele Beasley, Executive Director of San Mateo County Parks Foundation, and pitched the crazy idea to hike all 20 County parks in the coming months with a pack of local environmental sustainability leaders.

    I’m sure she thought I was nuts for the next 48 hours until I sent a 2-page Microsoft Word plan with this simple email cover note:

     “See attached… all 20 parks is [sic] way too much.” 

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  • published Hike-a-Palooza Attendance in Blog 2019-04-28 08:31:31 -0700

    Hike-a-Palooza Attendance

    Hike #1 - San Bruno Mountain, Wed Feb 27, 2019

    1. Andrea Pappajohn - Sustainability Manager, City of Burlingame
    2. Dave Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    3. Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    4. Nicola Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County

    Hike #2 - Junipero Serra Park, Wed Mar 13, 2019

    1. Dave Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    2. Deborah Hernas - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    3. Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    4. Karen Fine - volunteer, CityTrees
    5. Nicola Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County

    Hike #3 - Coyote Point Recreation Area, Wed Mar 27, 2019

    1. Andrea Pappajohn - Sustainability Manager, City of Burlingame
    2. Carol Steinfeld - volunteer, Cool Cities San Mateo
    3. Dave Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    4. Deborah Hernas - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    5. Diane Bailey - Executive Director, Menlo Spark
    6. Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    7. Jennifer Lee - Environmental Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, City of Burlingame
    8. Karen Fine - volunteer, CityTrees
    9. Larry Staley - committee member, Foster City Citizens Sustainability Advisory Committee
    10. Marty Jordan - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    11. Nicola Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County

    Hike # 4 - Crystal Springs Regional Trail, Wed Apr 10, 2019

    1. Alan Mattlage - Liaison to California Congressional District 14, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    2. Becky Schaaf - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    3. Bob Miller - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    4. Carol Steinfeld - volunteer, Cool Cities San Mateo
    5. Chris Hunter - City Coordinator, Community Climate Solutions
    6. Dave Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    7. Deborah Hernas - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    8. Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    9. Jennifer Lee - Environmental Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, City of Burlingame
    10. Karen Fine - volunteer, CityTrees
    11. Kathleen Goforth - volunteer, Friends of Edgewood Park
    12. Larry Staley - committee member, Foster City Citizens Sustainability Advisory Committee
    13. Leslie Parent - volunteer, UC Master Gardeners San Mateo County
    14. Marty Jordan - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    15. Michele Beasley - Executive Director, San Mateo Parks Foundation
    16. Nicola Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    17. Petra Silton - Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, Thrive Alliance

    Hike # 5 - Edgewood County Park and Preserve, Wed Apr 24, 2019

    1. Barbara Erny - board member, Acterra
    2. Bob Steele - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    3. Chris Hunter - City Coordinator, Community Climate Solutions
    4. Dave Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    5. Deborah Hernas - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    6. Devon Jackson - Restoration Specialist, Grassroots Ecology
    7. Diane Bailey - Executive Director, Menlo Spark
    8. Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    9. Helen Wolter - Legislative Advocate, Committee for Green Foothills
    10. Jeremy Merckling - Urban Watersheds Manager, Grassroots Ecology
    11. Jessica Chen - Recycling Coordinator, Republic Services
    12. Karen Fine - volunteer, CityTrees
    13. Kathleen Goforth - volunteer, Friends of Edgewood Park
    14. Larry Staley - committee member, Foster City Citizens Sustainability Advisory Committee
    15. Leslie Parent - volunteer, UC Master Gardeners San Mateo County
    16. Marina Rose - volunteer, Acterra & CityTrees
    17. Melisa Cambron Perez - Project Lead, Grassroots Ecology
    18. Nicola Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    19. Rachel Clemons - Restoration Specialist, Grassroots Ecology
    20. Valerie Lee - Project Lead, Grassroots Ecology

    Hike # 6 - Huddart Park, Wed May 8, 2019

    1. Alan Mattlage - Liaison to California Congressional District 14, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    2. Bob Steele - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    3. Dave Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    4. Deborah Hernas - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    5. Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    6. Isaac Knipfing - Utility & Sustainability Specialist, SMC Community College District
    7. Kym Teppo - Director of Programs, Friends of Huddart & Wunderlich Parks
    8. Marina Rose - volunteer, Acterra & CityTrees
    9. Marty Jordan - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    10. Nicola Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County

    Hike # 7 - Wunderlich Park, Wed May 22, 2019

    1. Alan Mattlage - Liaison to California Congressional District 14, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    2. Bob Steele - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    3. Bob Miller - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    4. Carol Steinfeld - volunteer, Cool Cities San Mateo
    5. Dave Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    6. David Elliston - volunteer, Fossil Free Midpeninsula
    7. Deborah Hernas - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    8. Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    9. Elena Silverstein - volunteer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    10. Georgi LaBerge - Board Member, Sustainable San Mateo County
    11. friend of Georgi LaBerge
    12. Helen Wolter - Legislative Advocate, Committee for Green Foothills
    13. Kym Teppo - Director of Programs, Friends of Huddart & Wunderlich Parks
    14. Larry Staley - committee member, Foster City Citizens Sustainability Advisory Committee
    15. Leslie Parent - volunteer, UC Master Gardeners San Mateo County
    16. Marina Rose - volunteer, Acterra & CityTrees
    17. Marty Jordan - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    18. Nicola Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    19. Tobi James - Project Manager, Elfenworks Productions
    20. Tom Kabat - Member, Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commission

    Hike # 8 - San Pedro Valley Park, Wed Jun 5, 2019

    1. Bob Steele - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    2. Carol Steinfeld - volunteer, Cool Cities San Mateo
    3. David Juarez - energy expert, SMC Community College District
    4. Deborah Hernas - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    5. Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    6. Isaac Knipfing - Utility & Sustainability Specialist, SMC Community College District
    7. Kathleen Goforth - volunteer, Friends of Edgewood Park
    8. Madeline Willett - water expert, SMC Community College District
    9. Larry Staley - committee member, Foster City Citizens Sustainability Advisory Committee

    Hike # 9 - Quarry County Park, Wed Jun 19, 2019

    1. Carol Steinfeld - volunteer, Cool Cities San Mateo
    2. Dave Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    3. Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    4. Helen Wolter - Legislative Advocate, Committee for Green Foothills
    5. Kathleen Goforth - volunteer, Friends of Edgewood Park
    6. Larry Staley - committee member, Foster City Citizens Sustainability Advisory Committee
    7. Leslie Parent - volunteer, UC Master Gardeners San Mateo County
    8. Michele Beasley - Executive Director, San Mateo Parks Foundation
    9. Nicola Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County

    Hike # 10 - Flood County Park, Thu Jun 27, 2019

    1. Carol Cross - leader, Fossil Free Mid-Peninsula
    2. Dave Clark - volunteer, Sustainable San Mateo County
    3. Deborah Hernas - volunteer, Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo
    4. Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
    5. Kathleen Goforth - volunteer, Friends of Edgewood Park
    6. Larry Staley - committee member, Foster City Citizens Sustainability Advisory Committee
    7. Ralph King - leader, 350 Silicon Valley

    Totals -

    • 41 unique hikers
      • sectors - 4 business, 5 government, 32 nonprofit
    • 24 organizations represented
      • sectors - 4 business, 2 government, 18 nonprofits
    • 112 attendances
    • 20 maximum attendance
    • 11.2 average attendance
    • 550+ miles hiked
    • 200+ beers consumed

    THANK YOU HIKERS!!!

  • published survey01 2019-04-15 20:51:01 -0700

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    Thanks for providing feedback on the Green County San Mateo (GCSM) collation website. Your advice is truly valued!!!  

    The coalition is a work in progress and not publicly introduced (for an update, send me an email). As such, this site focuses on the Hike-a-Palooza, which:

    1. provides a foundation for the future GCSM site, and
    2. helps me learn about NationBuilder

    In this 1st review (10 minutes total) please answer the five (5) questions below.

    Note - before or after submitting an answer, you can navigate away and return to the same spot in this survey by... clicking back to this URL -

    https://greencsm.nationbuilder.com/survey01 

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  • published Hike #3 - Pre-Hike Reading in Readings 2019-04-13 20:37:11 -0700

    Hike #3 - Pre-Hike Reading

    Author: Steve Hanley, Clean Technica

    Title: New Mark Z. Jacobson Study Draws A Roadmap To 100% Renewable Energy

    Date: 2/8/2018

    Sustainability Discipline: Energy

    Background: I heard Mark Z. Jacobson speak in March 2018 at a Climate Reality Project event in SF and was hooked. He's clearly done his research, with the support from many Stanford academics. And he practices what he preaches in his all electric NZE Palo Alto house. 

    Whether every country pursues 100 clean energy, or how vigorous they try to get there, it's possible in my opinion. Neither naysayers nor supporters really know. But I'd rather we apply the world's brainpower to this challenge than engineering seawalls and sequestration blimps. Check out his work.

    Excerpt:

    Last August, Mark Jacobson, a renewable energy expert and senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, was the leader of a study that identified how 139 countries around the world could obtain 100% of their energy from renewable sources by 2050. But that study got some pushback from people who questioned its assumptions. The naysayers said the study relied too heavily on energy storage solutions such as adding turbines to existing hydroelectric dams or storing excess energy in water, ice, and underground rocks.

    A Response To Critics

    Those criticisms stimulated another piece of work from Jacobson and his colleagues at the University of California at Berkeley and Aalborg University in Denmark. They are now back with a new report they believe thoroughly addresses the concerns brought up by skeptics of the first report. It begins by breaking those 139 counties into 20 regions and proposing energy storage solutions uniquely suited to each region.

    Navigate to the full article HERE (new window)

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