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In This Issue
Energizing Ojai
Dark Skies Initiative
Fall Eco-Home
and Building Tour
We Have Staff!

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June Food News




Wednesday, June 6

Low Carbon Living


Saturday, June 9

Friends of the
Ventura River Picnic

(meet our watershed neighbors & fellow activists)


Saturday, June 9

Propagating CA Native Plants


Thursday, June 14

Watershed Council Meeting


Thursday, June 14

Sustainable Landscaping


Saturday, June 16

Creek Steward Day


Saturday, June 16

Container Gardening



Come check out the resource center's NEW LENDING ECO-LIBRARY with classic and current books and DVDs.


Library Books

All thanks to member and volunteer Evergreen Hericks.


Stay tuned for Evergreen's article in July e-news on the library and the life cycle of a book.


Creek Restoration
Needs You!


Saturday, June 16

Come be part of the re-creation of a thriving riparian habitat and in turn improve our watershed resiliency.


See our website calendar for details.


Father's Day
is June 17!


Father's Day GraphicDIY Ways to Celebrate Dad:


#1: Margaret Hyde's Ecofriendly Father's Day Projects.


#2: Mother Nature Network's Father's Day Crafts.


#3: Care2.com's Father's Day Gift Ideas.


#4: Our personal favorite!
A local tree planted and dedicated through Ojai Trees.


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Board of Directors

Caryn Bosson
Noel Douglas
Dale Hanson
Marleen Luckman
Vina Lustado
Kerry Miller
Kathy Nolan
Tyler Suchman
Sabrina Venskus
David White

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Ojai Valley Green Coalition
327 East Ojai Avenue   
Ojai, CA   93023     
(805) 669-8445

This e-newsletter is produced by the Communications & Publicity Committee
Advancing a green, sustainable, and resilient Ojai Valley

Energizing Ojai


Typically summertime is the time when energy consumption starts to soar higher and higher. Factors such as increased air-conditioning loads, pool pumps having to run longer, and children who are on vacation from school mean using more power at home. In addition to this, all the extra water needed to keep plants alive in the hot Ojai summer uses a tremendous amount of power to treat and pump.


new net zero

What isn't as visible as your bills increasing is the tremendous environmental impact using this power has in places that are not located in our backyard. Our power primarily comes from the burning of natural gas and coal to create steam, which turns a turbine that generates electricity. We also get a large percentage of our power here in Ojai from nuclear generators. A Google search of "mountain top removal" to secure coal reserves or "hydraulic fracking" to cheaply extract natural gas will reveal the true environmental and social costs of the excessive consumption and inefficient built environment that we inhabit. The recent news of radiation levels from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster increasing in California marine life is a clear indicator that there has got to be a better way to power our world than using sources of energy that wreak havoc on the natural world.


Forty percent of our power consumption is used in buildings and another 30% is for storing, treating, pumping and heating water. That's why the Coalition's Ojai Energy Efficiency Initiative aims to provide all members of the Ojai Valley community, including renters, homeowners, businesses, government, and agricultural facilities, with the resources and support needed to easily "Energize Ojai" to become more energy efficient and reduce our dependence on non-renewable power sources. By reducing our energy demand through conservation, and supporting the installation of solar energy systems and other renewable energy sources, it is possible for Ojai to achieve the goal of becoming a "Net Zero" community. "Net Zero" means that we would consume no more energy than we could produce.


This is no small challenge for the community to undertake, but a tremendous goal that we must achieve in order to secure an energy-independent future that does not destroy our planet for the future generations of Ojai and the world. And it is do-able. Please join the Ojai Energy Efficiency Initiative's efforts by helping to energize our community to become Net Zero this summer by immediately taking simple and affordable actions. We also need your help spreading the information about the support that we can provide to you throughout all your relations and networks.


Read more here.


Dark Skies Initiative

Next Step: More Support Needed


The Coalition has supported the diligent work of members Gail Topping and George Berg for over five years now to prevent the further increase of light pollution in our valley and hopefully reverse the trend. The full scope of our Dark Skies Initiative is to protect wildlife, cut energy waste and minimize light pollution.


At its May 12 meeting the City Planning Commission, after reviewing the lighting ordinance developed by city staff to replace the existing ordinance, requested further direction from City Council to write a better ordinance.


City Lights at NightTo that end Gail and George are sponsoring a representative from the International Dark Sky Association based in Arizona to present to the City Council and meet with city representatives to answer questions and help develop our local lighting ordinance to best meet our community needs now and in the future. PLEASE COME OUT TO THE JUNE 12 CITY COUNCIL MEETING at 7 p.m. to welcome our out of town guest and let city officials know this is an important issue. What was a fringe environmental conversation even five years ago is now front and center and being seriously discussed at different government levels around the world. Dark Skies are not only important to wildlife, energy conservation and stopping light pollution, but also an important component of our local tourist economy. Imagine a visitor being so taken by the night skies over Ojai and learning why that is important, that she starts a Dark Skies effort back home.


OVGC Solicits Sites for
Fall Eco-Home & Building Tour


We're looking for green homes and businesses to feature on our 2012 Green Home and Building Tour to be held Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will feature self-guided tours of four homes and one commercial site with clearly identified eco-friendly features. The Coalition began holding the Green Home & Building Tours in 2008 as a way to inspire the public to embrace new green technology and home building practices.


Home InteriorTour highlights have run the gamut from simple and easy to install rain water harvesting designs for the landscape to high tech solar-based energy systems. Last year's tour homes included a Santé Fe inspired modular home and a custom renovated craftsman with the county's first permitted greywater system.


If you or someone you know has a home or business that utilizes environmentally friendly design, materials, or energy systems and would like to share the efforts, contact Deborah with your questions at 805-669-8455 or download the application online at www.ojaivalleygreentour.com/. Applications are due July 2, 2012, so don't delay.


We Have Staff!


With the success of our year-end membership drive and matching challenge, we have been able to move from patchy subcontracting of key administrative needs to hired staff. On March 1 Deborah Pendrey became an employed executive director and Noel Douglas was hired as our part-time assistant (our new word for volunteers) coordinator. If you have 'assisted' the Coalition in the past, you will be hearing from Noel in the future.


Also, as part of our support of the C.R.E.W.'s creek restoration work, and funded through their U.S. Fish & Wildlife Foundation grant, David White is providing outreach to bring in volunteers for creek work days. Last but not least, and though working as an outside consultant, Shawn Jacobson is filling the role of community outreach coordinator to get our Ojai Energy Efficiency Initiative off the ground. His position has been funded through small grants from Sempra Foundation and Edison Foundation.


Making the move to have employees was a big step and we hope to be able to continue our present growth to support core staffing needs to forward our mission of advancing a green, sustainable and resilient Ojai Valley. Thank you to all who support our work.







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