■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor
The upcoming Women’s Conference and CR&R new anaerobic digestion facility were the topics of the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday networking event on Feb. 3.
“Opening Doors” is the theme of the 2017 San Jacinto Valley Women’s Conference, and committee member Dee Cozart discussed the upcoming conference, its history, and why women in the valley should attend.
“A group of women got together in 2010 and decided they needed a conference to mentor women, their business needs, and whole life experiences for women,” said Cozart. Six years later, the organization has donated more than $25,000 in scholarships and sponsorships back to the community. The Women’s Conference is also a key sponsor of the Girl’s Conference, a conference for sixth and seventh grade girls.
“It’s about a day for you. Self-care is something we aren’t very good at as women,” said Cozart. “It’s because we are always going around caring for others. The Women’s Conference is about exploring, self-growth, and networking with other women of many different walks of life. It’s not even so much about finding like-minded women. While we might have differences of opinions, we are all on the same page, to make life better for those around us.”
“And shopping,” quipped Cozart. There’s always time for retail therapy.
The Women’s Conference is Feb. 23 from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Country Club at Soboba Springs. Tickets are $50 if purchased before Feb. 12 and are $55 afterward. Visit sjvwc.com or call (951) 692-5880 for registration or speaker information.
CR&R has recently broken ground on an Anaerobic Digestion facility at the Perris location, said CR&R Sustainability Coordinator Ignacio Valdivia.
“The anaerobic digester will take all your organic waste (food, grease, oil, organic and green), and will turn it into energy. CR&R will soon provide pails designed to hold food scraps to its customers, and those pails can be dumped into the green waste can. The end result, after processing, said Valdivia, is high-end fertilizer and natural gas. The natural gas will power CR&R natural gas refuse collection trucks. The fertilizer is currently being tested on farmland and eventually will be sold commercially at retail home improvement centers.
Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1826 and AB 1594 into law. AB 1826 requires businesses and multi-family complexes to separate their food scraps and yard trimmings for composting or anaerobic digestion. AB 1594 eliminates a loophole in state law that allows yard trimmings and other green waste that are used as landfill cover, to count as recycling.
The digester produces zero untreated emissions in a completely closed loop system that will:
Eliminate more than 99 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle operations – the equivalent of taking thousands of cars in your community off the road. (4.8 metric tons per vehicle, EPA, 2009).
Allow communities who participate to meet the 75 percent recycling rate – now a state goal.
Utilize waste collection trucks that have the lowest emissions in California.
Provide water-saving fertilizer and soil products for landscape and farm use from organic material not converted to biomethane.
Utilize proven technology for guaranteed performance and results.
Traditionally, organic waste rots in an oxygen-free environment at landfills, releasing up to seven million tons of methane each year.