Environmental Sustainability Strategy
The City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Strategy serves as a guide document to help the city's municipal operations function sustainably. Focused primarily on energy, fuel, and water reduction, the strategy helps Ventura to reduce operational costs and reduce its environmental footprint.
WATCH Sustainable Ventura News on Caps-TV's Channel 15, Thursdays, 8:30pm with rebroadcasts
WATCH "Sustainable Ventura News" on Caps-TV, Channel 15 and on the NEWS Pages at VenturaCountyStar.com for the latest in environmental and sustainable practices, programs, events, issues and happenings taking place in and/or offered by the City of Ventura. Sustainable Ventura News is reported by Maryann Ridini Spencer.
You can also view the news on the Environmental Sustainability's YouTube Channel and on Facebook. Sustainable Ventura News for the latest in environmental and sustainable practices, programs, events, issues and happenings taking place in and/or offered by the City of Ventura. Also visit: SustainableVentura.TV
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The City of Ventura pays over $4.5 million each year to run our facilities and treat and transport our water and wastewater. This cost would be significantly higher if not for a tradition of aggressive energy efficiency practices that save over 11 million kilowatt hours, or $1.7 million, each year. Most recently, the City has received over $1.5 million in energy grant funding to implement programs that save the City money and support community energy efficiency efforts. Learn more about these programs, including a planned solar electric system that will cut City Hall’s electricity bill by 75%, by viewing the presentation given to City Council.
Full Renewable Energy, Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Update Council Report.
Ventura Post Peak Oil Study
The peak in global oil production, or Peak Oil, will necessitate a change in the way communities function.While most planning for post Peak Oil focuses on the generation of alternative energy sources to compensate for depleted oil supplies, the goal of this plan is to decrease energy consumption through community design and planning. This approach requires the localization of resources and transformation of urban environments and lifestyles and therefore provides an opportunity to enhance quality of life.
The Post Peak Oil Vision Plan analyzes probable implications of Peak Oil on the City of San Buenaventura and the surrounding region, and describes a vision for Post Peak Oil planning that responds to these implications by building upon positive trends that are already taking place. This vision is supported by planning and design guidelines as well as a phased implementation plan. The regional vision emphasizes preservation of natural resources, concentration of the developed footprint, and intra-regional collaboration. Peak Oil Study
Ventura takes an active leadership role in protecting its natural resources and promoting environmental quality. Ventura already boasts one of the state's highest recycling rates, uses solar power to generate some of its electricity, is a leader in sustainable "smart" growth, and partners with local governmental groups and non-profits to conserve and protect our community resources. Through the support of the community and the leadership of the Ventura City Council, the city has pursued programs that promote economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
- Recycling & Solid Waste Management
- Energy Conservation/Renewable Energy
- Climate Change
- Stormwater Quality
- Water Quality & Conservation
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Air Quality
- Wastewater Quality
- Green Building
- Open Space & Habitats
- Civic Engagement & Environmental Education
- Public Health & Safety
Ventura’s Environmentally-Friendly Practices
The City of Ventura Public Works Department uses a number of earth-friendly practices to divert waste from landfill.
- Concrete/Asphalt Recyling
- Green Waste and Wood Recycling
- BioSolids Recycling
- Battery Recycling
- Maintenance Services
- Air Quality
- E.J. Harrison Franchise Agreement
- Commercial Unicycling Program
- Street Sweeping
- Clean Air Plan
- Gold Coast Recycling
Public Works Department Environmental Sustainability has a variety of volunteer opportunities each year to help make Ventura's Environment even better. No experience is necessary; City staff will provide training. Some of the volunteer opportunities available are: