GGTC 2018 Newsletters

Category: Community Published: Monday, 03 September 2018 Written by Publisher

tember- GREEN BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT:  The Habitat Resale Store

 October 2018 - Green Business spotlight: LOCAL WINERIES USING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

November 2018- Green Business spotlight: Wildlands Nursery  Includes information about the Native Plant garden at WSU TC, local green events, and tips for a green Thanksgiving,  and much more.

 December 2018   GREEN BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: FreshPicks Smoothies & Fruit-------------------------------

Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas:

 Reduce holiday stress and waste by rethinking the gift-giving experience.

 Did you know that most people would rather have a photo album of times shared than a store-bought gift?  The key is giving something that the receiver will enjoy, cherish and use all year, not be tossed or stored indefinitely.

  Alternative Gift Fair- Saturday, December 1, noon to 4:00 pm   

 Give a gift that reflects the true spirit of the holidays! Help raise needed funds for nonprofit organizations while showing your appreciation for the special people in your life. (After making a donation to the non-profit, you then send a card to your special person saying your donation was given in their name.) Get a hand lettered card to go with your gift. Music and crafts. Home baked good for sale. Support local organizations (including enviro groups) - give the gift that gives twice! Community Unitarian Universalist Church (CUUC), 2819 W. Sylvester Street in Pasco

  For other gifts that “give twice”, go to: 

  Fair Trade:

 Gifts of Time:

  •  Special activity with a significant other (candle lit dinner, massage, a visit to a museum, park, etc.
  • A lunch date or shopping adventure. 
  • Reconnect with someone. Call a friend or write a letter to someone you haven’t seen in a few years.
  • Shovel snow for someone, even if you remain anonymous. It will make his or her holiday season bright.
  • Put up holiday decorations and take down after the holidays.

 Gifts made from recycled content:

 Homemade Gifts:

  •  For ideas, visit a craft, hobby or fabric store or search the Internet. Easy to make items include a pillowcase, blanket, tote bag, sleeping bag cover, frame, scarf, wall décor, candle, etc.
  • Scrap book or photo album of memories with a friend or loved one.
  • Cookbook with your favorite recipes.
  • Set up a monthly lunch date or phone call. Perfect for elderly friends or relatives.
  • Monthly care package of your choice.  You choose the theme, the handmade or baked item.
  • Give a gift of art. Frame a photo, painting, drawing or sketch. Make your own cards or calendars.  
  • Make soaps, linen sprays, air fresheners, scrubs and more. Find a recipe on-line or the library.
  • Give green cleaning supplies in a basket (with a recipe book, of course). Include baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax, salt and reusable cleaning towels. Recipes:
  • Assemble meals or treats where the recipient only has to add the liquids and stir or bake. Cookies, brownies, breads, pancake mix, cocoa or coffee mix, soups, etc. Include the directions.

 A certificate for:

  •  A meal or “goodie” once a month, delivered for one year!
  • A dinner and movie of their choice.
  • Housecleaning, a pedicure or manicure, lawn maintenance, laundry service, chauffeur service, (you provide the driver and car) snow shoveling, car wash, etc.
  • Babysitting, dog walking or pet sitting.
  • Be creative – what do they like? Outdoor activities, a health club, concert or play. Design your gift based on their personality or interests.
  • A tree or gift from a local nursery
  • A car wash once a month (and vacuum) or a hand wax (or tune up) for their vehicle.
  • Anything in your area of expertise: photography, home décor, cooking, etc. 

 More ideas at

  Shop Local

Buying local food (and other products) not only helps local farmers thrive, it reduces energy consumption. The average food has traveled 1200 to 2500 miles to your place. Energy is used freezing, refrigerating, and trucking that food around. And local food is often fresher and tastier too!

 Green Business Spotlight: FreshPicks “From Farm to Table”  8378 W Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick.(509) 491-3252.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   7:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Mon-Sat. Custom built Gift Baskets and Jam Packs, holiday pie special, locally Roasted Craft Coffee, dried fruit from Rowley and Hawkins Fruit Farms, Basin City.

 Holiday Reuse & Recycling Tips

 This holiday season REDUCE waste when shopping, REUSE when possible and RECYCLE all you can!

  ·         Bows, tissue, gift boxes and bags are reusable and store easily. Those made from paper are recyclable but those made with foil or plastic are not.  

 ·         Cardboard boxes can be reused to store items, organize a closet, attic or garage. They also make great recycling bins for the home or office. Please flatten when recycling.        

 ·         Cut Christmas trees are collected for recycling at the curb in most cities, to be used for mulch.  Check the GGTC website later this month for instructions for 2018.

 ·         Foam packing peanuts can be donated to local mailing services or to Tri-City based Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) to pack orthopedic implants for shipment to developing countries. SIGN also accepts sturdy cardboard boxes. Call 371-1107 or visit for more information. Mailing and shipping companies may also accept them. 

 ·         Greeting cards are reused by the Richland Senior Association located in the community center, 500 Amon Park Drive. Cards and envelopes can also be recycled with paper.

 ·         Holiday baking and seasonal products are also recyclable. Empty flour and sugar bags, press board boxes like those that contain tea bags, stuffing mix, cream cheese, crackers, candy canes and empty juice and eggnog cartons can be recycled. 

 ·         String of lights: The strings are melted down, the rubber insulation and copper wire separated, and reused or recycled. The insulation is turned into things like slipper soles. Please remove all bulbs before recycling and drop off at a local metal recycling business.  Not the Curbside or Drop Box.  

December Events

 Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 AM – 12:30 PM.  Eating Healthy for you and the Environment. Sustainable Living Center, 640 Water Center Dr, Walla Walla. This workshop describes nutrition basics and how the foods we choose can affect our health and that of the planet. Explore ways to reduce food waste, minimize the carbon footprint of your food, and eat with the seasons. We'll even sample a healthy dish! Free.

 Saturday, Dec. 8, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. SOAR Presentation Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. Doris Mager, founder of Save Our American Raptors (SOAR), will be at the REACH to talk about her years of experience in raptor rehabilitation with her two LIVE owls. Bring some extra cash to purchase Birds of Prey swag and take a photo holding E.T. the Great Horned Owl!

 Tuesday, Dec. 11, 5:30 PM Cookie Run 2018 at Runners Soul 5020 W. Clearwater, Kennewick.  Arrive early and bring cookies. Three-mile run. Wear reflective gear. Hot chocolate, door prizes and more.

 Wednesday, Dec. 12, 12 PM – 1 PM. Benton Conservation District monthly Board meeting. Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr, Richland. Come learn about our ongoing projects.

 Saturday Dec. 15, 9:00 - 10:30 AM Nature Walk - Amon Creek Natural Preserve- meet at south entrance along the BPA access road. Questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, Dec. 29 The 119th National Christmas Bird Count The Tri-Cities count starts in three locations at 7:30am. CONTACT Count Coordinators by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info at

  • Richland – Meet at the “Fingernail” in Howard Amon Park
  • Pasco – Meet Dana at the Chiawana Park Boat Ramp, end of Rd 8
  • Kennewick – Meet at the Rod Coler Audubon Nature Trail parking area on Columbia Park Trail.





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