In our November newsletter, we share an update on the Northern California Fires response, celebrate Auberge du Soleil for going deep green, and share lots of resources, including where to recycle your cooking oil in the event you deep fry your Thanksgiving turkey and safety tips for your Christmas tree.  
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November 2017 E-News

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Sustainable Napa County!


F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K

Northern California Fires Response Update

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has removed household hazardous waste from more than three-quarters of the properties in Napa and Sonoma counties damaged or destroyed during last month’s fires. As of November 10, the EPA has completed removals from 5,567 properties, collecting thousands of containers of household hazardous waste (HHW) as part of the multi-agency response to the Northern California fires. The items, which range in size from small paint canisters to large chemical drums, have been transported to EPA staging areas in Windsor and Yountville before disposal at hazardous waste facilities. EPA is working with local, state, and federal partners on the response to the Northern California fires, and has been tasked with surveying, collecting and disposing of HHW, which will allow other state and federal agencies to remove ash and other debris so that the rebuilding process in these communities can begin. Click here for more.

Auberge Du Soleil Goes Deep Green

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 Auberge Du Soleil chose to become a Deep Green champion. Click here for more info. 

More Environmental-based Field Trips Coming to Napa County

The Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County received a grant for $5,000 from Community Projects to support its Field Trip Bus Grant which means the Coalition will be able to provide more environmental-based field trips in Napa County. Environmental education is the study of the interconnectedness of humans with the natural world and how human beings can manage their behavior and live sustainably in order to protect the environment. Click here for more info about the Environmental Education Coalition. 

Making Connections


Helpful Recovery Information
As the community begins to move forward after the recent fires, Napa RCD has put together some resources to help in the process of protecting and restoring farmlands and open space that have been burned. What you'll find on the site: Do's and Don'ts of post-fire restoration for property owners large or small, where you can find native seed for erosion control, how to tell which oaks will survive, and tips for preparing for winter rains. Click here for resources. 

Fire Debris Handling and Removal Information
Debris and ash from residential and commercial fires is likely hazardous and may contain toxic substances due to the presence of synthetic and hazardous materials (e.g. lead paint, asbestos). Napa County is working to secure assistance from State agencies that will ensure proper handling and disposal of household hazardous waste products as well as burn debris and ash from the fire. Click here for more info.

Wildfires and Air Quality
The biggest health threat posed by breathing smoke such as from wildfires, is from fine particles. Smoke particles are microscopic –2.5 microns or smaller – and can get into your eyes and lungs where they can aggravate health problems such as asthma.

Local Foods, Local Places
The EPA has released a new toolkit to help communities interested in using local foods to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The Local Foods, Local Places toolkit includes step-by-step instructions for community-led workshops that allow local officials, community groups, businesses, and citizens to explore the benefits of using farmers' markets, community kitchens, or other food-related enterprises to revitalize communities and develop action plans for pursuing those goals. Click here for the toolkit.

Rule Your Attic
Did you know that 9 out of 10 homes in the US are under-insulated? As the weather cools down, now is the time to get up in your attic and check the insulation. Find out how EneryStar's "Rule Your Attic" can help you save energy and money and increase your home's comfort. Click here for more info.

Remember: Lead Safe Work
If you're planning to have work done on your home, look for contractors that are certified for lead-safe renovation. Lead paint is the main way people are exposed to lead in the U.S., and lead exposure can cause a range of health problems from behavioral disorders and learning disabilities to seizures and death – and children are most at risk. Click here for more info.

Recycle Your Cooking Oil
Deep-frying a turkey this Thanksgiving? Your used cooking oil can be recycled. Drop off your used cooking oil at Devlin Road Recycling & Transfer Facility, where it will be recycled for use in clean, sustainable biofuel. If you live in the City of Napa, it’s even easier — free curbside cooking oil pickup is now available. Check out the Recycle More page to receive your collection can.

Napa Valley Give! Guide: Inspiring a Community of Givers
Napa Valley CanDo continues its novel approach to year-end giving with the Napa Valley Give!Guide. The program, which includes a print piece and a website, is intended to raise awareness about local nonprofits and to cultivate a culture of year-end giving. Through December 31, donations of $10 or more will be accepted, and every penny of your donation will go to the nonprofits you’ve selected. You make a choice. You make a difference. Give!Guide makes it easy.

Fire Safety Tips for Natural Christmas Trees
Thanksgiving is this week, and that's generally the time when many of us pick up our Christmas trees. As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. Click here for tips to ensure you have the freshest — and safest — tree possible.

Mark Your Calendar

December 1-3
Conversations at Copia: Food Waste Weekend
CIA @ Copia, Napa

Thursday, December 14, 6:30-9:30 pm
Screening of Before the Flood 
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, Napa

Click here for more details on this event and others.

Did You know...

The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers, according to Roto-Rooter. Meal prep and cleanup can clog drains and garbage disposals, and guests requiring “additional clothes washing, showers, and toilet flushes put a strain on household plumbing,” the company says. It experiences a 21 percent increase in calls over the four-day weekend than any other Thursday to Sunday period in the year. - source

Sarah Hale, who wrote the popular song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” is considered the “Mother of Thanksgiving.” She urged President Abraham Lincoln to make it a National Holiday. - source

Three towns in the U.S. take their name from the traditional Thanksgiving bird, including Turkey, Texas (pop. 465); Turkey Creek, Louisiana (pop. 363); and Turkey, North Carolina (pop. 270). - source
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