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Refrigerators keep our food crisp and cool, but did you know they are also the source of a very sneaky yet powerful contributor to climate change?

Conventional refrigerants contain HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), which have a staggering climate impact of up to 4,000 times that of CO2. Earlier this year, Bay Area students from the Youth Power Climate Action Network (YPCAN) visited our store and inspired us to take action towards climate smart refrigeration. They have been working tirelessly to create awareness and encourage positive change in our community. We took a step forward by conducting an audit with them of our refrigerators and discovered something remarkable.

While most of them still run on HFCs, we were able to identify three units that use climate-friendly refrigerants! As it turns out, we're one of only two grocery stores in Alameda with them. As part of our commitment, we [were] honored by the Youth Power students, who [presented] us with a Climate Safe Refrigerant award on Sunday, May 21.

To learn more about the YPCAN, visit www.youthpowerclimateaction.org.

Editor's note: This post originally ran in the Alameda Natural Grocery newsletter.

— Alameda Natural Grocery

Alameda Community:
Great news! We have raised enough money to plant more than 20 trees in Pat Potter's honor! Thank you to everyone who donated! Joyce Mercado has worked with the city and 100K Trees for Humanity on planning, and we will be holding the tree planting on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to about noon at Leydecker Park in Alameda. How long it takes will depend upon how many volunteers we get to do the planting. Please RSVP to Joyce Mercado at jlmercado246@gmail.com if you plan on participating in the tree planting. Bring gloves. All other materials such as shovels, buckets, wheel barrels, etc. will be provided by the city and 100K Trees for Humanity.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 3, and honoring Pat in this special way.

— Bike Walk Alameda

Forty-two restaurants, bars, and eateries participated in Alameda Restaurant Week 2023. The 10-day culinary event invited foodies and casual diners to try new establishments and support their favorite spots. In addition to posters and a KTVU Mornings-on-2 segment, a robust digital marketing campaign garnered over a million impressions and drove 15,809 unique visitors (31,309 views) to a dedicated webpage that showcased Prix Fixe menus, custom cocktails, and tasty specials.

Participating establishments donated $1,555 in gift certificates which were raffled off to 35 lucky winners. The 500+ raffle entrants were invited to pick up keychains and Alameda swag as a thank you for supporting Alameda’s restaurant industry.

In a post-event survey, 58% of restaurants reported an increase in business during Restaurant Week, and 91% would like to participate in future Restaurant Weeks. Restauranteurs appreciated the “increased visibility and new guests” and shared that “each year [Restaurant Week] gets better…. Processes, promotions, communications, etc.” Restauranteurs told city staff how impactful the event was to their business and expressed appreciation to the city for supporting them.

— City of Alameda