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Back to school GREEN Tips

It’s a well-proven fact that teaching children from a young age about the environment and how to be more green and sustainable helps them to develop positive patterns that stick with them for life. Each and every person can make a difference in the sustainability of their community and on this PODCAST, City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Specialist Tobie Mitchell shares some cool green back-to-school tips!  Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV and

Direct download: Back_To_School_Green_Tips.mp3
Category:Being Green -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT

EJ Harrison & Sons, Inc.’s New Enhanced Residential & Commercial Services

This past July 2016, Ventura City Council granted a 10-year franchise renewal agreement to EJ Harrison & Sons, Inc., for the collection, sweeping, diversion, and disposal of solid waste, and collection and transport for processing of organic waste and recyclable materials.

To date, EJ Harrison & Sons, in conjunction with Gold Coast Recycling and Agromin, in partnership with the City of Ventura, have helped the city achieve a solid waste landfill diversion rate of over 70%.

In this Sustainable Ventura News PODCAST, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Tobie Mitchell talks about some of the new enhanced services that apply to existing residential, commercial and City Services.

Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV and

Direct download: Harrison_Advanced_Services_-_81316_5.28_PM.mp3
Category:Recycling -- posted at: 8:34pm EDT

Get Your Sustainability Kit

City of Ventura residents, Get Your FREE Sustainability Kit - The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division in partnership with the Ventura Water Department are offering Sustainability Kits to city residents to help increase recycling and assist residents with conserving energy, water, natural resources, and even save some money. 

The kit includes either a tote to carry recyclables to the bin outside, or a 10 gallon kitchen recycling bin, a reusable shopping bag, reusable produce bag, water bottle, BPA free plastic drinking cup (for Ventura tap water!), a refillable homemade cleaner bottle with recipes, grease can lid, dish scraper, compact fluorescent light bulb, a hose nozzle, and water saving devices for the home.

In this segment of Sustainable Ventura News, host Maryann Ridini Spencer talks with City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Tobie Mitchell.

Get Your Sustainability Kits, click here!

Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV


Direct download: Get_Your_Sustainability_Kit.mp3
Category:Recycling -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

Become a City of Ventura Green Certified Business in 2016!

Becoming a GREEN Business is SMART Business.  In this Sustainable Ventura News POCAST Host Maryann Ridini Spencer speaks with City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Lars Davenport about "How to become a City of Ventura Green Certified Business." 

For more information on becoming Green Certified, visit:  SustainableVentura.TV and SEARCH "Green Certified Business" and "Green Business."


Direct download: Become_A_Green_Certified_Business_2016.mp3
Category:Green Business -- posted at: 9:39pm EDT

Clean It Green:  Non-Toxic Cleaning Ideas

Everyone loves a clean house, but not everyone loves the process of cleaning a house! Household cleaning products often contain harsh chemicals that can potentially irritate our skin, burn our eyes, or contribute to long-term health consequences. In this Sustainable Ventura News PODCAST City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Tobie Mitchell shares some important tips to clean your home in a healthy, safe, and environmentally-friendly way.


DIY Green Cleaning Ideas, Click Here.

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Each month, the City of Ventura opens its Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, where city residents can bring up to 15 gallons of liquid chemicals. The Center is open the third Saturday of the month (except December). Because of the popularity of this event, we ask that you call the City to make a reservation at 805-652-4525 and visit:

Direct download: Clean_It_Green_PODCAST.mp3
Category:Healthy Living -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

Preparing for El Niño with FREE sandbags

Sustainable Ventura News talks to City of Ventura Public Works Supervisor Chris Palmieri about preparing for El Niño. Chris shares some great tips as well as information on the FREE sandbags available to City of Ventura residents.

For more information on FREE sandbags, CLICK HERE.

Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: ChrisPalmieri_Winter_Rain_Preparedness_PODCAST.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

Hey, Ventura What's Your Shower Song?  Post it to

LISTEN to this short RADIO COMMERCIAL find out more about Ventura Water's "Hey Ventura, What's Your Shower Song?" campaign to find out about how you could WIN a COOL PRIZE! 

Visit Ventura Water's Facebook page at, and post your favorite shower song!  Help SAVE WATER and have FUN!

To watch the Sustainable Ventura Video News Story on "Hey Ventura, What's Your Shower Song?" CLICK HERE.

Direct download: City_of_Ventura_SHOWER_Produced_by_Bill_Michaels1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:31pm EDT

City of Ventura's Food Waste Prevention Challenge

You're Invited to take the City of Ventura's FOOD WASTE PREVENTION CHALLENGE!

In this Sustainable Ventura News PODCAST, City of Ventura Environmental Specialists Courtney Lindberg and Tobie Mitchell talk to show host, Maryann Ridini Spencer, about the City of Ventura's Food Waste Preventional Challenge taking place from May 18-July, 12, 2015.

Whether it's sour milk, mushy bananas, moldy bread, or soggy restaurant leftovers, chances are we have all wasted some food this week.  You're not alone.  The sad truth is 40% of all food in the United States goes uneaten.  Meanwhile, 1 in 6 Americans lack a secure supply of food to their tables.

You're invited to join the City of Ventura on an 8-week challenge to DO SOMETHING about wasted food.  All residents are welcome to particiipate.  We will provide you with the tools you need to be successful.  You just need to bring your enthusiasm and commitment!

During the Challenge, we'll measure how much food waste your household throws away, then give you strategies to shop smarter, prep and store food more efficiently, and get creative with cooking.

SIGN UP to take the Food Waste Prevention Survey online at

For more information, you can also visit Environmental Sustainability's booth at Ventura Farmer's Markets for the month of April OR online at



Direct download: Food_Waste_Challenge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am EDT

Love Food, Hate Food Waste, Save Our Water, and Other Helpful Green Tips!

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, Americans throw away nearly $170 billion dollars of food every year.  That's an astounding figure when nearly 50 million Americans live with the reality of food insecurity.

Why is this happening?  What can be done about it?

How does food waste impact our water supply? Greenhouse gas emissions?

In this Sustainable Ventura Podcst, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Jill Santos talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer who helps shed some light on this critical issue.  Jill also shares helpful green tips and green living ideas.

UPCOMING EVENT:  On Friday, April 24 from 6-9pm at Ventura's Bell Arts Factory, 432 Ventura Avenue, Environmentalist Rob Greenfield will screen his documentary focusing on how to prevent food waste and other green topics.

Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: RobGreenfieldandJillEdit.mp3
Category:Being Green -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

FREE Water Wise Classes Start March 7, 2015

Beginning Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:00am-11:30am, Ventura Water, The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division, Ewing Irrigation and Green Thumb International/Ventura, present FREE Water Wise Classes.

Water wise classes, which are FREE and open to the public, will be held at the City of Ventura’s Sanjon Public Works Maintenance Yard (336 Sanjon Road) or at Green Thumb Nursery (1899 South Victoria Avenue).

This year’s array of exciting classes presented by esteemed industry professionals, promote efficient water use in landscapes, protection of our local water supply, reduction of green waste production, and information and appreciation of climate-appropriate, native plants. Attendees also have the opportunity to mix, mingle, network, and enjoy complimentary refreshments before and after all class presentations.

March 7: Water Wise Gardens (Sanjon) – Rethink the traditional American lawn when you learn about gorgeous turf alternatives and native, climate appropriate plants. In this class, you’ll also find out how to convert your spray irrigation to drip! RSVP:

April 11: Composting & Vegetable Gardening (Green Thumb) – Find out how to create a healthy biology for your lawn in order to encourage water CPR (conservation, permeability, retention). Discover how to create a potent compost tea and the many ways to encourage beneficial insects into your garden. RSVP:

May 2: Graywater & Rainwater Harvesting (Sanjon) – It’s so easy. Learn how to set up a laundry-to-landscape graywater system as well as how to install a rain garden (and rain barrel) to capture precious water. RSVP:

June 6: Control Your Controllers (Sanjon) – Irrigation Scheduling 101 – Everything you always wanted to know about how to set and operate your smart controller and keep up with the latest water compliance codes and restrictions. RSVP:

Space is limited, so RSVP for your place TODAY!



For more information, call (805) 652-4501 and ask for Jill Santos and/or to REGISTER for the FREE classes, visit:

Direct download: New_FREE_Water_Wise_Classes.mp3
Category:Lawn and Garden -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT