Welcome to The Green Scene where each month we bring you the latest tips,resources and news of all things Green in Kern County. 
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Upcoming Events

April 6th and 7th 
5924 Santa Elena Drive

Kern Green will give presentations on the topics of water and energy conservation.

April 18th, 9:00-4:00
Bakersfield College

Kern Green will provide energy and water conservation tips from Energy Upgrade CA. 

April 18th, 12:00-7:00
Cecil Park, Delano

Kern Green will provide energy and water conservation tips from Energy Upgrade CA. 

April 22nd, 11:00-1:00
Solario de Fortaleza, CSUB

Join us for lunch and learning at this third annual event. 

April 25th, 8:00-1:00
Yokuts Park, Bakersfield

It's a day of service and celebration.  Come visit the Kern Green booth and get to know the many Green businesses and organizations in Kern County.

Zero Waste Partners

Certifications only apply to the addresses listed below and not to the company as a whole.

Aera Energy LLC
10000 Ming Ave
Bakersfield, CA

FedEx Ground
3105 Gateway 
Bakersfield, CA

IKEA Distribution
4101 Industrial Parkway
Lebec, CA

Give us a call to find out how you can become one of our certified zero waste facilities.

No Idling Partners
Our No Idling Partners are only for the addresses listed below and not the company as a whole.
Granite Construction
3005 James Road
Bakersfield, CA

Price Disposal 
8665 South Union
Bakersfield, CA 

4600 Resnick Drive
Bakersfield, CA

Give us a call to find out how you can become one of our No Idling Partners.


News from the Valley
Drought-Proof Your Yard 

Is it possible to have a beautiful yard in the midst of California's severe drought?  Kern Green sat down with our sustainable landscape design specialist, Amber Beeson, to get advice on how to cut outdoor water use in half and create a beautiful outdoor space.


Q:  I want to change the look of the plants in my flowerbeds.  What plants should I choose?


A: Native herbs like lavender, rosemary, salvia and sages all acclimate well to Bakersfield's conditions.  Succulents only need to be watered about once a week and they like the heat, but they can only handle about four to six hours of sun, so plant succulents in a spot where they will get some shade.  Ornamental grasses like Mexican feathergrass and fountain grass are nice for filling in beds and only need to be cut back once a year.


Q:  What should I do to prepare my flowerbeds for the heat of summer?


A:  The first step is to add 2 or 3 inches of compost to your soil.  To do this, break up the top few inches of soil, pour the compost on top, then work the compost into the soil with a rake or spreader.  Next add lines for drip irrigation.  If you currently have traditional sprayers you can buy a conversion kit at your local hardware store.  Once drip lines are in place, spread 1 or 2 inches of mulch on top.  I use Walk On Bark from The Bulk Yard. Their prices are great and they deliver.  If you follow these steps your beds will look better and you can reduce your water usage by 30-50%.


Q:  I have a lawn.  Is there anything I can do to use less water?


A:  Lawns are water hogs, but you can use less water by encouraging the roots to grow stronger and longer.  First, only cut your grass twice a month.  The longer the grass blades are, the longer the root system will be.  Second, feed your grass with compost. Every spring, spread an inch of compost on your lawn.  Then give the grass two weeks to grow through the compost. Finally, your grass needs minerals.  I recommend Mycoapply and Azomite.


Q:  Here's the big question: watering.  I hear that we are only allowed to water twice a week.  Is that possible?


A:  Absolutely.  The best time to water is early in the morning.  Watering in the heat of the day not only causes evaporation, but the drops of water act like a magnifying glass and burn plants' leaves. I don't recommend watering at night since this can cause root rot.   When you water twice a week your grass will need about 7 to 10 minutes.  Drip systems will need about 20 to 30 minutes.   When you water, watch for leaks and broken sprinklers.


If you have any questions for Amber, she will be happy to answer them.  The best way to reach her is through her Facebook page.


California is in the midst of a severe drought and water shortages loom this summer.  Kern Green urges you to do your part and cut your usage. 


Green Scene Tip of the Month
Buy Recycled in April 

Every time you put a piece of paper or a bottle in the recycle bin, you are making the right choice for the environment, but many of us forget about the final stage of the recycling process- buying goods made from recycled materials.  All of our bottles and cans need a job to do!  If we don't buy recycled products then a lot of leftover recyclables will end up in the landfill.  For the month of April, Kern Green would like you to take the Buy Recycled challenge.


The Basics

Whenever possible, opt for recycled materials that are made in the USA. Making recycled products overseas often means that our recycled products are first shipped overseas, manufactured and then shipped back to us, thereby increasing their carbon footprint.  Companies such as Green Toys make their items from recycled plastic and are made in America. 


The next time you buy paper towels, paper napkins, toilet paper and facial tissue, opt for the recycled item instead of the traditional one.  Why?  It takes less energy and water to create items from recycled material than from raw materials.  Also, using recycled materials reduces the amount of pollutants emitted during resource acquisition and product manufacturing.


Need to restock your office?  Recycled copy paper, notebook paper and sticky notes are of the same quality as those made from virgin materials.  Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and 4100 kwh of energy.  If you think a piece of paper can have no impact on the environment, consider this: 36% of the average landfill is comprised of paper. 


The Surprising 

Never throw a plastic water bottle in the trash, it has unfinished work to do!  Plastic water bottles can be recycled into other containers, but did you know that they can also become the fabric in your clothes, the fiberfill in your coat, and the upholstery and carpeting around your house? In fact, recycling just five two-liter bottles can produce enough polyester for a square yard of carpet.


Glass can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.  Recycled glass is primarily used to make new containers, and recycled glass bottles can also be turned into countertops, flooring, tile, landscaping stones and bricks. 


The next time you embark on a home improvement project, give serious thought to buying products made from recycled materials.  You will beautify your home and create less of a negative impact on the environment.


Keep in Mind 

April is a great time to stock up on recycled products.  Major retailers offer many discounts and sales this time of year.  So take advantage of the sale prices and buy your recycled materials in bulk. 


Recycling is always a good choice, but to have the most positive impact on our world we need to close the loop by buying recycled products.  So take the Buy Recycled challenge in April, and... Happy Shopping!

Featured Green Business
P 661-319-6920

aflowerAday is a truly modern company, a digital flower delivery service that aims to brighten people's days and lift their spirits with no harm to the environment.  Instead of growing, cutting, watering and transporting flowers, aflowerAday takes high quality photos of flowers and sends them, along with an inspirational quote, via email.  "We see it as a 'start your day off right kind of thing'," says Robert Perrine, founder of the company.  

The company was conceived as a fundraising opportunity, especially for schools.  Instead of students selling chocolates and trinkets, schools can promote the company's service to their community.  "40% of our profit goes to the organization using the service," explained Perrine.  That means that for every customer who subscribes to the $2.49 service, the school or organization will get $1.00.  

Getting Green Certified was a top priority for Perrine.  The company is run digitally.  When paper is needed, Perrine uses recycled paper.  Green Certification lines up nicely with the company's mission statement:  "At aflowerAday, LLC we believe that a true act of caring should positively impact the recipient with little to no ecological consequences, ensuring a clean and safe living environment."  

Get your business Green Certified today.  Start the process at
Kern Community 
Great American Clean-up & Green Expo
Join us on April 25th for the Great American Clean-up and Green Expo.  All throughout Bakersfield teams of volunteers will work throughout the morning picking up litter and beautifying our city.  They will then gather at Yokuts Park for awards, music, food, and Green Expo vendor fair.  
Come check out the amazing recycled art created by local students and get information from all of the Green businesses and organizations in Kern County.