Sustainable Ventura's podcast (sustainability)
"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: 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. 


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  READ MORE & GET THE APPLICATION, CLICK HERE.

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

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

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:

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: 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

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: (program listings for Channel 15).

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Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 1:55pm EST