Author: David Goldstein

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Organic waste the focus for recycling in 2020

by David Goldstein With the new year comes a new area of focus for recycling. Until now, recycling has focused mostly on items like cans, bottles, paper, cardboard and plastic. A Jan. 1, 2020 target set by California Senate Bill (SB) 1383 (which was passed in 2016) directs California to recycle half of all organic waste. It also set a much more ambitious mandate for California to boost organic waste recycling to 75 percent by 2025. “Organic waste” and “organics” are terms used to describe waste originating from living organisms and capable of being turned into compost, mulch or...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Final week gifts for the holidays

by David Goldstein Both Christmas and Hanukkah begin next week, and those who have not yet bought gifts for everyone on their list may be tempted to wade into holiday shopping crowds and buy items they would not have purchased if they had more time to consider what recipients want. As stated in often-quoted statistics on the website of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), “Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, more than one million tons of additional waste is generated each week nationwide.” As an example, 38,000 miles of ribbon alone is thrown out each...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Local tree lover finds alternative to either artificial or cut Christmas tree

by David Goldstein Irene Garcia, of Simi Valley, loves Christmas traditions but needed an environmentally conscious solution to her annual tree dilemma. Should she buy a cut tree or an artificial one? Artificial trees are reusable, but they are made of petroleum, and since they are usually made overseas, shipping them here also contributes to their carbon footprint. Real trees are good for sequestering carbon and they are usually grown like a crop on land considered unsuitable for other uses but they also have a carbon footprint, due to the energy required to plant, tend, harvest and transport them....

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | To express gratitude, share abundance and avoid waste on Thanksgiving

by David Goldstein This edition of the VCReporter comes out on Thanksgiving, the one hundred fifty sixth time Americans have celebrated the holiday since Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national day of observance in 1863. At that time, our country was in the midst of the Civil War, and the commemoration made it clear, even in the midst of difficult times, we still have much for which to be thankful. Similarly, the first Thanksgiving celebration in America, held by the Pilgrims in 1621, came amidst a backdrop of suffering and deprivation. The Pilgrims, who had arrived close to winter,...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Halloween’s scary waste can be managed

At Halloween, we confront our fears and have fun with spooky sights. It is also a time of some scary amounts of waste. According to a recent article in Redbook, written by Kelly Marages and distributed through the main login screen, Americans will spend about 3.8 billion dollars on Halloween candy, 3.4 billion dollars on costumes and 370 million dollars “dressing up their pets” for Halloween this year. Also, according to Marages, 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced on over 90,000 acres in the U.S. each year. Of the waste resulting from these activities, candy wrappers are...

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    December 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 31, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
  2. Spiritual Bodies: Photography by Carlton Wilkinson

    January 10 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 8:00 pm
  3. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    January 14 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm
  4. WinterFest Dog Show

    January 17 - January 19
  5. Third Friday event at Poppies

    January 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  6. Two-day Art Workshop

    January 18 @ 10:00 am - January 19 @ 5:00 pm

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  8. Rev. Karen’s First Mid-Month Devotional Retreat of the Decade: We Begin Again!

    January 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  9. Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo

    January 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  10. Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm