October 2016

October 19, 2016

Solarize Ojai Valley & 126 Ends November 15!

Blog-2014_solarize-ojai-vesecky.jpgSolarize Ojai Valley
You can go solar. We can help.
Solarize Ojai and Solarize 126 is a program brought to you by the Community Environmental Council and the Coalition that makes it simple and affordable for Ojai Valley homeowners to go solar. Our group purchasing model helps local homeowners install solar electricity at a discounted price through a streamlined and hassle-free process.

Learn How It Works Here

October 17, 2016

Last 2016 Solarize Workshop Tues., Nov. 1

Sun%20at%20Work.jpg Solarize Ojai is a program brought to you by the Community Environmental Council (CEC) and the Ojai Valley Green Coalition that makes it simple and affordable for Ojai Valley homeowners to go solar. Our group purchasing model helps local homeowners install solar electricity at a discounted price through a streamlined and hassle-free process.

Attend a Free and the Final Solar Workshop for the 2016 Program
Tuesday, November 1
6:00 – 7:30pm
Chaparral Auditorium
414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai


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October 14, 2016

October e-News

Loren Walters parks bikes at Ojai Day

* Bike It To Ojai Day

* We're In the 'Solarize' Home Stretch

* Welcome Heather Mohan-Gibbons to the OVGC Board

* Speaking of the Valley of the Moon Garden. . .

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October 13, 2016

About Our Panelists: 2016 Film Festival

We are honored to have gathered a distinguished group of professionals and activist for the panel discussion following the film presentation.

Kit StolzKit Stolz - Journalist

Kit has been reporting on science, the environment, health, and a variety of other topics in and around Ventura County for nearly twenty years. He won a Climate Action award in 2012 from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for his reporting on climate issues, and a Best Investigative Reporting award, in 2015 from the California Newspapers Publishers Association for his story on “The Hazardous Truth,” about the explosion in November 2014 at Santa Clara Waste Water in Santa Paula.

Tom Ash<p></p>
<em>Inland Empire Utility Agency - Senior Environmental Resources PlannerTom Ash Inland Empire Utility Agency - Senior Environmental Resources Planner

Tom has 30 years of experience in the fields of water use efficiency, public education and horticulture. As a horticulturist and water conservation specialist from the University of California, he was the University liaison to water agencies in southern California starting in 1987. Tom was instrumental in the design and implementation of the first water budget tiered rate structure for water agencies (IRWD, 1991). Tom has advised the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the State of Utah, the California Water Resources Control Board, water authorities in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Australia on water budgets and water rates, and was an advisor to the US Drought Policy Task Force in 2003.

Tom is the author of Landscape Management for Water Savings (1998, USBR, MWD, DWR), A Guide to High Desert Landscaping (1991, Mojave Water Agency), Water Preparedness Plan (2004, National Landscape Association), Water Pricing Experiences & Innovations (UC Press/Springer, 2015).

Paul Jenkin, Surfrider Foundation - Ventura Campaign CoordinatorPaul Jenkin
Surfrider Foundation - Ventura Campaign Coordinator

Paul has worked since 1994 to protect and restore the Ventura River Watershed and beaches where he lives. In addition to his contribution to the restoration of Surfers Point in Ventura and the ongoing effort to decommission Matilija Dam, he is also a founding member of the Ventura River Watershed Council. Paul's work focuses on ecosystem-based solutions to water and watershed management, and he envisions a future where we work with nature as a model sustainable community. . 

Stephanie PincetlStephanie Pincetl
Director, California Center for Sustainable Communities
Conducting Science for the Public Interest
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Professor Pincetl does research on cities, how they impact resources far and near such as water sources and ecosystems, and how those resources are used in cities, where, by whom, and to do what.

She has created the first ever interactive energy web atlas that describes building energy use in Los Angeles County (www.energyatlas.ucla.edu). Buildings account for 40% of urban GHGs and the Atlas shows the relationships between building age, size, use with energy consumption, as well as energy use and sociodemographic characteristics in the residential sector. Her other main project is to understand the water system of Los Angeles County that has over 100 different water delivering agencies and 7 adjudicated groundwater basins. Pincetl assembles interdisciplinary teams of researchers to conduct work: ecologists, engineers, and hydrologists.

Dr. Pincetl has a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from UC Davis, and an undergraduate interdisciplinary degree in Land Ethics, an independent major she created while at UC Davis. She is the author of nearly 100 peer reviewed papers, and book chapters and is the co-lead of the urban chapter of the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report to be published in early 2017. She currently serves on the Board of the Theodore Payne Foundation.

October 9, 2016

Welcome Heather Mohan-Gibbons to the Board

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition Board is proud to announce their newest Board Member, Heather Mohan-Gibbons. Heather is delighted to be in a community she has grown to love and she looks forward to “extending her reach by joining the board of an organization devoted to improving Ojai.”

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Bike to Ojai Day and Check Out Our Cool Booths

We encourage you to ride your bike to Ojai Day – the premier annual event celebrating Ojai culture and community – check in at our bike valet between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. where we watch your bike and your gear, and enjoy!

Coalition and partner offerings next to the Bike Valet include:
 Electric Vehicle Showcase, sponsored by EV Advocates of Ventura County;
 Check out what City of Ojai Complete Streets is all about;
 Learn about the Ojai Valley Bike Coalition and Cycle California Coast;
 Talk with staff & volunteers about Coalition projects and get free goodies while supplies last –
o Save Our Water, Ojai! Campaign – handing out native wildflower and grass seed mixes - (sponsored by the Ojai Valley Garden Club) and low flow showerheads from Casitas Municipal Water District
o Dark Skies Initiative – get a light fixture shield (sponsored by City of Ojai)
o Solarize Ojai Valley – sign-up for a free quote and get a free reusable bag
o Free Tyvek reusable bag set & LED holiday light string for new family memberships (starting at only $40!)

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Ojai and Ventura County's
environmental conditions ...

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