May 2012

May 25, 2012

Goodmaker Challenge

Vote by May 31 for OJAI and bring $2,000 to help Ojai begin a Net Zero Energy vision
(you do have to register, but then can unsubscribe)

Overview of Idea
It’s a possible dream. The Ojai Valley can produce as much energy as we consume. With energy efficiency and renewable power we can make our community a "Net Zero" energy user. The Ojai Valley Green Coalition proposes reaching this goal by presenting affordable and realistic solutions to all members of the community.

The Specifics: What will the $2,000 fund?
With $2,000 the Ojai Energy Efficiency Initiative will be able to host even more presentations and hands on do-it-yourself workshops that enable energy consumers to better control power consumption. These efforts will help people to realize simple, affordable, and sometimes free ways to save energy through various conservation and efficiency retrofit programs and to learn how to take advantage of various financial methods to produce energy through clean renewable and local sources like solar, wind, and bio-energy. In partnership with our local utilities and energy efficiency programs we will provide a clear method and action plan to achieve our goal of a "Net Zero" Ojai with a common purpose to save energy, save money and save the planet.

Check out Ojai Energy Efficiency Initiative at

Please don’t delay and vote today! Challenge ends May 31. Thank you.


May 15, 2012

May 18 Garden Work Day Was A Success!

Thanks to all who came out and helped at May 18 garden work day! A lot was accomplished and the garden area is looking great.

For past footage of work done watch the video below:

May is Water Awareness Month!

Water agencies, land conservancies, nonprofits and others have many offerings in May, and throughout the year, for learning about, supporting, and enjoying our precious Ventura River watershed.

Free outdoor conservation water kits for Golden State Water Customers. Go to for details.

Click here for the calendar-view of the events!


May 7, 2012

May 11 - OVGC Community Gathering & Spring Feast

OVGC Community Gathering & Spring Feast
Friday, May 11

Ojai Valley Green Coalition Community Potluck and Program - Friday, May 11, 6:30- 9:00 p.m. at Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai.

Mingle with neighbors, share a potluck supper and learn practical steps each one of us can do to save on our water bill and make our watershed more resilient to drought. Local water experts will explain how the Ventura River watershed acts and reacts to drought periods.

The evening will be topped off with a drawing for a down jacket donated by Patagonia. Must be present to win.

RSVP is requested so we can be better prepared,
and to reduce our landfill waste, please bring your own table service (plate, silverware, mug, and cloth napkin). For more information email or call (805) 669-8445.

Click here to: DOWNLOAD May 11th Potluck FLYER

Also... Download Water Awareness Month Calendar:

May 12 - Creek Workday - Final Until Fall - This Saturday

Ojai Valley Green Coalition is spearheading volunteer recruitment for current creek restoration work in Libbey Park, Ojai being led by the C.R.E.W. Please join us for our next work day: Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (The final one until next Fall.) We will be removing invasive non-native plants and reestablishing native habitat.

A hat is highly recommended, as are long pants and closed-toed shoes or boots. The Coalition will provide work gloves, tools, water and snacks, but feel free to bring along your own gloves and digging tools.

Parking is available at the lower Libbey parking lot off of South Montgomery Street. To check in follow the signs to the work site near the old jailhouse building in lower Libbey Park (between the bike path and the park’s lower tennis courts). Those under the age of 18 will need a liability release waiver signed by a parent or guardian. For more information or for waivers please contact or call (805) 669-8445.

2012 Ojai Valley Earth Day 'Earth Play' a Great Community Event!

Thank you to all who entertained, exhibited, volunteered, and spent the day with us.

Congratulations to the Oak Grove School grandparent, who won the raffle grand prize.

Check out interviews with some of the vendors. . .

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

May E-News 2012

Check out the Ojai Valley Green Coalition's monthly E-news:

* May is Water Awareness Month and Our Spring Community Gathering

* Ecotourism: What Would That Look Like for the Ojai Valley?

* An OVGC Welcome to Vina Lustado

* This Land is Your Land, This Land is Our Land Stewardship Opportunities

Read E-News Here...

May 6, 2012

An OVGC Welcome to Vina Lustado

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition operates throughout the Ojai Valley because of the tireless efforts of a long list of volunteers. In April we were pleased to welcome Vina Lustado further into the fold as our newest board member. She has been working on the built environment council and helping as a volunteer with various events since early 2010.

Continue reading "An OVGC Welcome to Vina Lustado" »