Sustainable North Bay Awards

Posted: December 2, 2009 in family law
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While I am not political and I am not endorsing anyone, I wanted to make you aware of the recognition our Assemblymember Jared Huffman does each month for some of our North Bay business owners.  In reviewing this information, I have come across some really innovative individuals and businesses such as green building and green farming.  I think you will be amazed as well.

Vode Lighting Receives Huffman’s November Sustainable North Bay Award

Pictured with the Assemblymember are Vode Lighting Partners Scott Yu, George Mieling and Tom Warton.

On November 12, 2009 Huffman presented Vode Lighting with his Sustainable North Bay Award. Vode Lighting is a leader in energy efficient lighting and uses design elemental modular solutions with exceptional performance for projects which have included, the California Academy of Sciences, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and Autodesk’s LEED Platinum project in San Francisco. Huffman toured Vode’s operations and presented the award to Vode Lighting President Tom Warton, Chief Operating Officer George Mieling, and Chief Creative Officer Scott Yu.

Huffman Selects Fairfax Lumber & Hardware for his October Sustainable North Bay Award

Assemblymember Huffman presented his Sustainable North Bay Award to Fairfax Lumber & Hardware. He is pictured above with President Augie Venezia.

On Friday, October 2, 2009 Assemblymember Huffman gave his October Sustainable North Bay Award to Fairfax Lumber & Hardware. The 100% employee-owned business offers a multitude of green building materials and products including Forest Stewardship Certified Lumber and customer education on cutting edge green building practices. Assemblymember Huffman joined Fairfax Lumber & Hardware employees for a barbeque and presented President Augie Venezia, on behalf of the company, with the Sustainable North Bay Award.

Sonoma Green Strings is Huffman’s September Sustainable North Bay Winner

Huffman presents Sustainable North Bay Award to Bob Cannard

On September 16, 2009, Assemblymember Jared Huffman presented his September Sustainable North Bay Award to Green String Farm and co-owner Bob Cannard, in Petaluma. This 140-acre farm, with over 50 acres of produce, practices sustainable farming by making every effort to reduce soil erosion, pesticide dependency, loss of biodiversity, and other harmful ecological impacts.

Fit ‘n’ Furry of Petaluma Receives Huffman’s August Sustainable North Bay Award

The Assemblymember is pictured above with Fit ‘n’ Furry proprietor Grant Garl.

Petaluma’s first certified “All Green Commercial Building,” Fit ‘n’ Furry, received Huffman’s Sustainable North Bay Award on August 6, 2006. This full service pet care, kennel and grooming facility for dogs, cats and birds operates inside a converted warehouse in Petaluma filling over 17,000 square feet of space with pet facilities. Owners Grant and Mari Garl established environmentally friendly business operations including conservation technologies, biodegradable cleaning solutions and low–flow reduction appliances. Huffman toured the facility and viewed first-hand some of the unique features of their operation such as grooming tubs that use spa massage pumps to re-circulate water and flooring made from recycled car tires. He then presented co-owner Grant Garl with a State Assembly Certificate of Recognition.

Huffman Gives July Sustainable North Bay Award to The Marine Mammal Center

Assemblymember Huffman presented his July Sustainable North Bay Award to The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. He is pictured above with Executive Director Jeff Boehm.

On Monday, July 27, Assemblymember Huffman presented his July Sustainable North Bay Award to The Marine Mammal Center for fostering marine mammal survival and the conservation of their habitat, as well as their investment in onsite renewable energy generation. The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals and California sea lions – and to the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has been headquartered in the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has rescued and treated more than 14,000 marine mammals. The Center’s newly rebuilt headquarters in Sausalito offers a unique opportunity to learn about marine mammals and includes a new solar system that reduces 10 percent of their electricity consumption and produces 37,000kWh annually. Huffman toured the Center and delivered his Sustainable North Bay Award to Board Chairman Merrill Magowan and Executive Director Jeff Boehm and enjoyed seeing the new facility in action.

Huffman Selects McEvoy Ranch for June Sustainable North Bay Award

Huffman is pictured above presenting the award to Agroecologist and Mill Supervisor Jeff Creque on behalf of Founder and Chief Executive Officer Nan Tucker McEvoy.

Huffman chose McEvoy Ranch, located in West Marin, for his June Sustainable North Bay Award in recognition of their extensive environmental business practices, including water conservation and wind energy, as well as their organic products. McEvoy is the largest United States producer of estate-grown certified organic extra virgin olive oil and preserves the natural ecosystem by limiting the use of off-farm inputs, recycling all agricultural wastes on site and reducing the need for supplemental irrigation. With a goal to produce all power on-site, McEvoy recently finished construction of a windmill and is in the process of installing a series of solar thermal systems. Following an impressive tour of the ranch and discussion regarding plans for a geo-thermal heating and ventilation system at McEvoy Ranch, Huffman presented a State Assembly Certificate of Recognition to Agroecologist and Mill Supervisor Jeff Creque on behalf of Founder and Chief Executive Officer Nan Tucker McEvoy.

Huffman Presents Green Mary with May Sustainable North Bay Award

Based in Sonoma County, Green Mary specializes in greening events and festivals with a focus on achieving as close to zero waste as possible at each event. To do this they provide reusable dishware, EcoStations for food compost and recycling, and avoid plastics and other non-biodegradable materials. Green Mary offers Earth Tips to educate event participants on how to reduce waste during and after events. Huffman got to see Green Mary in action during his Second Annual Environmental Breakfast this year, and was pleased to present founder Mary Munet with the Sustainable North Bay award for May.


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