Renewables, Energy Efficiency, and Appropriate Lighting Initiative
Shawn Jacobson, Chair, has developed an acute understanding of sustainability through his experience with green building and passive solar design, research and development with energy efficiency technologies, renewable energy research and GIS analysis, and his experience in the growing solar energy industry. He has spent the last three years working in the local solar industry in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties and has performed various functions including installation, marketing, sales and the facilitation of workforce training programs. He is currently the residential solar energy consultant for REC Solar Inc. and services Santa Barbara, Ventura, Ojai, Oxnard and Santa Paula.
Shawn holds an A.A. in Graphic Design and Photography from SBCC, and a B.A. in Geography from UCSB. While at UCSB he focused on earth system sciences, climate change and sustainable development. In his academic career he co-founded the SBCC Student Sustainability Coalition, assisted in the development of the SBCC Center for Sustainability and was a member of the UCSB Ellison Hall Sustainability Committee. He currently sits on The Sustainability Project board in Santa Barbara and is the chair of the Energy Committee for the Ojai Valley Green Coalition.
Outside of his work in solar energy and community sustainability, he enjoys spending time with his two children and wife, exploring wild places , observing wildlife, playing music, pottery, photography, and getting exercise through various outlets including surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, kayaking and creek running.
Local Food Program
Dulanie Ellis-La Barre has been a filmmaker for the last 25 years, first as a Script Supervisor for feature films and television, and later as an Associate Producer on four award-winning documentary films for Tell The Truth Pictures.
In 2002, Dulanie launched her own production company, Walk Your Talk Productions. Believing that the world-class farmland and agriculture of Ventura County was worth protecting, she began making a series of films that addressed various elements of sustainable agriculture for the Ag Futures Alliance. That lead to a film for the real estate industry on mortgage fraud and more recently to an educational film about Community Emergency Response Training.
Dulanie serves on a number of community committees and is the Co-Chair for the OVGC Food & Agriculture Committee
Watershed Literacy and Water Security Program
Bill O'Brien is a Registered Civil and Agricultural Engineer with a specialty in water resources. He and his family have lived in Meiners Oaks since 1999, and Bill has been active in the community as a scout leader, as well as working with other youth groups. He has served the community on the Ventura River Watershed Council, the Ojai Valley Sanitary District Board, and has represented Ojai in stormwater permit negotiations with the National Permit Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) of the United States EPA. As a project manager, Bill has helped design and build a number of drainage, floodplain, and river-restoration projects. He brings to the Green Coalition his enthusiasm for a sustainable watershed, combined with his support of youth activities. Bill started his own consulting firm in 2012 called NextGen Engineering, located in Oak View.