JUNE 2016 NEWSLETTER    
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
We are suspending
Napa Valley Green Drinks
for a period of time . . .
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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
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BUILD COMMUNITY THIS SUMMER
Commit Random Acts of Virtue

Not very long ago, several families in our community formed a "virtues club" to teach their children the benefit of virtues like compassion, generosity, kindness and honor. Each week they met to discuss a new virtue and came up with a way of exercising that virtue collectively. Their tasks included serving food to families in need at a local community event and weeding the garden of our community's midwife (who was not blessed with free time that particular summer). Their example spawned other random acts, both in the community and among families who heard about their kindness. There are now websites dedicated to this kind of action and studies showing that random acts of virtue promote happiness and build healthier communities.

Tips:
  • A small act can have a big impact. Look around your community and see who is in need. Sometimes there’s a small job that you can accomplish that will make a big difference to the recipient. When I was a new mother with a colicky baby, having an acquaintance sweep my floor nearly moved me to tears. Another friend tightened a loose handle on one of my cooking pots and made my life instantly easier. These simple acts gave me the pause I needed to cope with a difficult situation and reminded me that I wasn’t alone.
  • Consider what talents or time you have to offer. Does someone need their lawn mown? Their garbage taken out? Maybe there’s a neighbour who could use some of those tender greens in your garden. Finding them in a bag outside her door may be just the thing they need.
  • Don’t forget the small stuff. Smiling and being pleasant are worth their weight in gold when applied liberally.
These flowers are getting a second chance to bring joy to others.
VIDEO: This beautiful two-minute clip shows what can happen when you decide to share the joy.
 
WEDDING FLOWERS GET REPURPOSED
TO CHEER UP SENIORS

There are about 2.25 million weddings per year in the U.S. and the average wedding produces about 400-600 pounds of trash - much of which includes floral arrangements. To former event planer Jennifer Grove, that seemed like a whole lot of waste, especially since the flowers could be repurposed to brighten someone else's day.

And so blossomed Repeat Roses, a company in New York City that collects floral arrangements after events and delivers them to residents and patients in hospitals, cancer treatment centers, nursing homes, hospice care and shelter facilities. Repeat Roses takes it a step further - a week later, they pick up the flowers and compost them, saving them from the garbage.
single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. - Amelia Earhart
Are you interested in learning about goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda?

Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Get involved by telling everyone about the 17 Goals To Transform The World. See the list of actions that you can take in your everyday life to contribute to a sustainable future. Goals 9-12 are listed here. Click on the numbered icons below for more information. Additional Goals will be included in the next Thrive Napa Valley Newsletter.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.
11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
The New San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Opened to the Public on May 14, 2016
Design motifs inspired by the architecture of the expanded museum's façade and new living wall are prominently featured in the collections. The façade, influenced in part by the fog and waters of the San Francisco Bay, compromises more than 700 uniquely-shaped FRP (fiberglass-reinforced polymer) panels affixed to a curtain-wall system to create rippling horizontal bands that appear to shift in appearance with the changing light.
MADE IN THE BAY AREA - The sculptural expansion façade was made locally, in American Canyon. Kreysler and Associates specializes in using composite materials in architectural applications.
The Kreysler team conceived a process that employs expanded polystyrene to serve as both mold and as protective packaging as the panels are first stored and then transported to the construction site. The polystyrene molds headed to Fairfield for recycling when its work was done.
Click on the photo above to take a behind-the-scenes look at the façade's creation.
LIVING WALL - In addition to the unique façade, the new SFMOMA also features the largest living wall in the United States. With 16,000 plants, including 24 native plant species, the living wall is an ever-changing work of natural art supported with a recycled water system.
HOW DO TREES GO TO SLEEP?
Scientists from Austria, Finland and Hungary are using laser scanners to study the day-night rhythm of trees. As it turns out, trees go to sleep too.

Most living organisms adapt their behavior to the rhythm of day and night. Plants are no exception: flowers open in the morning, some tree leaves close during the night. Researchers have been studying the day and night cycle in plants for a long time. Linnaeus observed that flowers in a dark cellar continued to open and close, and Darwin recorded the overnight movement of plant leaves and stalks and called it "sleep." But even to this day, such studies have only been done with small plants grown in pots, and nobody knew whether trees sleep as well. Now, a team of researchers from Austria, Finland and Hungary measured the sleep movement of fully grown trees using a time series of laser scanning point clouds consisting of millions of points each.

TREES DROP THEIR BRANCHES AT NIGHT
"Our results show that the whole tree droops during night which can be seen as position change in leaves and branches," says Eetu Puttonen (Finnish Geospatial Research Institute), "The changes are not too large, only up to 10cm for trees of a height of about 5 meters, but they were systematic and well with the accuracy of our instruments."

To rule out effects of weather and location, the experiment was done twice with two different trees. The first tree was surveyed in Finland and the other in Austria. Both tests were done close to solar equinox, under calm conditions with no wind or condensation The leaves and branches were shown to droop gradually, with the lowest position reached a couple of hours before sunrise. In the morning, the trees returned to their original position within a few hours. It is not yet clear whether they were "woken up" by the sun or by their own internal rhythm.

Plant movement is always closely connected with the water balance of individual cells, which is affected by the availability of light through photosynthesis. But changes in the shape of the plant are difficult to document even for small herbs as classical photography uses visible light that interferes with the sleep movement. With a laser scanner, plant disturbance is minimal.

"We believe that laser scanning point clouds will allow us to develop a deeper understanding of last sleep patterns and to extend our measurement scope from individual plants to larger areas, like orchards or forest lots," says Norbert Pfeifer (TU Wein).

"The next step will be collecting tree point clouds repeatedly and comparing the results to water use measurements during day and night," says Eetu Puttonen. "This will give us a better understanding of the trees' daily tree water use and their influence on the local or regional climate."


Vienna University of Technology, TU Vienna. "How do trees go to sleep?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 May 2016.
The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster renewal is our only hope. - Wendell Berry
Defeat of the DARK Act
is a Win for Consumers
 
In a major win for consumers, Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) failed to earn the votes he needed to stop debate on a bill known to opponents as Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, or DARK Act.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the defeat of the DARK Act offers Congress the opportunity to find compromise for a national mandatory Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) labeling measure that consumers and industry can support.

Scott Faber, senior vice president for government affairs, said:
Consumers have made their voices heard to their elected representatives in the Senate and they said clearly, "We want the right to know more about our food." We are pleased that the Senate made the right decision to stop the DARK Act, and we remain hopeful that Congressional leaders can craft a national mandatory compromise that works for consumers and the food industry. We applaud Senators Debbie Stabenow, Jeff Merkley, Jon Tester, Barbara Boxer and Pat Leahy for their efforts to defeat the DARK Act.
The National Traffic Safety Council released a survey showing 82% of Americans feel the most pressure from their families to drive distracted. Two-thirds of drivers felt unsafe because of another driver's distraction, but far fewer - just 25 percent - recognized that their own distractions have put themselves at risk.

In-vehicle systems allow drivers to call, text, email, update social media and browse the Internet, despite researching showing these systems cause distraction that can linger longer after the driver finishes the task. Encouragingly, 55% of drivers said if their vehicle or phone came with a technology solution to prevent distraction they would turn it off.

Other key findings from the poll include:
  • 54% of drivers still feel pressure from work to drive distracted
  • Of the teen drivers surveyed, 73% said their friends put the most pressure on them to drive distracted - slightly higher than family (71%)
  • 74% of drivers would use Facebook behind the wheel
  • 1 in 4 drivers would feel much better about their drive if there was no way to use technology behind the wheel
  • 66% of drivers would talk on the phone while driving through a parking lot - a chaotic environment with many hazards
Meditation 101: A Beginner's Guide Animation
VIDEO: A brilliant, 2-minute explanation of mindfulness practice

THIS MIGHT JUST BE THE
CUTEST MEDITATION VIDEO EVER

The practice of mindfulness meditation is incredible simple - and yet explanations and instructions can be overwhelming. This two-minute video, from Happify, breaks it down in the most adorable way - with animated mice!

Narrated by ABC news anchor and author of 10% Happier Dan Harris, the video tells it like it is, noting that as soon as you try to meditate, "your mind is gonna go nuts - and that's fine." Beginners and advanced meditators alike can benefit from the three easy steps laid out in this video:

1. Sit with your back straight and your eyes closed
2. Bring your attention to the feeling of your breath coming in and going out
3. Notice when you've gotten lost and then start over

That's it. As Harris explains, meditation is a simple, secular, scientifically-validated mental exercise - "like a bicep curl for your brain." And how much meditation do you need to do to enjoy the benefits? According to the meditation mouse, just five to 10 minutes per day.

Ready to give it a try?
The ABC's of Living Green
Each month we will spotlight letters of the alphabet with suggestions for living a sustainable lifestyle:

L - Leave Littering Behind, Less Clutter, Land Restoration, Less Plastic, Life Cycle Cost, LEED, Locavore, Low Flow Fixtures

M - Marvel at Migrations, Mulch, Multi-paned Window, Mug (bring your own reusable mug)
 
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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