JUNE 2015 NEWSLETTER    
Thrive Napa Valley encourages leadership through awareness, education, and outreach. We empower our community to connect and engage through inspired action to promote environmental sustainability, social equity and compassion. To learn more about these types of happenings in the Napa Valley and beyond, click on the links below.
Napa Valley Green Drinks!
The Green Drinks community has decided to have an event only when there is a presenter. Lacking a speaker, the June 2 Green Drinks has been cancelled.

FUTURE GREEN DRINKS:
> July 7 - Karl Johnson on Home Energy Systems
> August 4 - Hilary Zunin on Napa Valley CanDo
> Sept. 1 - Tim Dewey Mattia on Recycling and Waste Reduction
Napa Valley CanDo brings together people from all over the Napa Valley who want to help our communities thrive through volunteerism and community action. Check out their CanDo Spotlight where events & volunteer opportunities from other groups around the valley are listed. Read the latest issue of the CanDo Connection
 
"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach."
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes 
On June 9th, Brad Wagenknecht and Compassionate Napa Valley will present the Napa Proclamation for Compassion to the Napa County Board of Supervisors. The presentation will take place at 9:00am in the Napa County Board Office, located at 1195 Combs Street, 3rd floor. A copy of the latest version of the Proclamation is attached here.
WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS

Walk-in Wednesdays are back and have now expanded to be once a month, every month! The first Wednesday of every month from 3 to 5 pm, Connolly Ranch opens the farm for old friends to visit and new friends to discover it for the first time.

Once a month, the ranch will be open for the public to visit the garden, relax in the grove, take a hike on the woodland trail and see the animals—on your own, or bring your family and friends. It is also a great time to learn about Connolly Ranch programs, events and volunteer opportunities.

Each month, the ranch will play host to different activities hosted by community partners with like-minded missions. This month, bring your yoga mat! Yoga Passion, whose goal is to ignite Napa Valley’s passion for yoga, will offer a free yoga class and UC Master Gardeners of Napa will offer a tour of their demonstration garden. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Community partners interested in hosting interactive activities at future Walk-in Wednesdays should email:  info@connollyranch.org 
Businesses interested in sponsoring this monthly community open house should email:  jennifer@connollyranch.org

Connolly Ranch is located at 3141 Browns Valley Road in Napa. Call (707) 224-1894 for more information.

WILDLAKE WORK DAY
SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2015 (9:00am-11:00am)
Help the Land Trust of Napa County restore a beautiful native grassland by removing invasive yellow starthistle! We'll work in the evening to wind down the day! Tools, gloves and instructions will be provided. More information will be provided when you register at www.napalandtrust.org
Contact Megan Lilla at (707) 261-6329 for more information.

ARCHER TAYLOR PRESERVE WORK DAYS
EVERY SATURDAY (8:15am-12:30pm)
The Archer Taylor Preserve offers opportunities every Saturday for stewardship volunteers to work on new and existing trails, invasive plants, road maintenance and similar projects. Join us for work followed by bring-your-own lunch in the cool shade of the redwoods or the sunny orchard. Tools and gloves provided. You can hike in the afternoon. 
Contact Ann Taylor Schwing at least 24 hours in advance for information, directions and the gate lock combination.
Did you know that the typical Californian uses much more water outdoors than indoors? Watering the lawn, washing cars and cleaning off the driveway and patio use much more water than you might think. Simple changes to our behavior - planting water-wise landscaping, taking shorter showers - are just a few of the easy ways we can all help to "save our water."
GOLDEN RULE FOR
WATER CONSERVATION

Be Water Wise with your clothes washer and dish washer. 

Check out this 1-minute video, packed with information on conserving water per load size.
The average Californian uses 196 gallons of water per day. Here is one easy way to reduce water use: 

Five-minute showers instead of 10-minute showers will save 12.5 gallons (with a water efficient shower head).
The words ecology and economics come from the same root, oikos, meaning house or home. Ecology is the knowledge of home - the world where we live. Economy refers to how we manage it. Clearly, we've ignored the "eco" in economics far too long - and it's time for a paradigm shift.
CAN SOMETHING YOU THROW AWAY SAVE A LIFE?

Ever wonder what happens to your hotel soap? Typically, these barely-used amenities are simply thrown away. Did you know that soap can be repurposed to help save children's lives?

Clean the World, the largest global recycler of hotel amenities with more than 2,000 hospitality partners throughout North America, is helping those in need right here at home. Studies show that simple hand washing with soap can reduce the instance of diarrheal disease and acute respiratory infection, which combined takes the lives of nearly 5,600 children each year.

Hotels generate large volumes of solid waste. A waste reduction program with soap and bottled amenity recycling can protect the environment, preserve natural resources, and reduce costs.

Clean the World has an innovative program to prevent needless waste and supply hygiene products to people who desperately need them:
1 - Collect the millions of pounds of hotel soap that guests leave behind in their rooms every year.
2 - Recycle the gently-used amenities through a third party tested-and-approved sanitation process.
3 - Distribute the repurposed soap worldwide through non-governmental partnerships, and to domestic homeless shelters.

CLEAN THE WORLD'S ONE PROJECT UNITES THE FORTUNATE WITH THE LESS FORTUNATE IN ONE PROJECT. ONE TEAM SUPPORTS ONE BELIEF - THAT ONE KIT FOR ONE INDIVIDUAL CAN CHANGE ONE LIFE. Download the brochure to see how you can get involved.
In a few decades the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace. - Wangari Maathai
UPS NAMED CLIMATE LEADERSHIP
AWARD WINNER BY EPA

Company Recognized for Beating its Climate Goals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Leadership recognized UPS with one of the Climate Leadership Awards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The awards acknowledge the voluntary work organizations do to build resilience to climate change.

UPS received the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management "Goal Achievement Award" for reporting publicly, verifying organization-wide greenhouse gas inventories and achieving publicly-set aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals. One of UPS's top enterprise sustainability goals is to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation relative to its shipping volume. Successful execution of its global GHG reduction strategy enabled the company to reach its goal to achieve a 10 percent reduction in carbon intensity in 2016 - three years ahead of schedule. Now UPS has doubled its goal to a 20 percent reduction in its carbon intensity from transportation by the end of 2020.

"We are honored to be named a climate leadership award winner by the EPA and its NGO* partners," said Mitch Nichols, UPS senior vice president, transportation, engineering and labor relations. "This award reaffirms the measurable impact of UPS sustainability initiatives and recognizes our actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity in our operations."

* NGO Partners and co-sponsors of the award: the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR).
LIBERTY BOTTLEWORKS
Liberty Bottles are the only completely recycled and 100% American made bottle on the market. Bottles are BPA FREE, as well as BPH and Phthalate FREE. The bright colorful designs are digitally printed, using gel ink. Bottles are lined with a proprietary ceramic like glaze, ensuring your water tastes like water, not metal or plastic. The thread less capping system will not freeze shut and prevents bacteria build-up. 

The Liberty BottleWorks factory is zero waste and zero emission, and certified Green by the EPA. We strove to create more jobs for American's and to be one of a kind providing jobs for retired U.S. Veterans.
Our dream was to create the greenest, healthiest water bottle on the market. Our dreams came true, and we succeeded in all we set out to do. Check out our VIDEO.
Left (or Top): Napa Heroes CORY PERKINS and STEVEN WILKES. Right (or Bottom): AIRMEN 379 EXPEDITIONARY

CARE PACKAGES FOR OUR TROOPS
JOIN US TO FILL 4TH OF JULY SUMMER CARE PACKAGES FOR OUR DEPLOYED TROOPS!

SATURDAY, JUNE 20th is CARE PACKAGE ASSEMBLY day!
10:00AM-NOON 
CROSSWALK COMMUNITY CHURCH GYMNASIUM
2590 FIRST STREET, NAPA
Assembly line starts at 10:00am
We are looking for help setting up so come a bit early if you can!


OPERATION: With LOVE From HOME works to support our deployed armed forces stationed in harm's way. Supported by the Community Outreach Department at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, OWLFH counts on a group of non-partisan volunteers who recognize the need to keep our service men and women in our hearts and prayers. The group actively supports their efforts and recognizes their sacrifices on behalf of our country.

To show support, the group works to collect donations to put together care packages for our troops abroad. Each package contains items the troops need and also contains a hand-written letter of support and thanks.

Check out the flyer for the items currently being collected for 500 care packages. Items listed in bold on the back are the top 13 items being collected, including: disposable razors, sunblock (travel size), ChapStick, Q-tips, deodorant, drink mix packets (individual: Crystal Lite, Gatorade), gum/mints, eyedrops, first aid care (muscle rub, foot cream), colored boot socks and hand sanitizer. Some groups like to select an item or two and hold a donation drive. Donations Totes are available if your office location has space. Volunteer and Sponsor information appears on the informational flyer. 

Volunteers are also needed on WEDNESDAY's in JUNE to help with sorting and breakdown donations to travel size AND/OR write cards/letters of thanks to include with packages.

Mark your calendar for JUNE 3
5:00pm-7:00pm
meet at the Main Conference Rooms at QUEEN OF THE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
1000 TRANCAS STREET, NAPA

RSVP to Jennifer Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator at jennifer.owlfh@gmail.com

> Mark your calendar for JUNE 10 and 17
5:30pm-7:30pm
AMERICAN LEGION HALL
1240 PEARL STREET, NAPA

RSVP to Jennifer Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator at jennifer.owlfh@gmail.com

For additional information about OWLFH, call (707) 251-2007 weekdays or email elizabeth.alessio@stjoe.org for more information.
 
Heartfelt Thanks:
"The best time of the day is when the mail is delivered. They just stopped in an dropped it off. We all gathered around to see who got what but for many the care packages you send are the only mail they receive. Their faces light up and their smiles are contagious. To know that there are Americans out there that are thinking about us, praying for us and generally have our best interest at heart is moving...
Master Sergeant Cory Perkins, Flight Chief

 
Photos Courtesy of Queen of the Valley Hospital, Community Benefits Office. 
SLEEP AWARENESS
While we often consider sleep to be a "passive" activity, sufficient sleep is increasingly being recognized as an essential aspect of health promotion and chronic disease prevention in the public health community.

Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions - such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression - which threaten our nation's health.

The following is a list of sleep hygiene tips which can be used to improve sleep:
  • Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning, including weekends.
  • Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold.
  • Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers, and other "gadgets" from the bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime.
'I must do something' always solves more problems than 'something must be done'. - Anonymous
FEINSTEIN-COLLINS BILL WOULD IMPROVE COSMETICS SAFETY

A bill introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, would help the federal Food and Drug Administration ensure that cosmetics and other personal care products are safer.

The proposal, titled the Personal Care Products Safety Act, would require the FDA to investigate five potentially risky ingredients each year. If an ingredient is found to pose health risks, the FDA could ban or restrict its use.

In its first safety assessments, the FDA would review:
- Methylene glycol, a form of formaldehyde recognized as a known human carcinogen and used in dangerous hair smoothing treatments;
- Propyl Paraben, a preservative linked to hormone disruption;
- Lead acetate, a potent neurotoxin used in men's hair dyes;
- Diazolidinyl urea, a preservative that releases formaldehyde;
- Quaternium-15, another formaldehyde-releasing preservative.

"Many Americans are surprised to learn that the ingredients in their makeup, shampoo and body lotion are largely unregulated and, in some cases, harmful to their health," said Heather White, Environmental Working Group  (EWG) executive director. "The fact is that companies can put potentially dangerous ingredients into the products they sell without ever having to prove they are safe. We are grateful for the leadership of Senators Feinstein and Collins on trying to improve the safety of the products that families use every day."

EWG research has found that, on average, women use 12 personal care products each day, exposing themselves to 168 chemical ingredients. Men use about half of the number of products used by women, but still expose themselves to 85 unique chemicals on a daily basis.

Under the Feinstein-Collins bill, the FDA would have the ability to stop companies from selling unsafe products and would be able to recall any products it finds to be dangerous, something the agency cannot currently do.
VOLUNTEER PROJECT:
FLEECE BLANKETS
No-sew, fringed tied fleece blankets are needed for the children (1-17 years of age) at Napa's Samaritan House - a family homeless shelter. There is an on-going need as children take these special blankets with them when housing is found.

You supply the fabric (which can be purchased locally at Hancock Fabrics) and Winnie Phillips is available to teach your group how to create these blankets.

For more information or to schedule a training time, contact Winnie Phillips at (707) 226-2459.
 
Going "Verde" in...PORTLAND
Planning and Sustainability.
Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.
Portland, Oregon Named 'CLIMATE ACTION CHAMPION' by The White House

Last fall, the White House launched the Climate Action Champions competition to identify and recognize local climate leaders and to provide targeted federal support to help those communities further raise their ambitions.

Portland was singled out as a regional leader for greenhouse gas reduction and climate change mitigation. With support from 20 agency partners, Portland's 2015 Climate Action Plan is a strategy to put the city on a path to achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to 1990 levels.

Mayor Hales praised Susan Anderson, director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and her leadership team for its work on the Climate Action Plan. He also pointed to other agencies plus activists in the private sector. "There's plenty of credit to go around."

The region is about to complete the first new bridge in downtown Portland in 30 years, and it will carry light rail, streetcar, buses, bicycles and pedestrians...but not private vehicles. This is the kind of investment we are making to make our healthy connected city a reality."

"We strive for livable neighborhoods: highly walkable, lively commercial districts, making it easy and convenient to get to the schools, shops, jobs, parks, coffee and beer that make Portland a great place to live, work and play," Hales said. "The things we love about Portland, we want all Portlanders to share. Today, they don't. We experience significant inequities, neighborhood to neighborhood. Addressing those inequities is among our top goals."
Portland: We Build Green Cities
PORTLAND: We Build Green Cities
The Obama Administration is continuing to partner with state and local governments, businesses, and philanthropic organizations to make progress on climate change in the United States. Building on the work the Administration has done with the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which delivered its recommendations to the President in November 2014, in addition to the selection of Climate Action Champions, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative. And the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the White House collaborated on the fourth in a series of local climate resilience exercises in Hampton Roads, VA.
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