4 Simple Ideas to Improve Outreach

It’s difficult to imagine a time before randomized trials and data. But as an article in the December 12 issue of the Economist points out, before the 20th century, “The sick were wise to stay away from doctors. Medical treatments were often worthless and sometimes dangerous.” Then in the 1920s, English statistician Ronald Fisher used randomized controlled experiments to test the effectiveness...

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2015: SGA’s Year in Review

Countdown of the top 11 things we did in 2015 11. Worked with LA Stormwater and Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education on the 22nd Kids Ocean Day. 10. Won a CASQA award for our work with Orange County Stormwater Program and Gnorman. 9. Exceeded goals for County of Santa Barbara’s pilot pet-waste campaign. 8. Boosted social media engagement for San Bernardino County Stormwater with...

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A Surprising Obstacle to Recycling Paint

The questions were simple: Do you know you can recycle paint? Do you do it? Why or why not? But when we asked Leo, a middle-aged man who had just finished painting his house, the answers were more complicated. Leo had heard he could recycle paint. He wasn’t doing it, though, because he had also heard that he would need to show...

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What We’re Thankful For

At the SGA office in Long Beach, we like to focus on gratitude. And if we ever forget what gives our lives purpose and joy, there’s a 10 x 12 ft chalkboard wall to remind us.  Gratitude for SGA’ers can be brought about by things small (a blueberry muffin from Doly’s can turn any day around) or large (making a difference gets us...

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Naming our Data: Bringing Data to Life through Characterization

It often began with the question, “Have you heard about IPM?” You yourself may be wondering, What is IPM? For the past year, we worked under a CalRecycle grant to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to the City of Thousand Oaks and the neighboring cities of Camarillo and Moorpark. We got to work and surveyed a number of local residents to gauge...

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