June & July 2019
Solarize Ventura Is Back!
Solarize aims to help all residents, especially those rebuilding from the Thomas fire, in going solar. For the first time, this year’s program includes options for energy storage in addition to solar.

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) and the City of Ventura are partnering to offer Solarize Ventura, a program designed to make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to go solar. This year, the program has selected Coastal Solar as the installer, who will offer discounted prices through July 31, 2019.

The 2019 Solarize Ventura Program offers energy storage equipment and education on energy storage for the first time. Storage systems will be available to new solar customers and to existing solar customers who wish to upgrade their systems to include storage.

Solarize Ventura offers community workshops focused on the benefits and details associated with going solar. Workshops will cover solar billing rates, equipment, warrantees, financing, and tax credits. A solar coach will also be available to discuss questions as needed. But don’t miss out, we only have one more workshop left!

Thursday, July 11th 5:30 PM
Ventura City Hall Community Meeting Room
501 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001

To learn more, visit SolarizeVentura.org or call the Community Environmental Council at (805) 963-0583 x101.

To speak with someone at the City of Ventura about the Solarize Program, call Environmental Specialist Lars Davenport at (805) 652-4595.
Environmental Services Hosts Community Workshop for Energy Action Plan
In partnership with the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, the city is developing its Energy Action Plan (EAP) to provide a roadmap for increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency throughout the community.

Our Environmental Services team held a community workshop for about 20 residents this Saturday, June 8, 2019 as a follow-up to its initial survey regarding the formation of our EAP and included discussions and group strategies to engage our residents as the plan progresses.

In an effort to continue this development of the EAP, a second round of surveys are available at VenturaEnergySurvey.org . Feedback from residents, businesses, and other stakeholders is an important part of in developing a plan that will effectively improve the energy performance of the community.

The city plans to complete their draft Energy Action Plan in Winter 2019 and release a final draft in Spring of 2020. Please contact Brandon Kayson at bkaysen@cityofventura.ca.gov for more information. 

Environmental Program Updates
Rebates available for Green Business Upgrades! 

Are you interested in becoming a City of Ventura Certified Green Business, but afraid that you’ll have to shell out big bucks to upgrade your facilities? Fear no more!

The California Green Business Network (CAGBN), in partnership with the California Environmental Protection Agency, has rebates available to assist businesses with updates and upgrades that are required to become a Certified Green Business. Up to $500 per business is available on first-come first-served basis, until the available funds are spent.

With a $500 rebate, increased visibility through free marketing opportunities like our Google AdWords campaign and our Shop Green app, and increased consumer interest in supporting green businesses, the business case for reducing your environmental impact has never been stronger.

For more information, contact
Lars Davenport at (805) 652-4595.
Recycle Coach Tip: What to do with Hazardous Waste?

Did you which items in your house are considered hazardous waste?

P aint, motor oil, aerosol cans, antifreeze, cleaning solutions (ammonia or bleach), batteries, fluorescent tubes and light bulbs are all hazardous waste! Remember, these items pose a serious threat to human, plant and animal life, and it is illegal to place in them in the trash or dump down the stormdrain.

Download the free Recycle Coach app , and search for different items in your house to find out if the are hazardous waste. Recycle Coach also tells you when local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events are scheduled, so you can safely dispose of all your household hazardous waste.

These events also host a Materials Exchange Program, where you can donate or pick up leftover hazardous materials including paint, motor oil, antifreeze, and cleaning supplies (subject to availability).
Green Schools Program

During the  2018-2019  school year, the Green Schools Program visited  19  Ventura Schools, offering presentations in  221  classrooms for over  6,987  students.

Two Ventura schools, Buena High School and Sheridan Way Elementary School, were awarded a cumulative $1,500  for their recycling efforts via the Keep California Beautiful Challenge.
Food Waste Prevention

 Bought too much fruit?

No problem! Turn leftover, overripe fruit into a fun summer treat by whipping up our Overripe Fruit Popsicle Recipe .

Food waste accounts for 20% of the waste Venturans send to the landfill. You can help reduce that number by getting creative with what you have before it goes to waste.
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