Redwood Credit Union recently hosted two free document shredding events in local communities. More than 900 people attended RCU’s annual Santa Rosa Shred-a-Thon, held at the company’s main offices on Cleveland Avenue, and nearly 500 were served at the credit union’s inaugural Marin Shred-a-Thon, held at San Rafael High School. More than 28 tons of confidential documents were shred at the two events combined, and several truckloads of e-waste such as old televisions, computers and printers were also collected for recycling. Additionally, attendees contributed nearly 3,000 pounds of canned food and $170 in cash donations to benefit the Redwood Empire and San Francisco/Marin food banks. A free educational seminar on credit and debit card fraud prevention was presented at the Santa Rosa event by RCU’s Loss Recovery Department, providing tips and information about the latest trends in fraud and identity theft, and how to protect confidential information. RCU partnered with Cintas, Integrity Shred, and InfoStor for the document shredding, as well as Computer Recycling Center, Santa Rosa Recycling & Collection and Marin Computer Resource Center for e-waste collection.Technology
Petaluma's MarketLive, a provider of e-commerce technology and services for high-growth merchants, won three more industry awards for its technology. The wins include the Outstanding Website award from the Web Marketing Association, and two Product-of-the-Year medals from the 2013 Stevie Awards. The Web Marketing Association recognized MarketLive's eCommerce website and mobile site developed for furniture retailer Design Within Reach. Specifically, the judges called out excellence in use of video and integrated cross-sell capabilities. The Stevie Award judges singled out MarketLive from a field of 3,200 entrants to award two Product-of-the-Year medals for two separate eCommerce products: MarketLive Content Experience Manager and MarketLive Intelligent Site Search. Both of these products from MarketLive help retailers optimize the merchandising and discovery of products in their online stores. Green business
The living roof at the city of Petaluma Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility will be awarded the Green Roof for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence for best industrial project category. The Green Roof for Healthy Cities Design Award stands as recognition and appreciation for outstanding examples of Living Roof Architecture and Green Roof initiatives across North America. SYMBIOS eco-tecture of Sebastopol is honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award. The ceremony will be held at the upcoming annual 2013 CitiesAlive Green Roof Conference in San Francisco. The facility has two buildings that were designed with extensive living roofs that total approximately 12,174 square feet. The living roofs were incorporated into the facility’s design to demonstrate the viability of this green technology and promote environmental sustainability. The living roofs are irrigated directly by utilizing the reclaimed tertiary treated wastewater from the facility’s operations -- no potable water is used. In the western United States where seasonal drought is an annual event, this green roof project clearly demonstrates the appropriate use of this reclaimed water resource. The irrigation water keeps the vegetation active and productive which in turn maximizes the building performance benefits afforded by vegetative living roofs. The Ellis Creek facility currently generates over 700 million gallons of treated or reclaimed water per year. Although the living roofs on the facility only use a small faction of this volume, the reclaimed water could theoretically support millions of square feet of green roofs.Health care
In another significant step to support local implementation of health care reform, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved $450,000 in financial support for Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Petaluma Health Center and West County Health Center to increase access and resources for residents. The investment included $200,000 for the Sonoma Valley Health Center, $150,000 for the Petaluma Health Center, and $100,000 for the West County Health Centers. This is the second round of such investments the county has made in community health centers and service providers in preparation for health care reform. In June, the Board of Supervisors approved approximately $1 million for services and capital expansion for Santa Rosa Community Health Centers.