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.
See You on April 7th!
Napa Valley Green DrinksTues., April 7 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join us on the terrace at Grille 29 Lounge at Embassy Suites - 1075 California Blvd., Napa
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

We in CanDo refer to new ideas as "seeds." We choose them carefully, nurture them in every way, and help them grow into tasty projects, drawing in new volunteers with the vision and energy to make things happen. Our newest project is, literally, all about seeds as we work to supply local Food Bank pantries with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and other fresh, local produce. Fittingly, this new project is called CanDo CanGrow

The Napa Community Garden and Connolly Ranch have already agreed to donate some garden space to raise plants for the Food Bank. Here are ways you, too, can help:

~  Have a home garden? A garden at your place of work or your child’s school? Just pop an extra plant or two in the ground this spring. Later, you can take that fresh produce directly to your local Emergency Food Pantry or contact us if you need help. For locations of Napa Valley Emergency Food Pantries, go to canv.org or call 707-253-6128.

~  Have extra seeds or plants to donate? Email: CanDoCanGrow@gmail.com 

~  Give an hour or two of your time. Volunteers are needed to help prepare beds now and later to harvest or transport produce. You’ll be on a list to help only when it works with your schedule. FFI:  Email Karen at CanDoCanGrow@gmail.com

Help CanDo so that all our neighbors taste the riches of the Valley. One cucumber, one tomato at a time, together we can help provide better nutrition to the Napa County residents.

It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.  - Jacques Yves Cousteau
Compassionate action for Mother Earth is the ultimate act of compassion, for its benefits extend far beyond ourselves to all living beings who live in this world now and for untold generations of life to come.

Love This Place! Serve the Earth Week aims to help us transform love for those we care about and our love for this place into compassionate action for the Earth and all its inhabitants. It aims to uplift and rally our spirits with a positive vision of the future we can live into, and reminds us of how to protect, enhance, and celebrate what we love. 

The Compassion Games represents a fun, creative, and meaningful way to develop our relationships and make our world a safer, kinder and better place to live. It's Survival of the Kindest . . . Game On! Register Your Team for Earth Week Here!
45th Anniversary
April 22, 2015
Napa's Earth Day Celebration will be held downtown on Saturday, April 25 from 11am-5pm!
There is still time for your organization to plan an Earth Day celebration. Or, mark your calendar and participate in a Bay Area  Earth Week event (April 18-26).
Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness. - Tolstoy
April is recognized nationwide as

To kick off the month's events, Cope Family Center presents the Annual Blue Ribbon LuncheonRight from the Start: Raising Napa's Children. The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 8th (11:45am-1:15pm) at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, ($10 donation suggested at the door). RSVP by email to cmitchell@copefamilycenter.org

This year we will be celebrating those who are working to assure that families in the Napa community have the resources they need to get their children off to the best possible start. Afterward, we'll gather to recognize the number of reported child abuse cases by tying blue ribbons to the posts at our new offices located at 707 Randolph Street, symbolizing our continued commitment to preventing child abuse in Napa County in 2015 and beyond.

You can also call the Child Abuse Prevention Council at Cope Family Center for blue ribbon pins, posters, bookmarks, Mandated Reporter materials and ideas on how you can support this year's Blue Ribbon Campaign. For more information call (707) 252-1123.
Local Student Wins Opportunity to Speak at 2015 TEDXNapaValley

Kimberly Jessica Ramirez Gonzalez of Napa High School is the winner of the 2015 TEDxNapa Valley Student Speak-Off earning the opportunity to speak at this year’s TEDxNapaValley event on Sunday, April 12, at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. The TEDxNapaValley Student Speak-Off took place in February at the Napa High School Little Theater and was the largest to date, including students from Napa High School, St. Helena High School, Calistoga Junior-Senior High School, Vintage High School, Justin-Siena High School, and Sonoma Valley High School. Competitors presented their three to six-minute multi-media talk centered on this year’s theme, “Redefining Success,” to the TEDxNapaValley organizing team, who selected the final winner.

Student talks were judged on elocution and style, their ability to immediately grab the audience in the introduction, use of digital media to enhance their presentation, the general crafting of their talk and the ability to deliver it within the allotted three to six-minute time frame. Ramirez Gonzalez presented a moving talk focused on how she came to redefine success through very tragic, troubling and harsh times in her young life.

The full lineup of speakers for
Sunday, April 12 TEDxNapaValley 2015 will feature a dozen people from the local community and beyond. Event information and online ticket sales are available at www.tedxnapavalley.org  General Admission tickets are available for $100 per person. For those wishing for an entire weekend immersion, a limited number of Weekend Sponsor Packages are still available for $250 per person. The package includes one ticket to the Saturday, April 11th Speaker Dinner, one ticket to the Sunday, April 12th Live Conference Event, early admission seating, an autographed TEDxNapaValley 2015 Program and a TEDxNapaValley T-shirt.

Much like many plants budding early this year, the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation chipping program is officially open. In anticipation of an early start to fire season and dense brush growth due to our spring-like weather with occasional much needed rain, the chipper started a month early this year. 

Chipping is a completely free service for those living in high fire danger zones - meaning just about all of rural Napa County. State law requires all homeowners living in high risk fire areas to have a 100-foot perimeter around their home and structures where trees and other vegetation must be reduced or removed to provide a defensible space. 

This free service is not intended for general land clearing, but is for defensible space preparation. For additional information about defensible space regulations, landscaping tips and general wildfire preparedness, visit FireWiseNapa. Once a pile is ready for chipping, you only need to request the service online at www.napafirewise.org or by calling (707) 967-1426. 

"Hey, lighten up!" Next time someone tells you that, think of it as sound health advice and not a snide comment. It could be that person is actually looking out for your well-being!

Humor and laughter can benefit you physically, mentally and socially. A good belly laugh can improve oxygen flow to the heart and lower blood pressure. Laughter allows distance from negative thoughts and appears to add zest to life. It also releases hormones that can improve your mood and decrease anxiety.
Recycle, Upcycle & Reuse

Have you seen wooden pallets stacked up and wondered what could be done with them?

Did you know there are 1001 ways to recycle wooden pallets into useful and fun projects?! Some include: pallet kitchen island and a hanging vertical garden.

Special thanks to Cyndi Sladics and her Simply Straws! blog for providing the Wooden Pallet inspiration. For additional information on Cyndi's passion to educate the public on the effects of plastic pollution, see below:
All of us carry a desire for a better way, a hope that we will some how leave this world a better place than how we found it. In 2011, the Sladics' family began "Simply Straws", a reusable drinking straw alternative to the common plastic straws. With a passion to educate the public on the effects of plastic pollution, and a commitment to work with organizations minimizing plastics - they began. Read Cyndi's story here.

THE LAST STRAW Campaign was created by 1:1 to help hospitality establishments develop an effective method of operating more sustainably. The campaign simply asks that restaurants provide drinking straws only upon request.


Goodyear Tire & Rubber's GT3 tire (left) is the first tire on the market using a new starch-based filler material called BioTRED, which uses corn as its feedstock.  A patented innovation developed at the company's Luxembourg Innovation Center, BioTRED partially replaces more conventional carbon black and silica.
Heat-gathering Goodyear BH03 concept tire charges electric cars on the move
At the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (March 2015), Goodyear Tire & Rubber launched a groundbreaking concept tire that could radically change the role of tires in the future. This tire generates electricity through the action of materials in the tire that capture and transform the energy created by heat when it flexes as it rolls during normal driving conditions. The materials used would optimize the tire’s electricity generation capabilities as well as its rolling resistance. As demand for electric cars grows, this technology has the potential to significantly contribute to the solution of future mobility challenges. This visionary tire technology could eliminate the vehicle-range anxiety motorists may have with electric cars.
Going Geen in...South Bronx
Teachers Changing Lives: Stephen Ritz
Plant by Plant, Classroom by Classroom...
GREEN BRONX MACHINE is improving outcomes and changing destinies

Green Box Machine was born via collaboration between life-long educator Stephen Ritz and his students who observed that as waistlines expanded, engagement and opportunities in school decreased, school performance suffered, and hope and ambition became minimized.

Originally an after-school, alternative program for high school students, Green Bronx Machine has evolved into K-12+ model fully integrated into core curriculum. Students grow, eat and love their vegetables en route to spectacular academic performance.

30,000 pounds of Bronx vegetables later, favorite crops include healthy students, high performing schools, graduates, registered voters, living wage jobs and members of the middle class. Their work, vision and mission are as organic and locally grown as it gets - straight from their classroom to their community.
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