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Choices We Make

Napa Valley CanDo seeks to inspire and facilitate action by alerting interested Valley residents about opportunities for service. If you participate as a volunteer in an activity that you learned about through Napa Valley CanDo, whether initiated by CanDo or another organization, please take personal responsibility for your involvement. Use common sense. Only you can determine whether the activity is a good fit, that is to say compatible with your interests and abilities.

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Some of the things we would like to do and in some cases are already focusing our energy on fit into the three following areas:
 

Slow Food:  Includes cooking instruction, education/outreach, production of raw local food, community gardens, gleaning and sorting activities for the Food Bank and packaging reform. 

 

Environmental Protection and Restoration:  Focuses on habitat restoration, stormwater run-off mitigation, rainwater harvesting and greywater usage, education and the reduction or elimination of unsustainable products for example bottled water and single-use plastic bags. 

  

Energy Efficiency / Carbon Neutrality:  Education towards reducing personal carbon footprint(s), energy conservation , outreach re sustainable practices, mentoring interns exploring green industries, and lightbulb exchange programs are some of the areas of interest.
  

 
Napa Local Food Forum 

Notes and Summaries of Napa Local Food Forum Discussions 

(updates while new Local Food Advisory Council is being formed)
 

The Great Sunflower Project

Bees: Responsible for Every Third Bite of Food.
 
Napa County Resource Conservation District 
Promoting responsible watershed management through 
voluntary community stewardship and technical assistance since 1945.
  
The Napa County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (NCSPPP) 
A joint effort of the County of Napa, cities of American Canyon, Napa, St. Helena and Calistoga, and the Town of Yountville.
  
Watershed Information Center & Conservancy of Napa County 
Established to guide and support commuity efforts to maintain and improve the health of Napa County’s watershed lands.
  
California Native Plant Society
To increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.

GreenClean Napa (City of Napa)
Manages a $700,000 fund that encourages sustainability in city government and the community.

http://www.cityofnapa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1221&Itemid=815
 
Napa Waste and Recycling
Information about business and curbside recycling in Napa, e-waste recycling, school education, composting workshops, materials exchange, and much more.

http://www.naparecycling.com/

 
Napa Community Garden
The Community Garden doesn't have a website yet, but you can visit the garden at the southwest corner of Trower and Jefferson Streets.  Also, there is a group page for the Napa Community Garden on Facebook.

Worm Endings Unlimited
Debbie Stevens, Napa's "Worm Lady," supplies worms, worm composting boxes, worm tea, and advice to local gardeners who want to recycle food scraps into rich nutrients for their plants.

http://www.wormendingsunlimited.com/
 

Green Eco Services
A list of locations all over California where you can buy salvaged and recycled building materials.

http://www.greenecoservices.com/salvage-reclaimed-fsc-wood-used-building-materials-california-82408/

Clinic Ole (Medication recycling)
In addition to providing affordable medical and dental care, Clinic Ole is one of the locations in the valley where you can safely dispose of unneeded or expired medications.

http://www.clinicole.org/

 

Northwest Earth Institute 

The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) is a national leader in the development of innovative programs that empower individuals and organizations to transform culture toward a sustainable and enriching future, including guides for small discussion groups such as Carbon Circles.

http://nwei.org/

Carbon calculators:   These help you determine how much energy your household uses and provide suggestions for reducing your consumption.

 
This calculator is quick and simple and only requires estimation of your energy consumption.

http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/

The EPA calculator is more detailed, and asks that you gather your recent electric, gas, and/or oil bills so you can use real numbers to determine your household’s energy consumption.
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html