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Working Together for a Better Environment
Harrison Earns County Climate Change Action Award

Picture: Jim Harrison and Ralph Harrison of Harrison Industries accept the County Climate Change Action Award from Supervisors (from left) Steve Bennett, John Zaragosa, Peter Foy, Kathy Long and Linda Parks.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has honored Harrison Industries with its 3rd Annual Climate Change Action Award for the steps it is taking to measure its carbon footprint and to help its client cities meet anticipated tight future regulations.

We were recognized in the "Sustainable Business Practices" category by the board during its April 19 meeting. Harrison President Ralph Harrison and Vice President Jim Harrison were on hand to accept the award.

"This program seeks to recognize individuals, businesses and groups inside and outside of government in Ventura County who are making significant contributions to improve our environment by altering their carbon footprint and combating climate change," said First District Supervisor Steve Bennett.

Our trash collection and recycling practices have had a major positive impact on the environment for over two decades, and last year marked a major milestone for our company. In 2010, we earned Climate Registered status for taking voluntary steps to measure our carbon footprint, ensuring that we are moving toward compliance of Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act. The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization that operates the only carbon footprint registry in North America.

By understanding what emissions are being generated by our operations and that of our business partners, Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station and Agromin, we will see where processes can improve and emissions can be reduced - through fl eet fuel changes, energy efficiency at its offices and other management practices. Even before seeking Climate Registry status, we began gradually replacing a large number of our diesel trucks with vehicles that run on cleaner-burning liquefied natural gas and in 2006 opened the first LNG fueling station in western Ventura County.

Harrison Congratulates County on Bond Rating

Harrison Industries congratulates the County of Ventura for receiving the highest possible bond rating.

In it's annual bond rating by Standard & Poor's and Moody's, the County received the highest possible rating for short-term bonds from both rating agencies. Both agencies complimented the County's balanced budget, proactive measures to address pension fund market losses by increasing employee contributions, and the County's history of sound fi scal management.

Libbey Bowl Project on Track Despite Wet Winter & Spring

Good news! Libbey Bowl is on schedule to re-open as planned in June, despite our rainy winter and spring.

Ana Cho Wagner, project director for the Libbey Bowl campaign, said she is confident the new Libbey Bowl will be ready in time for the 65th annual Ojai Music Festival that runs June 9-12. A grand opening celebration has been set for June 4. Harrison Industries made a sizable donation toward the Ojai Libbey Bowl reconstruction project. The entry pavilion will be named the E.J. Harrison Family Pavilion. The previous venerable amphitheater, the site of hundreds - perhaps thousands - of culturally-enriching musical and stage performances over the decades, fell victim to old age and termites.

Other good news is that while the old Libbey Bowl may be gone, materials from it live on! Harrison trucks hauled about 168 tons of concrete and 84 tons of asphalt from the demolition site to Vulcan Materials, where they were recycled. Harrison also hauled approximately 20 tons of wood to Agromin Premium Soil Products and another 60 tons of commingled construction and demolition materials to Gold Coast Recycling Center and Transfer Station to be put to future use.

Harrison Joins in Earth Day Celebrations Around the County

Harrison Industries joined thousands of Ventura County residents of all ages in learning ways to protect our planet during Earth Day celebrations held over a span of three weekends in April.

In Ventura County, Earth Day is more like Earth Days, and that's a good thing. In fact, every day should be Earth Day! Employees of Harrison and our business partners Agromin Premium Soil Products and Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station manned recycling information booths in Ventura on April 16, in Camarillo on April 17, in Ojai on April 23 and in Thousand Oaks on April 30.

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. More than 70 eco-friendly vendors and some 70,000 attendees enjoyed the event, sponsored by Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education and the City of Ventura. All profits fund Ventura Charter School's enrichment programs for students K-8.

The theme of Camarillo's Earth Day celebration, held at the Camarillo Community Center, was "Food & the Environment" and promoted healthy eating, educated the public on how to create a sustainable community. It focused on growing as much of your own food as possible; buying from local farmers; recycling, reducing and reusing; conserving water and making good food

choices. The day, sponsored by Camarillo Community Gardens, also featured live music, food, arts and crafts, children's activities and informational booths.

In Ojai, they call their Earth Day celebration "EarthPlay" to emphasize how fun it can be to "Go Green." Held at Oak Grove School, the event is a community-wide collaboration with the combined support of Food for Thought, Ojai Valley Green Coalition and the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. Sharing the effort, the groups have coordinated a day full of food, creativity, education, music and, most of all, fun.

They celebrate "Arbor/Earth Day" in Thousand Oaks, and this year's event at Conejo Creek Park North, featured more than 100 vendors and exhibitors, animal shows, children's hands-on activities, mobile marine lab, entertainment, eco-friendly vehicles (Solar Prius, and from Honda, Audi, BMW and Fiat), tree and plant giveaways, and so much more!

Saticoy Boys & Girls Club Site to Be Named After E.J. Harrison Family

Ralph (left), Myron and Jim Harrison are with Diane Koranda, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura, who is holding the artist's rendering of the new Saticoy clubhouse to be named the E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center.

We're happy to announce that the future Boys & Girls Club of Ventura's Saticoy clubhouse will be named after the E.J. Harrison family, which has donated $400,000 toward its construction.

Ground-breaking for the E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center is set for September and it is expected to open sometime in the fall of 2012. Th e 4,000-square-foot clubhouse will replace the current 1,500-square-foot clubhouse in Saticoy Park, a dual-wide leftover construction site trailer

that the Ventura County Sheriff 's Department donated to BGCV after building the Todd Road Jail about 20 years ago. Th e new building is designed by Main Street Architects of Ventura.

The new clubhouse will feature a separate technology area, teen room, learning center, kitchen, art room, offi ce, lobby, multipurpose room and game room. Harrison's donation matches the contribution the Ventura County Board of Supervisors made in 2010 to launch the $1.3 million project.

Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison and his brothers Jim and Myron, vice presidents of the local trash-hauling company, said that by making the donation they are following the example set by their parents, E.J. and Myra Harrison, who founded the company in 1932.

"Our parents always told us to help children, because they are our future," Myron Harrison said. "The need was great and the fact that Saticoy is the hub of our business makes this even more special. It was the right thing to do at the right time."

But BGCV remains about $300,000 short of its campaign goal and is seeking donors for the following remaining rooms: technology center, teen center, game room and program office. If you would like to help provide a new home and "positive place for youth, please call 641-5585 or visit

17th Ventura Music Festival is a Classic

This year's 17th Ventura Music Festival was truly a classic!

The 2011 edition - "Caravana Muzica: Folk Inspirations in Classical Music" - was held from April 29 to May 7 and took inspiration from the influence of folk traditions on classical music. Icons such as Brahms and Bartok turned to the music of the fields and Gypsies when creating many of the beautiful compositions we've come to know and love.

The festival featured the U.S. premiere of Mendelssohn's third piano concerto, recently discovered by pianist Roberto Prosseda. Also performing were jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, great Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos and the Grammy Award-winning Mark O'Connor String Quartet.

Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny attended many of the performances and were particularly impressed the Rising Stars concert featuring 13-year-old violinist prodigy Valerie Kim and pianist Sean Chen, a graduate student at Julliard. They showed that the future of classical music is in great hands, indeed!

Harrison Industries has been a patron of the Ventura Music Festival from the very beginning, and this year we were honored to be a Silver Sponsor. I'm a member of the festival's Advisory Committee, and I can't wait for the 2012 festival!

Museum of Ventura County is Real Gem after Expansion Project

Picture: (L to R) Jim Harrison, Doug Halter and Deputy Mayor Mike Tracy at the courtyard dedicated to the Harrison Family for their many contributions to the Museum.

Phase I of the Museum of Ventura County expansion project has been completed, and Harrison Industries was happy to do its part in helping to renovate this valuable community treasure.

We donated large roll-off containers and over the course of the 14-month-long project hauled off about 280 tons of waste. Out of that total, our sales manager, David Harrison, reports we ended up diverting 100 tons of concrete, 40 tons of wood, 30 tons of commingled construction and demolition material and 10 tons of asphalt. Th at adds

up to 180 tons of recyclable materials - 64 percent of the total - that did not end up in our landfills but instead will be put to future re-use.

We not only recycle the materials but they are re-used on other building projects. That's the second component of the "3-R" waste management mantra: "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle." We urge you to do so.

The Harrison family also made a sizable contribution to the project and we are very grateful to the museum for dedicating its courtyard in our name. The museum's makeover also includes a new front plaza and event center, a revamped entrance and tour lobby, new bathrooms and a new parking lot.

We highly recommend you visit our new and improved Museum of Ventura County and learn more about our area's rich history. It's located at 100 East Main Street in Ventura. For more information, call 653-0323 or visit

Making Top 50 Women in Business List a Big Honor for Nan Drake

I am truly honored to have been named for a fourth consecutive year as one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times. Being governmental affairs and public relations director for Harrison Industries, Agromin and Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station is hard work but it also is a labor of love for me.

I am especially honored to accept the award from Pacific Coast Business Times Editor Henry Dubroff , who has been a leader in forging a Green Coast Business Zone that will help change the face of businesses in the Tri-Counties. He also is the founder of the Pacific Coast Business Times which has become the voice of business in the Tri-Counties.

Harrison Industries' tireless commitment to recycling has made Ventura County the most lauded and praised county in California. All of our client cities - Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Fillmore and Carpinteria - have surpassed the state's strict 50 percent waste diversion goals. CalRecycle frequently cites Ventura County as an excellent example to follow in recycling.

I was proud to be a member of the Ventura City Council when Ventura established the first citywide recycling program in the county in 1990 and am thrilled to be still heavily involved in the "Green" movement. I currently serve as executive director of the Ventura County Waste Haulers Association. I also am on the executive committee of the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) and on the board of the Economic Development Council of Ventura County.

I also keep busy as an advisory board member of the Ventura Music Festival, an executive board member of the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce and a member of Community Memorial Hospital's Architectural Review Committee.

Why do all this? I love it! It's that simple.



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