Sustainable Fairfax Highlights for 2017!

The Road to Zero Waste Campaign

  • Zero Waste Panel (March). Local and county experts discussed landfill waste reduction efforts.
  • Fairfax Take Back Day (April). 116 pounds of pharmaceuticals and 4,921 pounds of e-waste were removed from the waste steam. 2.09 tons of paper were shredded free of cost to Fairfax residents. Event is held in coordination with Marin Sanitary Service and the Town of Fairfax.
  • Bring it Home Compost program. Coordinated three compost deliveries from Marin Sanitary Service to Fairfax residents.
  • Face-to-Face Zero Waste. Educated the community on proper waste sorting, highlighting the importance of keeping food waste out of the landfill.
  • Coordinated resource recovery collection at Town events to reduce the amount of landfill waste.
  • Initiated Zero Waste October focusing on food waste reduction:
    • Zero Waste Tour of Good Earth.  Our guide provided information and tips on reducing packaging waste, buying in bulk and food preservation.
    • Tour of Redwood Landfill & Recycling Center.  A tour of the compost facility that converts our residential food and yard waste into compost certified for organic farming.
    • Backyard Compost Workshop. Our instructor from Marin Master Gardeners taught the group about backyard and worm bin composting,

Sustainable Fairfax Film & Speaker Series

  • Hosted five film & speaker evenings at the Fairfax Women’s Club:
    • January: This Changes Everything.  Speaker: Michael Newland, Archaeologist
    • March: Clean Bin Project.  Speaker: Zero Waste Panel of Experts
    • May: Seed, The Untold Story.  Speaker:  Panel of Experts on Seeds
    • July: Fractured Land.  Speaker: Nick Tipon, Native American Cultural Resources Expert
    • September:  A Time to Choose (in partnership with Environmental Forum of Marin) Speaker: Executive Producer, Jeff Horowitz
  • Sponsored the following film screenings:
    • Tomorrow at The Rafael
    • Not In our Town at the Fairfax Women’s Club

ReduceX2 (Car Trips Per Week)

  • Fairfax on Foot! Coordinated the following guided walks to help people discover the paths, routes and public right-of-way trails in and around Fairfax.
    • February: Little Free Library Tour
    • March: Discovering Red Hill Hike
    • April: Wildflower Hike to Sky Ranch
    • May: Cascade Canyon Open Space
  • Hosted a Bike to Work Day charging station.
  • Educated community on carbon-free modes of transportation at Streets for People!

Community Events

  • Sustainable Fairfax Benefit (April). A celebration of our Town and the work of Sustainable Fairfax at the Marin Museum of Bicycling, featuring food, live music and raffle for an electric bike!
  • Fairfax Streets for People (August). An open streets event organized in partnership with the Fairfax Chamber.
  • Fairfax Craft Faire (December). We partner with Fairfax Recreation every year to bring our community together for this holiday event, and to support for local vendors and artists.

Getting to Our Roots- Sustainable Gardening and Seed Saving

  • Expert Panel on Seeds (May).  Panelists: Claire Hope Cummings, Wendy Johnson & Mark Squire.
  • Provided seeds to over 300 people from the Sustainable Fairfax Free Community Seed Exchange at the Fairfax Library.
  • Sponsored the Backyard Farmer Festival at the Fairfax Women’s Club.

Youth Mentoring

  • Supervised two internships with Drake High School students.