Sustainable Napa County uses the three e's as our basis to define "sustainability" -- economic vitality, environmental health, and community engagement (or social equity). We expanded on those concepts to add another "e" to the mix -- education. We believe that building knowledge supports all that we do for the economy, the environment, and the community. In this short segment, you will hear from local nonprofit partners and community leaders about how awareness and education can change the way we think about sustainability and take action.
Date: Mar 22nd, 2013
Of all of the elements of sustainability - economics, equity, and environment - equity seems the most difficult to define. Possibly because it can mean different things to different people. Or it seems so broad that articulating it isn't easy. Or both. The challenge we have pinning this concept is probably because equity can be both a reason for, and the result of, actions that improve the environment and the economy. In this short segment, you will hear from local business and nonprofit leaders about how the simple things we do can have powerful and profound benefits for our community. Featuring: • Peter Williams, Napa Valley Opera House • Sara Southam, Westin Verasa Napa • Shirley King, The Food Bank, Community Action Napa Valley Whether we call it social equity, community engagement, social responsibility, or social justice - creating it and cultivating it is easier than we think.
The elements of sustainability -- economics, environment, and equity - intersect everyday. While it would be almost impossible to prioritize one element over the other, it makes sense to start with economics. You know what we mean by economics: cash, bucks, moolah, dough, stacks, smackers, greenbacks. Whatever our affectionate nickname for money, it's nice to save some. And when we have more of it we can do things that enhance our environment and help our neighbors. In this short segment, you will hear from local business and nonprofit leaders about how they are saving natural and financial resources and boosting the bottom line. Featuring: • Kathleen Dreessen, Napa Valley Community Housing • Sara Southam, Westin Verasa Napa • Steve Silva, Steve Silva Plumbing, Inc. • Walt Blevins, Napa Valley Unified School District Benefits to the economy and the environment are not mutually exclusive. And that's a good thing. Because we could all use a little boost.