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Daylight Savings Time comes to an end at 2:00am on Sunday, November 1st.
Remember to turn your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night (Oct. 31st).

Sunrise will be about an hour earlier, with more light in the mornings. Sunset will be just before 5:00pm.
Napa Valley Green Drinks!
Napa Valley Green DrinksTues., Nov. 3 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join us on the terrace at Grille 29 Lounge at Embassy Suites - 1075 California Blvd., in Napa.
Guest Speaker: Erin Axelrod
Topic: Grey Water
Her talk will get you to think about the soaps and detergents you are using in your home. Come & Learn if a Grey Water system installation is right for you!
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
You need your R&R - here's how to truly renew and recharge

You work hard. So how are you at relaxing? It should be easy, right?

When we're busy, it can be tough to unwind. We'd like to and hope to . . . when we get around to it.

Relaxation and recreation are more than wants - or wishes. They're essentials for your well-being.

When you enjoy your downtime - free from work or duties - it offers an emotional lift that gives you energy and confidence to tackle everyday challenges. Losing yourself in leisure may even decrease harmful stress-related hormones and strengthen your immune system.

The bottom line: You can be happier, healthier and more productive when you take time for leisure.

A new kind of to-do list
Day-to-day life can get full and hectic. And when free time is limited, it's that much more. So make the most of yours by pursuing activities that soothe your mind, spark your creativity or otherwise give you a boost.

Do you need a little inspiration? Here are seven quick ideas to get you started renewing and recharging:

1. Put "me time" on the calendar. Treat it like an important appointment - because it is.

2. Power off. If at all possible, designate times at home to unplug completely. That means no TV, Internet, cellphone, computer, etc.

3. Revive a blast from the past. Pick up a hobby you once enjoyed - whether that's tennis, knitting or playing the trombone. Or reach for a dream. For example, maybe you've always wanted to try your hand at painting or playing the piano.

4. Take a nature break. A light breeze. Blue skies. A flowing stream. The natural world can calm your nerves and re-energize you.

5. Play. Give yourself permission to be a kid again. Get out a board game, a basketball or modeling clay. Encourage others to join in. Play spurs imagination and promotes creative problem solving. Best of all, it makes us happy.

6. Pair fun with fitness. Take a bike ride. Or walk around one of your favorite neighborhoods or parks. Invite a friend along - and you've got a triple win for well-being. You're recharging, getting some exercise and strengthening your social life. (For safety's sake, talk with your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level).

7. Delight in small moments. Even on your busiest days, do at least one feel-good activity. It can be something simple. Call a friend who makes you laugh. Read a chapter in a good book. Take a warm bath.

Copyright 2015, United Healthcare Services, Inc., Healthy Mind Healthy Body. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.  - Jane Goodall
> Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons per month.
> Taking a 5-minute shower, instead of 10-minutes, will save 12.5 gallons of water (with a low-flow showerhead) or 25 gallons (with a standard 5.0 gallon per minute showerhead).  
> When running a bath, plug the tub before turning on the water. Adjust the water as the tub fills.
American Cities with the Most Coffee Shops
Correlate to Most Eco-Friendly Cities

The U.S. cities with the highest concentration of coffee shops are also more likely to be home to businesses that have adopted environmentally friendly practices, according to a new study from Infogroup.

Using its own databases to lay business data over consumer data, Infogroup analyzed data on 728 cities with a population of over 50,000 to determine their love for coffee shops. The study found that Western cities have the highest concentration of coffee shops, making up eight out of of the top 10 cities. Six in the top 10 cities are located in Washington state.

To determine the list of top cities for green adopters, Infogroup used data from its Green Adopters (GA) for businesses which identifies B2B prospects that are most likely to adopt eco-friendly measures.

While not all cities have a mutual affiliate for dry roast and recycling, nine of the top 10 coffee cities possess an above average GA score, which is two-and-a-half (ranked from zero to five, with zero being the least likely), and six of the top 10 rank inside the top 100 greenest cities in the study.

"We did this study to demonstrate not only the importance of strong customer data, but the unique insights that can be derived by overlaying multiple data sets and looking at business and consumer data correlations," said Michael Iaccarino, chairman and CEO, Infogroup. "B2B and B2C Marketers looking to most efficiently target customers will need to take data insights a step further to see high returns in today's complex market."

Top 10 coffee-drinking cities in the U.S.:
  1. Santa Monica, CA - 5.1 coffee shops per capita; 3.6 GA score
  2. Redmond, WA - 4.9 coffee shops per capita; 4.3 GA score
  3. Everett, WA - 4.5 coffee shops per capita; 3.9 GA score
  4. Medford, OR - 4.4 coffee shops per capita; 4 GA score
  5. Vancouver, WA - 4.2 coffee shops per capita; 4 GA score
  6. Sarasota, FL - 4.1 coffee shops per capita; 2.4 GA score
  7. Seattle, WA - 4.1 coffee shops per capita; 4.4 GA score
  8. Auburn, WA - 4 coffee shops per capita; 3.7 GA score
  9. Minneapolis, MN - 3.9 coffee shops per capita; 3.5 GA score
10. Bellingham, WA - 3.9 coffee shops per capita; 4.2 GA score

Santa Monica, CA was found to be the number one coffee shop hub in America and Seattle, WA the birthplace of Starbucks, was found to be the top Green Adopter of the list, and ranked seventh out of all 728 cities in the study.
This Black Friday, November 27th, REI is doing something different. They're closing all 143 stores. Instead of reporting to work, they're paying employees to do what they love most - be outside.

Jerry Stritzke, President & CEO explains, "We're passionate about bringing you great gear, but we're even more passionate about the experiences it unlocks for all of us. Perhaps John Muir said it best back in 1901: 'thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home.' "

REI thinks Black Friday is the perfect day to remind people of this essential truth. While the rest of the world is fighting it out in the aisles, they hope to see you in the great outdoors. Visit opt and you'll discover great ways to #OptOutside from coast to coast. Join us and tell the world!
REI #OptOutside - Jerry’s Office
Jerry's Office - in the great outdoors!
One kind word can warm three winter months. -Japanese Proverb
Seventh Generation
Marks Progress Against
Sustainability Goals

In late summer, Seventh Generation, a leading mission-led household products and personal company, issued its Corporate Consciousness 2014 Update detailing the company's effort and progress against its 2020 aspirations and goals.

2014 highlights include:
 - Increasing the bio-based or recycled content of products and packaging to 80%
 - Reducing sales-normalized greenhouse gas emissions by 12% largely as a result of product design and material selection choices
 - Saving 154,000 trees through use of recycled materials
 - Developing boric acid-free laundry detergents
 - Donating more than 4,000 hours of employee time to worthy organizations

In 2014 Seventh Generation's plans to accelerate its core growth through innovation, investment and acquisition of other mission-led brands received a boost with a $30 million investment from Generation Investment Management. "I'm proud of our progress towards our audacious sustainability goals and I couldn't be more excited about the future for this company," said John Replogle, CEO of Seventh Generation. "We're able to expand the reach of our mission to more consumers, while creating positive change in the world - a true testament to the power of a mission-led company."

Established in 1988, in Burlington, Vermont, Seventh Generation is one of the nation's leading brands of household and personal care products. The company lives its commitment to "caring today for seven generations of tomorrows," with products formulated to provide mindful solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home - and for the community and environment outside of it.
Going "Crina" in...Italy
Italy is now home to 297 LEED-certified and registered projects totaling more than 4.5 million gross square meters of space, according to LEED in Motion: Italy, a report released by the U.S. Green Building (USGBC) at the Greenbuild Europe & the Mediterranean Conference Expo, held in October in Verona, Italy.

"As we bring together the green building community in Europe, it is the perfect time to celebrate the growth of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in Italy," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "Italy's LEED-certified museums, university buildings, 400 year old villas and schools show that green buildings can be majestic and old, and part of the distinctive landscape of historic communities. At the same time, Italy's new design-forward skyscrapers are testaments to the sustainability innovations and revolutionary breakthroughs that are being ushered in through LEED."
Sede Centrale, LEED-EBOM. Photo by: Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia
The report highlights several prominent LEED buildings, including Sede Centrale Ca' Foscari, the oldest (558 years old) LEED-certified building in the world, which overlooks the Grand Canal and is the headquarters for Ca' Forscari University in Venice. Also featured are the future LEED Gold Lavazza Coffee headquarters in Turin and the LEED Platinum Prysmian Headquarters in Milan.

Italcementi i.Lab in Bergamo, a research and innovation lab for the concrete manufacturer, and Saint-Gobain Habitat Lam in Milano, a multi-functional space that aims to spread the concept of sustainable building and to promote good practices of design and construction, which currently holds the highest Platinum score in Italy, are also included in the report.

"As green building continues to become popular in Europe, Italy sets a high bar, showing that, with a little ingenuity and innovation, the cultural landmarks of the past and the future across Europe can help our children learn how to be better stewards of our shared planet," continued Fedrizzi.

Now in its 14th year, Greenbuild has become the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, bringing together building professionals from all over the world for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars and networking events.

"GBC Italia is excited to showcase this new report at Greenbuild EuroMed, which has attracted support from green building councils across Europe, helping the regional green building industry raise its visibility and accessibility for Europe's broader business community," said Dr. Nadia Boschi, vice president, GBC Italia. "LEED and the green building movement are driving economic growth and reshaping the real estate market across our country. The Italian market has been highly receptive to LEED, and we are witnessing an era of strong demand for green buildings across many diverse sectors of Italy's economy."
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