In our May newsletter, we celebrate local businesses and organizations for their outstanding waste reduction practices. We also share some of the highlights from our recent participation in the Climate Action Reserve annual conference, and we invite you to participate in our electric vehicle survey.
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May 2016 E-News


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

Ah, Paris, The City of Light — a name it owes both to its fame as a center of education and ideas and, some say, its early adoption of street lighting. Paris is also now known as the city of COP21, the 21st Conference of the Parties at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change that took place late last year.  

I recently attended the Climate Action Reserve annual conference in Southern California, and “Paris” was on everyone’s lips and minds, and featured prominently on the conference agenda. Why? Because history was made in Paris when nearly 200 nations signed the Paris Agreement at COP21, and everyone is starting to work on next steps. 
One of the highlights for me was hearing from California State Senate President pro tempore Kevin de León. He spoke about California’s strides to reduce greenhouse gases — especially via SB 350, which puts California on the path to 50 percent power from renewable energy sources as well as 50 percent increased energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030. But beyond the talk of legislation and programs, something the senator said stuck with me... “In California, we have broken the myth, the narrative, the stereotype that you can’t have a strong economy and a clean environment. They are inclusive of each other.”  

Attending the conference and getting “off campus” both literally and figuratively, being exposed to broad ideas and policies, and meeting others who are working to benefit both the economy and the environment was inspiring. And it made me realize that it doesn’t matter if you represent a nation, a state, or a county, we are all working toward the same goals, learning from one another, cooperating and collaborating, and developing the best strategies for our own communities.  

Until next time,

Jeri Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County

Each month CivicSpark fellow Margot Stert provides an overview of her project work for Sustainable Napa County. In this fourth installment, Margot brings us up to date on her work in the community to share information about Electric Vehicles (EV).

The month of April offered a nice change of pace from my regular research. I represented Sustainable Napa County (SNC) at both the Napa Earth Day Festival and the Yountville Climate Action Plan (CAP) workshop, where I had the chance to talk to community members about my project and hear their thoughts on electric vehicles (EVs). Through these conversations, I got to meet a variety of individuals – homeowners who raised new questions about EVs, residents who were unfamiliar with the EV charging stations (EVCS) available in Napa County, and business owners who recently installed some of their own EVCS. These discussions were insightful, and I believe they speak to the growing interest in – and need for knowledge – about EVs, particularly here in Napa.

Did you Napa County, our cars are one of the largest contributors to GHG emissions? But there is something we can do. Driving an electric vehicle (EV) powered by clean energy and with zero emissions is one of the easiest ways to make a difference.  

Sustainable Napa County is working on a project to bring more EVs – and charging stations – to our communities and we need your input. Whether or not you own an EV, please take a moment to complete this survey and help us develop the most useful EV resources for those who live, work and play in Napa County.   

We are taking an inventory of existing charging stations and identifying the best places for future charging spots. This information will end up on an interactive map for residents and visitors to use. We’ll also create a “how-to” guide for businesses and governments who want to install charging stations.
Click here to take the survey now.

Local recycling heroes were recently celebrated at a combined Napa City & County Recycling Leadership Awards ceremony. Recognized for outstanding waste reduction and recycling practices, every awardee demonstrated a commitment to recycling, composting, and waste reduction by expanding or upgrading their “in-house” programs in 2015. The City’s awards are named the JD Fullner Recycling Leadership Awards in honor of a beloved and dedicated city employee who was a virtual local institution and worked directly with Napa businesses, schools, and apartment complexes on their recycling programs for 11 years before passing away in late 2012. Read more...

Napa County Roundup

American Canyon Water Restrictions Change 
American Canyon Water Restrictions Change
The American Canyon City Council adopted a Resolution at its May 3rd meeting that eases current water restrictions from a Drought Emergency Stage 2 to Drought Emergency Stage 1 calling for voluntary conservation. Public Works Director Jason Holley advised the City Council that, although the drought is still ongoing statewide, the City's water supply situation has improved enough to justify returning to Stage 1.

Calistoga Launches Employee Shuttle Program
Calistoga Mayor and Chamber of Commerce CEO Chris Canning rolled out the preliminary details of an employee shuttle program (ESP) intended to entice workers from Santa Rosa to Calistoga. The Chamber is partnering with RidePal, a technology company that facilitates commuter services through an integrated mobile and Web app that aligns with a service provider, in this case, Beau Wine Tours, which is extremely familiar with the regions. Read more...

City of Napa's LESS (Lighting Efficiency and Safe Stewardship) Update 
The City of Napa’s LESS recycling program promotes the safe disposal of household-generated fluorescent bulbs and tubes at no cost by partnering with local retailers where these items can be dropped off. During the five years of this take-back program, there have been over 54,000 individual pieces (CFLs and tubes) with just over 11 tons of mercury-containing lamp/bulbs recycled. Read more...

Water Conservation Video Contest Winners Announced 
Napa County Resource Conservation District and water conservation programs throughout the county sponsored a video contest for high school students in Napa County. The winning videos, which focus on "Every Drop Counts – Water Conservation as the new normal for California" will be used as a public service announcement at Cameo Cinema and Century Theater in Napa County. Read more...

Earth Day Cleanup Results Reported
Napa County RCD reports that 160 volunteers participated in this year's Earth Day Streets and Creeks Cleanup event.  Here are the totals of some top pollutants:
  • 850 pieces of Styrofoam
  • 845 food wrappers/packaging
  • 684 cigarette butts
  • 402 bottles/cans

Making Connections


Watershed Awareness Month
May is Watershed Awareness Month and the Watershed Information & Conservation Council has lots of opportunities for you to celebrate. Read more...

Bee Safe with Pesticides
It's that time of year to start gardening...and if you use pesticides where bees are present, always read the label. Be sure you know how to use pesticides or other garden chemicals safely and correctly. More about protecting bees and other pollinator. Read more...

Don't Get Bugged
Mosquito season is almost here, and you can help control them before they become a problem. Regularly drain or change standing water near your home – some mosquitos need only a few tablespoons of water to breed. If you use insect repellents, always read the label and be sure follow the directions for correct use for yourself, on kids, and around your home. Read more...

Exercising Outdoors?
May is Asthma Awareness Month, a good reminder to check the air quality forecast to find the best time for a workout or run. Knowing your local air quality can help reduce aggravating respiratory problems such as asthma. Read more...

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Located in Fairfield, Habitat for Humanity's ReStore sells new and gently used home improvement items to the public at 50 to 90 percent off retail. Cabinets, doors, flooring and more, the shop has new inventory daily and 90 percent of proceeds go back into the community to help rehabilitate and build homes. Read more...

Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, May 14, 9 am-Noon
Second Annual Shred Event
1405 Second Street, Napa

Everyone knows there is an insane amount of paperwork in real estate transactions…so Terra Firma Global Partners is sensitive to the fact that every once in a while, you need to purge! The company is hosting a free community event (please limit to five boxes per person), and not only are they providing the shredding machines, but there will be coffee, tea, pastries and treats to enjoy! Click here for more info.

Sunday, May 15, 10 am-2 pm
5th Annual NapaBikeFest
Oxbow Commons, Napa

Presented by PG&E, BikeFest is a celebration of all things bicycles, featuring bike rides for all ages, safety and skills workshops, bike industry demos, community activities, bike swap, and much more! BikeFest coincides with National Bike Month, and follows Bike to Work Day (May 12). Click here for more info.

Saturday, May 21, 9-11 am
Oak Tree Volunteer Day
Newell Open Space, American Canyon

Join the RCD’s 5,000 Oaks Initiative – a goal to plant 5,000 native oak trees across Napa County in three years. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help care for newly planted oaks. Come help us fight off weeds and monitor their growth! Click here for more info.                                               

Sunday, May 22, 10 am-4 pm
Bay-Friendly Garden Tour
American Canyon and Napa

The fifth annual Bay-Friendly Garden Tour features 12 gardens in Napa and American Canyon that provide inspiration for creating beautiful low-impact landscapes, including drought-tolerant gardens with habitat, heritage oaks, and spectacular views; chickens, honeybees, composting, orchards, and vegetable beds; and lawn-free outdoor entertaining spaces, rain barrels, greywater systems and more. Click here for the map and more info.

Wednesday, May 25, Noon-1 pm
Free Plug In America Webinar

A new PEV Collaborative-sponsored toolkit for multi-family residential communities will be unveiled during this national webcast. Joel Pointon of JRP Charge will review the steps in the toolkit developed to help residents of multi-unit communities organize and request vehicle charging from property managers. Click here to register.

Saturday, June 4, 9 am-2 pm
Anything with a Cord E-Waste Event
Napa Valley College, Napa

The 16th annual recycling event for electronic waste offers the opportunity to recycle “Anything with a Cord,” including electronics such as computer equipment, televisions and cell phones; metal appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens and waterheaters; and smaller kitchen and household appliances such as vacuums, blenders, microwaves and table fans. All e-waste and appliances are accepted in any amount free of charge. Click here for more info.

Did You Know...

Did you know the first electric cars were created in the mid-1800s? (source)

Orville and Wilbur Wright, the brothers who built the first flying airplane, operated a small bike repair shop in Dayton, Ohio. They used their workshop to build the 1903 Wright Flyer. (source)

Watersheds sustain life, in more ways than one. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than $450 billion in foods, fiber, manufactured goods and tourism depend on clean, healthy watersheds. (source)

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