In our April newsletter, we celebrate Earth Day with things you can do to make a difference, fun facts, and local celebrations and events. It's also the beginning of the Farmers' Market season. While some run year-round, the brand-new American Canyon Farmers' Market opens May 1 and the newly-relocated Napa Farmers' Market opens May 3.
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March 2016 E-News


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

April is all about celebrating Earth Day in communities around the country and the globe, and Napa is no exception. The local event takes place on Saturday, April 23 in the Oxbow Commons in downtown Napa – the first event held in this new and expansive outdoor community space. We will be there to share information about electric vehicles (EV) and our current EV project (see The CivicSpark Diaries below). And we’ve teamed up with Napa Ford to showcase the Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid, which will be on site so attendees can see, touch, and ask questions about the car.  

You’ll learn more about the history of Earth Day when you read our “Did You Know” section but it’s worth mentioning that the very reason for the day’s designation came from a horrible environmental situation here in our own state. That’s the bad news. The good news is that since that time, our awareness about how connected our economies and communities are to our environment has grown. And we understand that they are not mutually exclusive, that it is all about balance and continuing improvement.  

It’s gratifying to know that here in Napa Valley we do a pretty good job of living each day like it was Earth Day. We are fortunate our residents and businesses have access to (and sometimes even develop) a wide variety of programs that help us tread a little more lightly and reduce our footprints. These programs help us save energy and water; create opportunities for more clean power; make it easy to reuse, recycle, and compost; clean our rivers and streams; preserve and enhance our watershed and open spaces; and create appealing alternatives to our cars; just to name a few. 

Celebrating the environment for a day is great – but being mindful of our environment on a daily basis so that it comes naturally is even better. 

Enjoy the festivities!  

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 third installment, Margot brings us up to date on her work in the community to share information about Electric Vehicles (EV).

For a few days in mid-March, I had the opportunity to attend the CivicSpark midyear gathering, where I met some of the 47 other CivicSpark fellows doing various kinds of climate-related work for local governments all over California. It was great to meet some of my peers in the program, especially those who are also focusing on transportation (in particular electric vehicles) and renewable energy. The gathering was a fantastic opportunity for us to share challenges, successes, resources, and build connections with fellows outside of our respective regions. Back in Napa...

Over the next year, several of the 21 Napa Green wineries that have been assessed are on track to save a collective $84,000 – all from a simple rate change. Thanks to the Napa Green program's Integrated Resource Assessment (IRA) component, wineries can save even more by implementing upgrades and operational changes. In the past, wineries had to go through three separate audits of their energy, water, and waste systems in order to achieve certification and recertification – the one-stop IRA takes care of them all at once. This whole-system analysis identifies practical opportunities to save both resources and money. Napa Green partners with Sustainable Napa County on the assessments. The first step of an IRA is a simple energy rate analysis. As an example, Domaine Chandon was a huge winner, saving more than $60,000 with their rate change. Read more...

Farmers’ Market season is upon us! Please visit a Certified Farmers’ Market near you! 

The City of American Canyon received a grant from the USDA to get a farmers’ market up and running in American Canyon. The market will have its grand opening on Sunday, May 1, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, live music, kids’ activities, and more.  

The Napa Farmers’ Market will open on Tuesday, May 3 at its new location at the South Napa Century Center, near the Cinemark Theater and In-Shape fitness center. Napa Mayor Jill Techel will cut the ribbon at 8 am and the first 100 shoppers on May 3 (and also on Saturday, May 7) will receive a gift from the market.

American Canyon Farmers’ Market
Opening day: Sunday, May 1
Sundays, May-October, 10 am-2 pm 
100 Benton Way, American Canyon

Calistoga Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday (year-round), 8:30 am-noon
Sharpsteen Museum Plaza, Washington Street, Calistoga

Napa Farmers’ Market
Opening day: Tuesday, May 3
Tuesdays and Saturdays, May-October, 8 am-12:30 pm  
South Napa Century Center, 195 Gasser Dr., Napa 

St. Helena Farmers' Market
Opening day: Friday, May 6
Fridays, May-October, 8 am-1 pm  
Crane Park, St. Helena

Napa County Roundup

Napa County
At its April 5 meeting, the Napa County Board of Supervisors received a staff report and presentation on the Napa County Comprehensive Groundwater Monitoring Program 2015 Annual Report, the County's California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM) program, and an update related to Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) implementation. Read more...


Making Connections


How do you #EarthDay? April is Earth Month. Find things you can do online or wherever you are.

Reduce Food Waste
About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change. Every little bit helps – find ways you can reduce food waste. Read more...

Make the Safer Choice
Time for spring cleaning? Remember to look for the Safer Choice label on cleaning products when shopping. The Safer Choice label means the ingredients meet EPA’s criteria for the program. Look for the label – springtime and all year 'round. Read more...

Nominate Environmental Educators 
Know a teacher using innovative teaching methods for environmental education? Applications (due May 16) are now being accepted for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, recognizing innovative educators to teach about the environment. Read more...

Mark Your Calendar

April and May
Free Home Composting Workshops
Learn how to turn yardwaste and kitchen scraps into wonderfully rich compost to use as a soil amendment or mulch in your garden. Discover the basics of backyard composting, worm composting and grasscycling. Become familiar with tools, techniques and types of bins. Sign up for a free workshop and take home a special gift to get you started right away. Click here for more info and to register. 

Wednesday, April 13, 7 pm 
Come Meet a Live Owl
Napa County Library

Get to know Napa County’s wild creatures at the monthly lecture series, Wild Napa. This month, Trinka Marris, co-founder of the Hungry Owl Project, will shed some light on the true characteristics of owls, which are even more fascinating than the myths! Meet a live owl and study its unique physical attributes. More info...

Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and 21
California Water Policy 25
UC Davis Conference Center

This year the California Water Policy Conference celebrates its 25th anniversary of bringing together leaders from the agricultural, urban and environmental communities to discuss policy issues impacting California's water. The two-day conference features noted speakers, networking and discussion opportunities, (plus an exciting salmon recovery tour immediately following the conference). Attendees will go home with a better understanding of California's complicated water issues. Click here for more info and to register. 

Friday, April 22, 8 am-4:30 pm
Northbay Watershed Association Conference
Embassy Suites, Napa

This conference will bring together key participants from around the North Bay to focus on how we can work together to manage our water resources. Keynote speakers will be Senator Lois Wolk and Congressman Jared Huffman. Click here for more info and to register.

Friday, April 22, 2-4 pm 
Shred-It, Town Yard Sale and Clean-Up Day
Westamerica Bank, Yountville

Celebrate Earth Day by purging all of your paper records. Westamerica Bank, Upper Valley Waste and the Town of Yountville are partnering again this year to provide free shredding and e-waste recycling services. Bring your papers and e-waste to the branch from 2 to 4 pm. More info...

Friday, April 22, 7 pm
Eyes on the Sky Screening
Copia Theater, Napa

This documentary film examines the years-long drought in the West and poses strategies for sustainable water supplies. Filmmaker Steve Nicolaides will introduce the film that he narrated, wrote, and produced, and will lead a discussion following the film. In this engaging, short film, Nicolaides explores the complex system that supplies water to farms and communities, how supplies are being depleted, and what can be done about it. Eyes on the Sky asks important questions and will promote discussion and public action needed to fashion a vision for a secure water future. More info...

Saturday, April 23, 8-10 am
Earth Day Napa Cleanup
Five locations in Napa

Help prevent pollution from entering our creeks and rivers by volunteering at one of five locations around the City of Napa. Gloves will be provided at each site. Wear sunscreen and clothes you are willing to get dirty. Click here for more info and to register.

Saturday, April 23, 9 am-1 pm
Earth Day in St. Helena
St. Helena Fire House

The St. Helena Chamber, in partnership with Upper Valley Disposal and Recycling and Umpqua Bank will host its annual free drive-thru Earth Day event at the St. Helena Fire House. This year’s event includes drop off opportunities for e-waste and shredding. Members of the St. Helena Football team will be on-hand to help unload cars and assist with the collection. Pharmaceuticals will be collected at the St. Helena Police Station drop-off only. More info...

Saturday, April 23, 11 am-4 pm
Earth Day Celebration
Oxbow Commons, Napa

The annual Earth Day event features live music, food vendors and activities for kids of all ages. Attendees will find dozens of exhibitor booths displaying environmental products, services, games, and giveaways, as well as information on a host of important topics, including alternative energy, local agriculture, watershed health, pollution prevention, recycling, and more. Festival attendees will also be entertained by an amazing lineup of local and regional talent booked by BottleRock Napa Valley.  More info...

Saturday, April 23, noon-3 pm
Napa River Kayak Clean-up 
Napa River, Napa

Keep Napa River litter-free and paddle along with others to pick up trash and recyclables littering the river. Kayak NV will provide kayaks and Compadres Rio Grille will provide lunch for participants. Cost is $25/person and is partially funded through CalRecycle grants. Additional cleanup dates are May 14, June 11, July 16, August 13, September 24, and October 15. Click here for more info and to register.

Saturday, April 23, 5-10 pm
Earth Night: The After Party
Connolly Ranch, Napa

Connolly Ranch is hosting its 2nd annual Earth Night, a springtime festival celebrating arts, music, movement and nature. There will be live music, aerial and fire spinning performances, free movement classes, recycled art and nature craft activities, happy hour, food trucks, delicious local wine, an eco-bazaar, raffle, farm tours, moonlit nature hikes, telescope for stargazing, onsite childcare and more! Following Napa’s downtown Earth Day festivities, Earth Night is the after party you won’t want to miss! Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am-noon 
Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements Info Session
Napa County Library

Attend this free info session to find out about getting cash rebates on your multifamily property. Whole-building rebates are available at $750 per dwelling unit. In-unit and common area improvements eligible, and you can use your own contractors. Also, find out more about no-cost energy and water consulting provided by the Association for Energy Affordability. The consultants will conduct an energy and water usage analysis and site visit and are a one-stop-shop to connect you with the right rebates. Click here for more info and to register.

Saturday, April 30, 2-4 pm
Go Green Workshop
Yountville Community Center

The Yountville Go Green Team is hosting a public workshop, part of an ongoing Earth Day celebration, to provide attendees with information on how they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their daily lives. Attendees will also have the chance to provide feedback on potential policies the Town could include in its new Climate Action Plan. For more information, email or call 707-944-8851.

Monday, May 2, 6:30-8 pm 
Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade
Napa County Library

Single-family homeowners are eligible for incentives up to $6,500 with the Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade program. Eligible improvements installed by a participating contractor include air sealing; duct sealing; attic insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems; wall insulation; and more. Attend the workshop on May 2 to find out more or click here for more info.

Did You Know...

In 1908, Henry Ford bought his wife, Clara Ford, an electric vehicle. Many socialites of that time gave this rousing endorsement for EVs: "It never fails me.” (source)

In 1982, Sunset introduced Xeriscaping (water conserving landscaping) in their Sunset Western Garden book. (source)
April 22, 2016, marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day — a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Organizers started Earth Day in response to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. (source)

There are actually two Earth Days — the April 22 holiday and the one celebrated on March 20, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in southern latitudes. To this day, at the exact moment of the equinox, when the sun crosses the plane of the equator and day and night are equal length, the Japanese Peace Bell is rung at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, followed by two minutes of silent prayer or meditation. The Equinox was chosen as a symbol of harmony in nature and an appropriate time to dedicate efforts to peace and care of the Earth. (source)

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