Welcome to the Ojai Valley Green Coalition

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition is a gathering of residents and friends of the Ojai Valley actively working together to create an environmentally sustainable community in Ojai. ...

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October e-News on Stands Now

• Green Living Home Tour & Show
• EV Showcase at Home Show
• Resource Center Library
• Ventura River Watershed Council
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Sat., Oct. 25 Green Living Home Tour & Show

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sixth annual Green Living Home Tour & Show. Visitors will learn the latest in green building techniques and lifestyle alternatives.

Tour map and brochure pick-up is at the MOB Shop at 110 W. Ojai Ave, Ojai – across from Westridge Midtown Market.

Tour: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tour tickets are $10 and can be purchased at The MOB Shop or Tour Site in advance, or on the day of the tour.

Show: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Home show and EV Exhibit is free to the public

Food News Autumn Edition

Advancing the growing, purchasing, and preserving of local organic food

• September Food Events
• Restoring Nature with Regenerative Agriculture
• Ojai Food Co-op Screening "Ingredients"
• Ground Ops Autumn Screening Schedule


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ReSource Center Available to Rent

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September 8, 2014

About Our Panelists

We are honored to have gathered a distinguished group of individuals for the panel discussion following the movie presentation.

The Filmmaker, Linda Booker
Linda started her company By the Brook Productions in 2005, after completing the Certificate in Documentary Studies Program at Duke University. She is the creator and coordinator of the ChathamArts Sustainable Cinema Series, an innovative and award-winning program, along with a local documentary filmmaking program for at-risk teens called Shooting4Change.

Previous to her work in documentary film and videography, Linda was as a graphic designer and art director for publications, including Yacht Vacations, Palm Beach Illustrated, Toy & Hobby World, and Triangle Business Report. She has a degree in visual communications from Florida State University.

By the Brook Productions

Beate Kirmse
Beate, a native of Germany, is the owner of TangerineKangaroo, an online business dedicated to promoting and selling eco-friendly and sustainable products with a focus on Hemp.

Along with building her ecommerce presence, Beate is pursuing LEED Green Associate certification. Her goal is to promote industrial hemp as a healthy and sustainable building material option. Beate and her husband, Bern Galvin, obtained the first permit in California to use hemp masonry for a home addition.

Beate graduated with a Masters equivalent degree in Business and Information Technology from University of Stuttgart, Germany and she holds a Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University.

Hempcrete Building Diary

More panelist bios coming soon

September 3, 2014

The Coalition’s Green Living Series Begins!

Please join us for two dynamic speaker events filled with valuable information, concepts, and tools to take home.

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September 20th is California Coastal and Waterway Cleanup Day

The Coalition will partner with the Ventura Countywide Coalition for Coastal and Inland Waterways.

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August 4, 2014

To Whom It May Concern: Waking Up to Water

by Deborah Pendrey, Director

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July 13, 2014

Good Exterior Lighting is Good Business

As our loyal readers know, the city of Ojai adopted an updated exterior light ordinance in August 2013, and the Coalition has been helping the city with outreach to residents. Recently, the focus has turned to businesses.

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July 11, 2014

Do You Know Dulanie Ellis, Editor of our Food News?

This month we’re honoring a longtime activist in Ojai’s local food movement, Dulanie Ellis. Dulanie shares, “my passion for food and agriculture developed as a result of moving to Ventura County and falling in love with the farmland. I realized if we weren’t careful and if we didn’t protect it, we would lose this rural quality of life.”

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April 3, 2014

What is Ecopsychology?

The Coalition will host two programs exploring Ecopsychology – a half-day introductory workshop Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and a 5-week course on Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 5:45 to 7 p.m. Ecopsychology: Exploring the Complex Relationship between Nature and Human Nature will be conducted by Lori Pye, Ph.D. at the Resource Center, 206 N. Signal St. Suite S, Ojai.

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March 4, 2014

Facing Drought Together

Editor's note: Coalition executive director, Deborah Pendrey, has accepted an invitation to sit on a panel as part of a full afternoon of discourse on saving water and staying in community. The event takes place at The Ojai Retreat on Sunday, March 9, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Reservations are required. Let us not be fooled back into complacency with the recent fabulous (but not nearly enough) rain event. A new way of life and course must be set – read on.

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January 8, 2014

The Zero Waste Approach to Managing Resources

What does local jobs development and ‘zero waste’ have in common? A positive impact on the Ojai Valley and beyond. As explained in Wikipedia “Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent to landfills and incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.”

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Recycle Your E-Waste, Plus

The Coalition will hold its 6th annual e-waste recycling event with partners - Ojai Valley Directory, Ojai Community Bank, Harrison Industries, and E-Recycling of California. This VERY popular community service event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine Saturday, January 11, 2014 in the Ojai Community Bank’s parking lot located at 402 W. Ojai Ave. The event is open to all Ojai Valley residents and businesses. We’ll again have yummy oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies donated by Trader Joe’s to make the line seem shorter.

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December 1, 2013

Resource Center Lending Library Open for Business

by Evergreen Hericks, OVGC member and volunteer

“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” ~James Russell Lowell

When I think of all that is right with the world – an important practice of feeding my hope – at the top of the list must be libraries. What better long-lived example of the love of wisdom mixed up with the radically practical notion that a whole community can share a store of resources, and with extremely little fuss? And so, eager to get on that particular bandwagon of sharing information, nurturing life-long learning and, by the way, using our material resources wisely, we proudly announce that the Coalition lending library is now up and running.

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