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Harrison Earns City of Ventura's Environmental Excellence Award


poinsettia award Congratulations are in order for Harrison Industries, which is the 2012 recipient of the City of Ventura's award for Environmental Excellence.
Whisenhunt Communications nominated Harrison - a WC client for over 20 years - for the award presented at the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's annual Poinsettia Awards luncheon at the Marriott Ventura Beach hotel.
Founded in 1932, Harrison Industries is one of the oldest and largest privately-owned trash and recycling collection companies in the United States. We nominated the company for its innovative recycling programs and the top-notch service it provides to more than 90,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
The waste diversion rates for Harrison's client cities are among the highest in the state. In addition, Harrison continues to take important steps to measure its carbon footprint and to help its client cities meet anticipated tight air-quality regulations. As a result, Harrison has received the Climate Registered status, awarded to members of The Climate Registry that voluntarily measure their greenhouse gas emissions.

All CMHS Facilities to be Smoke and Tobacco-Free on January 1


CMHS smoke free poster Community Memorial Health System is instituting a comprehensive program that will make all its facilities - which includes Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital and its 11 Centers for Family Health offices in Ventura County - smoke- and tobacco-free beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
Gary Wilde, CMHS's president and CEO, noted the policy is a mandate for the health system's accreditation from Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. Hospitals nationwide have also been moving toward smoke- and tobacco-free environments to promote healthy living and to create a healthy workplace for staff, patients and visitors.
The new policy also affects other CMHS-affiliated offices, including the Coastal Communities Cancer Center, Medical Arts Plaza Building and Olivas Park Business Office, and it applies to all CMHS indoor and outdoor spaces. The only exception will be the patients-only outdoor smoking area at Ojai Valley Hospital's Continuing Care Center. The new policy also applies to patients and visitors as well as contractors and vendors.
Also effective January 1, CMHS will not hire people who use tobacco and will use pre-employment drug screening to determine whether an applicant is tobacco-free. Current employees who use tobacco, but were hired before Jan. 1, will be encouraged to quit and will not be terminated from employment as long as they do not smoke or chew tobacco on CMHS premises.

Fun Holiday Happenings in  

Ventura this Weekend


2012 Ventura Parade of Lights If you're looking for something fun and entertaining to do this weekend, here are a few suggestions to usher in some holiday cheer.


 Visit the Ventura Harbor for the 36th Annual Parade of Lights, which sails our way Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15. Ventura's beautiful boat parade and fireworks show is at the Ventura Harbor both evenings at 7 p.m.
Dozens of boats will dress up for the 2012 theme: Jingle Jungle! The Ventura Port District and the Harbor are inviting guests to check out Harbor restaurants, shop for holiday gifts at Harbor Village boutiques and enjoy the rides at the outdoor carnival on the Village Main Lawn. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer will be available for photos on Saturday from 1- 5 p.m.
2012 AAB nutcracker poster Also this weekend, All American Ballet of Ventura presents its annual production of The Nutcracker at the newly renovated Ventura College Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

With this production, All American Ballet returns to its traditional venue at which the company staged its first Nutcracker production in 2002. Enjoy this holiday tradition and support our local dancers.
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Have a Merry - 

and "Green" - Christmas


It's estimated that between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, more than 1 million tons of additional waste is generated each week nationwide. In fact, 38,000 miles of ribbon alone is thrown out each year - enough to tie a bow around the Earth!


If you're seeking to lighten your environmental footprint this month, here are some tips from Whisenhunt Communications and Harrison Industries to make your holidays more environmentally-friendly:

  • Give Eco-friendly gifts like gift cards or movie tickets, or make a charity donation in the recipient's name.
  • Consider consumable gifts like food treats or flowers from your farmers' market. Buying locally supports local businesses.
  • Receiving a new cellphone or computer for a gift? Recycle your old one.
  • Wrap gifts in newspaper, cloth bags, tablecloths, napkins, fabric scraps, maps, craft paper, or old posters.
  • When shopping, bring your own reusable bags.
  • Use LED holiday lights. They last longer and use less power.
  • For holiday parties, put out a marked trash container for recyclables for your guests to use. Recycle aluminum, glass, plastic, metal cans, food boxes, paper giftwrap, gift boxes, greeting cards and more.
  • Email holiday cards instead of mailing paper cards. To send e-cards, check the selection at commercial sites like 
  • Recycle your live Christmas tree.  

If you have any other tips, feel free to share them with a friend and enjoy your holiday!

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