Weekly Roundup: June 1, 2012

In today’s Weekly Roundup, Cargill/DMB seek to avoid federal environmental protections after facing widespread opposition and rejection of their development plan by Redwood City.  Cargill/DMB are “just not listening or not liking the answers.” In other news, a recent study shows that wildlife refuges raise nearby property values. Plus, do you want to use less plastic? Beth Terry talks about her Plastic-Free Life.

Palo Alto Daily News 5/30/2012
Redwood City Saltworks developer seeks to avoid federal environmental rules
In a move that could allow it to elude some environmental regulations, DMB Pacific Ventures on Wednesday asked two federal agencies to declare whether they have any say over what happens to the Cargill salt flats in Redwood City it wants to develop.

The New York Times 5/30/2012
Wildlife Refuges Raise Property Values, Study Shows
Beyond the scenic views or flora and fauna, metropolitan area homeowners who live near a national wildlife refuge now have a different reason to appreciate the proximity. Research shows that such homes have higher property values than those that are farther from a reserve.

On Earth 5/31/2012
Beth Terry: Doyenne of Plastic-Free Living
Over the last few years, many people with good intentions, a bit of free time, and a modicum of Internet savvy have blogged about doing more with less, eschewing superfluous consumer goods, and generating less waste in the process. But no one has taken these goals to such an extreme as Beth Terry, a mildly obsessive Oakland accountant who in 2007 started a blog called Fake Plastic Fish as a platform for tracking her attempts to allow almost no new plastic into her life.