The Benicia State Parks Association was successful in meeting its biggest challenge of 2012 by keeping the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park open and fully accessible to the public. This achievement was made possible in large part by the hard work and overwhelming volunteer support in the community. Carol Berman, BSPA President, outlined the major accomplishments by the organization in 2012 - Signing of the BSPA Donor Partnership Agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation in September. Increasing BSPA 'Friend' membership to over 350 people. Successfully applying for and receiving $57,000 in California State Parks Foundation grant funds which will be directed to park operations, volunteer training and...
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Members of the City of Benicia's Sustainability Commission are gearing up for the CleanTech Exposition to be held later this month at the Benicia Historical Museum. The Expo is a two-day celebration of Benicia's existing clean tech businesses, such as Bio Rad, as well as an enticement for potential clean tech companies to locate in the Benicia Business Park. The event features workshops, presentations and exhibitors. The expo will be held Friday and Saturday November 2-3; 2060 Camel Road, and is open to the public. According to Constance Beutel, the Commission's chairperson, the expo is "a natural segue from the City's Earth Day event. One piece of the City's Climate Action Plan is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We have partnered with the...
We can all be doing more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by recycling items we are currently throwing away. It’s getting easier to recycle curbside now that Allied Waste is collecting brown carts every week. And if that’s not enough to contain your recyclables, get an additional cart at no extra charge. Most of us know we can recycle metal, glass, plastic containers, corrugated cardboard and paper, but the specifics within those categories can be confusing. How we recycle is important, too. Shredded paper, for example, floats everywhere if not contained in a knotted bag. Here's a list of common recyclables that are often overlooked: • Aluminum pie plates and cookie sheets • Detergent boxes & bottles; household cleaning containers • Empty...
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Best Western Plus Heritage Inn, Benicia has teamed up with the Clean the World campaign to help save lives of children around the world. Every day in the United States alone, 1.5 million bars of soap are discarded along with other bathroom amenities. These unused soaps and bathroom amenities can be sanitized and distributed to millions around the world to help stop the spread of illness and death from diarrheal disease and acute respiratory infections. Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness (pneumonia) and diarrheal disease (cholera). The most tragic part of this statistic is that up to 65% of these deaths could be prevented through simple hand washing with a bar of soap. Clean the World has a mission to put soap...
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Do you associate a clean home with the lingering fragrances from commercial household cleaning products? According to Deirdre Imus, best-selling author and founder of the Greening the Cleaning program, household cleaning fragrances could be harmful to your health. The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology researches possible links between various cancers and environmental hazards. In her book, Greening Your Cleaning, published in April, 2007, Imus advocates the use of alternative cleaning products. The book includes an easy-to-follow table of “what to avoid and why” ingredients found in common cleaning products, including all purpose cleaners, laundry detergents, glass and window cleaners, hand dish detergents, air fresheners and deodorizers, carpet...
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About This Blog
Gene Doherty, local sustainability activist, is a member of several committees and commissions. His finger is on the pulse of what’s happening locally. This blog will focus on sustainability matters of all types as well as green living. Watch for tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint, what’s happening at the City level, how private businesses are doing their part, news from Benicia’s Sustainability Commission and more.
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- June 2010
- Benicia State Parks Association 2012 Annual Update
- Benicia Expo Entices Clean Tech to the Arsenal | Comments: 1
- Recycling Just A Few More Items Helps Reduce Greenhouse Gas
- Best Western Plus Heritage Inn, Benicia joins “Clean the World” Campaign
- Tips For Green Cleaning
- Oops! Correct Information for Household Hazardous Waste at Devlin Transfer Station | Comments
- Butternut Squash Soup: A Winter Take On A Fall Favorite
- Cub Scout Pack 108 Leads Tree Planting Event
- Winter Vegetable Gardens
- CODA and Amports Partner to Assemble Electric Cars in Benicia | Comments