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Net Metering and NEM 1.0 vs. 2.0

California Net Energy Metering (NEM) is one of the most successful solar incentives the state has to offer.

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Volunteer Opportunities Abound!

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We Welcome New Board Member Kit Stolz

“We are very fortunate to have one of the Ojai Valley’s most trenchant journalists join our Board, whose work we have long admired,” says Coalition President Ched Myers. “Kit has a long track record of paying close and critical attention to environmental issues. We are delighted to have him join our team; he has already contributed to the exciting wave of renewal of OVGC’s work.”

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Calls to Action: Come Out and Be Heard!

Tuesday, July 12 come to the Ojai City Council Meeting and share, from your perspective, the value the Coalition brings to the community. We have asked the City of Ojai to fund us again for $50,000. Councilmembers need to hear from you (especially if you live in the city limits) what we do to enhance both your life and the community's. The City 2016-2017 budget will be discussed under public hearings item #3. Council meetings are held at City Hall and begin at 7 p.m.

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News from the Waterfront

Editor’s Note: Our Living with Drought presentation on Thursday, May 26 was attended by a packed house. Check out video of Tom Ash's presentation here. Stay tuned for complete video coming soon.

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The Coalition Board Welcomes
Its Newest Director: Laurie Walters

Many of you already know Laurie Walters as the friendly faced “eco-librarian” at the OVGC Resource Center. We are pleased to announce she has joined the Coalition Board of Directors.

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Save Our Water, Ojai! Campaign

Visit Our Save Our Water, Ojai! Resource Page
The Ventura River Watershed is 100% dependent upon local surface water and groundwater supplies - imported water is a VERY COSTLY option. Our local water independence is threatened by decreasing water availability caused by an extended drought, hotter and dryer weather patterns due to climate disruption, and limited options for increasing our supplies. The Ojai Valley has an average annual rainfall of 23 inches with the last four-year average (2011-2015) rainfall dropping to 10.5 inches. It is imperative that as a new way of life we wisely manage our water supply in years of scarcity AND abundance.

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Moving Away From Fossil Fuel

The sooner we stop using fossil fuel the sooner we will slow the rate of climate change and gain the time we need to handle all its consequences such as droughts, rising sea levels, intense storms and changing food production conditions. This current drought is making it clear we need to take action NOW!

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Dr. Vandana Shiva Headlines
Ojai Earth Day Festival

Dr. Vandana Shiva will headline Ojai’s annual Earth Day Festival, on Saturday, April 23. She will speak at 2.30 p.m. and will be introduced by Rick Ridgeway.

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What a Difference an Hour Can Make

Earth Hour is an open source movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund and volunteer organizations worldwide – the mission is to unite people to protect the planet. It was originally started as an hour long, lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.

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Welcome Russell Sydney

The Board of Directors is very pleased to welcome Russell Sydney as the new Executive Director of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition.

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Ojai Valley of the Moon Community Garden

Editor's Note: After three years of maintaining the Garden's funds as its fiscal sponsor, The Valley of the Moon Community Garden is becoming a full fledged program of the Coalition! Even if you don't have a plot, would you be interested in helping out with the garden land? We plan to spruce it up, hold workshops, promote pollinators, and lots more. Contact Deborah at (805) 669-8445 or drop her an email to join in.

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Where Does My E-waste Go After I Recycle It At the Saturday, January 9th Collection Event?

Most of us take for granted some or all of our home collection of a computer, monitor, printer, television, stereo, DVD player, VCR, cell phone and small kitchen appliances. Have you ever wondered what happens to all that e-waste when it is discarded? Well, it takes a village to recycle all that e-waste, and the Ojai Valley is lucky enough to have many environmental partners in our “village.” For eight years the Coalition has partnered with E. J. Harrison & Sons and Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station in Ventura. They assist us financially (the City of Ojai is also helping fund the 2016 event), and they furnish the manpower and wherewithal to collect and recycle tons of materials at our annual E-waste Event. Our partners at Ojai Community Bank and Ojai Valley Directory help us with the local logistics and marketing.

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Spread the Word (Not Your Wood)
to Stop the Shot Hole Borer Beetle

Folks, we have a new tree pest in town, and if you think this article sounds overly dramatic, we assure you it is not. I recently sat in on a community meeting of state, county and local stakeholders to get the “scoop”. Everyone needs to care, be aware, and take action on your property as this pest is easily carried via compost, firewood, and mulch. Please help spread the word to neighbors, friends, family and your networks, like civic groups, church, etc. Below are pertinent information and links.

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50 Years and Counting:
E.J. Harrison & Sons and the Ojai Valley

Did you know our local trash and recycling hauler, E.J. Harrison & Sons, is celebrating its 50th year of servicing the Ojai Valley this month? The locally based company was founded in 1932 and is one of the oldest and largest privately owned collection businesses in the U.S. - serving over 90,000 customers. Maybe it’s their company motto, "Service is Everything" that has ensured their success and longevity. Or maybe the fact that it’s still a family run business with Ralph Harrison as President, and his brothers Jim and Myron serving as Vice Presidents.

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Business Member Spotlight: Kerry Miller Designer/Builder, Inc.

Business Member Spotlight: Kerry Miller Designer/Builder, Inc.

Ojai Valley Green Coalition business member Kerry Miller and his family moved to Ojai in1999. Since then he has used his considerable talents to establish his successful business, Kerry Miller Designer/Builder, Inc. Talents local theatre owner Khaled Alawar sought out when the historic Ojai Playhouse was damaged by a broken water main.

Raised in Texas, Kerry came to us from New Mexico where he attended University of New Mexico, receiving his BUS in sculpture. “Some of the other classes that I took there were solar energy, architecture, light and air pollution,” said Kerry, who enjoyed the woodworking skills that he used in the sculpture. “So after graduating I went into cabinetmaking.”

It was his artistic woodworking skills creating one-of-a-kind doors that drew the attention of a Corrales, New Mexico adobe home builder who hired him in 1980. Kerry earned his own contractor’s license a year later. Next he founded his own construction company specializing in custom doors, gates, fireplace mantles, cabinets, furniture, windows, stained, beveled and etched glass for homes and businesses in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area.

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Update on the Ojai Food Co-op
with Co-founder Michelle Dohrn

OVGC member Michelle Dohrn helped found the Ojai Food Co-op in 2012. Michelle says the idea “sprouted” while she was picking potatoes on a local organic farm with her young daughter. Engaged in the physical act of harvesting those potatoes, she realized she had something incredibly valuable in her hands, a direct relationship with a farmer. She and her daughter were lucky enough to see where their food comes from and experience the work it takes to grow their food. “It so deeply touched me that I thought ‘why don't more people have access to this type of local organic fresh food?’" According to Andy Warhol, ‘the grocery cart is the most powerful tool for social change.’

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Business Supporter Welcome and Profile:
JL & Sons Landscaping

Severo Lara, current City of Ojai Mayor and co-owner of JL & Sons Landscaping, is a lifelong resident and father of two. He shares the goals of most small business owners in Ojai - making a living in the small town he loves.

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New Valley of the Moon Manager

During our hot Ojai summers most people either try to cut down on outside obligations or take a vacation. Not Heather Mohan-Gibbons. She’s already busy gathering information and making plans as the new garden manager of the Valley of the Moon Community Garden. The Garden, located at 370 Baldwin Road, uses sustainable gardening practices to provide two types of activities for Valley residents. The Garden offers a traditional community garden portion for individual gardeners, and a space where community members grow food to donate to the Help of Ojai Senior Food Program. At one time the garden was also a hands-on learning site for Ventura County Master Gardener Trainees.

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Business Member Profile: Studio Landscape

It's time for another Business Member shout out, this time to Kathy Nolan, owner of Studio Landscape. Kathy Nolan was an early supporter and director/president of the OVGC. Now it is our turn to thank her for being an OVGC business member.

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Rooftop Solar Matters

As the Sierra Club so eloquently put it: ‘… rooftop solar is safe and long lasting, with zero emissions and a low water footprint. No one ever had an asthma attack because of a solar panel, nor have we ever heard of a catastrophic solar-power spill threatening fish and wildlife.’

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Solarize Ojai: A Group-purchasing Program Running April 22 – July 22

Announcing the launch of “Solarize Ojai,” a three-month long group purchasing program designed to make going solar easier and more affordable for Ojai Valley homeowners. Our partner, the Community Environmental Council (CEC) helps guide homeowners through the entire process as an unbiased expert resource – making it as easy as possible for everyone to go solar.

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Solarize Ojai: A Group-purchasing Program Running April 22 – July 22

Announcing the launch of “Solarize Ojai,” a three-month long group purchasing program designed to make going solar easier and more affordable for Ojai Valley homeowners. Our partner, the Community Environmental Council (CEC) helps guide homeowners through the entire process as an unbiased expert resource – making it as easy as possible for everyone to go solar.

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Donate Now and Your Donation Will Be Doubled

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Green Coalition Joins CREW in Next Phase of Creek Restoration Work

Stewart Canyon Creek, the next two Saturdays, December 6th and 13th

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Sunday, November 9th the Coalition Hosts The Ojai Film Festival FOCUS EARTH 2014 Screening of Bringing It Home

It has been over 40 years since President Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act making hemp illegal, yet industrial hemp has no drug value. The film Bringing it Home is packed with information that will leave you surprised and well informed about the often misunderstood topic of industrial hemp.

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The Coalition’s Green Living Series Begins!

Please join us for two dynamic speaker events filled with valuable information, concepts, and tools to take home.

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September 20th is California Coastal and Waterway Cleanup Day

The Coalition will partner with the Ventura Countywide Coalition for Coastal and Inland Waterways.

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To Whom It May Concern: Waking Up to Water

by Deborah Pendrey, Director

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Good Exterior Lighting is Good Business

As our loyal readers know, the city of Ojai adopted an updated exterior light ordinance in August 2013, and the Coalition has been helping the city with outreach to residents. Recently, the focus has turned to businesses.

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Do You Know Dulanie Ellis, Editor of our Food News?

This month we’re honoring a longtime activist in Ojai’s local food movement, Dulanie Ellis. Dulanie shares, “my passion for food and agriculture developed as a result of moving to Ventura County and falling in love with the farmland. I realized if we weren’t careful and if we didn’t protect it, we would lose this rural quality of life.”

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What is Ecopsychology?

The Coalition will host two programs exploring Ecopsychology – a half-day introductory workshop Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and a 5-week course on Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 5:45 to 7 p.m. Ecopsychology: Exploring the Complex Relationship between Nature and Human Nature will be conducted by Lori Pye, Ph.D. at the Resource Center, 206 N. Signal St. Suite S, Ojai.

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Facing Drought Together

Editor's note: Coalition executive director, Deborah Pendrey, has accepted an invitation to sit on a panel as part of a full afternoon of discourse on saving water and staying in community. The event takes place at The Ojai Retreat on Sunday, March 9, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Reservations are required. Let us not be fooled back into complacency with the recent fabulous (but not nearly enough) rain event. A new way of life and course must be set – read on.

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The Zero Waste Approach to Managing Resources

What does local jobs development and ‘zero waste’ have in common? A positive impact on the Ojai Valley and beyond. As explained in Wikipedia “Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent to landfills and incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.”

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Recycle Your E-Waste, Plus

The Coalition will hold its 6th annual e-waste recycling event with partners - Ojai Valley Directory, Ojai Community Bank, Harrison Industries, and E-Recycling of California. This VERY popular community service event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine Saturday, January 11, 2014 in the Ojai Community Bank’s parking lot located at 402 W. Ojai Ave. The event is open to all Ojai Valley residents and businesses. We’ll again have yummy oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies donated by Trader Joe’s to make the line seem shorter.

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Resource Center Lending Library Open for Business

by Evergreen Hericks, OVGC member and volunteer

“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” ~James Russell Lowell

When I think of all that is right with the world – an important practice of feeding my hope – at the top of the list must be libraries. What better long-lived example of the love of wisdom mixed up with the radically practical notion that a whole community can share a store of resources, and with extremely little fuss? And so, eager to get on that particular bandwagon of sharing information, nurturing life-long learning and, by the way, using our material resources wisely, we proudly announce that the Coalition lending library is now up and running.

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