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Climate Change Now

Napa Climate NOW!, a local citizens organization advocating for smart climate solutions based on the latest climate science, announced the recipients of its first annual Napa Climate Champion Awards.

Five Napa residents and two Napa organizations will be honored at the first annual Napa Climate Bike Ride and picnic, “Connect the Dots 2018,” on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Napa Valley residents and friends are invited to join this road ride, which will include stops along the way during which the honorees will receive their awards and tell their stories. The ride will wind up at Fuller Park in downtown Napa for a lunch picnic and program, where representatives of the Napa County Bicycle Coalition and the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition will also be on hand to speak. Non-riders are welcome to attend the picnic.

Award recipients were identified from five sectors: government, business, community leader, agriculture, and education. They include:

  • Napa County Resource Conservation District, for its leadership in soil conservation, reforestation, and carbon sequestration.
  • Bob Hillhouse and Bicycle Works (now co-located with Athletic Feat), for nearly 40 years of bicycle advocacy, putting people on bikes, weekly rides and support of local club cycling.
  • Scott Sedgley, Napa City Council member, for his environmental record and dedication to preserving Napa’s oak woodlands and watershed.
  • David Graves, co-founder of Saintsbury Winery, for early adoption of solar power and ongoing climate activism.
  • Christie Wolf (New Technology High School teacher), for inspiring her students to learn about and take action on climate change, and Martin Alvarez, Austin Larsen, and Nick Dillon (New Tech High School students or graduates), for their teamwork in creating an informative biogenic greenhouse gas exhibit to educate peers and the community about climate change.

Bike ride participants will be able to choose from two ride routes –6.5 miles and 22 miles –both of which will travel in part on sections of the Napa Valley Vine Trail. More information about this free event can be found at the Napa Climate NOW! Facebook page.

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City Editor

Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.