All three of Napa County’s farm worker housing centers were at full capacity last week for the first time since the Napa County Housing Authority assumed control of them in 2007. The Calistoga Farm Worker Center in Calistoga, River Ranch Farm Worker Center in St. Helena and the Mondavi Farm Worker Center in Napa each have a 60-bed capacity.


HydroPoint of Novato supplied its smart irrigation systems to two LEED-certified Regency Centers properties: the Deer Springs Town Center, a 517,370-square-foot shopping center in North Las Vegas, Nev., and Lower Nazareth Commons, a 206,383-square-foot shopping center in Lower Nazareth Township, Pa.

A custom home in the hills of Mill Valley received certification as the first LEED for Homes Platinum custom home in Marin County, and one of only a few in Northern California. The platinum ranking establishes the home at the pinnacle of sustainable design and construction practices.

Straus Family Creamery in Marshall will be honored as a Marin Clean Energy Leader at an event hosted by Sen. Mark Leno, Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Supervisor Charles McGlashan. Straus Family Creamery generates renewable energy through a methane digester, which supplies 90 percent of the energy for the Straus dairy and also uses renewable energy produced by the 124 kilowatt solar electric system on its corporate headquarters in Petaluma.

Strong & Hayden of Napa is now a certified green business with the Bay Area Green Business Program, which helps businesses conserve energy and water, minimize waste, prevent pollution and shrink their carbon footprints. The Gasser Building, where the real estate firm’s office is located, is solar-electric powered.

Zap electric vehicles of Santa Rosa said racing legend Al Unser Jr. will be behind the wheel as the Zap Alias team competes in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-PRIZE, a competition for $10 million in prizes set up to foster the development of clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 miles per gallon or energy equivalent.


Four custom-etched bottles each filled with 27 liters of 2006 Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Vintage Selection cabernet sauvignon from the Napa Valley were auctioned at four Morton’s steakhouses across the U.S. this month, raising a total of $24,950. The auction proceeds will go to the local Make-A-Wish chapters, which grant one very special wish to a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness., the Internet auction of fine and rare wines, will partner with the Napa Valley Vintners on its annual fundraiser, Auction Napa Valley. At each bottle of wine is appraised, inspected and stored in a climate-controlled warehouse in Napa.

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