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[ 2012 Entercom Environmental Sustainability Report ]

1[Thing] Sacramento and Entercom Communications are honored to share with you a word from CEO, David Field with regards to our sustainability efforts as a company.

“I am very pleased to report that 2012 was another year of great progress in our efforts to make Entercom a more environmentally sustainable organization and reduce our impact on the planet. Our major emphasis was on reducing our power consumption and we implemented a number of tactics to cut our energy use.  One example of this is MDCL technology, which enables AM transmitters to operate more efficiently.  Using MDCL, we reduced our power use on WWKB-AM in Buffalo by about 19% and are now in the process of implementing this technology in several of our other markets.  We also completed one of the country’s largest broadcasting solar power generation facilities at KEZW in Denver which covers about 85% of that station’s energy needs.

In 2012, we also continued our work with a number of leading environmental organizations across the country.  We made a $1 million grant of ad time and public affairs programming to The Wilderness Society to launch a campaign featuring Dave Matthews, Betty White and Wendie Malick. The campaign won the 2012 Gold MarCom Award. We also continued to participate in the EarthShare giving campaign and have now cumulatively raised over $425,000 to support environmental organizations across the country.  And in addition, we celebrated Earth Day by working with Conservation International to conserve 230 acres of important habitat for China’s great pandas.

Finally, many thanks to Jaimie Field, our Sustainability Champions and the Environmental Task Force for their outstanding leadership and all of their efforts to make Entercom a greener company. I also want to salute the entire Entercom team for everything each of you is doing to make our world cleaner, healthier and more sustainable.  Thanks to all of you, we are making a difference.”


[ Volunteer Opportunity – 1THING Sacramento and CEAR E-Waste Recycling Event ]

This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at participating Home Depots throughout the Sacramento region, 1Thing Sacramento and CEAR will be hosting a massive e-waste recycling event. People will be bringing their used TV’s, computers, VCR’s, DVD players, etc and dumping them inside big green bins.

But we need help! We’re looking for volunteers to help unload items out of vehicles and into our big green bins. If you’re available, please send an email to Lindy Bors-Koefoed at events@cearinc.com or visit the CEAR website at http://cearinc.com/contact.

Thanks for doing your part to help keep electronic waste out of our landfills!

For a list of participating Home Depot locations, please see our Community Page.



[ Tips for Weathering the Winter ]

  • Consider using non-toxic de-icing substances such as clean clay cat litter, sand, or fireplace/stove ash to prevent hazardous waste from chemicals. Chemical de-icers can be hazardous to your pets, your trees and shrubs, and the environment. Antifreeze that leak from car engines and chemical snow melters on driveways, roads, and runways can pollute surface waters and groundwater through the soil.
  • Winterize your vehicle by checking your air filter and fluid levels, checking tires for tread wear and proper inflation, and checking the condition of your windshield wipers. Ensuring your vehicle is ready for weather changes will reduce damage, which prevents waste from broken parts, and will keep you safe on the road.
  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, save your ashes in a tin instead of throwing them away. Cold wood ashes can be mixed in your compost heap to create a valuable soil amendment that provides nutrients to your garden.
  • Use electric snow removal products rather than gasoline-powered ones. While electric products consume energy, they do not emit greenhouse gases. As alternatives, use snow shovels, ice crackers, and brooms to clear snow from your sidewalk, porch, or driveway.
  • If you have a manual thermostat or no thermostat at all, one way to save energy and money this winter is to install a programmable thermostat. When installed and used with the four pre-programmed temperature settings for weekend and weekdays, you can save about $100 each year while staying comfortable. Before leaving for vacation, turn down your thermostat (or use a programmable one) so that you don’t waste natural resources by generating unneeded heat. You can also buy outdoor and indoor lights with timers so that lights don’t stay on all night.
  • Close the recycling loop. Many articles of clothing, such as jackets, scarves, gloves, and boots, are now made from recycled materials. Most fleece products are made from recycled plastic soda bottles, and certain clothing and shoe manufacturers use recycled cotton scraps and rubber tires to make their products.
  • Winter storms often cause power outages. Prevent waste by keeping rechargeable batteries rather than disposable ones stored throughout your house with your flashlights. If you do use disposable batteries, prevent hazardous waste by buying batteries with low mercury content.
  • Recycle old newspapers by making rolled paper logs for your fireplace. Roll newspaper sheets around a broom stick until your log is the desired size, then soak your log thoroughly in water. Dry the log overnight and use like ordinary wood. Always follow proper safety precautions when burning anything around your home.
  • To make sure your heating system (boiler, furnace or heat pump) is operating at its most efficient, it is a good idea to have a contractor perform a routine check-up and any necessary maintenance on the equipment before freezing weather drives up your energy bill.
  • If your heating equipment more than ten years old, it may be time for a replacement to a more energy-efficient unit. While initially an expensive investment, replacing old equipment with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment saves more energy and money in the long run.

[ California becomes 2nd State in the US to launch Statewide Paint Recycling Program ]

SACRAMENTO, CA – October 19, 2012 will mark the first day of the California Paint Stewardship Program established by a new law, AB 1343 (2010) by Assembly Member Jared Huffman, that requires paint manufacturers to develop a take back system for leftover paint from household and commercial consumers. The new program will be the second and largest of its kind in the United States. Oregon’s pilot program started two years ago. Connecticut and Rhode Island are planning similar programs.

Paint manufacturers, through the American Coatings Association, created PaintCare, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to administer the state programs. The non-profit will arrange for recycling and proper disposal of unused paint and conduct public education about proper paint management.

More than 700 million gallons of architectural paint is sold each year in the U.S., and about 10 percent is available for recycling. Until now, leftover paint has been handled primarily by government-run household hazardous waste programs — many with strained budgets and limited days of operation.

Assembly Member Huffman believes that this California PaintCare program will be particularly helpful to consumers and local governments: “This is an important program that will make paint recycling more convenient for Californians, reduce the financial burden on local governments, and protect the environment.  It allows industry to take the lead in developing a safe and reliable system for the recovery and proper management of leftover paint.  It’s a win win win.”

“This program will make proper paint management more convenient for the public by setting up hundreds of new paint drop-off sites at retailers throughout the state,” said Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, Executive Director of PaintCare. “It will also help local governments that partner with PaintCare by paying for the paint they already accept through their household hazardous waste programs.”

Funding for the program will come from a Recovery Fee that will be applied to the purchase price of paint sold in California and paid to PaintCare. Fees are based on container size as follows:

Container Size                                     Fee Per Unit

½ Pint or Less                                            $0.00

More than ½ pint to 1 gallon                     $0.35

1 Gallon                                                     $0.75

More than 1 Gallon to 5 Gallons               $1.60

PaintCare will use the fees to pay for the transportation of leftover paint from partnering  drop-off sites to processors for recycling and energy recovery. These fees will also assist PaintCare in its efforts to educate consumers on the importance of buying the correct amount of paint, using up leftover paint, keeping paint out of the trash, and recycling remaining unusable paint.

For more information about the California Paint Stewardship Program or to find out where you can recycle your own paint, visit www.paintcare.org.


About PaintCare Inc.

PaintCare is a non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association to implement Paint Stewardship Programs on behalf of the paint manufacturers in states that pass paint stewardship laws. To learn more about the importance of recycling and using up leftover paint, or to find a drop-off site near you, visit www.paintcare.org.


[ It’s My Park Day 2012 ]

Fair Oaks invites the community out tomorrow morning for the annual It’s My Park Day! It’s My Park Day is a day dedicated to making our parks more beautiful and vibrant with the help of the very community that utilizes them daily.

Volunteer to clean a park and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint! YOU CAN HELP! Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District invites you and your family to help care for and celebrate your parks! The day will consist of planting, cleaning-up, repairs and much more. Come work alongside District Employees to clean up your parks and make them THE place to be. At the end of the day the District presents an afternoon BBQ and entertainment to show our appreciation. The 2012 IMPD is being sponsored by SMUD.

Click here to get registered for the event.




Did you know that the City of Roseville Environmental Utilities will make Water-Wise house calls?

1Thing Sacramento and the City of Roseville Environmental Utilities have partnered to remind you to fix leaky faucets and running toilets. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, leaks can account for 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year. That is enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool.

Water Efficiency Tips Inside & Outside

Bathroom Tips: Be water smart! Do not let the water run while washing your hands, shaving, or brushing your teeth. Allowing water to run continuously out of the faucet can use as much five gallons of water a minute.

Kitchen Tips: Don’t use running water to thaw frozen food or to clean vegetables. Instead, use a partially filled sink of clean water. When you are done, use the rinse water to water your house plants.

Laundry Room Tips: When washing clothes, wash full loads or use the water level adjustment to regulate the amount of water needed. If your machine doesn’t permit you to set load size, wait until you have a full load before washing clothes.

Lawn Tips: If plants and shrubs are being irrigated by an overhead sprinkler, convert to a drip system to save water and get water directly to the root zone and reduce weeds. Drip systems slowly emit 1/4 to 2 gallons of water pert hour rather than 1/2 to 2 gallons of water per minute and overhead sprinkler puts out.

Don’t have time to do it yourself? Call the City of Roseville Environmental Utilities today to schedule a free Water Wise House Call. When you make a weekday appointment, their water-use specialists will come to your home and analyze your indoor and outdoor water use.

Click here to get information on the City of Roseville’s water rebates for businesses as well as their Cash for Grass program.










Slow Food Sacramento

4th Annual Urban AgFest

Press Release


Contact: Catherine Enfield








Slow Food Sacramento has been approached by these schools to help them form an effective regional K-12 school garden coalition. Slow Food Chapters around the country are closely associated with edible schoolyards and California Food & Ag Board Member Bennett Drake recommended a collaboration between local Slow Food chapters and school garden projects — we agreed!

Our Urban Agfest event on June 9th will raise funds for the Green Academy at Rosemont High School (led by Chef Scott Singer, a graduate of Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Institute [ESY]), and the garden and ecology center at O.W. Erlewine Elementary School (led by Tim Keenan, another graduate of ESY!).

Our reception will be at Rosemont High School featuring a showcase of K-12 school garden projects from around the Sacramento region, including the Edible Schoolyard Pilot Project, which we are delighted Alice Waters and Mayor Kevin Johnson have brought to our area through Greenwise Sacramento. The reception will feature the showcase, a tour of the multi-faceted Rosemont project, and a salad bar grown and served by the students.

The reception will be followed by a sit-down dinner catered by the Woolstons of The Supper Club and Matteo’s Pizza fame. The theme for the dinner is a gourmet school lunch featuring such items as elevated burger and fries, mac n cheese, and fish sticks. Auction items include such great donations as a private forage tour and lunch with James Beard Award nominee Hank Shaw and tours of Cowgirl Creamery and Capay Organics, home to Farm Fresh to You.

Schools participating in the reception showcase:

  • Rosemont High School Green Academy
  • O.W. Erlewine Elementary School Ecology Center
  • Grant High School GEO Environmental Science and Design Academy
  • Luther Burbank High School Health Corps
  • Alice Birney Elementary School
  • Sam Brannan Middle School
  • Sacramento Waldorf School
  • Theodore Judah Elementary School


Showcase Reception: 4pm-5:30 p.m.  NOTE NEW TIME
Location: Rosemont High School Garden
Eat: Salad bar grown and served by students
Learn: Local K-12 schools showcase their edible gardens
Enjoy: Tours of the Rosemont H.S. garden and ecology projects
Cost: $20/person
Purchase Tickets: http://www.uafdinner2012.eventbrite.com

Combination ticket: Reception 4pm  & Dinner 6pm

Location: Rosemont High School
Eat: Three-course catered dinner
Learn: Meet others who support good, clean, fair food
Enjoy: Live auction, raffle, guest speaker
Cost: $75/person
To Purchase Tickets: http://www.uafdinner2012.eventbrite.com



[ 1Thing Sacramento Tip of the Day: Live Sewer Smart ]

Did you know that the City of Roseville Environmental Utilities makes it easy to get rid your household fats, oils and grease by picking it up for free right at your doorstep?

1Thing Sacramento and the City of Roseville Environmental Utilities have partnered to remind you to never put fats, oils or grease down your sink. Common fats, oils and grease found in kitchens include cooking oils, salad dressings and sandwich spreads, meat juices and fat. When improperly disposed, these substances can have negative effects on a home’s plumbing creating blockages, which in turn will cause the sewer to back up through sinks, drains and toilets. The end result can be a major headache for the homeowner.

Whether you’re a business that generates fats, oils and grease or a resident of Roseville, you’re encouraged to do your part to help prevent sewer blockages. Doing so will benefit your home, your pocketbook and your community. In many cases, damage in residences caused by sewer back-ups is not covered by homeowners or renters insurance.  It also minimizes repair work by the city which helps to keep your sewer utility rates low.

Watch this YouTube video and live sewer smart!


[ 1Thing Sacramento Tip of the Day: Recycling ]

Did you know there’s a way to get your beverage container recycling refunds on a per-container basis instead of by weight?

1THING Sacramento and the City of Roseville Environmental Utilities have partnered to remind you to recycle your bottles and cans. According to CalRecycle, Californians bought more than 20 billion carbonated and noncarbonated CRV-eligible drinks in aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal containers in 2011.

If parents recycle, allow kids to sort. Families that recycle together stay together! If mom and dad recycle, ask if the kids can help sort. Sometimes parents don’t realize how much the kids care. Extra money from recycling can also be saved for family-fun activities down the road.

Recycling is not limited to just the home; schools and businesses can also implement a program at their locations too. It’s easy! Set up a clearly marked recycling bin in your break rooms or next to trash cans. Then, create a fun contest to encourage people to recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

Going green is a lifestyle; don’t be shy to get in on the action. By making one change to our daily habits we can save natural resources, conserve energy and keep tons of unnecessary waste out of our landfills.

Click on the logo for a list of recycling locations in Roseville.

Are you already recycling at home, work or school? Send your picture to us at 1thingsacramento@entercom.com and we will feature it on our website.


[ Earth Day Festival in Roseville Boasts Many Green, Family-Friendly Attractions ]

Roseville, Calif. — The Roseville Utility Exploration Center is extending a community and region-wide invitation to its fifth annual Celebrate the Earth Festival on Saturday, April 21 at Mahany Park, located at 1501 Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville.  This FREE family event, sponsored by Whole Foods Market in Roseville, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., giving visitors plenty of time to explore the festivals nine unique environmental zones. The event highlights include:


Event Entertainment

Catch some thrilling, hold-on-to-your sheet performances on the main stage:

  • Wild Things animal handler Gabe Kerschner will present some of his native woodland creatures, including a beaver, opossum, rattlesnake and turkey vulture during a LIVE show.
  • Photo opportunities with exotic creatures like an alligator, Burmese python, and ring-tailed lemur will be available at Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom booth.
  • Catch a show by Dr. Solar, the region’s only fully solar powered children’s entertainer.
  • Watch in awe as Roseville Electric’s line crews perform climbing and safety demonstrations 35 feet in the air.
  • Relax with a variety of music and dance performances throughout the day.


Kids and Family Activities

With so many children’s activities to explore, they’ll want to stay all day:

  • Create sculptures out of farm fresh vegetables at the Placer Arts AGROartÔ stand.
  • Make a water cycle bracelet and solar bead necklace to take home at the City of Roseville’s water and electric utility booths.
  • Bring a favorite shirt to tie-dye in the Live Waste Free zone.
  • Make a recycled art project to take home at reCREATE’s mobile craft station.
  • Get your face painted in the Clean Water zone.  With so many children’s activities to explore, they’ll want to stay all day.


Enjoy Some Tasty Treats

When the tummy rumbles, an amazing food court awaits. Visitors can choose from a host of participating vendors selling foods such as tacos, teriyaki, pizza, hot dogs, shaved ice, coffee and more.


Plug into the Latest in Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Calling all auto enthusiasts:

  • Don’t miss this year’s lineup of cutting edge electric and hybrid vehicles in the “Travel Green” and “Empower our Community” zones, including a Tesla Roadster, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i and custom made electric pickup truck.  Chat with the owners of these green machines and learn ways to lessen your environmental impact when you travel.

Planning Your Trip

Please be sure to check the festivals website at www.roseville.ca.us/earthday for a complete lineup of event entertainment, parking suggestions, participating green vendors and more.


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About the Roseville Utility Exploration Center

Now in its fourth year, the Roseville Utility Exploration Center is an environmental learning center for explorers of all ages.  Opened in 2008, the center has welcomed more than 135,000 visitors to its free exhibit gallery, programs and special events.  For more information please visit www.roseville.ca.us/explore or call (916) 746-1550.