JULY 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.
HEARTFELT THANKS

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, the Napa County Board of Supervisors presented the Proclamation for Compassion to Compassionate Napa Valley

A huge thank you to all who have supported Compassionate Napa Valley through this process - and for those who attended the meeting.

A special thank you goes out to Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, the Interfaith Community in Napa, the Public Health Department, The Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living, Aldea Children & Family Services (where our monthly meetings are held), and the many organizations and individuals in Napa who contributed to the Resolution for Compassion with "whereas" statements. 

Join us on the 2nd Monday of each month (5:30-7:00pm) at the upstairs training room at Aldea Children & Family Services, located at 1546 First Street in Napa. We welcome ALL compassionate minded people!

"Compassion is essential to human relationships and...a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community." Charter for Compassion
Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.  - Albert Schweitzer
The 2015 Global Peace Index reveals an increasingly divided world: many countries achieve historic levels of peace, while strife-torn nations continue to degrade into violence. Explore the data for yourself on the interactive Global Peace Index map.
EXPLORE THE DATA
Despite global peace levels remaining stable over the last year, the world is less peaceful today than it was in 2008. Over the last year, 81 countries have become more peaceful, while 78 have become more violent.
There has been a significant increase in global terrorism, with the number of people killed in attacks reaching an estimated 20,000 in 2014. The data also indicates an escalation in the intensity of armed conflict, with figures of armed conflict-related casualties nearly quadrupling from 2010 to 2014.
Violence is also having a stronger impact on the global economy. Last year, the global economic impact of violence reached US$13.4 trillion, equaling 13.4% of world GDP.
MAP
The interactive Global Peace Index map allows you to explore the changes in peace and violence in 162 countries. You can click on a country to see how it scores on each of the 23 indicators, compare two or more countries, see a full list of ranks, see how the world performs according to each indicator and explore changes in peace over time with the interactive timeline.

EXPLORE THE INTERACTIVE MAP
REPORT
The complex and dynamic fabric of peace around the world is explored in detail in the 2015 Global Peace Index report. The report covers eight year trends in peace, calculates the economic impact of violence, and provides an innovative analysis of positive peace, describing its relationship to development and other significant and positive societal outcomes.
DOWNLOAD THE REPORT
LOOKING AHEAD . . .
The Global Peace Index is being released with a series of events around the world, including London, Washington, D.C., New York, Mexico City, Geneva, Oslo, Brussels, and more. Find out more here.
Peace appeals to the hearts; studies to the brain. Both are needed, indeed indispensable. But equally indispensable is a valid link between brain and heart. And that, in a nutshell, is what peace studies and peace practice are all about. - Johan Galtung
Napa Valley Green Drinks!
Tues., July 7 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join us on the terrace at Grille 29 Lounge at Embassy Suites - 1075 California Blvd., Napa
Tonight's Topic: Home Energy Innovations with Guest Speaker Karl Johnson
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
See you at The FAIR!!
Mark Your Calendars

ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PARADE
JULY 4, 2015, 11:00am-noon (Calistoga)
Join us in downtown Calistoga to kick off our All-American celebration with Napa Valley's best 4th of July Parade! Thousands of smiling faces line the streets as friends and families marvel at the floats, the decorated cars, the live bands, and much more! Be sure to wear your red, white, and blue, wave your American flag, and bring along your family and friends to show support for your community and our great nation. After, make your way over to the county fairgrounds for a day full of games, fun, picnics, and fireworks!  Look for your "fan favorite" and then vote at the County Fair!
 
EVENTS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS (in the NAPA VALLEY BUILDING)
JULY 4, 2015,  12:00pm-11:pm (Calistoga)

After the Parade, enjoy Culinary demonstrations, Fine Arts, Gardening & Farming, Home & Hobby, Photography, Quilts, Youth Art Show and Make & Take Art Center.

NAPA COUNTY FAIR & FIREWORKS
JULY 4, 9:30pm-10:00pm (Calistoga)

Napa County Fair Grandstand
End your 4th of July celebration with the Fireworks Spectacular! Sit in the infield under the stars and enjoy a magical show!

 
NAPA TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR
JULY 8-12, 2015 (Napa)

575 Third Street in Napa
Wednesday-Saturday, noon-midnight
Sunday, noon-10:00pm

Join us for a celebration of community and the world-class produce and artisan goods for which our beautiful region is known. For five fabulous days and nights the Napa Town & Country fair fills the air with wholesome entertainment and a safe environment for toddlers and retirees alike - and we don't forget all ages in between! From wild carnival rides to classical music - your Fair offers something for everyone! 
NEED A VACATION?
Before you start relaxing to the sound of the waves or skiing the slopes, do some smart travel shopping first - not only to end up with a great trip and a good deal, but also to avoid a scam. Deal with businesses you trust, get a copy of the company's cancellation and refund policies, and ask "What if...?" And if someone says you've won a "free" vacation but need to pay? Just walk away. Click and play the Travel Game.

Before you research travel offers, prepare yourself. Read these Travel Tips from the Federal Trade Commission - Consumer Information site. Learn about:
> How to Shop for Travel
> Signs of a Scam
> Special Considerations for Charter Travel

 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, yet most skin cancers can be prevented. Every year, there are 63,000 new calls of and 9,000 deaths from melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Ultraviolet (UV) exposure is the most common cause of skin cancer. A new CDC study shows that the majority of American's are not using sunscreen regularly to protect themselves from the sun's harmful UV rays.

A tan is the body's response to injury to UV rays. A base tan does little to protect you from future damage to your skin caused by UV exposure. In fact, people who indoor tan are more likely to report getting sunburn.

Fewer than 15% of men and fewer than 30% of women reported using sunscreen regularly on their face and other exposed skin when outside for more than 1 hour. Many women report that they regularly use sunscreen on their faces but not on other exposed skin.

Choose sun protection strategies that work:
> Use broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15+ to protect any exposed skin.
> Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
> Wear a hat, sunglasses and other clothes to protect skin.
> Sunscreen works best when used with shade or clothes, and it must be re-applied every two hours after swimming, sweating, and toweling off.
NIVEA DOLL
TEACHING THE IMPORTANCE OF SUN PROTECTION
Protecting kids while they're on the beach is at the heart of NIVEA Sun Kids' philosophy. Parents often struggle to snag their excited children long enough to properly apply sunscreen, so how do you teach a young child the importance of wearing sunscreen? With the NIVEA Doll - a doll that is sensitive to the rays of the sun - that's how. A true technological advance that marries creativity and technology. And, a great follow-up to last year's Cannes Mobile Grand Prix-award winning "Protection Ad" from FCB Brazil.
The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination. - John Schaar
Follow these easy indoor tips and save more water every day!
> Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.
> Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator.
> If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don't throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
In The LAUNDRY ROOM
> Washing only FULL LOADS of clothes saves 15-45 gallons per load!
> Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
> For hand laundering, place a stopper in the wash tub for both wash and rinse. Don't let the faucet run.

 > If your clothes washer is 10-years or older, installing a water-efficient clothes washer can save 16 gallons per load. For more information on water and energy efficient washers, visit the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Clothes Washer Page.
CALIFORNIA GREEN INNOVATION INDEX GOES GLOBAL: Golden State Ranks Top Among Countries Worldwide

In advance of the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris this year, the California Green Innovation Index, for the first time, analyzes and ranks the Golden State's economic and energy performance in comparison to the world's 50 largest green house gas (GHG) emitting nations.

Next 10's 2015 California Green Innovation Index, International Edition charts GDP, emissions, energy productivity, renewable energy generation, clean tech investments and other key metrics. California and the U.S. collectively lead the world on several critical indicators.

Findings for California include:
- World's second least carbon-intensive economy. For every dollar of goods and services, California emits less carbon than any nation except France.
- #5 in the world in energy productivity (GDP relative to total energy consumption).
- Generated nearly 64% more GDP for every unit of energy consumed than the U.S. as a whole (2012). For every unit of energy, the state produced $268 billion GDP, compared to U.S. $164 billion GDP.
- Attracted half ($5.7 billion ) of clean tech global venture capital investment (2014) - second only to the U.S. as a whole. 153% increase investment between 2012 and 2014.
- Generated 23% of its electricity from renewable sources as of the first half of 2014. Fourth among large emitters for total share of electricity renewables.
- Cut electricity use per capita by 4% and total energy use per capita by 19.5% (1990-2012).

"This year's California Green Innovation Index tracks a clear shift to clean energy around the world. Although fossil fuels still represent a significant portion of our overall energy use, many analysts believe we have reached an important tipping point - globally, we are not adding more capacity for renewable power annually than fossil fuels," said Doug Henton, chairman and CEO of Collaborative Economics.

The California Green Innovation Index, International Edition shows how this transition is playing out for the world's top 50 emitters of GHGs. Among these nations, plus California:
- France, California and Italy have lowest carbon intensive economies in the world. 
- Nigeria, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and California lead the world in energy productivity.
- After the U.S. and EU, Japan, South Korea, Germany and California lead the world in clean tech patents.
- More than one-third of global electric vehicles were sold in the U.S., more than any other country in 2014. About half of the U.S. sales happened in California.
New EnChroma Eyewear Lets The Color Blind See Colors

One in 12 men, and approximately one in 200 females, have some form of color vision deficiency (CVD), of which approximately 80% can be helped by EnChroma eyewear.

The EnChroma glasses enable red-green color blind students, children, workers - anyone suffering from CVD - to see and appreciate a more colorful world.

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EnChroma indoor glasses enable kids (and others) to more quickly and accurately identify and interpret important color-coded information at school and outside of class. Color blindness is often considered a mild disability, but studies estimate that two-thirds of the 300 million people with CVD feel it's a handicap.

A wonderful short documentary (see below this article) shares evocative personal stories from four color blind individuals and their reactions to experiencing certain colors for the first time wearing EnChroma glasses. The film was produced by Valspar Corporation, a global leader in the paint and coatings industry. 


EnChroma is dedicated to positively impacting the lives of the estimated 300 million people worldwide with color vision deficiency. EnChroma has developed a robust line of innovative eyewear products with cutting-edge optical technology for men, women and children. The company is led by a team of seasoned researchers, engineers, and technology experts, backed by an advisory board of world-renowned vision scientists. Based in Berkeley, CA, EnChroma emerged from a National Institutes of Health SBIR grant designed to study the feasibility of CVD. For more information, call 510-497-0048 or email info@enchroma.com
Valspar Color For The Colorblind
Valspar Color for the Color Blind
STATE OF CALIFORNIA DONATES SURPLUS AIR POLLUTION MONITORING EQUIPMENT TO MEXICO'S BAJA CALIFORNIA

The California Environmental Protection Agency has donated surplus air monitoring equipment to the Environmental Protection Agency of Baja California to help bolster its air monitoring network along the border.

Particulate matter samplers and other air monitoring equipment will help support existing monitoring stations throughout Baja. Better air monitoring helps governments on both sides of the international border to better understand the air quality picture in that region.

Last July Governor Brown and Mexican environment officials signed an agreement to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. One area of particular focus in the memorandum of understandings air quality, calling for increased monitoring and specialized equipment in exchange for technical information on air quality.

The surplus equipment was once used by ARB, which has an extensive air quality monitoring program, collecting accurate real-time measurements of ambient level pollutants at more that 40 sites throughout California.

Equipment donated includes a handful of particulate matter monitors and supporting equipment, including instruments that perform checks on gaseous analyzers to ensure proper performance (ozone, carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen); and data loggers that plot graphs to show air pollutant and temperature trends in a graphical format.

For more than a decade, the ARB has worked with the United Mexican States and the Free and Sovereign State of Baja to monitor ambient air in the Mexicali area, either by working on site or working indirectly through monitoring contracts. ARB also has provided assistance with laboratory analytical services, training and certification of calibration standards. Air quality data collected in Baja and ARB support is made available to the public through ARB's air quality databases and helps inform air pollution control and policy decisions on both sides of the border.
FLEX ALERT MEANS SAVE ENERGY NOW
Flex Alert - Powerful
FLEX ALERT (Video): POWERFUL
Stay Prepared for a Flex Alert this Summer: A Flex Alert is an urgent call to Californians to immediately conserve electricity and to shift demand to off-peak hours (after 6pm).

When an alert is called:
> Turn off all unnecessary lights, computers, and appliances.
> Adjust your air conditioning thermostat to 78 or higher. Use a fan when possible.
> Postpone using major appliances and equipment until after 6pm.

Watch for Flex Alert notifications this summer by email, social media and the web. For more information or to sign up to receive notifications directly please visit www.flexalert.org
Going "Vert" in...OSLO, Norway
As the first nation in the world, Norway has implemented a system where destinations can get environmental certified at a national level. But Norwegian sustainability goes beyond systems and certifications. Enjoying nature and the outdoors is considered a national pastime, and this is reflected in the people's attitude toward conservation and use of the wilderness. As of August 2013 no less than 7 percent of mainland Norway is made up of 37 national parks, and all told almost 17 percent of mainland Norway consists of protected areas in one form or another, not counting Svalbard.
OSLO - Nancy Bundt / Visitnorway.com

TRANSPORTATION AND POWER
Between cities in Norway, the most environmentally friendly means of transport is the train. Most trains in Norway run on electricity and are equipped with generators that regenerate power on downhill stretches and feeds it back into the system, making it available to other trains.

Due to an abundance of inland water, Norway is rich in hydroelectric power, which constitutes around 98 percent of the electricity used nationwide. This, along with powerful incentives like waived or reduced tax and fees, has made electrically power cars more popular in Norway than anywhere else in the world. Many of the larger cities in Norway can also offer electric public transportation locally. The numerous trams- and metro lines are all electric in Oslo, and many of the city's buses are running on low-emission natural gas or hydrogen fuel cells which emit only water.
Green Buses for European Cities
CHIC (Clean Hydrogen in European Cities)

 
LOCAL FOOD
Making the most of what is available without depleting natural resources is reflected in Norwegian food traditions. Many Norwegians catch their own seafood and some also hunt wild game sloth with picking berries, growing apples or running small farms. This gives many local restaurants around the country easy access to first-class ingredients for use in their kitchens, making quality control easier and more reliable.

TOURISM
Much of the tourism industry in Norway conforms to certificates and standards of environmentally friendly conduct. These ensure that strict rules and regulations in pollution, recycling and energy use are followed, and make it easier for customers to choose to travel in a sustainable way. The green hotels and activities are qualified as environmentally friendly and have earned a certificate. They meet strict ecological and performance criteria within categories as waste, energy, purchase, chemicals and more. 

WASTE RECYCLING
Over 95 percent of all recycle plastic bottles sold in Norway today are recycled. When buying almost any bottle with potable contents, you pay a small fee, which is refunded when the bottle is returned to any grocery shop or supermarket. Most municipalities in Norway also recycle glass, metals, paper and cardboard, as well as plastics. In Oslo, and other major cities, food waste is collected and used to make bio-diesel for buses, whereas elsewhere in Norway it is often composted privately or used to make animal feed. Methane from landfills is also sometimes burned to generate heat for homes in the surrounding areas, saving energy and reducing pollution in the cities.
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