April 22 this year marks the 47th anniversary of the first Earth Day!  In celebration of this occasion, please join City of Davis staff for a series of environmental classes that promise to be nothing short of literary masterpieces (or at least educational and entertaining). All classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Center in the Game Room, and will run 1 to 1 ½ hours in length.

April 5: Secrets of the CCE Sisterhood.

The City is looking at Community Choice Energy (CCE) as a practical way (without forming a public utility) to localize energy decisions, deliver cleaner electricity at competitive rates, and give consumers more choices about the price of their electricity and how it’s produced.  Join Sustainability Manager Mitch Sears and the City of Davis Community Choice Energy Advisory Committee Members and learn about CCE and participate in this Q&A focused presentation.

April 11: Fantastic Pests and How to Control Them

Join the City’s Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, Martin Guerena, and learn about Integrated Pest Management, an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices.  Martin will focus on the usual pests found in Davis homes and gardens.

April 12: Something Composted This Way Comes

Learn tips for easy and pest-free food scrap composting!  Food scraps can make up to 25% of your trash. Composting your food scraps can be surprisingly simple, pest free and only takes 5 minutes of your time each week. In addition to backyard composting and worm composting, this class will emphasize simple, pest-free methods of composting food scraps. After attending the class, Davis residents can sign up to receive a starter set of composting worms for $5, and residents in single-family homes can receive a backyard compost bin for $10.

April 13: The Silence of the Sprinklers

Get an update on water conservation in Davis and California. Learn ways to reduce outdoor water use to help “silence your sprinklers”.

April 18: Where the Urban Wild Things Are

Davis is unique in that we share this town with other wild animals. Davis is home  to turkeys, coyotes, squirrels, hawks, bats, owls….etc… Join us for a talk on the different local wildlife species, how the live locally and how we can coexist peacefully. City of Davis Wildlife Resource Specialist, John McNerney, will present on the common urban wildlife that live in Davis, some of the conflicts we have with them and tips for coexistence.

April 19: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Zero Waste

Zero waste living can be simple! Simple ways that anyone can Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot and Rebuy at home without a major investment of lifestyle change.

April 20: Cloudy with a Chance of Stormwater Run-Off

Pollution doesn’t only come from large factories. Many decisions that we make in our day-to-day lives can in contribute to or reduce local and regional pollution of air and water.  Topics include pervious pavements, landscaping to prevent run-off, preventing litter and more!

April 26: Much Ado About Water

Dive into where our water comes from, what’s in our water and how much we use. Then wade through where our water goes, how it gets treated and what happens after treatment. Include potential future uses of recycled water.

Davis residents who attend these classes can enter to win prizes, including reusable shopping bags, food scrap collection pails and worm castings. For more information or to register, please contact the Public Works Department at (530) 757-5686 or PWWeb@CityofDavis.org.