Greenwise Blog

A look at child food insecurity at the local, state, and national levels

Amarachi Okemiri

By Amarachi Okemiri, Foodwise fellow Child food access challenges abound in the Sacramento region. Fortunately, there are many accessible solutions to these challenges. The Sacramento region has an opportunity–like no other place in the country–to identify best practices for serving fresh, local and seasonal food to those who need it most. To investigate these possibilities, [...]

Erika Dimmler, project manager for Edible Sac High, brings national focus to food education in Sacramento

Students at Edible Sac High learn to cook in the Big Rig Mobile Kitchen Classroom

View original story at (NPR affiliate) By Elaine Corn, Capitol Public Radio With an estimated 3,000 gardens planted at California schools, and home ec labs extinct, how to get those peas into a pot? That’s where British chef Jamie Oliver comes in. His Big Rig — a traveling teaching kitchen now touring the state [...]

Volunteers needed for rain garden construction on March 1

Volunteering at Edible Sac High

Join the students of Sacramento Charter High School and members of the Oak Park community to build the first ever rain garden at Edible Sac High. Rain gardens encourage communities to reduce their irrigation needs by planting native, drought-tolerant species in gardens and lawns. These are important lessons to learn during California’s drought! The rain [...]

Organic waste diversion pilot program seeks participants in downtown and midtown Sacramento

By Liz Salmi, communications director Greenwise Joint Venture is looking for organizations to participate in Sacramento’s waste diversion pilot program. By focusing on downtown and midtown Sacramento, Greenwise Joint Venture waste haulers and other partners are testing the logistics of large-scale waste diversion. The pilot, dubbed “Farm to Fork to Fuel”, is Sacramento’s first waste-to-energy [...]

Greenwise Joint Venture executive director transitions to new opportunity

Julia Burrows

The Greenwise Joint Venture Board of Directors is announcing that Julia Burrows is stepping down from her role as President and Executive Director. Burrows, who co-authored the Greenwise Regional Action Plan in January 2011 and founded the startup nonprofit in February 2012, is transitioning from her leadership role as of February 1, 2014. “I am [...]

Why not here? Food waste diversion in the Salida Union School District

Billy Reid, Director of Nutrition Services

By Colin Mickle, coordinator, Foodwise In preparation for the Green Schools National Conference in March, the Foodwise team traveled to Salida to meet co-panelist Billy Reid, the Director of Child Nutrition Services for the Salida Union School District. We arrived at the General Kitchen just moments after lunch headed out the door to schools throughout [...]

Prop 39 guidelines released

energy efficient classroom

By Liz Salmi, Community Engagement Manager Late last month the California Energy Commission released guidelines for Proposition 39. The Energy Commission will post the application form (“energy expenditure plan”) and handbook to its website in early January 2014. Training sessions and webinars will be available to assist schools with this new process. Funding recipients may [...]

Jamie Oliver Big Rig kitchen classroom coming to Edible Sac High January 17–February 7

Big Rig kitchen classroom

By Liz Salmi, community engagement manager The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (JOFF) has partnered with The California Endowment to bring free classes and food education aboard the famed “Big Rig Mobile Kitchen Classroom” to underserved communities throughout the state. In Sacramento the mobile kitchen classroom will be at Edible Sac High at Sacramento Charter High [...]

Sacramento accepting applications for Spring 2014 session of Citizen’s Planning Academy


The City of Sacramento is seeking participants for its Citizen’s Planning Academy for spring 2014. The Citizen’s Planning Academy is free and open to Sacramento residents and business owners who are interested in planning. The next session takes place March 3 through May 20, 2014. Participants should be willing to devote eleven weekday evenings and [...]

Green arena? We hope!

Brainstorming the greenest arena

By Liz Salmi, community engagement manager Over the past few weeks the Greenwise Joint Venture team has been helping the Sacramento Kings with community outreach events related to the entertainment and sports complex planned in downtown Sacramento. Our involvement specifically focuses on connecting the Kings development team to “green” leaders from around the region — [...]

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