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  • coastal cleanup

    Coastal Cleanup Day All Month Long

    Do you have a special place in the natural environment where you go to hike, recreate, or just relax and take in the natural beauty? Maybe your own neighborhood provides such a location. You could help to preserve this spot, wherever it is, by conducting your own trash cleanup in celebration of...

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    Sustainability in the City

    The role of the environment is well-established in the historical development of the City, and the preservation of the region’s natural beauty, flora and fauna have long been a priority. There are strong interrelationships between the...

  • bike donations

    Donate a Gently Used Bike to a Teen in Need

    The Conejo Recreation and Park District’s (CRPD) Youth Outreach Program has been working tirelessly to meet the needs of a number of teens who are dealing with a variety of challenges in their lives including the loss..

  • FIRE

    FireWise Landscaping and Home Defense

    As California’s population and temperatures continue to grow, so does the likelihood of devastating wildfires. The ten mostly costly wildfires in U.S. history have all occurred in California — the top two in...

  • Green Household

    The City’s Carbon Footprint and YOU – Part 2

    Last month, we described the City’s carbon footprint and broke it down into its sources. About half the climate warming emissions from our community come from driving. That’s a larger part than even our energy (electricity and gas) use. We gave some tips on how to cut...

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    City Expands Public Access to Recycling Containers

    If you’ve visited some of the City’s civic sites or used our transit system recently, you may have noticed some shiny new recycling bins around town. Thanks to grants provided by CalRecycle and the Federal Transit Administration, residents will now have access to both recycling and trash disposal...

  • Green Bikelanes WLB

    The City’s Carbon Footprint and YOU - Part 1

    Significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are needed in the next decade and beyond to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change. You probably know of some sources of GHG emissions, such as fossil fuels used to power vehicles and generate electricity. But did you know...

  • Mask waste

    COVID Cleanup: Discarding Masks and Gloves

    The unprecedented challenge the COVID-19 pandemic has caused worldwide has fundamentally changed the way we communicate, learn, meet, and conduct business. The use of PPE (personal protective equipment) such as...

  • Climate

    Climate and Environmental Planning for the City – Help us!

    The City is developing a Climate and Environmental Action Plan (CEAP) in conjunction with its General Plan and we need your help. The goal of the CEAP is to...

  • plastic coffee cup

    Single-use Disposables: Convenience at a Cost

    What are single-use disposables? Single-use disposables (SUDs) are goods that are designed to be disposed of after a single use. These include items like plastic utensils, napkins, straws, and various take-out food or drink containers. SUDs represent a significant...

  • state drought water

    Drought, Megadrought, or No Drought?

    Recent articles about drought conditions in the western states may at first appear contradictory. In mid-April of this year, a scientific study led to a flurry of articles including one by Forbes "US Drought Could Last A Century As We Now Enter A Megadrought, Study Finds." The study suggested a...

  • food donation

    Food Insecurity, Recovery, and Donation

    “Eat everything on your plate. There are people starving in the world”. Maybe you heard this, or some version of it, growing up. You might have scoffed at it. The availability of nutritious food is something...

  • vermicomposting

    Backyard Composting 102: Composting with Worms

    Composting with worms, or vermicomposting, is similar to using a compost pile but earthworms take center stage. Red worms (Eisenia fetida), or red wigglers, are the ideal species for vermicomposting since they are...

  • laundry balls

    Wash Clothes Wisely

    You can take small steps at home while doing laundry that make a big difference in protecting our oceans and waterways. A UC San Diego study found that the ocean is contaminated by 8.3 million pieces of mini-microplastics per cubic meter of water and microfibers make up a...

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    Backyard Composting 101: A Beginner’s Guide

    We are all spending more time at home these days and whether you’re interested in going green or searching for your next DIY project, look no further than creating a backyard composting pile. The beauty of backyard composting is that it is simple and cheap, but reaps great rewards. Composting will..

  • highway cleaning

    Sweeping Our Streets

    One of the things that makes the City of Thousand such a beautiful place to live and work is its cleanliness, including its streets and highways. Since 2012, City street sweeping has been provided by Venco Power Sweeping through our solid waste franchise agreements. Through this arrangement...

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    No Better Time to Bike

    Southern California has seen its longest streak of good air quality in years this spring as the statewide Stay At Home order kept vehicles off the road. Many took to social media, posting breath-taking photos from their backyards of the clear air and bright blue skies during the...

  • Soda Cans

    Update Regarding Bottle & Can (CRV) Recycling

    As most of you are probably aware, you may need to hang on to your bottles and cans for a while before you can claim your deposit back. Many recycling centers are closed or operating on reduced hours. Alternatively, you can...

  • virtual library color logo

    Virtual Library – Anywhere, Anytime!

    Even though the libraries in town are closed for the time being, you don’t have to be without their resources. The whole family can obtain a...

  • garden

    A Great Time to Garden

    Many of our grandparents had a victory garden where they grew food during World War I and World War II. These gardens helped to ease the burdens of producing and transporting food, increased the supply of food when shortages occurred, and provided physical and mental health benefits by encouraging..

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