In our July newsletter, we celebrate The Gasser Foundation's commitment to going deep green, the 50 Napa County businesses recognized for their commitment to environmental sustainability, and BottleRock's success in achieving 75 percent landfill diversion. We also share the draft of the Napa County Climate Action Plan and Plan Bay Area 2040 and provide an update on bills introduced in Sacramento this legislative session.
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July 2017 E-News


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

Summer may be the typical time for vacations and leisurely breaks but you couldn’t tell by the flurry of sustainability related activity in our community.

From the release of the draft of the Napa County Climate Action Plan and Plan Bay Area 2040 to a celebration honoring Napa County Green Businesses and Napa Green Wineries and a special screening of a film about our relationship with water
– there is no shortage of things with which to get involved and engaged. More on each of these topics in this newsletter.  

And the activity isn’t limited to our county; the recent CA legislative session resulted in myriad bills that address and support clean and renewable energy, zero emission vehicles, energy financing, energy storage, and more. These proposed policies and programs are a testament to our state’s independent spirit and our increasing understanding of how the economy and the environment are connected. Check out our Legislative Update section to learn more about the key bills that SNC is monitoring.  

And just this past Tuesday night, our legislature voted to extend
California’s cap and trade program with a bi-partisan effort. Governor Brown said "Republicans and Democrats set aside their differences, came together and took courageous action. That's what good government looks like." Support from a broad spectrum of organizations including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the California Chamber of Commerce is a another example of the link between a healthy economy and a healthy environment and an awareness that they are not mutually exclusive.  

In between the intriguing events and important meetings that capture our attention and hours on our calendar, I hope we also take advantage of the opportunities to slow down that the months of summer offer.  

Until next time, 

Jeri Hansen-Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County

Whether you’re a resident or a local business, or in this case a foundation that contributes more than $1.5 million in our community each year, you have the power to create change. Choosing to enroll in MCE’s Deep Green 100 percent renewable energy program is the first step. With Deep Green, ALL of the power you buy for your home or business comes from 100 percent nonpolluting, Green-e Energy certified wind, solar power, and biogas. And going Deep Green gives back: half of the revenue generated from Deep Green goes toward building local solar projects in MCE’s service area. Learn more about the reasons The Gasser Foundation chose to become a Deep Green champion. Read more...

Last Thursday, 50 Napa County businesses were recognized for their commitment to environmental sustainability at the inaugural Napa County Green Business Celebration. Co-hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), Sustainable Napa County and Napa County, the celebration acknowledged local businesses and organizations that received their Green Business Certifications or were recertified in the past 18 months. Attendees included more than 100 business leaders, vintners and community officials. Read more...

Congratulations to BottleRock Napa Valley with support from ZeroHero for achieving 75 percent landfill diversion for the first time in the event’s history. The event generated 225 total tons of material, up about 80 tons from last year, but still managed to send 10 tons less to landfill than in 2016. In addition to an increase in recycling amounts, there were nearly 20 tons of material that went to composting, and 10 pallets of edible food were gleaned by a Leadership Napa Valley practicum group and distributed to local organizations including the Food Bank and The Table. Read more...

The Napa County Department of Planning, Building, and Environmental Services (PBES) has been working to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the County for several years. The CAP is intended to quantify and reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions in unincorporated Napa County, and its adoption would implement an “action item” from the County’s 2008 General Plan Update. At its July 5th meeting the Napa County Planning Commission decided to continue its review and discussion of the CAP until September 20, 2017. The plan is available for review and the the public is encouraged to attend upcoming public meetings or contact Jason Hade to provide their input.  Read more...

Staff has released the proposed revisions to the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 and the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The proposed final Plan incorporates numerous changes made in response to public comments received following the March 2017 release of the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040.  Policymakers held a joint meeting of the MTC Planning Committee and the ABAG Administrative Committee on July 14 and the full Commission and the ABAG Executive Board are slated to meet together on the evening of July 26 to vote on the final Plan and the final EIR.  Read more...

The Soil Health Survey is the first step in a new collaborative Soil Health Project. As part of the project, Napa RCD will set up 3 soil health demo sites in Napa Valley in the next year, host workshops, and offer free soil health assessments to growers. Learn more, and stay posted on these efforts via the new North Coast Soil Health Hub website. And take the survey and share: What types of soil health practices are you doing? What types of soil health practices do you want to do, but can't for one reason or another? What types of soil health practices are you curious to learn more about? Take the survey...

Legislative Update

Our elected state representatives have been busy this legislative session as California continues to lead the charge on clean energy policy. Below are some of the bills that SNC is monitoring. After the summer recess, the legislature reconvenes and will have until September 15 to send bills to the Governor for signature.  

Thanks to
Vote Solar for providing selected bill summaries.

SB 100 (De León)
Will accelerate the state’s current 50% Renewables Portfolio Program (RPS) requirement to 2025, raise the RPS to 60% in 2030, and establish a goal for the state to satisfy 100% of its electricity needs from carbon-free resources by 2045. That’s right – it would mean one of the world’s largest economies would be 100% powered with clean energy.

AB 1184 (Ting) 
Will create a pathway to achieving the state’s goals of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025 and 5 million vehicles ZEV by 2030, by establishing a reliable, long-term incentive program for electric vehicles. As we bring more solar onto California’s grid, EVs can help us match power demand with supply, using all that mid-afternoon sunshine to clean up our air.

SB 242 (Skinner)
Will strengthen Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing in California by building upon its existing consumer protections.

SB 71 (Wiener)
Would direct the California Energy Commission to use building codes to require cost-effective rooftop solar to be built into new residential construction.

SB 700 (Wiener)
Seeks to create a well-planned incentive structure for customer-side energy storage, in much in the same way that the California Solar Initiative helped bring down costs for rooftop solar.

Making Connections


Gaga for Gardens 
Water-wise flowering plants, pollinators, compost, oaks and redwoods, and upcycled garden art were the stars of this year’s Bay-Friendly Garden Tour. Almost 200 people visited the 12 garden stops in Napa and Yountville on June 4 to gather inspiration, practical tips, and even plant cuttings. Four gardens hosted mini-workshops during the day featuring local landscape professionals. Missed the Garden Tour, but still want to re-think your lawn? Want tips for making sure your gardening practices help soil health, wildlife, and local water supplies? Napa's UC Master Gardeners are a great resource year-round for free one-on-one advice. This video library from the California Water Efficiency LIbrary has great guidance for DIY-ers on rainwater catchment, greywater, irrigation, and more.

Get More Energy Savings this Summer
Change your air filters. Tune up your HVAC. Find out more what you can do to help reduce emissions during summer. Read more...

Submit Images for the 2018 Napa County Watershed Calendar
Watershed Information & Conservation Council (WICC) and Napa County RCD are excited to announce the theme of the 2018 Watershed Education Calendar: “Native Wildflowers of Napa County.” The calendar will showcase Napa’s floral diversity, highlighting plants from redwood forests, wetlands, chaparral, stream-sides, and beyond. Submit high-resolution images that feature Napa County native flowering plants and communities. The deadline to submit images is August 1. Read more...

Fish Advisories
Going fishin'? Fish are an important part of a healthy diet. They are a lean, low-calorie source of protein. However, some fish may contain chemicals that could pose health risks if these fish are eaten in large amounts. Learn more about how you can select and prepare fish, so you and your family can continue to enjoy the benefits of eating fish. Read more...

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, July 27, 6:30 pm
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County Presents a Screening of Watermark

Click here for more details on this event and others.

Did You Know...

Data centers for's Amazon Web Services (AWS) use over 6.5 million MWh of power per year, or roughly enough to power 600,000 US households. - source

The Legislature and Governor Brown set an ambitious goal of 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by 2020 calling for the state and the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to take a statewide approach to decreasing California’s reliance on landfills.- source

The USDA states that if the top six inches of soil had just one percent of organic matter, then soil could hold approximately 27,000 gallons of water per acre. - source
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