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What Is A Green Burial?

Clipped from The Green Burial Council (GBC) Green burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that furthers legitimate ecological aims such as the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. … The Council doesn’t think any end-of-life ritual, form of disposition, or mode of post-mortem preparation is “wrong.” We only want to ensure that services and products are available to people who… Read More »

Green Burial Resources

Green funerals and burials have fewer environmental impacts then regular  funerals and burials. This refers to a number of options: funeral activities and transportation, embalming, donation to science, cremation or ground burial, container – none, shroud, casket or urn of natural materials, concrete use in grave, grave marker choice… RESOURCES – These are simply resources not endorsements Home Funerals Final Passages, http://www.finalpassages.org/, based in Sebastopol, great resources and training for Green and Loving Family-Directed Home Funerals Home Funeral Directory, http://homefuneraldirectory.com/ Green… Read More »

Think Green This Valentine’s Day

A Snip from Michael Bloch, GreenLivingTips.com. For interesting  V-Day facts, please read the entire article. If Valentines Day is an important day for you or the one you love; then you can also show a bit of extra love for the environment by carefully considering what you buy. Here’s some ideas: – Cards made from recycled or tree-free paper (this will be indicated on the card) – Consider sending an e-card instead using one of the many quality services around. -… Read More »

Is Your Life Too Plastic? Bag It Movie Review and Much More

The film  Bag It changed my life and watching it will change yours. It takes the plastic issue to another level – even for those of us who have studied it in depth. A well made and funny documentary, it starts with personal bag use it and evolves into a very thorough discussion of the impact of all plastics – in nature, in our lives, in our bodies and in our children’s bodies. At least 50 experts are interviewed. In… Read More »

Laguna Environmental Center Open House

Saturday, July 14th 10am-3pm AND Thursday, July 19th 4-8pm Stone Farm, 900 Sanford Road (at the corner of Occidental Rd.) Santa Rosa CA 95401 Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and historic Stone Farm by taking a self-guided nature walk or a guide-led tour. Stop by for a visit and take in the beautiful views. Birdwatch from the observation deck. Bring a picnic! Enjoy our gift shop and art exhibit in Great Blue… Read More »

Got Seeds? Want Seeds?

The West County Community Seed Exchange is a grassroots community seed bank that supports Sonoma County gardeners with free, locally grown, open-pollinated, pesticide and GMO-free seeds. All gardeners with or with out seeds to share are welcome. We hope that many gardeners will commit to grow out and donate back to the seed bank. The West County Seed Bank and Seed Garden is housed at the St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Sebastopol and is open to the public monthly for… Read More »

Nominations Please! Sonoma County Environmental Awards 2012

The Sonoma County Conservation Council (SCCC): Here is a chance to pay homage to the Sonoma County environmentalists and environmental programs whose work you most respect. Being nominated is an honor as well as an opportunity for a specific group or issue to receive broader attention. Last year 15 nominations were submitted. Awards were bestowed on John Herrick of the Milo Baker Chapter of the CA Native Plant Society, Jessica Jones of Students for Sustainable Communities and the Conservation Corps North… Read More »

Still Getting Credit Card Offers?

Opt out by visiting OptOutPrescreen.com, a centralized service that accepts and processes requests to “Opt-In” or “Opt-Out” of firm offers of credit or insurance. You can also call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688). They will ask for your name, address, social security number and date of birth. If you are looking for a better credit card, take advantage of the credit card rating services like Credit.com. You can also do a web search on “credit card reviews” and “credit card comparisons” but read the fine print carefully.… Read More »

Eyeglass Reuse – Santa Rosa

First, ask your eye care provider if they take part in an eyeglass reuse and recycling program. If the answer is no, ask why. There is no reason why undamaged eyeglasses should end up in the trash! If need be, you can mail them to Lions In Sight, 1404 Lemon St, Vallejo, CA 94590. The list below was snipped from our fabulous Sonoma County Recycling Guide which is located in the AT&T Yellow Pages under “R” and at www.recyclenow.org: Santa Rosa G&G Supermarkets,… Read More »

Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Welcomes New ED

Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition welcomes new Executive Director, Gary Helfrich (snipped from www.bikesonoma.org) Gary has been involved with bicycles since crashing into the garage in 1961 after his grandfather launched him down the driveway shouting, “training wheels are for sissies!” Despite this early setback, he became involved in the bicycle industry as an adult, spending nearly 25 years as a framebuilder and industry consultant. Gary began as a welder at Fat City Cycles and later founded Merlin Metalworks. After leaving… Read More »