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Lush Lawn, Low Water

Even though we can increase our outside watering to three days a week starting in August, California is still experiencing a historic drought. Here in dry southern California the continuing drought is especially noticeable. Depending on rainfall this winter and snow…

0 Comments / 67 View / July 21, 2016

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Eliminating Weeds Without Toxic Chemicals

You can manage unsightly weeds in your landscaped areas and gardens and avoid using chemicals that are unsafe for our health, wildlife and the environment. Any pesticide or weed killer that you spray on your landscaping can end up in…

0 Comments / 46 View / July 7, 2016

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, enjoy an American picnic during a Fourth of July party hosted by the Marine Detachment at the American Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia, July 4. Enjoyed at the party were cornhole toss games, music and football as the American Soldiers joined their Marine counterparts as they celebrated the American holiday together away from home. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jacqueline Dowland, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

Green Your Red, White and Blue

The Fourth of July is right around the corner! Summer’s hottest holiday will no doubt call for backyard barbecuing, so here’s how to throw a little green into your mix of red, white and blue this 4th of July. 1….

1 Comment / 56 View / June 30, 2016

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Summer energy savings

Summertime means rising temperatures and – unfortunately – rising energy bills. Here we’ve collected some easy-to-implement tips* to help you control your energy costs and reduce your environmental impact – and in some cases, qualify for a rebate! Start with these quick tips,…

0 Comments / 244 View / June 21, 2016

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Saving Time and Money with Pool Covers

Pool covers can be incredibly useful accessories for any pool owner looking to maintain a clean and safe pool all year round. They not only provide safety and quality assurance during times not used, but can also act as money…

0 Comments / 186 View / June 10, 2016

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Participate in Global Circular Economy Event – locally!

Open Source Circular Economy (OSCE) Days, is a global two-day collaborative event comprised of more than 70 local gatherings. The purpose of the event is to trouble-shoot specific issues related to wasted resources. This year it will take place June 9-13, 2016 with more than…

2 Comments / 102 View / May 31, 2016

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City Council Applauds Green Businesses

This week the Thousand Oaks City Council recognized six businesses that have demonstrated their commitment to the environment by successfully completing the Green Business Certification Program. The City of Thousand Oaks established the Program in 2011 to recognize and reward…

2 Comments / 144 View / May 27, 2016


Battery Dangers

The widespread use of batteries is an unavoidable part of our everyday lives — almost everything we use seems to require them.  Batteries need special handling at all times, as they are classified as hazardous waste and are potentially dangerous. It is…

0 Comments / 61 View / May 19, 2016

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Biking events in May

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more…

0 Comments / 62 View / May 12, 2016


Free Recycling Boxes for Businesses!

For a limited time, the Public Works Department is offering FREE deskside recycling boxes to businesses in Thousand Oaks.  The cardboard containers are great for collecting small, clean recyclables such as paper, empty bottles and cans or plastic packaging in an office environment. Containers measure approximately 15” wide x…

0 Comments / 120 View / May 3, 2016

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Arbor Earth Day 2016 Draws Crowds

The City of Thousand Oaks celebrated Arbor Earth Day on Saturday, April 16th, and it was a tremendous success with an estimated 2,500-plus residents in attendance. The event took place in a new location this year — Thousand Oaks Community Park….

2 Comments / 99 View / April 29, 2016