Wednesday, October 1, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Coyote educator, farm nonprofit and Da Vinci High win environmental honors

Da Vinci Charter Academy students Augustus Brandt, left, and Lauren Owens get some help from parent volunteers Bill Heinick and Jill Van Zanten as they construct a straw bale bench on the school campus at 1400 E. Eighth St. The bench used bales donated by UC Davis and ceramic tiles created by Da Vinci students as well as "found" tiles. A screen next to the school's stage area incorporated reclaimed materials. Patsy Owens/Courtesy photo

By
From page A1 | April 18, 2013 |

Davis resident Cayce Wallace, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers and Da Vinci Charter Academy are the winners of the 2013 city of Davis Environmental Recognition Awards, presented by the city’s Natural Resources Commission. The awards will be presented at Tuesday’s Davis City Council meeting.

The awards were created in 1995 to recognize the environmental accomplishments of individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations working in and around Davis.

* Wallace has worked to educate local residents about the importance of the coyote’s role in the regional ecosystem, and how to peacefully coexist with them. Noting that coyotes were frequenting grassy fields east of Harper Junior High, she enlisted support from the school administration and students and taught them how to humanely discourage coyotes’ presence on school grounds, and purchased and mounted “coyote crossing” signs to alert motorists on the Mace Boulevard curve.

She also distributed fliers to the neighborhood so that people are familiar with hazing techniques and what they can do to discourage coyotes.

“Cayce Wallace has been a significant help to the city’s urban wildlife program, from helping arrange care for sick or injured urban wildlife to, more recently, providing significant support in the drafting and implementation of the city’s coyote management and coexistence plan,” a news release said.

She was nominated by Gene R. Trapp and Janet Krovoza, with letters of support from John T. McNerney, Sharon Montooth and Camilla H. Fox.

* The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is an eco-friendly nonprofit organization based in Davis. It works closely with family farmers to address the growing questions of where food comes from and how it is grown. CAFF strives to build on shared values around food and agriculture.

With programs like the Farm to School Initiative and Buy Fresh Buy Local, CAFF is committed to achieve the goals of its vision statement: “Strong partnerships exist between family farmers and their communities,” a news release said.

CAFF was nominated by Iain Bartolomei.

* The Da Vinci Charter Academy was recognized for creating an environmentally responsible school community by encouraging students to use recycled/found materials instead of new/purchased materials in their big projects. The school has expanded the recycling infrastructure for campus events and uses 100 percent reusable plates, cutlery and linens for feasts, faculty lunches and other social events. The campus recycling team’s (Green Team) mission is to foster sound ecological practices within the Da Vinci community.

Da Vinci Charter Academy promotes sound environmental practices in routine school and extracurricular activities throughout the year, such as Putah Creek habitat restoration, burrowing owl nests, construction of a bottle-brick bench built solely out of earthen and recycled materials, a native plant garden on campus, Team Blend and an energy audit program, a news release said.

The school, at 1400 E. Eighth St., was nominated by Cristina Young and Elaine Talley, with letters of support from a chemistry and physics teacher at the school, the Green Team and the Hospitality Team.

Comments

comments

Enterprise staff

.

News

Jury: Marsh legally sane during murders

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Undocumented Student Center offers help to immigrants

By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Rairdan supports more inquiry-based learning

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Standing In: Don’t write? I may as well stop breathing

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

 
Woodland man convicted in domestic violence case

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Apply soon to be a Master Gardener

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Katehi will address Rotarians on Monday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Mondavi Center hosts all-star lineup of classical, jazz, dance and more

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C3 | Gallery

Willett students sensitized to those who are different

By Maria Clayton | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Friends of the Library host biggest book sale of the year

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Give blood and get a free movie ticket

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

‘Edible City’ discussion planned

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
TSA bomb training may be noisy

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

AIM testing dates set this fall, winter

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A4

 
Tour Honey Bee Haven on Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Woodland City Cemetery tours planned

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
 
‘ADHD — Myth or Reality’ addressed at UCD talk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Quotes from the Marsh double-murder trial

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
UCD athletics have break-from-work entertainment for everyone

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: C5 | Gallery

Quad abuzz with students

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Wetlands visitors may see ducks arriving

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Boy Scouts host family event in park

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

 
How did the Aggies get their name?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C12

.

Forum

Hey, it’s free childcare …

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Will you open your heart, and your home?

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
The right vote for education

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Just what Davis schools need

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

Nolan’s a calm voice of reason

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

DHS girls tennis team tames Lions

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devil girls play dynamite pool defense

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Davis volleyballers finish strong at Franklin

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Hard-working Blue Devil boys get a water polo win

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

A’s fall as AL wild-card game lives up to its name

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Legacy roundup: Milliennium takes Manteca tournament

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

AYSO roundup: Beans, Capay can’t shake each other in U19 play

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Alliance roundup: Los Azules, Italia win tourneys

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Sports briefs: Real Salt Lake has too much for Republic

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

 
.

Features

From the ground up: Rediscovering classic cheesecake

By Ann Evans | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Leonard D. Blackford

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Anne Elizabeth Elbrecht

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A8