Sustainable Ventura's podcast

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.

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

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: and navigate to the Gardening Classes Icon.

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

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:

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

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:

Ventura Water's Disaster Preparedness Brochure (PDF)

VC Alert Sign Up

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

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 by Friday, December 16th, 2016, 11:59 PM (PST).  Audience voting is encouraged until Monday, January 16, 2017, 11:59 (PST).

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Direct download: WaterTake1FilmFestivalSubmissionProcessPODCAST.mp3
Category:Pure Water Radio -- posted at: 5:32pm EDT

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:Sustainability -- 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.

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Direct download: Harrison_Advanced_Services_-_81316_5.28_PM.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- 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!

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Direct download: Get_Your_Sustainability_Kit.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- 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:Sustainability -- 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:Sustainability -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT