In our August newsletter, we celebrate the adoption of Plan Bay Area 2040 and the grand opening of the Allied Clean Fuels Plaza. We also share some summer tips for food composting at home from Napa Waste Prevention Specialist Kendra Bruno. 
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August 2017 E-News


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

Late last month, a headline caught my eye, “U.S. House Hacks Away at Renewable Energy, Efficiency Programs.” The House made clear its priorities for shifting the nation's energy investments away from clean energy. Although it didn't go as far as the White House budget plan, which would have cut the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by 68 percent, the House was in sync with the administration's plan for a dramatic retreat from spending on carbon-free technology for power and fuel. 

That same week, I received an update with another headline, “Bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus reaches 50-member milestone.” The article provided an update on the members of the House of Representatives who have joined
The Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group in the US House of Representatives which will explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. 

The caucus was founded in February of 2016 by two south-Florida representatives Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) who will serve as co-chairs of the caucus. “The Caucus will serve as an organization to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and protect our nation’s economy, security, infrastructure, agriculture, water supply and public safety,” according to documents filed with the Committee on House Administration. And, membership will be kept even between Democrats and Republicans.

In early June, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced he had joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and in a public statement said, “Climate change is a growing threat to our community, our country, and the entire world.” Thompson added, “In our district alone, we’ve seen how increased flooding critically damages farms, homes, and roadways—and that’s just one of many impacts. The President’s withdrawal last week from the Paris Climate Agreement makes it clear we cannot rely on the White House to solve our problems; we must take action ourselves. That’s why I’m proud to join the Climate Solutions Caucus as we work with business leaders, local organizers, leading researchers, and others to protect our environment, economy, and natural resources.” 

Climate Solutions Caucus is now at critical mass and is becoming a force to be reckoned with as important energy policy decisions are being considered and made. While I realize that these two headlines and the stories behind them seem to be in direct conflict, it clearly illustrates that true leaders take action when leadership is lacking and that creating bi-partisan solutions on critical issues like energy and climate may give us a glimmer of hope and be a welcome harbinger of things to come. 

Until next time, 

Jeri Hansen-Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) jointly adopted Plan Bay Area 2040, the Bay Area’s long-range blueprint to guide transportation investments and land use decisions through 2040, and its associated Environmental Impact Report (EIR). 

Plan Bay Area 2040 establishes a 24-year regional vision for growth and investment for the Bay Area and is the strategic update to Plan Bay Area, which was adopted in 2013. Plan Bay Area 2040 guides the Bay Area in meeting the requirements of California’s landmark 2008 Senate Bill 375, which calls on each of the state’s 18 metropolitan areas to develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy to accommodate future population growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.

During Plan Bay Area 2040’s three-year plan development and public outreach process, over 200 meetings were held, more than 4,000 letters and comments were received, and over 5,000 people participated in the process. The final Plan, EIR and all supplementary reports, can be viewed and downloaded here. 

The Allied Clean Fuels Plaza, located on Devlin Road and adjacent to the Napa Valley Gateway Business Park, near California Route 29, is now open 24 hours a day.  This unique fuel plaza specializes in clean fuel options for all types of vehicles. The electric vehicle charging stations include a Tesla Supercharger capable of charging eight Tesla vehicles simultaneously in just 20 minutes. There is a Chevron fuel island with three grades of gasoline as well as diesel, renewable diesel (made from non-petroleum renewable resources), red diesel (heating oil) and E85 ethanol fuel blend. All the refined fuels at our plaza are available in bulk deliveries for our agricultural customers. Customers enrolled in the fleet-fueling programs will have access to a Pacific Pride fueling station offering propane autogas, diesel, liquid natural gas and compressed natural gas.

Whether you’re a resident or a local business, 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 State Farm Insurance agent/owner Mike Hammer chose to become a Deep Green champion. Read more...
by Napa Waste Prevention Specialist Kendra Bruno

What’s hotter than Napa’s recent summer heat or those fidget spinners? Composting. And it has never been easier to do before in the City of Napa then it is now. Instead of putting all those food scraps and soiled paper (napkins, paper towels, tissues, etc.) into your landfill/trash can in the kitchen, collect them in a different container and then dispose of them in your (residential) brown cart. Sounds easy, right? Read more...

Making Connections


Enhance your Energy Management Expertise 
PG&E Energy Centers want to inspire and empower you to design, build and maintain energy-efficient, safe and comfortable environments. Check out their free energy management classes and resources. 

Well Owners Guide 
Napa County Department of Public Works’ new Well Owners Guide provides well owners with information on how to maintain their groundwater well with ease. It introduces the basics of proper well construction, destruction and maintenance. The guide also informs well owners of their responsibilities in Napa County. It is designed to alert private well owners the need for periodic water quality testing and potential sources of contamination. Click here for a copy of the guide.

Helping Teachers Help Kids
Kids will be going back to school next week and the Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay, a nonprofit that provides public school teachers in Napa County with basic classroom supplies, free of charge, could use your help. Consider helping fill the Teacher Resource Center’s shelves with much-needed supplies. And the Resource Center supports reduce, reuse, recycle and accepts gently used classroom and office supplies. Learn more...

Drive smart
In hot weather and long trips, save money and fuel by rolling the windows down at low speeds but use the vehicle air conditioner at highway speeds. Also, be sure your car is tuned up and the tires properly inflated. Learn more...

Danger: Recharge Air Conditioners Properly
If your home or vehicle air conditioner needs to be recharged, be sure to use correct, approved refrigerants. Avoid recharging with unacceptable substitute refrigerants which may post health or environmental risks, including toxicity, flammability, ozone depletion potential, and more.  Learn more...

Make the Safer Choice
Shopping for products made with safer chemical ingredients? Watch our Safer Choice videos and learn how the Safer Choice label helps you find products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment. Learn more...

Bee Safe with Pesticides
If you use pesticides where bees are present, always read the label and follow the directions. Use pesticides only when necessary. Store and dispose of pesticides properly. Learn more about protecting bees and other pollinators. Learn more...

Water Finance Tool for Communities
The Water Finance Clearinghouse is a web-based portal to help local decision-makers make informed financing decisions for drinking water, wastewater, or stormwater infrastructure to reach their public health and environmental goals. The Clearinghouse provides communities with a searchable database with more than $10 billion in water funding sources and over 550 resources to support local water infrastructure projects. Learn more...

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, August 9, 7 pm
Wild Napa: Skunks with Jennifer Hunter
Napa Main Library, Napa

Saturday, September 9, 8 am-2 pm
4th annual Community Wide Yard Sale
Your home

Saturday, September 9, 10 am-2 pm
Napa Sanitation District Open House
1515 Soscol Ferry Road, Napa

Thursday, September 14, 7 pm
Wild St. Helena: Native Bats
St. Helena Public Library

Saturday, September 16, 9 am-noon
Napa Countywide Coastal Cleanup Day
Various locations in Napa

Click here for more details on this event and others.

Did You Know...

The United States has 300,000 miles of natural gas pipelines. That’s enough to wrap around planet earth 37.5 times. - source

Refrigerators in the U.S. consume about the same energy as 25 large power plants produce each year. - source

August is National Water Quality Month and time to make an effort to keep your water sources clean. Using non-toxic house products, not dumping things other than water down storm drains, and not flushing medication down the toilet or sink are just a few things you can do to keep the water in your area clean. #WaterQualityMonth - source
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