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From Factoid Friday to breaking news on quality of life and sustainability issues in the region, our blog shines a spotlight on critical issues in the San Diego region and simple ways you can help to solve them.
According to Equinox Center's 2012 Quality of Life Dashboard, the number of unhealthy air quality days in San Diego County due to ozone and particulate pollution decreased from 28 in 2009 to 19 in 2010 –- the lowest in 10 years. Read More »
Equinox Center has always been powered
foremost by the incredible network of people behind it. Through this ongoing
series, we introduce you to some of the thousands of individuals who make up
the Equinox network. Read More »
Our 2012 Quality of Life Dashboard
findings show that San Diego County outranks not only the California
state average, but also San Francisco, Orange County, and even LA County
when it comes to VMT per capita per day. Read More »
Report Card Reveals Soaring Cost of Living, Traffic and Waste as Key Priority
January 24, 2011
(San Diego, CA) – The
third annual report card of the San Diego region’s quality of life was released
today by non-partisan research group Equinox Center, revealing that current
election rhetoric is out of synch with critical regional priority areas. The
2012 San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard identifies three key trends in
which the region has moved in the wrong direction in the past year, threatening
economic prosperity and environmental health: soaring cost of living and rising
traffic and waste production. Read More »
Be sure to watch Channel 10News tonight for a preview of another
key finding from Equinox Center’s 2012 Quality of Life Dashboard to be released
Among key findings in the 2012 Dashboard? More than half of
all San Diego households are feeling the pinch of high housing costs right now.
The percent of households who spend more than a third of
their income on housing is a key indicator of our region’s housing
affordability and also our overall quality of life. And that number has risen
yet again in San Diego County. Read More »
Imagine you’ve just finished a long day
of meetings in a cooped-up conference room with stale, air-conditioned air and
are now stepping out into the fresh air and sunshine. Now imagine this happens
in reverse: this is how you begin
every day as you enter the office. Not bad for morale, eh?
This is what all 60+ employees who work
in DPR Construction's net-zero energy regional headquarters in San Diego
experience every day. Read More »
Encinitas resident Carris Rhodes is conducting an unusual
experiment. She calls it the “Pack Your Trash Experiment,” an invitation
extended to all San Diegans to join her in eschewing garbage cans and collecting
all trash they produce in one week.
“I am fascinated with trash,” Rhodes says. “Where does it
go? How can we reduce, reuse and recycle? Why is there so much of it!?”
Having attracted some 50 fellow “Pack Your Trash” experimenters,
Rhodes’ campaign also attracted the attention of KGTV San Diego’s Channel 10
News. (Click here to watch!) Read More »
Equinox Center will be unveiling our new 2012 Quality of Life Dashboard for the San Diego region next week!
Before we do, you can test your regional “quality of life IQ” and enter to win prizes from Mitch’s La Jolla, Patagonia and National Geographic. See below for prize details and...
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do most industry-produced greenhouse gas emissions in America come from? New
data released by the EPA shows that power plants are responsible for 72.3
percent of reported emissions.
who has the highest total emissions from power plants and refineries? Don’t
mess with Texas, indeed! 294 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent are
spewed into the atmosphere each year through Texas’ power plants and refineries
alone. Read More »
If you haven't voiced your choice yet, it's not too late! Here's our earlier blog posting about what it's all about:
By now many of you have heard about “Our Greater San Diego
Vision,” an unprecedented effort to engage tens of thousands of San Diegans to
create a 50- to 100-year vision for our future.
We just went through the process of “voicing our choice” at http://ourgreatersandiegovision.org/equinox.
Here’s how it works . . . Read More »