Your Community in Action

Get inspired by what's already been accomplished right here in Napa County. Your neighbors are making choices that support sustainability and are seeing results. Those choices don't have to be difficult or grand, and they don’t have to cramp your style. Even little changes can make a big difference. If you have a success story of your own that you’d like us to consider sharing, please send us an email to

  • Drive Electric

    Learn more about the clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric cars during Drive Electric Week. Plug-in vehicles by Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda and other automakers will be available for test ride-and-drives, and EV chargers and products will be on display on September 16. Read more

  • “Green” Tips for the Holiday Season

    As 2016 comes to an end, life gets a bit busier: family and friends’ gatherings, shopping, work parties, and more shopping! Bustling from place to place, it’s hard to recognize the impact of all of these extra activities, especially when it comes to solid waste. Read more

  • Napa Green Winery and Napa County Green Business

    The Napa Green Winery and Napa County Green Business programs help businesses and wineries countywide implement environmental practices that are sustainable as well as profitable Read more

  • Upper Valley Waste & Disposal’s innovative plans for sustainability

    In April of this year Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling (UVDR) and Clover Flat Resource Recovery Park presented a proposed pathway for a more sustainable future to the Upper Valley Waste Management Agency. Read more

  • Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services Completes Solar Conversion

    Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services (NVHADS) has converted its facility on Jefferson Street in Napa from traditional electric power to 100 percent solar energy. A facility-wide energy audit, performed by Sustainable Napa County and Napa County Energy Watch in 2013, identified several measures to reduce energy usage. Read more

  • Bay Area Regional Energy Network Multifamily Program Case Study

    Over the years, Larry Dondero has made a number of efficiency improvements to the two-story, mixed-use building he owns on Jefferson Street, a few blocks from downtown Napa. After hearing about the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program, Dondero decided to attend a workshop and learn what it was all about. Read more

  • Solar Comes to Napa

    Teachers tend to get most of the credit — or blame — for the learning that takes place in a classroom but there are others who play a significant, although seldom noticed, role in students’ success. Read more

  • The Future is Here: Tesla Electric Vehicle

    A self-proclaimed geek engineer who cares about the environment, Napa resident Jerry Medlin recently purchased a Tesla—and he’s never been happier. Owning an electric vehicle helps reduce his carbon footprint and improves the environment. And because he powers it with electricity generated by solar panels on his home’s roof, he takes zero emission transportation a step further using clean, renewable solar energy. Read more

  • Napa Valley Museum Sees the Light

    Lighting is a hot topic in museums across the country, including the Napa Valley Museum, located in Yountville. As many of us convert to light emitting diode (LED) lighting in our homes and offices, museum administrators and curators responsible for exhibition lighting are confronting a big, expensive decision. They know LEDs significantly reduce energy consumption, maintenance costs, and waste, but the initial investment is substantial—and how will these lights affect the artwork? Read more

  • Napa Ford Building Reuse Sets the Stage

    During college, Kevin Massie worked at Owens Corning, which produces residential and commercial building materials. Selling insulation, he learned a little about construction and the benefits of using recycled materials and energy-efficient products. But Massie, now president of Napa Ford, Napa’s only authorized Ford Lincoln dealership, had no idea that he would one day serve as a model for others when it comes to energy efficiency. Read more

  • Silverado Resort and Spa

    In a resort with 390 rooms spread over 1,200 acres, even a job as simple as changing a light bulb takes time. And with incandescent bulbs in each guest room at Silverado Resort and Spa, it was a never-ending job. That is just one of the reasons that in 2013, Dean Luchetta and the engineering team at Silverado began switching out the light bulbs in every guest room to more energy-efficient LED bulbs, reducing labor costs as well as energy costs. Read more

  • Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services

    It all started with a desire to go solar, but after some research, Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services (NVHADS) realized that the return on an investment in solar panels would take longer than anticipated. The nonprofit would not see initial returns for three to four years—and it would take 14 years to reap more significant savings Read more

  • United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay

    The solar panels United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay (UCP) recently installed on the roof of its warehouse near the Napa airport are expected to generate about 102,630 kilowatt hours of energy annually—enough each day to power the equivalent of 31 average homes. By generating its own power, the organization will spare the air nearly 45 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Read more

  • Cope Family Center

    Imagine finding out that implementing a few simple actions could reduce your carbon footprint by seven tons per year—the equivalent of planting 196 trees. And better yet, what if those same actions could also save you several thousand dollars annually on energy bills and provide a significant credit from PG&E for reducing consumption? Read more

  • Napa Valley Community Housing

    When you think about community housing for low-income residents, you do not necessarily envision a green building with an emphasis on energy efficiency. However, when Napa Valley Community Housing (NVCH) developed Arroyo Grande Villas, they took the lead in implementing an environmental responsibility program that now serves as a model for all housing, not just affordable housing. Read more

  • Napa Valley Food Bank

    The Napa Valley Food Bank has reduced its monthly utility bills by 30 percent, which equates to feeding 2,000 people a year, thanks to an innovative program developed by the Gasser Foundation and Sustainable Napa County (SNC). Read more

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