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In our April newsletter, we celebrate Earth Day and share a number events focused on demonstrating support for environmental protection.  We also pay tribute to the winners of the JD Fullner Recycling Awards and to the City of American Canyon for being awarded the Recycled Water Agency of the Year. 
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April 2017 E-News

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Dear friend,

As April arrived my mind turned outdoors and I began thinking about planning -- and planting -- this years burst of colorful flowers and fresh landscaping.  

In the course of my planning I came across a quote by Margaret Atwood, "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." It gave me pause as I thought about how it's not just the end result, when flowers are in the ground, but the whole process that matters. From researching Western Garden for ideas and choosing just the right plants, to gathering garden tools and sinking my hands in the soil, it is all part of why gardening can be therapeutic, soothing, and inspirational. It's a chance to let the mind wander and engage the senses in ways that are different from sitting at a desk or in traffic.  

After a deep, rainy, and restful winter it's time for rejuvenation and renewal. Let's all go outside and play...


Until next time, 

Jeri Hansen-Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JD FULLNER RECYCLING AWARDS WINNERS

Congratulations are in order to our local community recycling and composting trailblazers! For the 11th year, the City of Napa's Recycling Division recognized the outstanding leaders in waste reduction and recycling at its JD Fullner Recycling Leadership Awards. The event recognized 15 local organizations for their excellent efforts, including five schools, two multifamily residences, and eight businesses (including one complex of six businesses). These organizations are true green leaders in our community – congratulations once again to them! Read more...
FARMERS' MARKET SEASON IS HERE

Farmers’ Market season is upon us! Please visit a Certified Farmers’ Market near you! The Napa Farmers’ Market has extended its season, opening this past Saturday and remaining open through November 21. The Napa Farmers’ Market is also now operating the American Canyon Farmers’ Market, which opens May 7. The St. Helena Farmers’ Market has new hours, now open from 7:30 am to noon. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch, and bring home dinner! Read more...
EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS

Every year on April 22, Earth Day is celebrated throughout the world with events to  demonstrate support for environmental protection. Several events are taking place throughout Napa County this Saturday, from clean-up events to parties.  Read more...
CLIF FAMILY WINERY & FARM 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 non-polluting, Green-e Energy certified wind, solar power, and biogas. And going Deep Green gives back: half of the revenue generated from Deep Green goes towards building local solar projects in MCE’s service area. Learn more about the reasons Clif Family Winery & Farm chose to become a Deep Green champion.
WATER CONSERVATION PSA VIDEO CONTEST 

Napa County water conservation program representatives recently hosted the 2nd Annual Water Conservation Public Service Announcement Video Contest.  The contest was open to all Napa County high school students.  This year's theme was "Reimagine Your Yard - Conserving Water Outdoors."  The 1st place video will play during the Century Napa Valley pre-shows for a week. Twenty eight entries were submitted and the winners are:

1st place: Sarah Lippman, Andrew Raymond, Elena Ingram from Napa High School

2nd place: Eliana Matteo, Mary Manuta, Matthew Rico from American Canyon High School

3rd place: Hannah Sigourney from Napa High School

Napa County Roundup

WateReuse AwardAMERICAN CANYON
The City of American Canyon’s Water Reclamation Facility received the award for “Recycled Water Agency of the Year – Small Agency” by California WateReuse at the WateReuse annual conference last month.The award is in recognition of the City’s leadership with respects to recycled water – especially as it relates to implementation of the Zero Water Footprint Policy and the adoption of the 2016 Recycled Water Master Plan. The awards committee was especially impressed with the City’s proactive response to the drought by converting almost all of our parks and landscape medians to recycled water and our innovative use of dual plumbing (ie. recycled water for toilet flushing) on new development. Learn more...

Making Connections

CHECK OUT THESE RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE

April is Earth Month
Find things you can do online or wherever you are. Get ideas for projects or lesson plans. Help students learn about Earth Day at home or at school. Learn more...

National Park Week
National Park Week, April 15-23, is America's largest celebration of national heritage. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It's all happening in your national parks. Learn more...

Carolyn Parr Nature Center Seeking Volunteer Docents
Carolyn Parr Nature Center seeks volunteers who want to help promote greater awareness of the importance our natural environment. The center is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm and regularly welcomes individuals, families and groups. The commitment is just one three-hour shift a month. Learn more...

Make the Safer Choice
Time for spring cleaning? Remember to look for the Safer Choice label on cleaning products when shopping. Safer Choice helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and are safer for human health and the environment. Look for the label -- springtime and all year 'round. Learn more...

Be a Leak Detective
Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. If you're shopping for new fixtures or plumbing, look for the WaterSense label. Learn more...

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, April 19. 6:30-8 pm
Home Upgrade Workshop
Napa Women’s Club, Napa


April 28, 29 and 30
Napa Solano Home & Garden Show
Napa Valley Expo, Napa


Wednesday, May 24, 8 am-3 pm
Napa County Watershed Symposium
Blue Note Napa



Click here for more details on these events.

Did You Know...

Earth Day is on the vernal equinox, a special day when nighttime and daylight are the same length everywhere on Earth. - source

On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called Earth that followed the migration paths of four animal families.- source

During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made. - source

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