Festival Highlights Innovators!

Innovators are powering incredible changes across the globe, helping all of us to re-imagine and re-think how we live and the everyday objects we use in an effort to curb our consumer driven “throw-away” habits and ensure a healthy tomorrow for everyone and our planet. Things like: weatherizing your home for the best energy conservation, tree pruning and native landscaping; composting, emission-free transportation; backyard beekeeping, innovative alternative energy options; and urban tree projects. The 2017 Festival was excited to offer a full day of innovative projects and ideas presented by inspiring speakers. 


 City of Redding Utilities was the proud sponsor of the Innovation Tent at the 2017 Whole earth and Watershed Festival.   This special area brought an exciting range of presentations to the Festival designed to help people better use their energy, water, lighting, and food garbage to make a positive difference for themselves and the planet! The City of Redding Utilities also had several booths next to the Innovation Tent featuring a tree give-away as well as a light bulb exchange: Bring 10 incandescent bulbs to the their Booth and get 10 LED bulbs for FREE!!


Innovation Tent Schedule:

Time                                          ACTIVITY

11:00 – 11:30 am                  Backyard Bee Keeping; presented by Justine Lehman

11:30 – 12 noon                     Positive Profitability to Change the World  presented by Steve Totman

Sourcetainable is an Alternative Everything Startup: Peopled with a consortium of scientists, engineers, artists, and builders setting about to conceive and construct better solutions for the planet’s most pressing needs, water, shelter, and energy by resourcing first world technologies mixed with real world experiences then grafted to developing world realities to inspire attainable sustainable quality of life enhancements for the planet.

12 noon – 12:30                      Basic Pruning for Shade Trees presented by 

Proper pruning is important to ensure long term health beauty of your trees.  The Redding Parks Department will discuss proper pruning techniques, identify climate appropriate tree species, and provide other tips for proper tree care.

12:30 – 1:00                            Applied Environmental Concerns – presented by Shasta College GIS Instructor Dan Scollon

1:00 – 1:30                              Toward More Livable Main Streets: Introducing LIFEDEK!         presented by Ryan Russell     and Anne Thomas   

1:30 – 2:00       Lessons from the Field: What causes high electric bills?     

Many of us with high electric bills have no idea what we can do to reduce energy consumption and to save money in our homes.  REU’s residential team will discuss lessons learned from visiting 100’s of Redding homes, discuss the most common factors that lead to high bills and how to address them.

2:00 – 2:30          DIY Energy Efficiency Projects for your Home – Session 1   

Greening your home to save energy and improve comfort can be a fun weekend project!  REU will discuss DIY projects that anyone can do such as installing a smart power strip, upgrading your lighting, and sealing your gaps and cracks.

2:30 – 3:00           DIY Energy Efficiency Projects for your Home – Session 2  

Session 2 will focus on more complex DIY projects such as installing a smart thermostat, adding attic insulation, and checking your ductwork for leaks and fixing them. 

3:00 – 3:30                    Recycling Green Waste at Home: Composting       

Composting is a great way to create your own soil amendment for your yard to restore and maintain your soil.  A master gardener from Shasta College will discuss basic composting techniques, what can and can’t be placed in your compost pile, as well as tips and tricks to ensure success. Attendees will have a chance to win a raffle for an “Earth Machine”  composter!  Learn more about this composter at http://www.earthmachine.com/

3:30 – 4:00                      Low Water Landscaping     

Learn to prepare for future droughts and save money on your water bill by installing low water landscaping.   Redding Parks will discuss proper landscaping techniques including climate appropriate plant selection, watering and mulching to get the most out of your yard while conserving resources.

4:00- 4:30                      REU Power and Environmental Impacts       

Redding Electrical Utilities power is clean, cheap and reliable.  REU will discuss our mix of energy sources, our impact on greenhouse gasses, and what we are planning for the future to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.


Don’t forget your lightbulbs!!  

LED Light Bulb Exchange:   Did you know that LED bulbs use 85% less power and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs? In honor of Earth Day, plan to bring up to 10 incandescent bulbs to the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival and trade them in for LED bulbs with Redding Electric Utility.  The replacement bulb is a standard 9W LED (60W replacement) bulb, however any shape of incandescent bulb will qualify!


2pm Special Presentation in the Community Room (next to City Council Chambers):  “Innovative Ideas for City Trees and Urban Greening” with Samuel Diaz from the Governor’s Office of Research and Planning

Special Presentation: Innovative Ideas for City Trees and Urban Greening






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