In our January newsletter, we share Sustainable Napa County's New Year resolutions with you and ask for your vote as Napa Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. 
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January 2017 E-News


F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
Dear friend,

A recent article in the Washington Post asserts that most of us give up on our New Year resolutions within the first week of the new year. I have found a solution to giving up on my resolutions and that is not to have them in the first place. Easy! That said, we have a number of resolutions for Sustainable Napa County this year; resolutions that are meant to build on our success and continue to expand our work on current – and new – initiatives. Stay tuned to our newsletter, our Facebook page, and our revamped SNC website to learn more about these projects in the coming months. At the heart of our 2017 goals is our desire to be a helpful and useful resource and to inform and inspire. 

We are just tickled pink, pleased as punch, and beside ourselves that SNC was nominated as the Napa Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year.
 See details below and consider taking a moment to vote and show your support for us. We need your help and your vote! We are up against some pretty impressive fellow Chamber members in this friendly competition and are thrilled to be in their company. That alone is an honor.  

For those who get a charge out of trivia and obscure facts, check our Did You Know section. I chuckled when I read the first fact because I am certain that most of us feel like we’ve had about 16 million tons of rain over the past few days. But we aren’t complaining!   

If you have made resolutions, may you stick to them and regardless, may your 2017 be filled with health, happiness, a little adventure, and peace. 

Until next time,

Jeri Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County

SNC has been nominated as the Napa Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year and we need your support (and your vote). Voting is quick and easy and only takes a minute. And feel free to forward this to your friends, colleagues, and your entire network and help us build support. But don’t delay – voting ends tomorrow, January 12.  We want to earn your vote for this special distinction, so read more...

In the News


MCE established the Charles McGlashan Advocacy Award in June 2011 to honor and commemorate the life and legacy of environmental leadership left behind by former founding MCE Chairman, Charles F. McGlashan. The award recognizes passion, dedication, and leadership in promoting MCE’s mission. In November, MCE’s Board of Directors recognized Sustainable Napa County as the award’s sixth recipient. Read more...  

California continues to lead plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales by reaching the quarter-million mark in 2016 – that’s 250,000 PEVs sold.  This is an important milestone on the way to the governor’s goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025. Read more...  

The fifth annual California Economic Summit drew more than 500 Californians from all regions who focused their energy to create a common agenda around improving upward mobility for all, culminating the year-round work to create "triple bottom line" solutions. Check out extensive coverage of what happened at the December 2016 California Economic Summit. Read more...

Making Connections


Burn Wise to Burn Better
Whether you’re using a woodstove, pellet stove, or fireplace, smoke from your chimney means your fire isn’t burning as well as it could. Burn only dry, seasoned wood and start a fire with dry kindling. Never burn plastic, or painted or treated wood which releases toxic chemicals. Click here to get more tips for safe, efficient (and enjoyable!) wood burning.

2017 Fuel Economy Guide
If you're shopping for a new car, the Fuel Economy Guide will help you compare and choose vehicles that save money at the pump and pollute less. Click here for info.

President’s Environmental Youth Award 
Apply or encourage a student you know to apply for the President's Environmental Youth Award. Applicants from all states and territories are eligible to compete for a regional certificate of special recognition and a national award. Deadline is March 1.

Napa and North Bay RCDs Preparing for Climate Change
Napa and other RCDs recently co-hosted a symposium related to current research on vineyard climate-beneficial practices. Climate-beneficial practices include many practices that growers already know, such as compost application, hedgerow planting, cover cropping and grazing, reduced and non-tillage, and creek restoration. Napa RCD and Sonoma RCD have developed a LandSmart Carbon Farm Plan template that growers may use to evaluate how the addition of certain practices will enhance the carbon sequestration value of their farms. The plan and template will be available on the website soon, and Napa RCD is hosting a LandSmart Vineyard Planning Workshop on February 16.

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, January 11, 7 pm
Wild Napa: Coyotes

Monday, January 16, 10 am
MLK Monday: A Day of Action and Compassion

Monday, January 23 OR Tuesday, January 24, 6-7:30 pm
Napa Food Project: Neighborhood Coordinator Trainings

January 30-31, 2017
California Irrigation Institute 2017 Conference 

February 28 and March 1, 2017
5th annual California Climate and Agriculture Network Summit

Click here for more details on these events.

Did You Know...

Every second, around 16 million tons of water evaporate from the Earth's surface, and then the same amount falls back to earth in the same amount of time. - source

Generally speaking, if you see a cumulonimbus cloud—a tall, puffy cloud that looks flat at the top— or a nimbostratus cloud, a flat low-level gray cloud—you can be fairly certain that rain is in the 24-hour forecast. - source

The genuine non-metaphorical weight of rain is shockingly substantial; an inch of rain on an acre of land, it measures pretty much 226,000 pounds and in every minute, 1 billion tons of rain falls on the earth. - source

The highest amount of rainfall ever recorded in one year is 25.4 meters (1000 inches) in Cherrapunji, India. - source
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