In our June newsletter, we introduce you to American Canyon's first sustainability coordinator, congratulate the Town of Yountville for going solar, and celebrate Hennessey House's commitment to going deep green.
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June 2017 E-News


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

Recent federal actions have propelled climate and energy to the top of social media feeds, the lead on news broadcasts, priority placement on meeting agendas, and the buzz in conversations taking place in coffee shops. Unfortunately, it’s not for the reasons we’d like. Or is it? 

Think about a time when someone told you that you couldn’t do something that you wanted to do or that you knew without a doubt was the right thing to do. What was your reaction?  Did you give up? Or, did you double down on your goal and find a reserve of determination that you didn't even know you had? This resolve is currently on full display in California and communities throughout our state as well as other states and nations; all with Paris as the backdrop. 

Case in point, California just negotiated
a green technology agreement with China aimed at addressing climate change. States in the U.S. and Canadian provinces already have a number of initiatives in place, and Canada announced plans for broader state cooperation. Twelve states and Puerto Rico have become members of the U.S. Climate Alliance and remain committed to achieving existing CO2 emission reduction goals. Officials from another 10 states and the District of Columbia pledged to follow the Paris Agreement. Across the country, 313 U.S. Mayors representing 62 million Americans have signed on to the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which asserts their commitment to lowering emissions at the local level. 

And you need read no further than this newsletter to see leadership in our own Napa County communities. This leadership takes many forms, from installing solar panels on municipal buildings to hiring a coordinator to help bring all the sustainability pieces together. The best part is these actions weren’t taken to make a national or international statement.  They were taken because they make sense – environmentally and economically and smart local leaders and policymakers recognize the value. 

One of my favorite editorial cartoons, by Joel Pett, is included below and perfectly illustrates the “no regrets” policy that guides thoughtful, pragmatic, and bold decisions being made on a daily basis as we tackle challenges and capitalize on opportunities to address what may be the most critical issue of our time.     

Until next time, 

Jeri Hansen-Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County

Sierra Minchaca has joined the City of American Canyon as its first sustainability coordinator. Previously, she worked for the City of Napa for four years, first as a recycling assistant, then as a recycling specialist, where she managed the implementation and monitoring of composting and recycling for all of the private and public schools within the city.
In her new position, Sierra is working on water conservation and energy efficiency programs in American Canyon. She works with residents on the City’s Cash For Grass and toilet retrofit rebate programs, and with commercial customers converting their irrigation systems to recycled water. Sierra is also working with businesses to convert solid waste and increase recycling.


As part of the Town of Yountville’s environmental stewardship and commitment to environmental sustainability practices consistent with its adopted Climate Action Plan, the town has begun installing solar arrays at the Community Center, the Wastewater Treatment Plant/Corporation Yard, and the Wastewater Pump Station. When complete there will be 22,900 square feet of solar arrays, with a combined wattage of the three projects producing about 290 KW of electricity. 

The project will provide fixed costs of electricity and help avoid the annual increase in cost for power over the 20-year solar contract. It is estimated to save the town over $2.2 million in energy costs over 25 years.


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 Hennessey House Bed and Breakfast chose to become a Deep Green champion.

Making Connections


Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Guide for Napa County
Napa Recycling & Waste Services has put together this helpful guide with everything you need to know about recycling in Napa County. The 24-page guide includes information for schools and businesses, construction and demolition, special events recycling, electronics, batteries and fluorescent bulbs, motor oil, hazardous waste, and more, including helpful hints and buyback and drop-off locations. Click here to download a copy of the guide.

Free Curbside Pickup of E-waste in the City of Napa
The Recycle More program offers free curbside pickup to City of Napa (NRWS) customers of all electronics, appliances, and oversize metal items (that do not fit in the recycling cart), clothing and shoes…and they are now accepting all household batteries. Free curbside pickup is by appointment only and not part of regularly scheduled NRWS services. Get more details and schedule your pickup today. Learn more...

What's Biting You? 
June 25-July 1 is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week and June is Mosquito Control Month. Learn ways to control mosquitos, ticks, and fleas—for example, draining water where mosquitos breed, and using pesticides safely. Learn more...

Water Drop Patch 
The Girl Scout Water Drop Patch encourages water stewardship and helps Girl Scouts learn about water quality and the environment – while having fun! Any Girl Scout in the country can earn a patch. The patch was developed as a joint project by EPA, NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. Learn more from the Girl Scout's website.

High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program
High-efficiency residential clothes washers use less than 18 gallons of water per load, saving more than 50 percent in water and energy costs. Most area cities are participating in the 2017 Bay Area Residential High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program, which offers a rebate of $100 for the purchase and installation of Energy Star Most Efficient models. Local clothes washer retailers have the application and qualifying product list. For commercial clothes washers, City of Napa businesses and apartment complexes can take advantage of a $400 Smart Rebate on high-efficiency machines. 

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, June 21, 7-8 pm
Wild American Canyon: Living with Mountain Lions
American Canyon Library

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 these events.

Did You Know...

Only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals. Female mosquitoes need protein for their eggs, and must take a blood meal in order to reproduce. Since males don't bear the burden of producing young, they'll avoid you completely and head for the flowers instead. And when not trying to produce eggs, females are happy to stick to nectar, too. - source

Mosquito’s wings beat 300 to 600 times per second – that would explain that irritating whining sound you hear just before a mosquito lands on you and bites.- source

Napa’s e-waste goes to Electronics Recyclers International (ERI) Inc. in Fresno. ERI has multiple certifications from national and international organizations for managing products using the most environmentally sustainable technologies and practices. - source

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