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Welcome to our ongoing effort to catalog citizen science and other public participation in scientific research (PPSR) projects for UC California Naturalists and other citizen scientists.  We invite you to browse the listed projects or enter key words (like birds, youth, invasive, coast, Alameda, etc.) in the search box above to find projects in your area. It's a great way to stay involved and keep developing your skills as a natural scientist!

A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date. We encourage you to contact projects directly to get involved and learn about most recent opportunities. If you work with a listed project and would like to add to, update, or correct the information we have, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu. Also, please consider filling out the "PPSR perspectives" survey. Click here to access the survey, which will help guide this project in the coming year.

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

Special thanks goes to the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education program and the Stephen J. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for supporting this database of projects.

Communities for Better Environment (CBE) Research Team

  • Organization Name
    Communities for a Better Environment
  • Organization Website
  • Partners
    multiple community organizations and agencies
  • Contact Name
    Nile Malloy, Northern California Program Director
  • Contact Email
  • Contact Phone
    510 302 0430
  • Other Contact Information

    For project and community contacts, see: http://www.cbecal.org/about/staff/#oakland

  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Examine the environmental and health harms that result from unaddressed injustices and weaknesses, such as:

    • the heavy concentration of polluters in CBE communities;
    • our society’s continuing reliance on fossil fuels;
    • flaws in our regulatory system.
  • Participant Activities

    Participant activities vary by project. See http://www.cbecal.org/resources/our-research/ for examples of past projects. 

  • Data Entry
    • Unknown
  • Other Participant Activities

    In addition to documenting the problems, CBE’s researchers also recommend actions that  agencies, regulators, and policy makers can take to improve conditions in these communities. 

    Participants can join these activities as legal interns, advocates, and in other roles. See http://www.cbecal.org/get-involved/volunteer-internship-opportunities/ for opportunities.

  • System Studied
    • Water Quality
    • Air Quality
    • Climate Change
    • Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
    • Pollution Clean-up or Monitoring
  • Geographic Scope
  • Region
    Northern California
  • Location
    Communities in and around Oakland, Richmond and the Bay Area
  • Location - Map
    1904 Franklin Street, Ste 600 Oakland, CA 94612
  • Time Commitment
    • Unknown
  • Volunteer Qualifications
    N / A
  • Volunteer Training
    N / A
  • Cost to Participant
    N / A
  • How will the findings be used?

    Reports, fact sheets, and guideas produced with project data are published on CBE's website: http://www.cbecal.org/resources/our-research/#factsheet

    Findings are used in communication with agencies, local decision makers, and community members.

  • Other Information

    CBE also has offices and projects based out of Huntingon Park and Wilmington, CA. 

  • Photo
    N / A
  • last update:

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu.

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

This database is focused on projects in California focused on the environment. For opportunities outside California, as well as national projects that don't have a California-specific components, check http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/projects.