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.
THRIVING: a state of being characterized by balance, belonging, and harmonious relationships with other people and with Nature
COMPASSION: a sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it
Definition from Merriam-Webster Incorporated
As part of humanity, each of us is called to develop and share the unique gifts we are given. - Mollie Marti
Napa Valley Green Drinks!
In January, we will be reviewing topics and venues for 2016 - no gathering is scheduled this month.

> Do you have a topic of interest that you'd like to share?
> Are you interested in presenting at an upcoming Green Drinks gathering? Or, hosting at your home or office?
> Is there a reason you haven't attended in the past?
Please contact us at ThriveNapa@gmail.com

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd will kick off 2016 Napa Valley Green Drinks - MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
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 the CanDo Spotlight where events & volunteer opportunities from other groups around the valley are listed. Read the latest issue of the CanDo Connection
Monday, January 18, 2016
A Day of Action and Compassion

Martin Luther King, Jr. called upon us to consider what it means to be human and what acts we can do to make the world more just and humane.

WHAT: A community gathering celebrating the life of Dr. King and continuing his legacy through a day of action & compassion.

WHO: Everyone is welcome! This event is being organized by the MLK coalition - a group of non-profits, religious groups and local service organizations.

WHEN: Monday, January 18, 2016
9am: Opening Celebration: Martin Luther King, Jr.; Remembering the Man and his Message
10am: Community Service (projects last 2 or more hours)

WHERE: St. John the Baptist Church, 960 Caymus Street, Napa

WHY: Because each of us alone can make a difference . . . and together as a community we can have a profound impact.


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Setting realistic goals can lead to a healthier lifestyle and improved self-esteem. The temptation to make New Year's resolutions can be strong, but you can set all kinds of goals at any time during the year. Pick a day that's meaningful to you - your birthday, your anniversary, your child's birthday, or any personal date.

Children also benefit from learning how to plan and reach goals. It helps them learn how to manage their time and make good decisions - skills that can have a lasting and positive impact on their future. Together with your child, set a healthy goal and create a plan. Working toward goals can improve your life in many ways. Once you've accomplished a goal, be it big or small, you'll know it can be done and you'll have confidence for your next goal.

> When thinking about goals, be as specific as possible. People who set specific goals are more likely to succeed.
> Write down exactly what you want to achieve and post it in a place where you will see it everyday. This will help remind you of what you're working toward. When you write, use positive terms. For example, instead of writing, "I will stop eating junk food" re-word your goal in more positive terms: "I will make healthy food choices."
> Set realistic goals and make sure they are within your reach. It is unreasonable to expect to make a lot of big changes at the same time.
> Create a timeline with steps toward your goal. Set deadlines for each step and cross them off as you go. Sometimes just crossing things off and watching your list get smaller can give you a sense of accomplishment and help you stay motivated.
> Stay positive about your progress. To quote Henry Ford, "If you think you can or can't, you're right."
> Be flexible. Keep in mind that setbacks can happen. Don't get discouraged and give up. Try again.
> Ask for help. If you get stuck or need a little encouragement, don't be afraid to talk about it.
> Reward yourself. Acknowledge your achievements, even the small ones. 

Reaching a goal takes hard work and you should be proud of your efforts. Having clear goals and a plan can bring your family together and help you be healthier all year. All positive changes - tiny or drastic - can improve your everyday life.
Courtesy of Wellness Proposals
Be prepared for power outages year-round with these tips:

> Treat all downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others well away from them and immediately call 911, then notify PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
> Have battery-operated flashlights and radios with fresh batteries ready.

PG&E has an initiative to donate a series of hybrid-type, plug-in electric trucks to local fire departments. In additional to being able to run all electric, the trucks are available to provide up to 40 kVa exportable power. To put it in perspective, the truck is a mobile generator with on board batteries that is capable of powering up to 10 homes. A truck was recently donated by PG&E to the City of Napa.

According to John Callanan, Napa Fire Department Division Chief of Operations, the truck has many potential uses in emergency and non-emergency situations. The unit could power a block of homes in the event of a power, provide mobile power for public works personnel, power a cooling center in the summer utilized in conjunction with the heavy rescue (USAR) Trailer, among many other uses yet to be determined.

PG&E also partnered with Napa Firewise and donated $25,000 to the foundation and NCFF donated a vehicle charging station to the City of Napa for the new truck. This truck is an innovation in response equipment and provides a new level of protection to the City of Napa.
Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of each. - Henry David Thoreau
L’Oréal to Sustainably Source
Cosmetics Ingredients from Quinoa 

L’Oréal has developed a partnership in Bolivia for the sustainable sourcing of quinoa husk for cosmetics use. With this partnership, L’Oréal is providing three types of support for sustainable production of the quinoa real variety:
- support for training local farmers on best agricultural practices
- preventing erosion by planting native local legumes, bushes and herbaceous plants
- transfer of scientific knowledge and expertise between L’Oréal and its partners

To make this program a success, L’Oréal has joined forces with three partners, each bringing its own unique expertise: Andean Valley, a Bolivian company which works directly with quinoa growers; Proinpa, A Bolivian foundation which promotes the conservation and responsible use of natural resources in Bolivia; and EcoTerra, a responsible importer. This partnership will provide long-term benefits to 250 quinoa growers and their families in the Uyuni and Potosi regions of Bolivia.

Quinoa husk was previously considered to be waste and therefore it wasn't used. Thus, the sourcing strategy of L’Oréal and its partners has created a new opportunity for the cultivation of this plant. Quinoa husk contains saponins and polyphenols which make it an interesting renewable cosmetic ingredient. L’Oréal researches have proven exfoliating properties of the quinoa husk extract, and a green chemistry based extraction method has been developed by Chimex, a L’Oréal subsidiary which specializes in designing and developing eco-responsible processes.

This sustainable sourcing project is part of L’Oréal's sustainability program Sharing Beauty With All. One of the program's objectives if for 100% of the group's products to offer environmental or social benefits by 2020. By the end of 2014, 46% of the raw materials used by L’Oréal were already of renewable origin - a total of 1,400 ingredients from nearly 300 plant species in over 60 countries.
The ABC's of Living Green
Each month we will spotlight letters of the alphabet with suggestions for living a sustainable lifestyle:

- Ask About Aquifers, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternate Energy, Aluminum Recycling

B - Build Bat Boxes, Buy in Bulk, Buy Local, Bicycle as Transportation, Biodiversity

C - Compost Creatively, Cloth Bags, Carpooling, Composting, Celebrate Nature, Conserve Natural Resources, Can Crushing
Purchase this beautiful 24" x 36" poster and start living the green life. Sassy and fun images and words by Donna Tarbania, Karen Kerney (illustrations and design), Dik Cool and many friends. SCW © 2010
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