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In our September newsletter, we celebrate Paupaiz Coffees' commitment to going deep green and the City of Calistoga's efforts to convert to LED. We also share some tips for greening your home improvements from Napa Waste Prevention Specialist Kendra Bruno. 
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September 2017 E-News

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Dear friend,

The change in seasons offers us natural breaks and new beginnings…the last backyard BBQ and an end to days by the pool to the start of the school year and the unpacking of cashmere sweaters. It’s a time for both reflection and rejuvenation.   
 
SNC is also taking the opportunity to look back at our accomplishments and look ahead to our priority initiatives. Our team recently gathered to spend some time thinking about what’s next for SNC and considered several key questions. What are the big picture issues that will determine progress toward sustainability in Napa County? What is the role for SNC – what aligns with our mission and where can we be the most useful? What are the results we believe we can achieve? And what will need to make it happen? We may not have come up with all the answers to our questions, but the exercise of asking them and working through them together was invaluable. 
 
SNC, as an organization, is only eight years old and this gives us a unique opportunity to continue to develop as our community does and to be nimble and responsive to issues as they arise. Key focus areas of our future work will of course include energy and renewable energy, but also have a stronger link to critical topics like transportation and housing as we continue to learn how these issues are integrated.
 
Our top priority, and the frame around everything we do, remains being what we call a “collaborative advocate” – bringing together thought leaders and local stakeholders to address our challenges and to identify opportunities for taking action. Stay tuned for more as SNC evolves and takes on new ideas and issues.


Until next time, 

Jeri Hansen-Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County
GREENING YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENTS
by Napa Waste Prevention Specialist Kendra Bruno

Has the grip of summer taken hold of you? There is nothing like constant sunshine, beautiful weather, and the overall feeling of summertime that motivates us to re-decorate our home, switch out or add some new backyard seating, paint your house, or clean the garage…and wow. You had more leftover materials from previous home improvements piled in the garage than you realized – always making a promise to deal with it the next time. Now it is the next time and one question remains – what to do with all that stuff?  Read more...
PAUPAIZ COFFEES 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 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 Curtis Susuki, Co-Owner of Paupaiz Coffees chose to become a Deep Green champion. Read more...

Napa County Roundup

Calistoga working with Energy Alliance Association to convert office lighting
The City of Calistoga is working with The Energy Alliance Association to convert office lighting from T-8 florescent lights to LED tubes. The first buildings to be converted are the Police and Fire Departments, followed by City Hall and Public Works. Expected to be completed in October, the project is anticipated to save 13,260 kW annually with a reduction in CO2 of 6,595 pounds per year. With incentives, the payback period for all four buildings is approximately seven months resulting annual savings in electricity costs of $2,864.   
 

Making Connections

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Help Make Bicycling Better in Napa County
Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) IS gathering bicycling data to update the current Countywide Bicycle Plan to support the development of a safe, connected, and equitable network of bicycle facilities throughout the County. The NVTA’s schedule calls for releasing a draft countywide bicycle plan in summer 2018, and comments will be taken through September and perhaps into early October. Your input will help planners better understand what locations and corridors create problems for people trying to bike, and what new bike projects can help residents and visitors feel safe and comfortable in Napa County.

Napa Youth Stewardship Council Now Accepting Applications
Napa County students in 9th-12th grade are invited to apply to the Napa Youth Stewardship Council and gain valuable community experience. The Council is an after-school club that meets monthly to plan and implement community service projects for a healthier environment. This council provides a unique opportunity to gain community service experience, leadership skills, and environmental awareness and exposure to environmental careers. The deadline to apply is September 30.

Prepare for Emergencies
Find out what you can do to reduce risks from environmental hazards before, during, and after a natural disaster. September is National Preparedness Month and the average annual peak of hurricane activity. Learn more...

Comment on Waters of the United States (WOTUS)
EPA and the Department of the Army will hold 11 public sessions to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide recommendations on a revised definition of "Waters Of The United States" (WOTUS). Sessions will be held weekly beginning September 19 and will continue for ten weeks, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. eastern time. Click here out more and learn how you can provide your input.
 
 

Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, September 23, 9:30-11:30 am
Pollinators, Beneficial Insects & Native Plants
Martha Walker Garden, Skyline Park, Napa


Saturday & Sunday, October 7 and 8, 10 am- 4 pm
California Native Plant Sale
Skyline Park, Napa


Click here for more details on this event and others.

Did You Know...

The word hurricane comes from the Taino Native American word, hurucane, meaning evil spirit of the wind - source

Americans use their bicycles for less than one percent of all urban trips. Europeans bike in cities a lot more often—in Italy 5 percent of all trips are on bicycle, 30 percent in the Netherlands, and seven out of eight Dutch people over age 15 have a bike. - source

The term equinox comes from the Latin word equinoxium, meaning "equality between day and night." - source

Unlike incandescent bulbs -- which release 90 percent of their energy as heat -- LEDs use energy far more efficiently with little wasted heat. - source
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