July 2009

July 28, 2009

August Presentation: The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?

A documentary about the water crisis facing our communities
Radio interview with Jim Thebaut Here

As long as water flows from the faucet, most Californians are unaware of the problems facing their own and six other states in the American Southwest, all of which rely heavily on water from the Colorado River. As populations grow in our cities, desert towns, and isolated rural communities, and as our region is challenged by ongoing drought, there is increasing pressure on our limited water supply.

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Running Dry Film Maker Radio Interview


July 27, 2009

Valley Residents Invited to Join in Annual Cleanup Day

Green Coalition to Partner with the California Coastal Commission. On Saturday, September 19, from 9 A.M. through noon, the Ojai Valley Green Coalition invites the public to join them in partnering with the California Coastal Commission in its
25th annual Coastal Cleanup Day
. That morning, valley residents will remove litter from various locations around the City of Ojai. Ojai volunteers are asked to sign in at 8:45 A.M. at the Rotary Community Park parking lot, at the intersection of Highway 33 and Highway 150 (also known as “the Y”) in Ojai.

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"Leave Your Mark" Event to Help Ojai Residents Save Energy

Green Coalition to Partner with the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation on September 23.
On Wednesday, September 23, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., at the Chaparral High School Auditorium at 414 E. Ojai Avenue, the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation and Ojai Valley Green Coalition will join forces to help Ojai residents save money, energy, and the environment. The evening’s “Leave Your Mark” event will feature energy consultant Tim Broderick, a California Certified HERS Rater, Thermal Imaging Technician, and Energy Star Partner.

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July 26, 2009

Coalition Birthday Party, Wednesday October 28

October 28th, Chaparral Auditorium, 7pm. Flyer Here. The Ojai Valley Green Coalition is now three years old, and the group would like you to help them celebrate on Wednesday, October 28, from 7 to 8:30 P.M. at Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. In addition to toasting the start of their fourth year with sparkling cider, they’ll be enjoying delicious organic cupcakes.
Bring your questions regarding our local environment, and your visions for Ojai’s sustainable future. You’ll meet the Coalition’s Board of Directors and get to hear a few words from each of the Committee Chairs. They’ll share with you where Ojai and the Coalition have been and invite you to make plans with them for where valley residents want to go next in the progress toward a green and sustainable Ojai. This will be the unveiling of the Coalition’s draft strategic plan and vision statement.

There is a new word to describe the notion of thinking globally and acting locally. That new word is “glocalization.” Attendees at the birthday celebration will see PowerPoint slides depicting various Coalition events, including the Waterway Clean-up, the Green Home Tour, and the Mad City Chickens documentary. An open-mic session will provide everyone with an opportunity to share their thoughts, and attendees will also be able to share their comments and feedback by use of a suggestion box.

Said Oak View resident Deborah Pendrey, who is Executive Director of the Coalition, “We’ve come a long way in three short years, but we still have a long way to go. Come be a part of the solution. Join us as we celebrate, take stock, and move forward toward greater sustainability here in the Ojai Valley!”

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July 2, 2009

Ojai Riparian Creek Restoration Project-Nov 21

Come Help Reestablish a Functioning Wetland Ecosystem!

Community members have begun a collaborative effort to return the Ojai Creek that meanders through Libbey Park to its natural functioning state, and the public is invited to participate in the third and final volunteer workday. On Saturday, November 21, helpers will gather for an initial training and the subsequent removal of non-native species from the creek. This workday will take place from 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Libbey Park Gazebo in downtown Ojai. Wear sturdy shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants, and bring a lunch if desired and plenty of water. Feel free to bring your own loppers, rakes, or other tools. Some tools will be provided. There is very little poison oak in the park, and what there is will be marked off so that volunteers won’t be exposed. The Watershed Committee of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, under the leadership of conservation biologist Brian Holly, has already completed a site analysis, habitat assessment, and stream characterization study, and Eagle Scout candidate Vince Khougaz has helped to organize a stream morphology survey.

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