SCHOOL AND LUNCH BOX SUPPLY SWAP
NOW until Saturday, August 24th!
Location: The outside alley at Indie Alley, 69 Bolinas Road, Fairfax
School supplies are expensive and are often made of materials that cannot be recycled. Sustainable Fairfax wants to connect people who want to get rid of school supply clutter with those who need materials for the upcoming school year!
Feel free to DROP OFF your unneeded school and lunch box supplies to the outside space at Indie Alley any time this week through Saturday, August 24. (It is the alley next to the FairHemp store).
Or, if you need supplies and want to cut down on waste, come by the alley this week to PICK UP any supplies you need. (We suggest not coming to pick up supplies until Wednesday).
Let us know if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-408-6008.
Below are some great resources for water conservation and management. Please check them out, and let us know if you have resources to add.
Water Conservation in the Home
Marin Municipal Water District
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MMWD is a public agency that provides drinking water to 185000 people in a 147
Get a FREE Water Use Survey – Are you looking for ways to reduce your water use and your water bill? Through MMWD’s Conservation Assistance Program (CAP), MMWD offers FREE, personalized water use consultations for your home or business. Click here for more information.
Weekly Watering Schedule: Not sure how much water your garden needs? MMWD’s Weekly Watering Schedule is updated every Friday based on current weather conditions, so your plants always get just the right amount of water.
Home Water Works
Explore water conservation with the water use calculator from the Alliance for Water Efficiency
Tips from fellow Fairfaxians:
- Use a plate scraper instead of running water to scrape plates. This is huge!.
- Keep a wash bucket in your sink. Use dirty water to pre-wash dishes. Save clean rinse water to use for wiping counters. (you also realize how much water goes down the drain when you collect it to make every drop count.
- Keep a large container in your shower to fill up waiting for the water to get hot. You can save 2 gallons of water per shower! use it to flush toilets or water plants.
- Turn off your shower when soaping up. You can easily install a quick cut-off valve right at your showerhead. Seriously, it’s easy.
- ONLY run full laundry loads AND full dishwasher loads.
- Plant only drought tolerant plants. use lots of mulch to retain moisture.
- Replace water guzzler toilets with low-flush. Still though, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow”. You’ll save 10-20 gallon of water per day per person.
Water Conservation in the Home Landscape
Bay-Friendly Garden Walk
Receive a free residential garden evaluation from a Marin Master Gardener. Get expert advice on water-wise planting and tips for a beautiful, healthy landscape. Call 499-4204 to schedule or to learn more click here.
Green House Call
Receive a free indoor efficiency evaluation from one of California Youth Energy Services’ friendly and professional young staff, plus free installation of energy- and water-saving equipment. To learn more, go to www.marinwater.org or call (510) 665-1501 ext. 10 to schedule.
A collaborative group of educators, designers, builders, and artists who educate and empower people to build sustainable water culture and infrastructure. Using water from sinks, showers and washing machines to irrigate plants is a way to increase the productivity of sustainable backyard ecosystems that produce food, clean water, and shelter wildlife.
County of Marin
The County of Marin provides information on gray water systems with a “Laundry to Landscape” pamphlet.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has a great manual for a DIY gray water installation.
The Bay Institute
The Bay Institute is the leader in protecting and restoring the entire watershed which drains into San Francisco Bay.
North Marin Water District
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North Marin Water District serves a suburban population of 61,000 people situated in and about the City of Novato which is located in a warm inland coastal valley of Marin County, California and several small improvement districts in the West Marin area near the coast.
Tomales Bay Watershed Council
The Council is deeply committed to supporting and encouraging active stewardship of the natural resources in the Tomales Bay watershed. They also provide current health status of the beaches within their stewardship.
The North Bay Watershed
The North Bay Watershed Association (NBWA) is a group of 16 regional and local public agencies located throughout Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties.
Thanks to Fairfax Lumber & Hardware for becoming a Sustainable Fairfax Sponsor!
DID YOU KNOW THAT….
- You can skip the plastic bag and BUY YOUR SOIL IN BULK! Just bring your own container. Fairfax Lumber’s bulk soils and compost are manufactured from organic ingredients with no biosolids.
- Fairfax Lumber will EXCHANGE your empty camp stove propane cylinder when you purchase a full ones. Every year in North America, 40 million disposable one-pound propane cylinders are used. The empty cylinders are often disposed of improperly, and pose a threat to our sanitation workers and are a financial burden on our national parks.
- Fairfax Lumber gives away their clean durable plastic bags that they receive from product shipments. Check out the new bin, and save these bags from the landfill. Great for storage, pet waste and more.
- You can safely dispose of your batteries in their battery bin.
Fairfax Lumber’s FAIRFAX GREEN program provides nature friendly products and information to their customers. Fairfax Green is the convergence of their four goals – conservation of natural resources, increased energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality, and the reduction of toxins in our environment. >>Learn more about Fairfax Green.
SHOP LOCALLY & SUSTAINABLY!
We encourage you to come to the weekly Fairfax Community Farmer’s Market on Wednesday evenings from 4:00-800pm. Shop for fresh local organic produce while enjoying music, food trucks and a variety of vendors in Bolinas Park. SUPPORT OUR FARMERS to ensure the market thrives for years to come!
Farmer’s Market Waste-Free Shopping Tips
BRING YOUR OWN….
- Reusable produce bags. Silo Pantry, a vendor at the market, sells beautiful reusable produce bags for $5 each. They are durable and a great way to go plastic-free!
- Grocery bags. If you need one, pick up a free bag from the Sustainable Fairfax table. If you have extra bags you do not need, we will take them for others to use.
- Container for berries. Leave the plastic berry baskets with the farmer for reuse. Plastic yogurt tubs work perfectly for bringing home berries!
- Container for chicken. If you buy the whole chickens, consider bringing your own container. The wrapping is plastic coated, and is not compostable.
- Mason jars for bulk pantry items. Bring your mason jar and get a discount from The Silo (see Vendor Focus below).
- Plate, cutlery and napkins to eat at one of the many delicious food trucks!
VENDOR FOCUS: THE SILO
The Silo Package-Free Pantry sells bulk grains, flours, rices, natural charcoal water filters, soaps, reusable produce and grocery bags and more. The owner, Andy, is so committed to a waste-free existence, that if you bring your own jars, he’ll give you significant discounts on the finest bulk food.
Join Sustainable Fairfax in striving to make the Market a zero waste event!
- We are seeking volunteers to setup (~3:30-4:00pm) and/or breakdown (~8:00-8:30pm) the Eco-Station signage weekly through September. Equipment is light and easy to transport and setup.
- We are also seeking folks passionate about waste issues to help staff the Sustainable Fairfax table next to the Eco-Station. Provide guidance to people as they dispose of their waste, and educate them on alternatives to single-use plastics. We’ll train you!
Date: Monday, June 24, 2019
Time: 7:00-800pm (refreshments at 6:45pm)
Location: Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax, CA 94930
The climate crisis requires a bold leap into 100% Green. Join us to learn how you can take climate action now. As a community, we can go green together!
- Leslie Alden on Drawdown Marin, Marin Climate Action Network
- Annika Osborn on Drive Clean Marin campaign, Cool the Earth
- Ryan Maecker on Opt Up to Deep Green campaign, MCE Clean Energy
Conversation facilitated by 350Marin and Sustainable Fairfax.