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Michelle Millet: Zero waste soon will be 25% easier in Davis

The city of Davis has a long history of taking progressive action when it comes to reducing our waste. We got our start in 1970 when Davis residents Richard Gertman and Barney and Margaret Hill formed the Recycling Awareness Committee of Davis. This group, whose actions began with the coordination of a newspaper recycling program […]

Whom will our council represent?

On Tuesday, the Davis City Council will vote on whether to approve the formation of a Community Facilities District at The Cannery, the passage of which will allow the developer, The New Home Company, to fund a portion of the infrastructure costs associated with the development through special taxes levied on future Cannery homeowners. Below is […]

Zero-waste shopping for the organizationally challenged

When I recently inventoried the contents of my family’s garbage and recycling bins, I found that most of what was inside these containers came from food-related packaging. For ideas on how to reduce this type of waste I turned to one of my favorite books on this topic, “Zero Waste Home” by Bea Johnson. In […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Reducing waste in paradise

This past Christmas, my family had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii where we spent 10 lovely days at a resort on the island of Oahu. This was our first extended trip since taking on the challenge a year ago to reduce the amount of waste we generate. So in preparation I did some Internet […]

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Locals will join march for climate change

On Saturday, Feb. 7, thousands of people are expected to take part in the March for Real Climate Leadership: Our Water, Our Health, Our California. The march, organized by a broad coalition of environmental groups across California, demands that Gov. Jerry Brown take real action against fracking. Californians Against Fracking, one of the event organizers, […]

January 27, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

MRAP offers our police protection

Twenty years ago I completed an emergency medical technician training course. While most of what I learned is a little fuzzy, there is one piece of life-saving formation that I will never forget. This information was so vital that it was as drilled into us over and over again and was guaranteed to be on every […]

September 11, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

So, what’s in a week’s worth of waste?

It’s been six months since my family has taken on the challenge to reduce the amount of waste we generate. It’s probably more accurate to say that it been six months since I decided we were going to take on this challenge; my family has been kind enough to humor and support me in this effort. […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Parcel tax should focus on roads, not pool complex

Over the summer, my family plans to spend a lot of time at the Manor Pool complex in East Davis. It’s a very nice facility that houses a diving pool with both high and low diving boards, a lap pool and a zero-entry pool, in addition to a water slide and a splash pad area. […]

July 02, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Striving for zero waste at Celebrate Davis!

Don’t miss it What: Celebrate Davis!, featuring food, a business expo, a family fun zone, music and fireworks When: 4:30-9:15 p.m. Thursday Where: Community Park Admission: Free About 10,000 people are expected to gather at Community Park on Thursday to attend Celebrate Davis!, an event sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce that features more […]

May 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Striving for zero waste: Beyond the bring-your-own-bag habit

One of the first steps my family took when attempting to reduce the amount of waste we generate is bringing our own bags when going grocery shopping. My husband does the bulk of the shopping on the weekend and has consistently been bringing usable bags on these trips for the past few years. My shopping […]

April 20, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Michelle Millet: Family discovers that less is more

Recently, my family has taken on the challenge of reducing the amount of waste we are responsible for generating. We decided to undertake this challenge in small, incremental steps, in an attempt to make the seemingly monumental task of living a zero-waste lifestyle a little less daunting and little more feasible. A common theme I […]

March 16, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Making reducing, reusing and recycling easier

Knowing that my family is attempting to reduce the amount of waste we generate, especially the type that ends up in the landfill, a friend who has a similar goal made the following two suggestions: * Make our trash cans smaller and our recycling cans larger; and * Put recycling containers in every room in our house. […]

February 02, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

We’re aiming for packaging-free produce

* Editor’s note: Today we debut a monthly column by Michelle Millet, a longtime Davis resident and newly appointed member of the city of Davis Natural Resources Commission. She will take Enterprise readers along on her family’s journey as they work toward a goal of generating zero waste. In order to keep from being overwhelmed […]

January 14, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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