September & October 2020
Each year, California Coastal Cleanup Day welcomes more than 70,000 volunteers who pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways. The 3rd Saturday of September has been California Coastal Cleanup Day since 1985! The event brings awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a way for community members to become directly involved in caring for their local environment and natural resources.
 
This marks the 35th annual event, however, due to health and safety orders, the state event organizers, the California Coastal Commission, and local organizers, the Ventura County Coalition for Coastal and Inland Waterways, have made some adjustments. Instead of a organizing a volunteer event, these groups are encouraging the Ventura County community to get out and clean up their local "happy places" every Saturday in September in celebration of the annual event. 
 
This means beach cleanups start at our own front doors. Trash can travel through storm drains, creeks, and rivers to become beach pollution. Consider joining every Saturday in September to help clean the beach by cleaning up in our own neighborhoods and local natural areas. Follow the Ventura County Coalition for Coastal and Inland Waterways on social media for safety tips and ways to win prizes for photo contest submissions and more!
Ready To Go Solar? Solarize is Back.
Many of us are spending more time at home lately, so it’s no surprise that home improvement projects are booming. If you’ve considered adding home solar or battery systems in the past, now may be the perfect time to take the leap.

CEC’s Solarize Ventura County is a program that makes it easier and more affordable for local homeowners to go solar. We use a group purchasing model and pass the savings on so that homeowners can install solar electricity and battery storage systems at a discounted price through a streamlined and hassle-free process. Previous Solarize Ventura County programs have already helped 225 homeowners go solar.

Please join CEC and Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance in celebrating Clean Air Day at our Solarize Webinar on October 7th to learn more.
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Green Business
Download the Shop Green App
 
Certified Green Businesses save water, energy, and waste and make our community more sustainable. By supporting them, you’re shopping your values and keeping the Green Economy going!
 
Are you looking for an easy way to find and support local Green Businesses? Download the Shop Green App from the App Store or Google Play, and you can find all City of Ventura Certified Green Businesses, in addition to Green Businesses from all over California!
 
Search businesses by business type or keyword, and use the map view to see the Green Businesses closest to you. For more information on the City of Ventura Green Business Program visit GreenBusinessCA/CityofVentura.
Green Schools
Sustainable You!
After-School Club

Following our virtual Sustainable You! Summer Camp this past July, the Green Schools Program is partnering with University of California Hansen Agriculture Research and Extension Center (UC HAREC) to host a new after-school program.

Youth ages 9-12 are invited to join us via Zoom to learn what it means to be sustainable and how to protect our environment through fun, hands-on science and art activities that everyone can do at home. Check out our 2020 Camp Recap Blog to learn more about the types of activities and topics that we cover. Pre-registration is required on or before September 28th. Register here!
Food Waste Prevention
Food waste not only impacts landfill space, it hurts our wallet too. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the value of food loss for retailers and consumers each year to be over $161 billion. That is a lot of money! Saving food from ending up in the landfill can also save you some major bucks. Next time you're headed to the store, make a list before you go to prevent over buying and get creative with leftovers. For more tips, visit SaveTheFood.com.
Recycle Coach Tip
What do you do with that old mattress that you need to get rid of? You can schedule a Bulky Item Pickup from E.J. Harrison, the City of Ventura's trash collection service, or you can drop off your mattress set to be recycled at Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station (free for City of Ventura Residents).

Read our Bulky Item Disposal Guide or download the Recycle Coach App to learn more!
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A Once-in-a-Decade Opportunity
The City of Ventura is encouraging community members to take the 2020 Census by the new deadline of September 30, 2020. 
 
“Now more than ever, we need to ensure that our community is accurately counted in the Census,” said Ventura City Manager, Alex D. McIntyre. “The results of this once-a-decade count determine the amount of funding and resources Ventura will receive for the next 10 years. It’s important that every household and business is counted so we can secure critical resources for public and social services like education, healthcare, and infrastructure projects.”
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