November/December 2016
Alexander's Restaurant: Serving up Sustainability!
     If you enjoy dining in a beautiful California casual setting with picturesque water views overlooking a stunning harbor surrounded by majestic mountains, Alexander's Restaurant, located inside the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, serves up a substantial helping of ambience as well as delicious, fresh seafood and meat entrees. As a new City of Ventura Certified Green Business, Alexander's, also demonstrates a host of sustainable practices to their menu.
     "The resort started employing eco-friendly programs and practices in 2012," said James Boldizar, Director of Sales for the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort. "In fact, it's the resort's goal, as well as the goal of all Starwood Hotels, to cut our carbon footprint 30% by 2020. So being sustainable is something that's a top priority."  MORE. 
Environmental Sustainability welcomes
Brandon Kaysen
Brandon Kaysen

     On Monday, October 31, 2016 Brandon Kaysen began his first official day as an Environmental Specialist. In his new post, Kaysen will be managing the K-12 environmental education program as well as sustainability-focused community outreach including environmental presentations, developing educational programming and participating in community events and partnerships.
     Kaysen hails from Roseville, CA and most recently, Santa Barbara. He received his BA in economics and environmental studies at UCSB, and later pursued his masters from the Bren School with a focus on green building education, energy (efficiency & sourcing), and climate action planning. MORE.  
What's in season for winter?

     Are you in a dinner rut? Do you always purchase the same types of fruits and vegetables from your local grocer whether they are in season or not?

     Living in Ventura, we're fortunate because our community is located in the hub of agriculture. In fact, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture,  over a third of the country's vegetables and two-thirds of the country's fruits and nuts are grown in California!

     If you haven't taken advantage of your local certified farmer's market, where great tasting, fresh produce, a more health conscious choice for you and your family, is abundant and doesn't have to be processed or frozen to travel miles to get to your table, make a plan to visit a venue near you!
Sustainable "GREEN STEW" - Deliciously Curbing Holiday Food Waste 
     Holiday food waste is at an all time high at the November-December holidays.  So, what can you do to avoid waste? Planahead, share, save, and repurpose.  Environmental Specialist Tobie Mitchell demonstrates a simple, easy and delicious way to repurpose your Thanksgiving holiday leftovers in this Sustainable Ventura News video.  For more on how you can curb the waste, READ.
Taking the Mystery of becoming a City of Ventura Certified Green Business 

     In 2011, The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division launched the Green Business Certification program  as a means to foster and support environmental sustainability in the local business community.
     Becoming a Certified Green Business is FREE and currently available for local retail stores, offices, restaurants, and multi-family residential complexes. To date, there are approximately 50 local businesses in Ventura that have been certified and that number is growing every month.
    "Green business is just smart business," said Lars Davenport, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist. "The certification process is simple, and business owners are finding that it provides great benefits like attracting customers and saving money on utility bills."  MORE.
Environmental Sustainability News & Events

September 21 - 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Kick-Off   
City staffers support "The 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival," which kicked off September 21 at a reception at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach.  The festival is an exciting and important initiative that highlights our relationship with water: How we look at it, how we use it and how we share it. View & submit films for great prizes
Pictured above left to Right: Environmental Sustainability's Lars Davenport, Courtney Lindberg and Joe Yahner.   
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September 22 - Ventura Chamber's "Cowboy" Business Expo

Left to Right: Ventura Water's Debra Martinez and Craig Jones pictured with Environmental Sustainability's Tobie Mitchell at the Ventura Chamber's "Cowboy" Expo at the Four Points by Sheraton on September 22. 
September 24 & October 22 - Water Wise Gardening Classes

FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes were held on September 24  ("Water Wise Watering" hosted by Landscape Designer Cari Vega) and October 22 ("Ocean Friendly Gardens and Integrated Design" hosted by Nature By Design's Lisa Burton). For more information on the series and upcoming classes, visit: 
October 8 - StoryFest    
A host of local residents visited the Environmental Sustainability booth at the 9th Annual StoryFest - a celebration of children & books.  For this fun and educational event, Ventura Educational Partners (VEP) works with the Ventura Neighborhood for Learning to help young children age under age 6 with school readiness.  The VNfL partners with the school district and First 5 Ventura County and the funds raised go to the VNfL Family Centers, which connect families to medical, educational and social resources to help them remain safe and healthy and prepare young children for school.  
Programs, News & Events

Rain Barrel Discount Voucher

Rain Barrel Discount program for City of Ventura residents is available through Environmental Sustainability and Ventura Water. Working in cooperation with Smith Pipe and Supply at 3060 Sherwin Avenue in Ventura, the Channel/Bushman 50-gallon rain barrel (with a retail value of $92.00), will be available for $45.00 plus tax at their store with a Rain Barrel Discount Voucher. Two rain barrel discounts are available per residential address with the voucher. READ MORE & PRINT VOUCHER.

$92.00 Rain Barrel available for $45.00 plus tax with Discount Voucher
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Become a City of Ventura
Green Business PODCAST

Green School Award Winner
Buena High School
Sustainable Ventura News in Ventura County Star 
News & Lifestyle Pages 
(Search: Sustainable Ventura) 

GREEN Holidays!
Tips to CURB 
Holiday Food Waste  

Eat It! Don't Waste It! PSAs

Have Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers?

Joyous Harvest!

Celebrate the Season!