Letter to the Editor: Visalia Environmental Alliance pays tribute to the Renier family


Dear Editor,

During the public comment period of the Visalia City Council meeting on Monday, August 15, 2022, the Visalia Environmental Alliance honored the Reniers: Wilson, Kristin and their daughters, with the Environmental Hero Award. This award is given to community stewards of all ages who demonstrate daily lifestyle actions that protect our natural resources for a sustainable Visalia. The Reniers use their own solar power with battery backup to stay off the grid and drive electric cars. They have a vegetable garden, and as parents, washable diapers and wipes. They use Visalia’s green bins to compost and shop at the farmer’s market.

The Reniers family restores a building near downtown Visalia – trying to reuse all possible materials and salvage wood from a demolition project. The building will be an energy-efficient creative workspace that will act as a sort of incubator where you arrive with an idea and leave with a business plan. In the second phase, the building will add a cafe, farm stand, indoor ghost kitchen, makerspace and podcast studio. While waiting for city permits, it will be a workspace by day and an art gallery by night. Overall, the Reniers are doing their part to make a difference in the natural and social environment of Visalia.

Respectfully submitted,

Dale Simmons, volunteer

Visalia Environmental Alliance


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