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!
Napa Valley Green DrinksTues., Oct. 6 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join us on the terrace at Grille 29 Lounge at Embassy Suites - 1075 California Blvd., in Napa.
Guest Speaker: Tim Dewey Mattia
Tonight's Topic: Food Composting Programs
Households participating in the program reported an average 25% reduction in what goes in their trash cart each week.
Come and Learn About The Benefits of Compost Use!
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

Saturday, October 17th at 9am-11am
Location: to be announced
All supplies will be provided as well as snacks. Just bring your water bottle and wear closed-toed shoes.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Betty.

Sunday, October 4
10:00am PARADE BEGINS (from California Drive and travels east to Washington Street and then north to Yountville Community Park).
11:00am FESTIVAL with live music by the Brian Cline Band, food and beverage booths, free activities for children and prize drawings. All sponsored by the Town of Yountville with participation of local service clubs.
Being kind is lovely in itself - and it may be good for your health, too

You walked your friend's dog while she recuperated from surgery. And it left you feeling warm and fuzzy. But it wasn't just because of the exercise and wagging tail.

You made another person happy - and that felt great. But did you know that practicing kindness can also be a plus for your health and well-being?

A kinder, happier life
It turns out that people who make a habit of spreading kindness around them may experience less pain, depression and stress. People who reach out to help others might even live longer, according to some research.

This giving behavior can:
- Help you feel needed and socially connected
- Give you a sense of accomplishment and greater calm
- Take your mind off your own troubles

Everyday ways to cultivate kindness
Maybe you'd like to be more compassionate and giving. Here are three ways to get started:

1. Think small. It doesn't take large - or time-consuming - acts of generosity to brighten someone's day. Everyday actions count, too. You might simply smile at a co-worker who looks a bit down. Or let a mom with a toddler in tow cut in front of you at the post office.

Who knows? You may just set off a chain reaction of kindness around you.

2. Get involved. If you want to make helping a more routine part of your life, consider volunteering. You can look for opportunities that match your talents and interests. The needs are many. For instance, you might read to kids at a local school. Or assist or visit residents at a nursing home - or stock shelves at a food bank.

3. Bring it full circle. While you're being kind to others, remember to extend the same courtesy to yourself. For instance, try to:
- Be aware of your feelings and needs
- Avoid negative self-talk - replace it with supportive, nonjudgmental thoughts
- Treat yourself as you would a friend
- Recognize that imperfection is part of being human

And the circle can continue. People who are kind to themselves may feel more positive and optimistic - and more eager to pass it on.

Copyright 2015, United Healthcare Services, Inc., Healthy Mind Healthy Body. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
Kindness is not an act, it's a lifestyle. - Anthony Douglas Williams
Bureo was formed to find solutions for the growing  issue of ocean plastic pollution, inspire future generations and initiate social change. In line with this mission, Bureo founded "Net Positiva" a fishnet collection and recycling program aimed at combating the detrimental impacts of discarded fishing nets. A major threat to marine mammals and ecosystems, discarded fishing nets make up an estimated 10% of the ocean's plastic pollution. Fishnets are a challenging material for fishermen to manage and properly dispose. In response, Net Positiva supports environmentally sound disposal points, from which Bureo is able to source highly recyclable and durable raw materials.

Net Positiva was launched in Chile in November 2013. To date more than 10,000kg of derelict fishing nets have been collected and recycled. Through Net Positiva, Bureo is creating positive solutions for harmful waste while supporting coastal communities and bringing awareness to a major threat to our oceans.

In addition to the fishnet collection program, Net Positivia is aligned with coastal clean-up and conservation efforts. Under this initiative, Bureo is connecting with non-profits and local communities across the US and Chile to support the removal of marine debris from our coasts.
Recycled nets are sourced for the production of Bureo's cruiser skateboards deck, The Minnow, the first skate deck made from recycled marine debris.
Boyan Slat is a Dutch entrepreneur and inventor who creates technologies to tackle global issues of sustainability. He is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, where he is responsible for overall strategy and cleanup technology development.
The Ocean Cleanup, founded by Dutchman Boyan Slat, recently unveiled its feasibility report, concluding that its concept is a viable method to clean the oceans from plastic. The report is the result of more than a year of extensive scientific research in engineering, oceanography, ecology, maritime law, finance and recycling. The feasibility study was financially supported by crowd funding and professional in kind contributions. The research was done by an international team of over 100 experts, predominantly on a voluntary basis. The next step, building and testing large-scale operational pilots, will be initiated as soon as sufficient funding has been raised.

The conclusions of the study mark the end of the first phase of the project in which the assumption that a cleanup of the infamous ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ is impossible has been disproven. Within ten years’ time, almost half of the plastic could be removed.

In the past few decades, millions of tons of plastic have entered the oceans, damaging ecosystems and entering food chains. “I first became aware of the plastic pollution problem when diving in Greece, coming across more plastic bags than fish. Unfortunately, the plastic does not go away by itself. Hence I wondered; Why can’t we clean this up?” says Boyan Slat, who then founded The Ocean Cleanup Foundation.

Instead of going after the plastic, Boyan devised a system through which, driven by the ocean currents, the plastic would concentrate itself, reducing the theoretical cleanup time from millennia to mere years. In February 2013 he dropped out of his Aerospace Engineering study to start The Ocean Cleanup.

In June 2014, having lead an international team of 100 scientists and engineers for a year, the concept turned out to be 'likely a technically feasible and financially viable' method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years' time. A subsequent crowd funding campaign then raised close to $2.2 million, enabling the organization to start the pilot phase - projected to be deployed in Japanese waters in 2016.

Boyan Slat has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (IntelEYE50), and was crowned 2014 Champion of the Earth, the United Nations' highest environmental accolade. In 2015, HM King Harald of Norway awarded Boyan the maritime industry's Young Entrepreneur Award. The Ocean Cleanup has been recognized as Design of the Year by the London Design Museum.

An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only great curiosity but great fulfillment.  - David Attenborough
> 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.

Don't be that gardner or landscaper who lets down their guard and brings this pest into Napa County. Thanks to many years of vigilance, the sharpshooter has not been able to establish itself here. The single best way to keep it that way is by not bringing unsuspected plants into the county.

Buy all of your garden and landscape plants from certified plant retailers inside Napa County, where shipments have been inspected before sale.


A project of the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner's Office


Few would dispute smartphones are now ubiquitous (most moms consider them indispensable). While it took cordless phones 25 years to go from 10% to 40% saturation among U.S. households, with smartphones and tablets, it's taken only three.(Harvard Business Review, The Pace of Technology Adoption is Speeding Up, November 23, 2013. No wonder 60% of visits to digital food resources now take place on mobile devices, according to comScore. Given this sweep, how is digital technology influencing path-to-purchase grocery shopping behaviors among cooks? The August 2015 issue of Allrecipes Measuring Cup Trend Report took a look, with insight and data gathered from a spring 2015 survey of smartphone users.

Creating written shopping lists has long been the preferred method for guiding grocery purchases. While this approach is still used by just over half of shoppers, mobile devices have quickly grown to become a close contender. Today, 42% of cooks with smartphones are using their phones in store to access their lists as they shop. This shift is even more pronounced among Millennials, 60% of whom rely on phones as their preferred method for guiding grocery purchases.

When it comes to grocery shopping, smartphone-equipped shoppers are using their phones while in the store to meet a variety of individualized needs. Nearly half of all shoppers (43%) are seeking coupons; more than one-third are doing price comparison (39%) and looking up recipes (37%); and one-fifth (20%) are reading product reviews. Millennials are more likely to be using their phones across all of these activities.

The 2015 Digital Grocery Shopping Trends newsletter can be viewed here
Going "Groenn" in...CINCINNATI
Cincinnati USA has been recognized as one of America's More Livable Communities in the Nation. Bestowed by the non-profit organization, Partners for Livable Communities, Cincinnati USA was listed among the top 10 largest cities across the nation whose innovations have brought vitality and growth to their regions and improved quality of life. 

From being the first American city to establish a weather bureau, have a municipal fire department, and own a major railroad, to being home to the development of the first polio vaccine, Cincinnati has a history of being an innovative region. Many Cincinnatian innovators are household names, including Neil Armstrong, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and President William Howard Taft. 

With six LEED Green buildings, the University of Cincinnati was named to the Princeton Review's list of GREEN universities - the only public university in Ohio to make the list. In addition, Cincinnati Public Schools are not integrating sustainability into their curriculum.

The Cincinnati Zoo is committed to lending hand in the community, by providing the basic tools and resources to go green. With 6,400 new solar panels, the recently named "Greenest Zoo in America," received the Supernova Star of Energy Award from the Alliance to Save Energy.

Kroger recycled 32 million pounds of plastic in 2012, Cintas diverted over 17,000,000 plastic water bottles from landfills and P&G launched the Supplier Environmental Sustainability Scorecard. These are just a few corporations that placed environmental stewardship as one of their top priorities.

Since 2008, the Duke Energy Convention Center's green initiatives have resulted in a $10,000 annual utility cost savings since the installation of 400+ solar panels, over 235,000 pounds of cardboard have been recycled, and the DECC has switched to P&G's Green Friendly Line.

Cincinnati was ranked as one of the nation's 10 greenest cities in 2014 by NerdWallet Finance. In 2012, Cincinnati became the largest city in the U.S. to provide 100% renewable electricity to its residents through and continues to use green energy today. The city also offers 70 neighborhood parks, 34 nature preserves, one of the largest public plant conservatories in the nation and more. In fact, Cincinnati's rate of 10.9 parks per 10,000 residents is among one of the highest of all cities in the U.S.
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