January 2008

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January 22, 2008

Do you stay inside all the time?

Do you stay in your house all day and all night? Though there may be a few folks out there in this category, I suspect the majority do cross the threshold into the greater Ojai Valley and beyond. This begs the question of how we choose to get around. Do you walk? Ride a bike? Skateboard? Drive a car? A motorcycle? A electric car? Perhaps you even ride the bus or participate in a car pool? We have many choices for meeting our transportation needs. Beyond our decision of mode of transportation, we then have the decision of frequency of transportation. Do we drive around the Ojai Valley multiple times in the day or do you combine trips? What about participating in a no car day?

These are some of the questions the transportation committee of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition is trying to explore. Beyond these basics, we really don't have an agenda. This is where you come in. What ideas do you have pertaining to transportation in the Ojai Valley? What are the issues? What could be done differently? Who needs to talk to whom to improve the environmental impacts of transportation. Think differently. Think radically. No idea will be dismissed.

If you'd like to actively participate on this committee, join our email list. In the meantime, post your comments below and give us some ideas.

January 19, 2008

Topa Topa Elementary Waste Stream

Topa Topa Elementary School students recently presented the results of their waste stream study. Click here to read the article on the Ojai Valley News Blog:

What's Next?

The growing Ojai Valley Green Coalition has reached a milestone. Our organization is now incorporated and will receive official notification of non-profit status from the State of California within weeks.
What’s next?
Each of the Action and Organizational Committees has plans for projects, advocacy activities, events or presentations to the public. There are inevitable costs associated with these activities. This much enthusiasm, momentum, and action, requires resources; both human and tangible.
Where will it all come from?
From our members and from YOU! We could use your ideas, time, expertise and monetary contributions. There are costs involved in renting facilities for presentations, filming events for a future documentary, paying guest speakers for big events etc.

Too busy to get involved, but want to help in some way? Your cash donations are greatly appreciated. If every current member contributed just $25, the OVGC could put that cash infusion to immediate use. Membership is free; the OVGC is relying on your generous donations to make a difference.

Here’s how you can help:
To offer your time and expertise, simply click on ‘Join Us’ and follow the prompts.

To make a tax-deductible donation:
Make your check out to the OVGC and mail to:

P. O. Box 878
Ojai, CA. 93024

And thank you!

InfoMark - Battery Recycling

The "InfoMark" is a bookmark-sized list of battery recycling locations in the Ojai Valley. It can be used as a reminder to recycle when placed on a kitchen cupboard or refrigerator, or when used as a bookmark. Made of recycled paper, it is available at all listed recycling locations.

To view or print, click on the InfoMark link (PDF).

January 15, 2008

City of Ojai & Ojai Unified to Meet on Transportation

An informal meeting has been planned by the Transportation Committee between Tim Baird, from Ojai Unified, and Jere Kershner, from the City of Ojai. Our goal is to explore methods for the school district and the City to coordinate transportation issues. The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17th.