November 2012

November 22, 2012

Solarize Ojai Final Day to Register Dec 7; To Sign a Contract Dec 14


On October 6, the Ojai Valley Green Coalition launched Solarize Ojai, a two-month group-purchasing program designed to make it easier and more affordable for Ojai Valley homeowners to add solar electricity to their homes. The Coalition partnered with the Community Environmental Council (CEC) based in Santa Barbara to bring this program to the Ojai Valley. CEC ran a similar program in Santa Barbara and helped 84 homeowners add solar to their homes in 2011 and 2012!

Solarize Ojai will only be available to register for a quote until December 7 and then sign a contract by December 14. With this program, homeowners in the Ojai Valley purchase solar electricity at a set, discounted price and are helped through the process by CEC. Get details at

The Solarize Ojai program also helps support the Coalition and CEC. Included in the purchase price is a small one-time fee paid by the solar company directly to the Coalition and CEC. This fee will help both organizations continue to promote renewable energy in the region and be self-sustaining.

DONE! In 90 Days $10,000 Became $20,000!

We met our goal and our matching challenge. Together we rose to the occassion.
Thank you.

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November 21, 2012

Come Out Feb 26 to Help Pass Lighting Ordinance

The wasteful evening illumination of unused buildings, parking lots and streets obscures the stars in our night sky and disrupts the circadian rhythms of humans and wildlife, damaging our environment in ways we are only beginning to understand.

Turning off night-time lights, reducing night wattage and shielding exterior lights are all easy ways to conserve energy and help the environment. With considerable studies showing the unintended adverse consequences of night-time lighting, the time to act is now. That’s why we are so excited about the updated Exterior Lighting Standards Ordinance* coming up for vote at the Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Ojai City Council meeting, thanks to Coalition member, Gail Topping.

*Download Ordinance Document Here

If you are concerned about light pollution and reducing our lighting energy consumption in the valley, please join us in requesting lights ‘down’. Attend the February 26 Ojai city council meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

FOOD NEWS - January 2013

Find out what the Food Council has been up to:

*Create an Urban Food Forest
*GROUND OPERATIONS: Battlefields to Farmfields
*2012 Accomplishments at Ojai Valley of the Moon Community Garden

Read Food News Here...

Consider a Gift Membership for Your Holiday List

Give the Gift of Green and Grow Meaningful Change in Your Backyard

For a $30 donation we'll send family members, friends, and colleagues a Holiday Tree Card made of 100% recycled, post-consumer card-stock. The card is hand tied to seed paper -- they can plant and grow -- and is delivered in your name as a year-long membership to the Coalition.

It's a win-win gift with a really low carbon footprint.
Why not renew your own membership and send it to yourself, too!

To Sign Up: Click Here

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December E-News 2012

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

* We Never Met a Box Turtle We Didn't Like

* 5th Annual E-Waste Collection and Recycling Day

* Come Out January 22 to Help Pass an Updated Lighting Ordinance

Read E-News Here...

5th Annual E-WASTE Collection Event – January 12

The Coalition will once again hold an e-waste recycling event on Saturday, January 12, 2013, in the Ojai Community Bank’s parking lot, located at 402 W. Ojai Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.
The event is open to all Ojai Valley residents and businesses.

Download Event Flyer here
Download Ventura County HHW Calendar here
Download Ventura County Residential Recycling Guide here

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FOOD NEWS - December 2012

Find out what the Food Council has been up to:

*Faith, Food, Family & Friends
*Fall Community Gathering & Potluck
*Quinoa & Fruit Salad
*Liquid Chi Kombucha

Read Food News Here...

November E-News 2012

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

* $20,000 in 90 Days: Are You With Us?

* Fall Feast

* Who's Who at the Helm?

Read E-News Here...

Workshop Series ‘Create an Urban Food Forest’ Begins January 12

The Coalition will hold several workshops at the home of Dulanie and Douglas La Barre in the principles and practices of creating a “food forest”.
The workshops are open to the public and will cover:
#1 site assessment, garden design intro, and intensive fruit tree orchards
#2 garden design and high-yield vegetable gardening
#3 chickens and coop building
#4 pond construction and aquaculture
#5 fire pit Kiva and bamboo pavilion construction

Workshops are by reservation only:
-- $30 OVGC supporting members
-- $35 non-members.

Workshops include vegetarian lunch, handouts and seeds.

You will receive a confirmation email with complete details and logistics upon receipt of payment.

To pay by check please call Deborah at (805) 669-8445.

Urban Food Forest Payment Options

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November 20, 2012

Next Chance to Help with Creek Habitat Restoration Efforts - Saturday, March 2

Save the Date: Saturday, March 2 (February 16 Work Day Canceled)

The 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 rain or shine for our next work day for the winter season: Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will be planting to reestablish native habitat with possibly some invasive non-native plants removal.

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November 19, 2012

March 6, 2013 - Incorporating Green Building Into Your New Home or Remodeling Project

A long time Coalition sponsor, Allen Associates, will host a free informational workshop, “Incorporating Green Building Into Your New Home or Remodeling Project” Wednesday, March 6th, at a recently remodeled home in the Ojai area. The workshop begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dennis Thompson, project architect with Thompson Naylor Architects, and Bryan Henson from Allen Associates are the featured speakers. Come with your questions!
Topics to be covered include:
•Insight into the building process including what is involved with a building project, the steps you need to take, and how to make it as painless as possible
•The latest in green materials and systems
•Learn how to save money and make your home healthier, more comfortable and energy efficient
•Learn how to select the right architect and builder for your green building project

Contact Karen Feeney at (805) 641-0839 or email to reserve your space and learn the workshop location.

November 15, 2012

Garden Law... for Community Security...

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November 13, 2012

Business Not as Usual at the Ojai Retreat

The Coalition is pleased to announce our first “official” business member: the Ojai Retreat, located at 160 Besant Road in Ojai. In the coming months we will be showcasing new business members. If you have a business, we encourage you to check out our business membership benefits and our 1% for the Planet affiliation.

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Who’s Who at the Helm

The Coalition sadly had to say good bye to its president and director, Kathy Nolan in September. Kathy will stay connected as an Advisory Board member. Her work as an Ojai city planning commissioner, running her own business, and president of the Coalition was proving too much. Thank you for your past and continued service to our community, Kathy.

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