In our July newsletter, we celebrate UV Safety Month and give you an update on the Napa County Climate Action Plan. We also share information on Food: Too Good to Waste, an implementation guide and tool kit that aims to reduce household practices that waste food. 
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July 2016 E-News


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

I’m fair. And by that I mean, I have a fair complexion and I try to be vigilant about my exposure to the sun. At the same time I realize that the sun and the light and natural vitamins it provides is good for me.  

Finding the right balance between the benefits and the dangers is key and it all has to do with exposure, preparation, and protection. Long gone are the days of laying out on a chaise lounge with coconut-scented oil – baking like a cookie. But I will admit it is difficult during the warm and sunny months of summer to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and make sure I don’t end up with an uncomfortable – and unhealthy – burn.  

In doing some research I found out that July is UV Safety Month – who knew? One of the ways to prepare for time in the sun is to understand the UV Index of your location; the index predicts the strength of solar rays. You can check your UV Index so you know how strong the sun's rays will be, and avoid sun overexposure. There are lots of easy ways to protect yourself from the dangerous rays without sitting inside all summer. I prefer a giant hat and big sunglasses...I might be pale but I sure feel glamorous. 

Happy UV Safety Month! 

Jeri Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County

Each month CivicSpark fellow Margot Stert provides an overview of her project work for Sustainable Napa County (SNC). In this fifth installment, Margot brings us up to date on her fellowship with SNC.

Thanksgiving may be months away, but it is always the right time to give thanks. This summer, as I passed the halfway point in my CivicSpark fellowship, I have been reflecting on my blessings and feeling very thankful for the experience so far. I am grateful to be working in a place like Napa Valley, where the community is unlike any other, where people come from all over the world to visit, and where my commute is lined with some spectacular scenery (especially at this time of year). I’m grateful for the CivicSpark staff and the other fellows in the Bay Area, who ceaselessly share useful resources and always have answers for my many questions.
 Read more... 

Have you seen Napa County Energy Watch Energy Advisor Chuck Reed around town? For the past several months, Chuck has been hitting the pavement and the concrete visiting local businesses to encourage easy, low-cost (often no-cost) energy-efficiency upgrades. Chuck is a trained and certified energy expert and he can start you on a painless (and often quick) path to lowering your utility bill.  

Services are offered at no cost to businesses via SNC’s partnership with PG&E called
Napa County Energy Watch.

If you are thinking about or in the process of upgrading your facilities, this is a perfect time to use PG&E rebates and incentives to lower project costs and reap the resulting benefits (and quick payback) of lower utility bills. And, you don’t have to do everything at once — our energy advisor can help you prioritize what happens now and what you do later. If you are a small business in Napa County and would like to set up a meeting and learn more, please
contact us.  

Food: Too Good to Waste (FTGTW) consists of an implementation guide and toolkit that aims to reduce household practices that waste food. The guide is designed to inform local governments and community organizations about how to implement a FTGTW campaign in their community using the toolkit, which provides behavior change and outreach tools to help individuals and households with strategies that can reduce wasted food in their homes. Not only does the campaign provide the tools to help families keep food out of landfills, it also helps keep more money in their pockets. Read more...

Make sure to check out the webinar below on July 21.

Initial data about our local food composting efforts show that the program is helping significantly. When comparing average annual trash levels from 2010-2014 when food composting was not in place, to levels in 2015-2016 after the program began, the data show that Napa has decreased the amount of trash we are sending to landfill by 13 percent. This equates to about 1,800 fewer tons of material going to landfill each year! Read more...

The California Department of Water (DWR) regulations that will guide local groundwater sustainability agency management and regulation of California’s groundwater basins as outlined in the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) enacted by Governor Brown in 2014, were recently approved by the California Water Commission and emergency regulations went into effect last month. Read more...

A new climate-smart agriculture program, funded by cap-and-trade auction proceeds, is delivering significant on-farm water savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions, according to a recently released California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) report. Read more...

During BottleRock this year, Latitude 38 Entertainment, the producers of BottleRock Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Expo, home of the music festival, teamed up on their commitment to reduce waste and significantly increase the amount of material to be recycled and composted. Over the course of the three-day festival in May, nearly 74 tons of recycling was hauled away by Napa Recycling and Waste Services (NRWS). In addition, over two tons of food waste was diverted to compost and will be returned to yards and gardens throughout Napa Valley. Despite generating more waste material than last year, the event diverted 23 more tons of material than in 2015. 

Napa County Roundup

Napa County Climate Action Plan Moves Forward 
The Napa County Climate Action Plan (CAP) is currently in draft form with the final document planned for public review and comment in August, and approval by November. The CAP is intended to quantify and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in unincorporated Napa County, and its adoption will implement an “action item” from the County’s 2008 General Plan Update. At a public workshop on June 30, County staff and CAP consultants presented preliminary estimates of GHG emissions reductions and summarized measures that can be taken in the areas of Agriculture; Building Energy; Land Use Changes; On-Road Transportation; Solid Waste; and Water to help bridge the gap between current emissions and target emissions reductions. Read more...

St. Helena Implements Water Rebate Programs
The City of St. Helena has implemented a cash-for-grass program and also has a number of other rebate programs in place, all with the goal of conserving water.  Read more...

Napa's 16th Annual "Anything with a Cord" Event a Success 
This annual event, running strong for the 16th straight year, saw over 9 tons of appliances and 5.6 tons of e-waste collected for recycling! Read more...

Program Makes Huge Dent win Landfill Diversion
By keeping more recyclables and compost out of landfill, the City of Napa decreased carbon dioxide emissions by 110,993 metric tons and used 650,543 million fewer BTUs of energy last year. To put it in perspective, this is enough energy to power all the houses in Napa for almost three months! Read more...

Legislative Update

Next 10 Green Innovation Index 2016
This year's California Green Innovation Index tracks key economic and environmental indicators at the regional, state, and international level, and finds explosive growth in solar generation and clean technology hotspots in unexpected places. Read More...

SB 32: California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions limit (Pavley)
Acting to provide the market certainty that will propel investment in California’s thriving clean-energy economy, in late June the Assembly Natural Resources committee voted 6-2 to advance SB 32, would set a target of reducing GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The bill continues to move through the legislature. Read more...

Making Connections


Hot Tips for a Cool Summer
Check the air quality before you go out to run, play, or just do yard work. Poor air quality can aggravate asthma or other lung conditions in sensitive individuals. Read more...

Get more energy savings. Change your air filters. Tune up your HVAC. Find out more about what you can do to help reduce emissions during summer. Read more...

Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Applications
Submit nominations by July 29 for the 2016 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), which recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California's resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state’s economy. This year, recipients will be chosen from five categories and one subcategory: Climate Change; Automobile Dealer Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Promotion; Ecosystem and Land Use Stewardship; Environmental Education; Sustainable Practices, Communities, or Facilities; and Waste Reduction. 

Got WaterSense?
If you're shopping for new water fixtures, look for the WaterSense label. Products with the WaterSense label use at least 20 percent less water and perform as well or better than standard models. Since WaterSense began 10 years ago, Americans have saved $32.6 billion in water and energy bills and 1.5 trillion gallons of water. Read more...

You Sort, You Save
State law requires builders to reuse or recycle at least 50 percent of debris from large construction and demolition projects. Separate materials including concrete, asphalt, wood, dirt, grape pomace, sheetrock, yard trimmings, and carpet, and pay less than the same size box for mixed “trash.” Why pay full price for a trash box when you can get the same size box for separated materials for a fraction of the cost through Napa Recycling & Waste Services? Read more...

State Water Waste Prohibitions Update
As of June 2016, Napa is no longer subject to state-mandated, percentage-based water savings, due to our Water Supply Reliability Certification. However, statewide water waste prohibitions remain in effect and violations may be subject to penalties of up to $500 per day.
  • Do not overwater lawns and gardens to the point of excessive flowing runoff.
  • Do not irrigate during rain or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • Do not use drinking water to wash driveways and sidewalks.
  • Do not wash a motor vehicle by hose unless it is equipped with a shutoff nozzle.
  • Do not operate a fountain or other decorative water feature unless the water is recirculated. 

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, June 13, 7-8 pm
Wild Napa: Bees
Napa Main Library, Napa

Dr. Gordon Frankie will share intriguing stories about the relationships between bees, flowers, and people. He will address questions such as: Why should everyday people care about bees? How can we build habitat in gardens and agricultural areas? What is causing the decline in honeybees and how can we help conserve them? Are native bees important to agriculture, and human food supplies? Beautiful, enlarged bee images by a local artist will be on display. Click here for more info.

Saturday, July 16, 9 am-noon
Free Shred-a-Thon
County of Napa Sullivan Lot, Coombs & 4th St., Napa

Redwood Credit Union is hosting a free document-shredding event where you can bring sensitive documents for secure disposal and electronics to be destroyed. Monetary donations will benefit COPE Family Center. Click here for more info.

Thursday, July 21, 10-11:30 am
Food Too Good to Waste 
Online Webinar

The Food: Too Good to Waste Toolkit was designed and developed for local governments and other community partners to help prevent wasted food in households. It has been tested throughout the US and helps households save money while reducing wasted food by up to 50 present. During this webinar, results from an evaluation report on several campaign implementations will be presented and we will hear from three of those communities that successfully implemented this toolkit. Click here to register.                                               

Did You Know...

In 2013, more than 37 million tons of food waste was generated. (source)

In 2010, the average amount of food loss per American was 429 pounds.

The State of California and the Napa City Council have both adopted goals to recycle or compost at least 75 percent of all waste materials away from landfill by 2020.
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