In our November newsletter, we share green tips for the holidays, celebrate the success of Prop 67, and introduce Sustainable Napa County's new website.
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November 2016 E-News


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

Our monthly newsletters are always filled with good tips and helpful hints and these typically have to do with saving energy and water and reducing waste. But this month, I think the most important piece of advice we can offer is in our feature that outlines “green tips for the holiday season.” What is this advice? Share moments. The author of the article suggests setting a few hours (or a full day) to go explore the park, trail, or festival you have talked about for the last few years and never had time to do. Create an experience for the family that will never be forgotten – one that is “present” free! By spending time with the ones you love and not spending money on a gift – you are creating memories that will last a lifetime.  

Related to the notion of sharing moments, our chairman Henry Gundling and I recently had a great conversation that wound its way through a variety of topics, as the best conversations do. An avid reader, Henry recommended a book that he thought I’d enjoy called “Leisure: The Basis of Culture” by Josef Pieper. Normally, I go for the latest in historical fiction or well-loved classics so this book was a departure from my usual genre but I found a used copy and decided to give it a look. I was intrigued. It’s not a cliffhanger so I’m not revealing any spoilers when I say that this book is eye-opening (and I’m not finished with it yet). The premise is that leisure, rather than being something we see as frivolous, is actually the foundation of a culture. Leisure is an attitude and a “condition of the soul” that fosters the capacity to perceive the reality of the world. Leisure allows time for contemplation, reflection, fellowship, and worship. It allows the art of silence and insight. Understanding this, and having this concept of valuing leisure supported by evidence, was just the reminder I needed and many of us need to slow down and make the time and space for things that are important. How often we forget to give others, and ourselves, the gift of time. As we enter our holiday season – full of festivities and commitments on our clocks and our wallets – remember to pause and hit the refresh button now and again. I bet you won’t regret it.  

Everyone likes a big reveal, from extreme home makeovers to flattering new hairstyles. Now we have a big reveal of our own – a newly refreshed, redesigned, visually appealing, and wildly improved website. We remodeled our older and outdated website with you in mind. We asked ourselves a series of questions about how you use our website and how SNC can be your one stop when you want to know the latest.  What information do you need now and for reference? Which resources do you need easy access to? What issues are at the top of mind? Which are moving through the process? How can you get engaged in those issues and take action? What sustainability success stories about your neighbors and your community will inspire you? How can your company or organization support or partner with SNC on initiatives and programs? Our ultimate goals were to make the website easy to use and provide a way to connect you to SNC and to your community. We think we accomplished those goals and we hope you will take a look and let us know what you think.  

Until next time, 

Jeri Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County
Sustainable Napa County's new website launched this month.

As 2016 comes to an end, life gets a bit busier: family and friends’ gatherings, shopping, work parties, and more shopping! Bustling from place to place, it’s hard to recognize the impact of all of these extra activities, especially when it comes to solid waste. Waste disposal increases by 25 percent in the United States alone – with an extra 5 billion pounds of waste heading to landfill. 

Though the statistic is shocking, making a few small eco-friendly changes can be easy and have a big impact. We promise that being a bit “green” during the holidays will not turn you into the Grinch or reduce your enjoyment. Here are a few of tips from City of Napa Waste Prevention Specialist, Kendra Bruno...
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $173,479 to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to help small and medium-size businesses across the state reduce their environmental impacts.“Pollution prevention efforts can save money by increasing efficiency and lowering utility and waste disposal costs,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA's acting regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “I encourage all California businesses looking to reduce their environmental footprint and improve their bottom-line to become certified Green Businesses.”

The California Green Business Network oversees 25 green business programs operated by chambers of commerce, cities and counties throughout California. To date, 3,396 California Green Business participants have saved more than $41 million through green practices. They have also prevented emissions of more than one million tons of greenhouse gases, diverted more than 1.5 million tons of waste from landfills, and saved more than 754 million gallons of water. Learn more about the California Green Business Program. 
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Napa County and its groundwater consultant are working to meet the requirements of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The draft report, Napa Valley Groundwater Sustainability-Basin Analysis Report for the Napa Valley Subbasin, provides an extensive analysis of the basin and demonstrates that it has operated within its sustainable yield for a period of 10 years or more and is being managed consistent with the goals of SGMA and Department of Water Resources (DWR) regulations for Alternatives to Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). The draft Basin Analysis Report was presented to the Watershed Information and Conservation Council (WICC) earlier this month and the Board of Supervisors will consider approval of the report at a Special Meeting of the Board on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 to allow for submittal to DWR prior to the January 1, 2017 SGMA deadline. Click here to download a copy of the report, get a list of frequently asked questions, and see responses to comments received thus far on the report. Read more...  

In the News


Elon Musk just showed us the grand unification of Tesla: Fast cars, big batteries, and a stunning solar rooftop. Read more...

Legislative Update


Californians have voted 'Yes' on Prop 67 to affirm our plastic bag ban and extend it statewide. And we are going to start seeing the results immediately, with the elimination of the 25 million plastic shopping bags that have been generated every day. Significantly less plastic pollution and waste. Less litter on roads, parks, creeks, and beaches. And a reduced threat to wildlife. This could not have happened without the hard work of so many Californians like you who wanted a cleaner, healthier environment. Because of you, that's now the future for California. Read more...  

Napa County Roundup


Congratulations to the City of American Canyon, which received a 2016 Beacon Award for energy efficiency and conservation activity. Sponsored by the Institute for Local Government (ICLEI) and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) the Beacon Program provides a framework for local governments to share best practices that create healthier, more vibrant and sustainable communities. The program honors voluntary efforts by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies that promote sustainability. 
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Making Connections


November 15 is America Recycles Day
Remember to eCycle. Take your old computers or other electronics to a local recycling center. This helps keep lead, cadmium, and other substances out of the landfill. Learn more about eCycling and find eCycling centers near you. Read more...

Plan for Recycling at your Holiday Parties
Special events provide a great opportunity to recycle—and once you learn the basics, you’ll see how easy it is to make it a zero waste event! Always pair recycling and trash containers together so it is easy for guests to do the right thing. Click here to download signs and get tips to reduce waste at your special events. Read more...

Recycle Your Cooking Oil
Deep-frying a turkey this Thanksgiving? Your used cooking oil can be recycled. Drop off your used cooking oil at Devlin Road Recycling & Transfer Facility, where it will be recycled for use in clean, sustainable biofuel. If you live in the City of Napa, it’s even easier—free curbside cooking oil pickup is now available. Check out the Recycle More page to receive your collection can. Read more...

Free Coupon for City of Napa Customers
The City of Napa has provided this coupon good for a one-time drop-off of old, broken, unusable bulky items. Coupons, which expire February 28, 2017, are accepted daily from 8 am to 3:30 pm at the Napa Recycling & Composting facility in American Canyon. Click here to access your coupon. Read more...

Napa Valley Give! Guide: Inspiring a Community of Givers
Napa Valley CanDo continues its novel approach to year-end giving with the Napa Valley Give!Guide. The program, which includes a print piece and a website, is intended to raise awareness about local nonprofits and to cultivate a culture of year-end giving. Through December 31, donations of $10 or more will be accepted, and every penny of your donation will go to the nonprofits you’ve selected. You make a choice. You make a difference. Give!Guide makes it easy. Read more...

Light the Moment
The EPA launching a yearlong effort to educate people about the benefits of Energy Star certified lighting, and calling on Americans to change out their inefficient light bulbs with Energy Star certified LED bulbs. In collaboration with Energy Star retail, manufacturer, and utility partners, the goal is to change more than 300 million bulbs in one year. Collectively, a change-out of this magnitude would save Americans about $1.5 billion in annual energy bills and prevent 17 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions. Read more about the National Call-to-Action. Read more...

Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, November 12, 11 am-2 pm
Coat, Costume & Shoe Drive In celebration of America Recycles Day

Wednesday, November 16, 2-3 pm
Repair Revolution Webinar

Thursday, November 17, 6:30 pm doors; 7 pm film
Racing to Zero Film Screening

Saturday, November 19, 9:30-11:30 am
Community Oak Planting Day

Sunday, December 4, 10 am-4 pm
Laundry to Landscape Workshop

Click here for more details on these events.

Did You Know...

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle. An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had "bad moral character." A turkey, on the other hand, was a "much more respectable bird." -  source 

Cooking a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal costs only $4.81 with electric appliances and just $1.50 with gas appliances. - source

Black Friday is the busiest day for Roto-Rooter, a major plumbing service. They are called in to clean up “overwhelmed” sewer systems. - source

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