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Santa Rosa Junior College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a recent survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released in The Chronicle’s sixth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 44,000 employees at 300 colleges and universities. Only two California colleges earned this distinction: Stanford and Santa Rosa Junior College. SRJC was the only California community college to earn this distinction, and one of only 12 community colleges from throughout the entire country to be named on the Honor Role. SRJC was one of 97 colleges and universities nationwide to be recognized as a “Great College to Work For,” and one of only 21 community colleges to receive the designation. From across the country, 300 colleges and universities participated in a  survey of their employees. Large two-year colleges named to the Honor Roll along with SRJC include Howard Community College, Miami Dade College, and Rio Salado College. Large four-year colleges include Stanford University, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and the University of Notre Dame.Energy

Marin Clean Energy, a program offering cleaner energy choices for electric customers in Marin County and the City of Richmond, is sponsoring GRID Alternatives’ largest installation event of the year, the eighth annual Bay Area Solarthon. On Sept. 7, solar panels were be installed on the roof of more than eight low-income homes in Richmond’s Iron Triangle. This Solarthon community installation event is, a fundraiser and solar block party that brings together hundreds of people including individual fundraisers, corporate sponsors, job trainees, community leaders and the homeowners themselves to install multiple solar systems in one neighborhood in a single day. MCE offers its customers 50 percent renewable energy, more than twice that offered by PG&E, at affordable rates and also has one of the best Net Energy Metering programs in California. That’s because of the premium credits MCE offers its solar customers. Customers are credited the retail rate plus an additional penny per kilowatt-hour for excess power generated and also receive a $4 monthly bonus credit when solar production exceeds electricity usage. With MCE, credits never zero out and if they exceed $100 customers can choose to ‘cash out’ and receive a check for the credit or allow the credits to continue to roll over on their electric bill.Retail

Cake Plate and Scott Lyall shoes recently opened businesses along the Napa Riverfront. Cake Plate is a boutique for women offering classic and contemporary styles. Cake Plate was previously located down Main Street, but has relocated to the Riverfront at 730 Main Street, Suite 100. The shop is open seven days a week from 11 a.m., with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Scott Lyall shoes carries products for men and women, as well as a selection of accessories including jewelry, belts, handbags, hats, scarves and more. Scott Lyall shoes is open seven days a week from 10 a.m., with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Store hours on Sundays are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is located at 710 Main Street in Napa.Transportation

In an effort to increase ridership and awareness, the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) will be launching a new Solano Express Intercity Campaign for riders who wish to travel outside their city and county with ease. During the 2012 Solano Express Intercity Ridership Study, the STA found that the need for the Intercity service was great, but awareness was poor. While SolTrans provides local routes through Vallejo and Benicia, and FAST provides local routes through Fairfield and Suisun, Solano Express maintains the routes to take riders from Vallejo, Fairfield and other Solano County cities to Sacramento, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and more. The campaign will include new decals for bus stop signs with schedule details, advertisements online, on the radio, in the newspaper, and on the bus tails (back of the bus). Additionally, Solano Express will revamp its website, and update maps and brochures that indicate bus services. The STA will be sending postcards with promotional codes for free bus passes and other incentives for new riders to join the positive alternative to driving alone. Whether it be a student, a shopper, a patient on the way to a appointment, or simply a dependent bus rider, Solano Express has a cost-effective, convenient route for everyone.Wine

Napa Valley Vintners announced it has obtained certification mark protection for the Napa Valley name in Norway, another milestone for the trade association in its efforts to protect consumers from deceptive wine labeling practices. For more than a decade, from crafting California’s Napa Name Law in 2000 and defending its integrity against various appeals, including at the U.S. Supreme Court level, this latest achievement is another in the NVV’s effort to proactively protect the Napa Valley name from misuse. In a related matter, the NVV is also petitioning the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to ensure adequate safeguards are put in place before it proceeds with the expansion of available domain names to include .wine and .vin.