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Working Together for a Better Environment
Harrison Embraces Our Cities’ Earth Day Celebrations

Harrison Industries joined thousands of Ventura County residents of all ages in honoring and learning ways to protect our planet during Earth Day celebrations held over the last two Saturdays of April.

Employees of Harrison and our business partners Agromin Premium Soil Products and Gold Coast Recycling manned recycling information booths in Ventura on April 17 and in Thousand Oaks, Camarillo and Ojai on April 24. Our message to all who stopped by for a visit was to “Go Green” by following the three “R’s” of the environmental movement: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”

Ventura’s Earth Day Eco Fest was held just steps from the beach in beautiful Promenade Park and featured eco-friendly organizations and vendors, a Green Education Pavilion and Children’s Earth Day Science Pavilion, arts and crafts for the kids and family-friendly entertainment and music.

Thousand Oaks’ 13th annual Arbor Earth Day, held at Conejo Creek Park North behind the library, featured more than 100 vendors and exhibitors, animal shows, children’s hands-on activities, mobile marine lab, alternative fuel vehicles and live entertainment as well as tree and plant giveaways.

The Camarillo Community Center was the site of the City’s first Earth Day celebration, and judging from the crowd on hand, it won’t be the last! Camarillo’s Earth Day theme was “Growing Healthy Families” by promoting healthy eating, educating the public on creating a sustainable community and environmental awareness. Festival-goers were urged to grow as much of their own food as possible, buy from local farmers and make good food choices as well as to recycle and conserve water.

In Ojai, they call their Earth Day celebration “EarthPlay” to emphasize how fun it can be to “Go Green.” The day started with an alternative transportation exhibit at Rotary Park and followed by the City’s traditional Earth Day walk, which ended at the Ojai Meadows Preserve, the site of the festival. EarthPlay concluded with an outdoor evening concert next to St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

Th e first Earth Day was held 40 years ago to inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment, and the movement continues to pick up steam. We are recycling more and wasting less, but it is important that we all do our best to make every day Earth Day!

Join the Crowd at 26th Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 25

Harrison Industries encourages all to mark Sept. 25 on your calendars and join the tens of thousands of participants statewide who will clean debris from our beaches, shorelines and inland waterways for the 26th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day.

In 2009, more than 80,600 volunteers worked together to collect more than 1.3 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes and waterways. In Ventura County alone, 2,470 volunteers picked up 19,101 pounds of trash and salvaged 6,226 pounds of recyclable material.

In Santa Barbara County, 736 volunteers collected 4,695 pounds of debris that was polluting our local waterways. That is almost 200 more volunteers and more than 2,000 more pounds of debris than last year!

California Coastal Cleanup Day runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and is a great way for families, students, service groups and neighbors to join together for a great cause.

There are close to 20 cleanup sites both Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. For participating beaches and waterways, call 1-800-COAST-4U, or visit Santa Barbara County’s Web site address is coastal_cleanup.html. Be part of the solution to marine pollution!

Harrison Earns Environmental Business Award in Ojai

Picture: Jim Harrison shows off the Environmentally Conscious Business of the Year award presented to E.J. Harrison and Son’s at the Ojai Chamber of Commerce 2010 Awards Gala.

E.J. Harrison & Sons has earned the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Environmentally Conscious Business of the Year. Harrison Vice President Jim Harrison accepted the award during the Ojai Chamber’s 3rd annual Celebrating Business in the Ojai Valley gala on March 4 at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Over 150 people attended the gala.

Voting was open to all Ojai residents. Harrison was cited for its innovative curbside trash collection and recycling programs – both residential and commercial – that have helped the City of Ojai surpass the state’s stringent mandate that requires cities and counties to divert more than 50 percent of trash it sends to landfi lls.

Ojai’s diversion rate is at 53 percent and climbing, and we’ll continue to do all we can to keep it climbing!

“We are always proud when one of our longstanding members is recognized for what they do,” said Ojai Chamber CEO Scott Eicher. “The Harrison family has been in business in Ojai and Ventura County for three going on four generations and has been a strong supporter of the Ojai Valley Chamber for over 40 years.”

Drake Makes Pac Biz Times’ ‘Top 50 Women in Business’ Lis

Nan Drake, community relations director for Harrison Industries, for the third straight year as been named as one of the Top 50 Women in Business in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties by the Pacific Coast Business Times.

Drake and the other 49 recipients will be honored during an awards dinner on May 11 at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara.

Drake is the voice of one of the largest family-owned trash-hauling companies in the United States. She also represents Gold Coast Recycling and Agromin Premium Soil Products.

Her tireless commitment to recycling has made Ventura County the most lauded and praised county in California. The California Integrated Waste Management Board frequently cites Ventura County as an excellent example to follow in recycling.

Drake launched and named the “Trash Flash” recycling newsletters, which are published for the various cities served by Harrison. She served on the California Integrated Waste Management Board and helped gain approval for the establishment of Gold Coast Recycling, one of the first major recycling centers in California. She also served on the Ventura City Council when Ventura established the first citywide recycling program in the county.

Drake has a 35-year record of public service in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, both in the private and public sectors. She is a former board member of the Salvation Army; the Community Memorial Hospital Foundation; Ventura County Medical Center; Ventura Friends of the Library; the Ventura Council on Economic Vitality; the executive committee of the Workforce Investment Board (it oversees all of the federal and state funding for the welfare and work programs in Ventura County); and she is a past president of the Assistance League of Ventura County.

Drake currently serves as an advisory board member to the Ventura Music Festival. She also sits on the advisory board of the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, a group that is working to find ways to cut energy costs and to pave the way to an energy-sustainable Ventura County. And, Drake is a board member of the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA).

Drake was elected to the Ventura City Council in 1985 and served until 1990. She became involved in environmental issues in 1986, when serving as a board member of the Ventura County Regional Sanitation District. In 1988 she was appointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Board by Gov. George Deukmejian, where she served as Chair and was reappointed by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1991.

Harrison Hosts April’s ‘Good Morning Santa Paula’ Breakfast

Pictures: (Left) City Manager Jaime Fontes speaks to a captivated crowd. (Middle) John Coffelt and Jack, Safety Officer of the Quarter, receive accolades from Chief MacKinnon. (Right) Isbell Middle School Principal Laura Rynott with Educator of the Month Honoree Suzanne Pherson.

Harrison Industries’ Santa Clara Valley Disposal was proud to host April’s “Good Morning Santa Paula” breakfast that is put on by the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce. City Manager Jaime Fontes was the featured speaker at the monthly breakfast at Logsdon’s restaurant at the Santa Paula Airport.

“Good Morning Santa Paula” is a wonderful event that brings together Santa Paula’s business and city leaders. It provides the opportunity for the Santa Paula Chamber to honor two of its valuable citizens.

The Santa Paula Chamber recognized Suzanne Pherson, a sixth grade teacher at Isbell Middle School, as its Educator of the Month for April. It also honored Santa Paula Police Offi cer John Coffelt and his recently retired K-9 partner Jack as co-winners of the Safety Officer of the Quarter.

It was more than a good morning. It was a great one!

Talkin’ Trash & Recycling at Camarillo Business & Community Expo

Picture: (L to R) David Harrison from Harrison Industries and Dave Green from Agromin man the booth at the Camarillo Business & Community Expo.

The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce couldn’t have selected a prettier setting for its first Business & Community Expo on April 23-24 – the historic and picturesque Camarillo Ranch House and Barn.

The inaugural event also was a rousing success. Over 1,000 residents and business people visited the grounds during the two-day event to learn more about area businesses – big and small – as well as local nonprofits and government agencies the affect many lives. In all, there were about 95 exhibitors, including a booth Harrison Industries staffed with representatives of our business partners, Gold Coast Recycling and Agromin Premium Soil Products.

Expo visitors who stopped by our booth learned about recycling in general and how all the grass clippings, tree branches and leaves they place in their tan yard waste containers are transported by Harrison trucks to Agromin. There, the green waste materials are converted into organic mulches, compost, wood chips and other products that naturally fertilize plants and trees – thus completing the recycling loop.

Our motto is “Working Together for the Environment,” and that involves all our customers who dutifully do the right thing by recycling. We enjoyed visiting with them at Camarillo Business & Community Expo!

Three Generations of Harrisons Support the Santa Paula Chamber’s Golf Tourney

Picture: Three Generations of Harrisons enjoy a day of golf together. (L to R) Rob, Lynn, David and Ralph Harrison.

The Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament was a great success!

Held on Friday, April 16 at Mountain View Golf Course in Santa Paula, Santa Clara Valley Disposal were among the sponsors who enjoyed a day on the greens. Contest winners included “Smokin’ Joe” Torres- winner of the Long Drive, Devin Toohey for Most Accurate Drive, Dan Diaz- Closest to the Pin at 3’7” and Bill Edwards who left no doubt on the Putting Contest by sinking his first putt!

Tournament winners were Healy Weber Orthopedics for Low Gross. Low Net was a tie between Steve Smead State Farm Insurance and the foursome that included the children of tournament honorees Jim &

Martha Knight. Participants had such a good time they were already planning their foursomes for next year!

Newbury Park Girl Scouts Collect Shoes for Haitians

Harrison Industries is happy to help Girl Scouts in Newbury Park help Haitian earthquake relief efforts. We provided the Girl Scouts with seven large cardboard boxes that they are using to collect tennis shoes for the Haitians.

Debi Dyer, Rancho Sierra Vista Service Unit Manager for the Girls Scouts of California Central Coast, called us to see if we could aid their humanitarian eff ort after remembering seeing Harrison cardboard boxes at local community events. Of course we could!

After decorating the boxes, the Girl Scouts placed them in seven Newbury Park-area schools. Shoes collected during the weeklong charity drive will be delivered to the Sports Chalet sporting goods store in Thousand Oaks. Sports Chalet, in turn, sent them directly to Soles4Souls for distribution to the Haitian people.

It’s wonderful to know that our young people like the Newbury Park Girl Scouts are so giving to people in need. We salute them!



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Nan Drake
Harrison Industries

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