Sustainable Ventura

A Smart Garden, a nursery located in Downtown Ventura, was founded with the goal of sharing the joy of gardening and environmental sustainability. PureWaterRadio talks with owner Cari Vega about how to grow a smart garden.

For more information on A Smart Garden, Visit: asmartgarden.com

Find out about Ventura Water's Free Gardening Classes, here.

Direct download: PureWaterRadioASmartGardenCari.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

From June 25-26, 2018, the 4-H Sustainable You! Camp for ages 9-12 will bepresented by the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division & Ventura Water in collaboration with UC Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Environmental Specialist Brandon Kaysen talks about the program and the importance of teaching our youth about sustainable practices.

Visit:harec.ucanr.edu, cityofventura.ca.gov/es, sustainableventura.tv

 

Direct download: SV_News_Sustainable_You_Camp_FINAL.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 10:36pm EST

An Energy Action Plan (EAP) is a strategic planning document that lays out the City’s goals and possible actions to reduce energy consumption by increasing energy efficiency and procuring more renewable energy. City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Brandon Kaysen explains how the City is requesting Ventura residents to take the Energy Action Plan Survey - a quick survey to help determine goals to reduce energy consumption.

Take the Energy Action Plan Survey, VenturaEnergySurvey.org.

Direct download: SVNews_Energy_Action_Plan_Libsyn_.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Almost 20% of the waste going to landfill from Ventura residents is made up of food waste, half of which is inedible (things like avocado skins, corn husks). So for the 10% that’s preventable, the City of Ventura has gathered together some important information and tools to help you curb your food waste. City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Arriana Rabago is here to share some tips on how to save the food.

Find out more at cityofventura.ca.gov/es and SavetheFood.com

Also visit: SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: Save_The_Food_Podcast.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

Be a Recycling Super Star!

The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability is very excited to join the Recycle Coach Network, which will help transform how we communicate about local collection, waste, and recycling information to our residents. The city of Ventura has always taken environmental responsibility seriously, and this is simply another way for us to support our community in becoming greater stewards of our lovely city. With your support, we can continue to increase our landfill diversion rate of 74%. 

Beyond that, the Recycle Coach platform includes engagement and educational tools to help people manage and correctly dispose of their waste. We hope that this opportunity helps reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill, increases environmental awareness, and increase our ability to promote outreach and educational opportunities.

LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST with Environmental Specialist Brandon Kaysen.

Also Visit Environmental Sustainability on the City of Ventura's website to find out more, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

Direct download: Recycle_Coach.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 5:13pm EST

Stormwater, surface runoff that doesn't soak into the ground during precipitation events (drizzle, rain, snow, and hail), is the #1 source of water pollution and the biggest threat to water quality locally. Why?As stormwater flows over neighborhoods, businesses, and streets, it picks up the trash, cigarette butts, pesticides, motor oils and other contaminants accumulated on hardscapes and deposits them into our local creeks, rivers, and the ocean UNTREATED! This Sustainable Ventura PODCAST shares some top tips that make a difference in preventing stormwater pollution.  Visit: cityofventura.ca.gov/ES and susatainableventura.tv

Direct download: ES_5TipstoReduceStormwaterThisSpring.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 6:45pm EST

emPower program helps homeowners make affordable utility upgrades to their home offering a variety of incentives, financing, qualified contractors, and expert energy advice. City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Brandon Kaysen talks to Sustainable Ventura about the program.

Visit: empowersbc.org

Also visit: cityofventura.ca.gov/es

 

 

Direct download: 2018_emPower_Program.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 10:12am EST

Did you know that in the United States, we throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve than any other time of the year? That accounts for about 1 million tons. In this Sustainable Ventura PODCAST City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Arriana Rabago joins host Maryann Ridini Spencer to share important facts and figures about holiday waste and what you can do to curb it! Visit: CityofVentura.ca.gov/ES and SustainableVentura.TV

 

Direct download: Holiday_Waste_Management_Tips.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 5:45pm EST

Green Business is SMART Business. In this Sustainable Ventura News PODCAST City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Lars Davenport talks to host Maryann Ridini Spencer about the upcoming Environmental Excellence Awards and becoming a City of Ventura Certified Green Business. For more information, visit:  cityofventura.ca.gov/es and navigate to "Business Services" and SustainableVentura.TV

Get your ticket to the 21st Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon 2017 on December 7, 2017. Visit VenturaChamber.com or the Ventura Chamber website.

Direct download: Green_Business_2017.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

As part of the City of Ventura’s Public Works department, the Environmental Sustainability Division’s mission is to assist in protecting and preserving the sustainability of our beautiful city in order to ensure the environmental, social and economic viability of Ventura for future generations.

The department works with all divisions of the city to help create a combined effort to foster essential environmental practices and initiatives. In this Sustainable Ventura News interview Courtney Lindberg, Supervisor of the City’s Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to host Maryann Ridini Spencer about how the city joins forces with local organizations, non-profits, and businesses for the benefit of the community. Visit: CityofVentura.ca.gov/ES

 

Direct download: Environmental_Sustainability_Partnerships.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 5:13pm EST

In July 2017, Ventura Water purchased a NO-DES  (also known as a Neutral Output Discharge Elimination System) Truck, which cleans pipes without the need for flushing. Find out how this new system, will save Ventura 10 million gallons of water per year! In this PODCAST, Host Maryann Ridini Spencer talks to Ventura Water's Management II Analyst Craig Jones about the truck and its many benefits.

 

Visit: VenturaWater.net and SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: Ventura_Waters_NO-DES_Truck.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 3:19pm EST

The 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 16, 9:00 AM to Noon. The event is looking for volunteers to help pick up trash on beaches and near waterways to protect California wildlife as well as conserve the health and beauty of our environment. City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Arriana Rabago shares information.

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Visit: http://www.vccoastcleanup.org

Find a Cleanup Site Near You:

http://www.vccoastcleanup.org/cleanup-sites

Visit: CityofVentura.ca.gov/es

Direct download: 33rd_Annual_Coastal_Cleanup.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 2:18pm EST

             

Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa shares more "95 Ways to Save" water this summer (and throughout the year!). This PureWaterRadio podcast is hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer. For more information about Ventura Water's programs, events, rebate and water news, visit:  VenturaWater.net

Direct download: More_95_Ways_to_Save.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 5:43pm EST

          

Since 2013, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division has been offering recycling and composting programs in conjunction with E.J. Harrison and Sons and Gold Coast Recycling to schools within the Ventura Unified School District. The purpose of the program is to educate children on how to recycle and what can be recycled and why. These practices are vital to the sustainability of our community. In this Sustainable Ventura News interview with host Maryann Ridini Spencer City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Brandon Kaysen shares information about the food waste collection and composting program. For more information visit cityofventura.ca.gov/ES

Direct download: Green_Schools_Citys_Recycling__Composting_Programs_.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 8:52pm EST

            

Smart irrigation and smart controllers in your landscape can save you a lot of money as well as help the sustainability and preservation of our community. City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa and Environmental Services Assistant, Collin Boyes, share great water-saving landscape and irrigation tips and talk about the FREE controllers and irrigation tools being offered by the City of Ventura. For more information, visit: VenturaWater.net

Direct download: Smart_Controllers_Save_Water.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

                   

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, food waste is a major concern that presents a serious challenge to our natural resources, our government, and our pocketbooks.  Between 30-40% of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten - as much as 20 pounds of food per person each month (equivalent to $165 billion in food waste annually). In this Sustainable Ventura News PODCAST City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Arriana Rabago shares some great Food Waste Prevention Tips. Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV and SavetheFood.com

Direct download: Food_Waste_Prevention_.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

                

Properly maintaining pools, spas and decorative water features around your home and landscape can prevent water pollution. How? In this Sustainable Ventura News PODCAST, City of Ventura Environmental Services Supervisor Todd Hundsdorfer shares valuable tips. Visit: SustainableVentura.TV and Facebook.com/GreenVentura

Direct download: Prevent_Storm_Drain_Pollution.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

From June 1 - August 31, 2017, Ventura Water wants to know how YOU save water! Ventura Water has partnered with 95.1 KBBY and 100.7 KHAY on the "95 Ways to Save Water During the Days of Summer" campaign. Residents can win prizes when they share their tips! In this PODCAST City of Ventura Environmental Specialist, Haili Matsukawa speaks with PureWater Radio Host Maryann Ridini Spencer and shares information about the campaign and some of the 95 ways to save water. Find out more, LISTEN to this PODCAST and visit:  VenturaWater.net

Also visit: VenturaWater.org

Direct download: Summer_2017_Campaign_PODCAST.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

4-H Sustainable You! Camp, for children ages 9-12, takes place this year June 19-23, 2017, 9:00 am to Noon at UC Hansen Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 14292 W. Telegraph Road (Briggs & Telegraph Road) in Santa Paula. City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa shares more about the camp's programs and activities. Learn what it means to be sustainable through fun activities based around five major themes:  Land, Water, Food, Air, and Energy. (Deadline to register is June 2, 2017). PureWaterRadio is hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer.

Get more information & Register: http://harec.ucanr.edu or call (805) 525-9293.

Visit: VenturaWater.net

 

Direct download: 2017_Sustainable_You_Camp.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 11:07pm EST

          

In this episode of Sustainable Ventura News, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Arriana Rabago shares some important information about how to prevent food waste with the Food Waste Recovery Pyramid. Sustainable Ventura News is hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer. For more information on Food Waste Prevention, visit: CityofVentura.net/FoodWaste

Direct download: Food_Waste_Recovery_Pyramid.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

City of Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko invites all City of Ventura residents to make their "pledge" to enter the 2017 Mayor's Challenge to win prizes and to help make the City of Ventura the MOST WATER WISE City in the United States. Pledge to conserve water and energy April 1-April 30 at mywaterpledge.com! It's as easy as 1-2-3. In 2016, the City of Ventura Placed #1 and we want to hold that position. WATCH this VIDEO & visit: CityofVentura.net/water/mayorschallenge

WATCH Mayor Nasarenko's YouTube Message, click here.

Direct download: Mayors_Challenge_2017.aif
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 1:33pm EST

In honor of Earth Day, the City of Ventura recognizes two schools for their outstanding sustainability and water wise efforts. Environment Sustainability Division has partnered with Agromin Premium Soil Products to present Environmental Leadership Award. Ventura Water presents the Watershed Hero Award. To apply for this year’s Green School Awards, please complete the online application or written application by March 31, 2017. Winners will receive $500 and be recognized in front of the City Council! All public and private schools within the Ventura City limits are encouraged to apply. In this Sustainable Ventura News City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Brandon Kaysen talks with host Maryann Ridini Spencer about the upcoming awards.

For more information, visit: CityofVentura.net/GreenSchool

Direct download: 2017_Green_Schools_Award_Nominations.aif
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 9:35pm EST

The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division and Ventura Water offer free educational presentations to all local K-12 schools, after-school and pre-school programs.  These interactive educational programs teach students about natural resources, solid waste management, recycling, waste reduction strategies, and water conservation.  All presentations are tailored to specific grade levels and standards-based. In this PODCACAST, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa talks about the programs for 2017.

     Visit: CityofVentura.net/GreenSchool                      

Direct download: Green_School_Programs_2017.aif
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 8:23pm EST

The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division and Ventura Water offer free educational presentations to all local K-12 schools, after-school and pre-school programs.  These interactive educational programs teach students about natural resources, solid waste management, recycling, waste reduction strategies, and water conservation.  All presentations are tailored to specific grade levels and standards-based. In this PODCACAST, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Brandon Kaysen talks about the programs for 2017.

Find out more at CityofVentura.net/GreenSchool. Also visit:  SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: Environmental_Sustainability_Green_Schools_2017.aif
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 3:15pm EST

City of Ventura's NEW 2017 Gardening Class Series

Beginning February 2017, the City of Ventura presents NEW Gardening Classes consisting of seminars and workshops once a month on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa shares information about this popular series, which is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with an RSVP.

To find out more about the 2017 Gardening Classes and to REGISTER to reserve your place for classes and workshops, visit: VenturaWater.net and navigate to the Gardening Classes Icon.

Direct download: 2017_Gardening_Classes.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

Tips to Reduce Storm Drain and Stormwater Pollution

Help keep stormwater clean this winter, and consider planting more native plants; these are plants that have adapted to the local geography, and climate of the area. They tend to need less care, require little or no irrigation or fertilizer, are resistant to local pests and disease, and provide habitat for native wildlife species. In this Sustainable Ventura PODCAST, City of Ventura Environmental Services Supervisor Todd Hunsdorfer shares some great TIPS on how you can be proactive in reducing storm drain and stormwater pollution!

The California Native Plant Society has an easy to use guide to help you make the right native plant choices, click here. Also visit: VenturaCountyGardening.com

Visit: SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: Tips_to_Reduce_Storm_Drain_Pollution_.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Water Preparedness for Emergencies

In this segment of Pure Water Radio by Ventura Water host Maryann Ridini Spencer speaks with Craig Jones, Ventura Water Management Analyst II, about preparing for water emergencies during times of El Niño and other natural disasters.

For more information on water preparedness, CLICK LINKS BELOW:

CityofVentura.net

VenturaWater.net

Ventura Water's Disaster Preparedness Brochure (PDF)

ReadyVenturaCounty.org

VC Alert Sign Up



Direct download: WaterPreparednessforEmergencies.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

Filmmakers:  Submit to Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival TODAY

The 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival, presented by Ventura Water, is an important initiative that highlights our relationship with water:  How we look at it, how we use it and how we share it. 

In this PureWaterRadio PODCAST host Maryann Ridini Spencer speaks with Rachael Shapiro, Project Manager for Water: Take 1 about the submission process, the types of films filmmakers can submit, filmmaker awards ($1500 Grand Jury Prize and other awards) and more!

Filmmakers interested in submitting their water-themed films, 5 minutes or less in any genre, should do so at watertake1.com by Friday, December 16th, 2016, 11:59 PM (PST).  Audience voting is encouraged until Monday, January 16, 2017, 11:59 (PST).

Also visit:  watertake1.com, venturawater.net and venturawater.org


Read more at http://purewaterradio.libsyn.com/#mEk2T1bWIYtWeDru.99
Direct download: WaterTake1FilmFestivalSubmissionProcessPODCAST.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 5:32pm EST

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 CityofVentura.net/GreenSchool

Direct download: Back_To_School_Green_Tips.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 6:48pm EST

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 CityofVentura.net/Environmental

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

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

and CityofVentura.net/Environmental

Direct download: Get_Your_Sustainability_Kit.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

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:Sustainability -- posted at: 9:39pm EST

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.

HELPFUL GREEN LINKS:

DIY Green Cleaning Ideas, Click Here.

Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning:  EWG.org

EPA Safer Choice Standard: epa.gov/saferchoice

Green Seal: greenseal.org

EcoLogo: industries.ul.com/environment

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: cityofventura.net/hhw

Direct download: Clean_It_Green_PODCAST.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 8:04pm EST

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:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

Hey, Ventura What's Your Shower Song?  Post it to Facebook.com/VenturaWater

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, facebook.com/venturawater 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:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 8:31pm EST

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 surveymonkey.com/s/VenturaFoodWaste

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

 

 

Direct download: Food_Waste_Challenge.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 11:17am EST

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:Sustainability -- posted at: 5:59pm EST

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: https://waterwisegardens.eventbrite.com

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: https://compostingvegetables.eventbrite.com

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: https://graywaterrainwater.eventbrite.com

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: https://irrigationcontrollers101.eventbrite.com

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:  CityofVentura.net/Water/Landscape

Direct download: New_FREE_Water_Wise_Classes.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

The New California Water Wise Yard

If you haven't already recognized the "new normal" California landscape, shifting from resource intensive, turf-centric landscapes to something truly "green," such as an Ocean Friendly or Native Garden, there are a number of things  you can do to drought-proof your landscape and make it mores sustainable.  In this PODCAST, Sustainable Ventura News' Maryann Ridini Spencer talks to City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Jill Santos about water wise gardens.  Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV and CityofVentura.net/water/landscape

Direct download: The_New_California_Water_Wise_Yard.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 10:19am EST

Recycling and Reuse with Habitat For Humanity's ReStores

 

Thinking “Green” when it comes to renovation and building is a thoughtful approach to how everyday decisions impact the sustainability of our environment, economy and community.  One way of thinking green is to reuse and repurpose building materials and home accessories and appliances.  Habitat for Humanity ReStores, nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers, do just that. Sustainable Ventura News' Maryann Ridini Spencer talks with guests Steve Dwyer, Habitat’s executive director, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Tobie Mitchell and David Harrison, Sales Manager with E.J. Harrison & Sons.  Visit:  HabitatVentura.org, SustainableVentura.TV, CityofVentura.net/Environmental and EJHarrison.com

Direct download: RecyclingandReuse.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 7:40pm EST

    Homeowners interested in going solar should contact:  Jefferson Litton (805) 963-0583 x105 or register at SolarizeVentura.org

     When you turn on a light, work at the computer, watch television, or blend up your favorite fruit smoothie, you may not think about the fact that all these tasks require energy.  The production and flow of energy to your home and work place requires complex infrastructure that requires ongoing maintenance. Over time, this upkeep of energy systems and operations translates into cost increases on your energy bill.

     Moving forward, how can you possibly ensure your electricity costs will stay the same or even decrease over time?  There’s a simple, affordable solution. 

     On April 17, 2014, underneath the solar panels at Patagonia’s downtown Ventura headquarters, Community Environmental Council’s (CEC) in partnership with the City of Ventura announced the new “Solarize Ventura” program.

     The program, which educates and assists residents with residential solar installations, is based on a successful model used in other communities across the country.

        “Residential solar is a great source of clean renewable energy,” said Joe Yahner, City of Ventura Environmental Services Supervisor.  “Selecting a qualified solar contractor for an installation can be a daunting task for a homeowner and this program really simplifies the process.  Through rigorous interviews and a careful selection process, two reputable local contractors, REC Solar and California Solar Electric, were selected to be the program’s solar installers. The program offers below market price installations for Ventura residents that sign up for the program between April 17 – July 19, 2014.”

Purchase or Lease?

     A typical residential solar system can range from $7,000 to $20,000 per home and take approximately 4-8 weeks to install. When purchasing a system, homeowners can often re-coop their investment within 5-7 years.  Additionally, solar panels have a lifespan of approximately 25-30 years, and thus become an added value to any property. If a homeowner is reluctant to purchase a system, lease programs are available for no money down.  With either method, homeowners will likely see immediate energy savings.

     “Roof type and size, sun exposure, electricity demand, and the size of one’s home can impact whether solar installation is a good fit,” added Yahner.  “If a homeowner’s bill is only $30-40, solar probably isn’t the way to go.  However, through this program, free home assessments are given to interested parties to determine if solar is a viable solution.”

     “Over the next three months,” said CEC’s Solarize Program Coordinator Jefferson Litten, “we’ll be hosting four free workshops in Ventura (listing times and locations at solarizeventura.org) to increase the public’s awareness of solar and how it functions so that residents completely understand the benefits of going solar and how going with a renewable energy solution positively impacts not only their pocketbook, but our community.”

     “We believe strongly in the environment and doing everything we can to protect it,” said City of Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann at the event.  “Ventura has a tremendous track record with doing this at our own city buildings and now moving into the residences is really important.  The fact that the program is vetted by this organization is and it’s very important that we can say with confidence, ‘here are two installers that you can trust.  You can go to them and we know you’re going to get a very fair price and they’re going to do a good job.’”

     “Energy costs are going to do nothing but go up,” said Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett who attended the event, “getting onto this earlier will allow people to save money, it brings Ventura green jobs and makes us less energy dependent and allows us to decrease the use of fossil fuels which has so many environmental benefits. It’s truly a great program and I hope people will embrace it.”

     Several FREE Solarize Ventura workshops have been held during June to enthusiastic resident response.The program will run through July 2014.  Interested residents should sign up on or before the end of July to take advantage of this program.  Once signed up by the end of July, you will be able to book an installation date within the following 12 month period.

      Homeowners interested in going solar should contact Jefferson Litton at (805) 963-0583 or register at www.solarizeventura.org.

     Also visit:  SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: SolarizeVenturaPodcast.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 2:27pm EST

"Haunting at the Harbor Business Tabletop Expo" October, 24, 2013

On Thursday, October 24, 2013, SustainableVentura.TV went on location to the "Haunting at the Harbor Business Tabletop Expo" presented by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.  The event, held from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Four Point Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, featured 59 exhibitors, food vendors, raffle prizzes and three hours of fun, networking and mingling.  The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability and Ventura Water both had booths at the event and were promoting a number of green and sustainable practices.

Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: BusinessExpo.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

FREE Water Wise Class:  Ocean Friendly Gardens

On Saturday, October 12, 2013,   from 10am-11:30am, Ventura Water, Aqua-flo and Green Thumb Nursery presented the second in a series of six Water Wise classes.  The topic for the day was “How to employ Ocean Friendly Garden principles of CPR- Conservation, Permeability and Retention."

Ocean Friendly Gardens is a trademark of Surfrider Foundation and OFGs, as they’re also known, are beautiful, easy-to-maintain, and serve as vehicles to assist in the prevention of stormwater pollution.

Laura Bauer, BauerFineGardening.com, gave a talk and presented an informative slide show that took the audience through the concepts of an Ocean Friendly Garden, how it works, as well some examples of beautiful native plants.  SustainableVentura.TV spoke to some of the attendees who took the class. 

For more information on Green Events, visit:  SustainableVentura.TV.

 

Direct download: OFGWaterWiseClassPodcast.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

Green Drinks Interviews at San Buenaventura State Beach on August 14, 2013

On August 14, 2013, Ventura Chamber of Commerce's Green Task Force and Friends of the Channel Coast State Parks presented a FREE Green Drinks Event from 5-7:00pm at San Buenaventura State Beach. Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer talked to attendees. 

 

For more information on Green Drinks and upcoming Green Events, visit: SustainableVentura.TV  

Direct download: GreenDrinksAugust142013.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 8:17pm EST

FREE Waterwise Gardening Classes starting Saturdays, September 14, 2013, 10:00-11:30am

In this "Sustainable Ventura" podcast host Maryann Ridini Spencer talks with City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Jill Sarick, about the upcoming FREE Waterwise Gardening Classes beginning Saturdays, starting September 14, 2013, 10:00-11:30am.

For more information on the classes and to sign up, visit: CityofVentura.net/water/landscape or call Jill at (805) 652-4501.


Brought to you by Ventura Water, Aqua-Flo and Green Thumb International Ventura.

Also Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: FREE_Waterwise_Classes.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

Grasscycling - Good for your Lawn & the Environment!

In this "Sustainable Ventura" podcast host Maryann Ridini Spencer talks with Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Divsion about grasscycling.  Grasscycling is great for your lawn and the environment!

Also Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: Grasscycling.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 11:28am EST

Green Drinks Event, May 2013.m4a

SustainableVentura.TV  attends the Ventura Green Task Force's Green Drinks Event on May 8, 2013 at Connect Ventura, (50 West Main Street, Ventura).

Green Drinks, well known in international environmental circles, and hosted in approximately 600 cities worldwide, is a network of unstructured meet-ups where environmental professionals from a variety of industries and concerned locals get together in a relaxed settings to network and discuss sustainable topics, exchange ideas, forge valuable relationships and of course, partake in appetizers and drinks. Show host Maryann Ridini Spencer talks to professionals that attended the event.

For more information about Green Drinks and other Green Events, Sign up for Sustainable Ventura's monthly newsletter.  Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: Green_Drinks_Event_May_2013.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

Defining Green Business with City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Courtney Lindberg

Green Business is Smart Business.  Adopting sustainable practices and policies that help the environment also help a company's bottom line.  In this podcast, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Courtney Lindberg talks to SustainableVentura.TV's Maryann Ridini Spencer and defines the difference between being a green business vs. just following green practices.   Courtney also shares information on how to become a green certified business in Ventura.  To set an appointment to become a green certified business, contact Courtney at:  805 - 667-6502 or email: clindberg@cityofventura.net

Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: Defining_Green_Business_with_Courtney_Lindberg.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 11:27am EST

Preventing Stormwater Pollution

In this "Sustainable Ventura" podcast host Maryann Ridini Spencer talks with Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Divsion about preventing stormwater pollution.  Ray offers some great tips on how individuals can make a difference in keeping our environment safe and clean by taking some simple steps. 

Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: PreventStormwaterPollution.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Green at the Office Music Video

The February 2013 Sustainable Ventura” TV series features “Beautiful Lessons” music video featuring valuable reduce, reuse and recycling messages and the music of Holly Overin (Hollyosongs@yahoo.com) and Charell Charley. Environmental Sustainability’s Ray Olson also appears with Marian Macumber. Katherine Kasmir plays the CEO.

Visit:  SustainableVentura.TV


Direct download: Rec_Ceo_Music_Video_D4.mov
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 5:48pm EST

Become a Green Certified Business in Ventura Interview with Courtney Lindberg

In the City of Ventura, California, part of being a smart business means incorporating environmentally friendly practices that take care of your company's bottom line and that help preserve the environment.  In this podcast, Sustainable Ventura host Maryann Ridini Spencer talks with City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Courtney Lindberg about how business can become certified.  It's a FREE process to Ventura-based businesses.  Contact Courtney by email:  clindberg@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6502.

Also CLICK HERE to WATCH THE VIDEO to find out more about becoming a Certified Green Business on the January 2013 "Sustainable Ventura" show.

Also visit, SustainableVentura.TV

Direct download: CourtneyGreenBusinessPodcast.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

Sunflower People Music Video

The October 2012 "Sustainable Ventura" TV series features this "Sunflower People" music video featuring valuable reduce, reuse and recycling messages and the music of Holly Overin and Charell Charley. Environmental Sustainability's Ray Olson also appears with Marian Macumber.

Also on the show this month, Sustainable Ventura talks with Steve Dodge and Josh Ball, the owners of Endless Sustainability, about Aquaponic Gardens, how they work and why they are so great for the environment. Additional segments on the show this month feature interviews with Gary Kohler, Director of Sales and Marketing for Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach and Jim Rice, President and Executive Director of Bell Arts Factory about their sustainable and eco-friendly practices.

"Sustainable Ventura" hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer and Ray Olson, airs on Caps-TV VTV's Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm. It rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.

Visit: SustainableVentura.TV and on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/VntEnv

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Direct download: Sunflower_People.mov
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 10:21am EST

"Treasure of San Buenaventura" wins 2012 Cappie Award

CAPS-TV presented Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura’s Environmental Sustainability Division with a 2012 Cappie Award, at the recent awards ceremony for TV movie, “The Treasure of San Buenaventura.” Ray produced the project which takes viewers back to the old west in 1880′s Ventura. The project touches upon important environmental issues and programs encouraging the citizens of the time to start recycling, water conservation and stormwater protection programs paving the way for a more sustainable future. In this podcast, Sustainable Ventura host, Maryann Ridini Spencer, talks to Ray about the project.

To find out more, Visit: sustainableventura.wordpress.com and "search" "Treasure of San Buenaventura."


Direct download: TreasureCappieAwardPodcast.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 4:42pm EST

Green School Awards - Get your application in TODAY!

If you are a school located within the City of Ventura, Ca, get your submission in for a GREEN SCHOOL AWARD before October 8, 2012.  In this podcast, Environmental Specialist Christine Wied talks to "Sustainable Ventura" about the Green School Award and how to apply. 

GREEN SCHOOL AWARD APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Does your school have a great recycling program?

Does your school strive for zero-waste lunches?

Does your school try to conserve water and energy?

Does your school have a compost or worm bin to support a garden project?

Then we encourage your school to apply for the 2012 GREEN SCHOOL AWARD! This award sponsored by the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division in partnership with Agromin Premium Soil Products recognizes schools that show exemplary efforts in caring for our environment.

Applications are due by Monday, October 8, 2012. For more information, contact Christine Wied at (805) 652-4584 or cwied@ci.ventura.ca.us.  READ MORE & GET THE APPLICATION, CLICK HERE.

cwied@ci.ventura.ca.us.

Direct download: GreenSchoolsPodcast.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

Wonderful Roses for your garden:  Less Toxic Pest Management

Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer about wonderful roses for your garden. Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: Roses.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer about beautiful, natural lawns. Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: Lawns_July_12.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 5:02pm EST

Managing Spiders in your home and yard the less toxic way!

Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer about naturally managing spiders in your home and yard.  Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: SpidersPodcastUSE.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 2:32pm EST

Flea Management in your home and yard

Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer about naturally managing fleas in your home and yard.  Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: FleasPodcasts.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 8:29pm EST

Healthy Gardens and Natural Pest Management

Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer about naturally managing pests with a healthy garden.  Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: HealthyGardens.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Business Olympics: Tabletop Business Expo at the Four Points Sheraton in Ventura, CA

On June 7, 2012, The Ventura Chamber of Commerce held the semi-Annual Tabletop Business Expo "Olympics by the Ocean" at the Four Points Sheraton (1050 Schooner Drive in Ventura) from 4:30-7:30pm.  On hand were 59 local Exhibitors including the City's Environmental Sustainability Division and Ventura Water.  The City was also one of the event sponsors.  Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer spoke to some of the attendees about their green and eco-friendly business practices.

Direct download: BusinessExpoJune7.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer about Controlling mosquitoes in your yard.  Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: Mosquitos.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 8:22am EST

Whiteflies: Less Toxic Pest Management in Your Garden

Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer about Whiteflies in your garden.  Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: Whiteflies.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

Aphid Management in Your Garden

Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer about Aphid Management in your garden.  Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: AphidsUse.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 9:39am EST

Ant Management in Your Home & Garden

Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer about Ant Management in your home & garden.  Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: RayAntsuse.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 11:16am EST

Weed Management in Your Garden

Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, talks to Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer about Weed Management in Your Garden.  Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: RayWeedsUse5thpod.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

Controlling Snails & Slugs in Your Garden

 Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer chats with Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, about Controlling Snails and Slugs in Your Garden.  Ray offers great tips and techniques for less toxic pest management.  For other Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: RayNonToxicGardeningSnails.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

Office Composting

Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer chats with Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, about Office Composting. Ray offers great tips and techniques on how to be more sustainable by composting your lunch and snack scraps to create wonderful organic material for your garden.  This practice is a great help to the environment by keeping trash out of the landfill!  For Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: Composting.m4a
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

Sustainable Ventura's Maryann Ridini Spencer chats with Ray Olson, Manager, City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division, about Earth Day - how it was born, great ways to celebrate earth day & what the individual can do to help protect and preserve our precious environment.  For Eco-friendly tips and more, Visit:  sustainableventura.wordpress.com

Direct download: EarthDaywithRay.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Farm To Table: Shopping Certified Farmer's Markets

 March is National Nutrition Month

 

Buying local fresh fruits and vegetables, whenever possible, is a great way to support the local economy. Purchasing produce when it's "in season" is also the best way to enjoy the nutritious benefits.   Attending Certified Farmer's Markets are a great way to take advantage of the best produce, baked goods, and beautiful flowers and plants that come direct from the farm to your table. Listen to this podcast where host Maryann Ridini Spencer shares some shopping tips.

For more information, visit:  SustainbleVentura.wordpress.com and SEARCH "Farmer's Markets."

Direct download: SVFarmersMarkets.m4a
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

"Our Dirty House" Music Video,
Original Music by Richard Guzman
birkenrick@yahoo.com

is from the "Sustainable Ventura" October 2011 "Recycling" show!  (Note: allow a little time for the VIDEO DOWNLOAD!)

"Sustainable Ventura," an Environmental Sustainability Production, is hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer and Ray Olson and seen on CAPS-TV's VTV, Channel 15 on Thursdays at 8:30pm and rebroadcasts weekly. For more show schedule information, visit: http://www.Capstv.org (program listings for Channel 15).

For more information about the show, visit: http://www.SustainableVentura.wordpress.com

Direct download: Our_Dirty_House_Music_Video.mov
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

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