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This list was compiled by members of the Davis Climate Action Team and concerned citizens who want to live more responsibly. We have created a list of suggestions for a greener holiday celebration. The following ideas are just to get you started. Get two for one this holiday season: give a gift to your loved ones that’s also a gift to the planet.

What a relief not to face traffic and crowds in unfamiliar shopping malls. Limit yourself to friendly Davis and Yolo County for your gift shopping this year. Reduce stress, lower your carbon footprint and help the local economy.

  1. Give the gift of sustainable living
    1. Energy Efficiency
    2. Transportation
  2. Shop local
    1. Give a local experience
    2. Support a local non-profit
    3. Give a handmade or recycled gift

Give the gift of sustainable living

Many folks appreciate a practical gift that also helps Mother Earth. Why not go the next step—shop locally and buy products that save energy and promote healthy living?

Energy Efficiency

To get more ideas from the City of Davis/ Valley Climate Action Center 2009 Energy Efficiency Forum: experts from UC Davis, Davis Energy Group , Verve Solar and the City of Davis identify energy efficiency actions you can take at home.
[WWW]http://eec1.ucdavis.edu/news/Cooling%20the%20Earth%20-%20Summary.pdf

Transportation

Shop local

olive_oil_ucd.jpgUC Davis Olive Oil is harvested from olive trees around the UCD campus.

You’ll find fresh and unique gifts while you save time and fuel when you purchase from local vendors. Don’t miss out on these special products. Add your own to the list below.

Give a local experience

We all get too busy with our lives, but the gifts below help us slow down and enjoy quality time together. The hardest part will be deciding which activity to give—this list is just the beginning of many local possibilities.

Support a local non-profit

Many folks don’t want any more “things” to clutter their homes, so a gift that helps others is perfect. Match your gift to the interests of the recipient. This list provides a start.
For a list of Yolo County non-profits, see: [WWW]http://web-iii.yolocounty.org:81/

Give a handmade or recycled gift

Nothing is more touching than something made especially for you by hand. Challenge yourself to use local and recycled materials in your crafts. There’s no end to what you can create.

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