City of Stanton Launches “Cease the Grease” Campaign

When grease, fats, and other oils are poured down kitchen drains, they tend to clog up the pipes. Many studies have shown that pouring used cooking oil down kitchen sinks can lead to clogging. This is because as the grease travels from the kitchen sink into the sewers and water treatment plants, they tend to cool, harden, and eventually build up on the pipes. They can accumulate over time and block certain pipes, causing very costly damage. Not only that, but clogging the pipes in cities can cause sewage and other wastes to be directed instead to waterways and other bodies of water, which can be harmful to both the environment and to residents of surrounding areas. On July 24, 2013, the city of Stanton officially started the “Cease the Grease” campaign with a press conference and light reception for residents. Although it shares the same name as a Dallas campaign to educate residents on proper grease disposal, Stanton’s campaign takes it a step further. With local government-provided services that will actually enable residents to properly dispose of their grease, the campaign is geared to protect the environment, and reduce potential costs that can be caused by sewer and pipeline blockages. Local leaders are thinking ahead, not just to save residents tax dollars in the future, but to save the environment, as well. Residents are now encouraged to recycle fats, oils, and grease rather than risk improper disposal. They can collect their oils and grease and with the help of the Orange County Sanitation District and CR&R Environmental Services, a Stanton-based recycling company, eventually recycle the grease. Residents can call...

Central OC Hosts its First Food Swap

On June 23, the first ever Central OC Food Swap occurred in Santa Ana. Started in March 2010, one of the first Food Swaps occurred in Brooklyn, initiated and led by Kate Payne, founder of the Food Swap Network, along with Emily Ho. Since then, the modern food swap movement has spread all over the United States, Canada and even abroad. The Food Swap Network acts as a worldwide registry for all Food Swap events. Most Food Swaps occur in the same format. A Food Swap is a chance for a group of people to bring homemade and homegrown goods and trade with other participants, using a barter system. They are recurring events in certain neighborhoods or regions. The Food Swap usually lasts for two hours, with anywhere from 5 to as many as 40 participants. The Swap starts with 30 minutes of greetings, introductions and set up. The next hour is dedicated to sampling of the different goods and participants write their names on lists of items they are interested in. The final 30 minutes of the Food Swap is when the actual swapping and trading begins. Conceptualized by Sarah Whittenberg and supported by Slow Food Orange County and the Orange County Food Access Coalition, the Central OC Food Swap boasted nearly 20 registered participants; a huge number for its first time. With participants coming from all over the county, one even traveling 70 miles from Rainbow, Calif., the Food Swap had a huge variety of homemade and homegrown goods. There were stone fruits, rosemary jellies and even some plants. There were vegetables from a community garden, different...

Summer Speaker Series – The Ecology Center – Summer 2013

The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano presents its 5th Annual Summer Speakers Series. This year, three award-winning speakers are invited to advance the dialogue on today’s most persistent environmental issues. The topic of the series this year is on Basic Needs, with lectures and talks focusing on issues in food, water, and shelter. The talks are a series of cohesive lectures coming from three disciplines: youth activism, ecological design, and sustainable architecture. Join The Ecology Center in welcoming their speakers, Erin Schrode, Fritz Haeg, and Cameron Sinclair this summer. For registration, please visit:  http://www.theecologycenter.org/resources/basic-needs When: June 28, July 12, August 16, 6:30 – 9 PM Where: The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz St. San Juan Capistrano, 92675 Cost: $10 for members, $20 for...

Sustainability Film Series – Irvine Valley College – Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7PM

The Irvine Valley College Sustainability & Resource Management Program presents a 2-Part Film Series with Panel Discussions Business, government, and community experts join us to share a local perspective. Film 2:  Dive! When:   May 10, 7:00 pm Where: Irvine Valley College Room: BSTIC 104 5500 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618 Panel:   Danielle Aslam, CalRecycle Robert Flournoy, Loaves & Fishes Dan Manassero, Manassero Farms Register for FREE Admission: http://ivczerowaste.eventbrite.com <http://ivczerowaste.eventbrite.com/>...

“A World We Can Change” conference on March 13

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) invites your students and you to attend  “A World We Can Change” conference on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Long Beach Convention Center. SCAQMD’s goal is to reach approximately 8,000 students to educate, inspire and engage our youth in air quality and environmental issues. To this end, SCAQMD is partnering with major environmental education organizations such as the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) and Global Inheritance. ACE will be presenting their awarding winning assembly to educate conference goers on climate science and what each individual can do to make a positive difference in our environment. The Expo Hall will be like no other, featuring hands-on and interactive exhibits, state-of-the-art technology displays, and information on educational, volunteer, and career opportunities. In one exhibit, students will have the opportunity to learn firsthand from Global Inheritance about energy and sustainability issues as they power a live DJ booth by riding stationary bicycles. For more conference information:...