Sustainable Ventura

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

     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 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

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

"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.

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

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,, 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. 

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

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. 


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

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: or call Jill at (805) 652-4501.

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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:

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

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. 

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

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 ( and Charell Charley. Environmental Sustainability’s Ray Olson also appears with Marian Macumber. Katherine Kasmir plays the CEO.

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Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT