MARCH 2015 NEWSLETTER 
Issue #1  
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, click on the links below.
Social Media Kick-Off!
Napa Valley Green DrinksTues., March 3 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join us at 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
 
PLASTIC BAG ORDINANCE OVERVIEW
The Napa City Council unanimously passed a single-use bag reduction ordinance that went into full effect on January 1, 2015. The intent of the ordinance is to significantly reduce the environment and community impacts related to single-use plastic and paper carryout bags and promote a major shift toward the use of reusable bags. See the FAQ page for additional resources and information.
PHOTO CREDIT: City of Napa
BRING ON SPRING!
Many people anticipate the tradition of "springing forward". It signals the approach of spring and summer and also gives us an extra hour of daylight in the evenings. 
On Sunday, March 8, at 2:00am, remember to turn your clocks, watches, electronic and automotive time pieces ahead one hour to Daylight Saving Time.
When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the Universe.   - John Muir 

Mark Your Calendar for March 19, 2015 to attend the
City of Napa Planning Commission meeting at 6:00pm
at City Hall Council Chambers, located at 955 School Street, Napa.

NAPA CREEK VILLAGE is on the Agenda. Your support during the Public Comment portion of the meeting is appreciated.
SAVE SKYLINE PARK
Protect our air, water, hills, wildlife & ecosystems. Protect our homes, schools, parks, businesses & college. Get Informed - read the Syar Final EIR, Learn about Fugitive Dust, Learn about Asphalt Hazards.
Sign the Change.org petitions: Save Skyline Park - say no to the SYAR expansion and impacts on and near Skyline Wilderness Park. Read more about Fair Syar Hearing.
PHOTO CREDIT: Napa Valley Register
"The happiness of any society
begins with the well-being
of the families that live in it."

-Kofi Annan
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS
Friday, March 20, 2015

The International Day of Happiness is an official UN day that "recognizes the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal and the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples."
Spread the message - Everyone deserves a chance at happiness!
45th Anniversary
EARTH DAY
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).
In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.                   - Marianne Williamson
Compassionate Games International (CGI) is a year-round, non-profit with the fiscal sponsorship of the Compassionate Action Network (CAN). Their mission is to inspire, activate, celebrate, and share compassionate action.

The Compassion Games are designed to make our communities safer, kinder, more just, and better places to live. No matter where you are you can perform a Random Act of Kindness, or become a Secret Agent of Compassion, and receive a mission for each of the eleven days of the Annual Games!

PLAY THE GAMES - GET STARTED
2015 HOME COMPOSTING WORKSHOPS
Sign up for a FREE Workshop and choose
one of the following at the end of your two hour workshop:
- $20 Earth Machine bin for backyard composting (10 cu. ft. capacity)
- $20 Soil Saver bin for backyard composting (11.5 cu. ft. capacity)
- $30 mail-in rebate toward (select one):  the purchase of work composting bin or lawnmower retrofit or mulching lawnmower.
Limit one bin or rebate per household (while supplies last) for Napa County residents only. Cash or checks only.
 
REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Check the website for a complete listing of dates, times and locations.
Space is limited and workshops can fill up fast.
REGISTER ONLINE to guarantee your space
www.cityofnapa.org/compost

Confirmation and directions are sent when your registration is complete.
The online registration system allows you to cancel if plans change.
This allows us to free up space for others.
ReStore sells new and gently-used home improvement items to the public at 50-90% off retail. ReStore is a green effort to funnel useful items in to re-use instead of our landfills. Conveniently located at 104 Commerce Court in Fairfield (near the I-80/I-680 junction). Open Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm or call 707-863-0692 to donate, shop or volunteer!
Going Green in...CHICAGO
Plant Chicago, NFP is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to develop circular economies of food production, energy conservation and material re-use; while empowering people of all backgrounds to make their cities healthier and more efficient.

To drive it's mission, Plant Chicago demonstrates the model of The Plant, a 93,500 square foot former pork packing plant in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood repurposed into a net-zero energy vertical farm and business incubator that will eventually divert over 10,000 tons of food waste from landfills each year to meet of all its heat and power needs.

Plant Chicago operates educational programming at The Plant on a wide-range of topics including urban space reuse, local and sustainable food production, waste reuse, and energy creation and conservation.
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