Vintage House Goes Gas Leaf Blower Free!

Another Sonoma organization has looked at the evidence provided by Sonoma CALM and decided to stop the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers. The Vintage House board met last week and made the decision. Thank you to Vintage House for protecting the health and well-being of your members, guests, staff, and neighbors, not to mention all the people using the bike path on bikes, on foot, and with strollers.

Vintage House joins the Sonoma Valley Hospital, The School District, Sonoma Market, The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, MacArthur Place, Williams-Sonoma, Bolt Staffing, Get Reel Lawncare, and many other local businesses and organization that do not use gas-powered leaf blowers, out of consideration for their clients and customers.



Sonoma County Democrats Endorse YES on Measure V

demos_son_cty_official_logoSonoma CALM is pleased to announce that the Sonoma County Democratic Party has endorsed the Sonoma CALM YES ON MEASURE V Committee. They join the Sierra Club,  Catherine Sevenau/ Century 21, Tiffany Knef/ Sotheby’s Realty, former Mayor Joanne Sanders, Zac McCormick/ Fine Line Art Supplies, Bob Edwards, Renee Wiggs/ En-Er-Gy Studio, Grant Dobson, DC/ Valley Sport & Spine, Get Reel Lawncare, Mayor Laurie Gallian, Council Member Madolyn Agrimonti, Sonoma Old School, Fred Allebach, Paul’s Produce, Darryl and Cecelia Ponicsan, Broadway Veterinary Hospital, John Micklewright Designs, Alex Leader/ Leader Glass, Quiet Communities, Huntington CALM, and others.

Sonoma Valley Hospital Now Using Only Rakes and Brooms!

Sonoma CALM is pleased to announce that the Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH) has moved away from gas-powered leaf blowers and is now using rakes and brooms to maintain its property.

Kudos to Waldron Landscaping for going along with this bold, forward-thinking plan to further promote the health and well-being of SVH patients and visitors, as well as staff, neighbors, and passersby.

As SVH CEO Kelly Mather said recently in the Index-Tribune’s 2016 Health and Wellness magazine, “We see our mission as one of improving the health of our community, and we begin by creating a healing environment here in the hospital.” Discussing the hospital’s six unique Healing Gardens, she continued “…they have a healing influence, inspiring staff, patients, and visitors to relax and connect with nature.” The decision to cease the use of gas blowers around the hospital is certainly in keeping with this vision of a peaceful, quiet environment.

The hospital made this decision after carefully reviewing information provided by Sonoma CALM, including testimony from physicians and other hospitals, a letter of endorsement from Superintendent Louann Carlomagno of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, and information about how other business and municipalities effectively manage maintenance and landscaping without gas leaf blowers.

For more information on the benefits of not using gas leaf blowers in medical settings, see “High hospital noise levels hinder patient recovery,Advisory Board, January 2012.