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350 Ventura County Calls for Strong Climate Action Plan

Join 350 Ventura County Climate Hub

Meetings 3rd Thursday of the Month at Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St. in Ventura.
Enter at the rear of the church.

Meeting 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Networking until 9pm.

Policy Ideas for Comments re VC2040 Draft Environmental Impact Report

It is comment time again as we write our future in Ventura County. Submit your recommendations for policies and programs that cut emissions and reverse climate change and why you think this is so important. To receive the email with our comment letter template, email [email protected] or text Jan at 805-746-5365.

The following are ideas you can add to your comment letter or choose your own recommendations for reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere resulting in  the ecosystem and societal destruction we face.

Email comments to Susan Curtis <[email protected]> by 5 pm Thursday, February 27.

  • 1.  Reduce oil and gas production by 40% by 2025 through higher monitoring standards and 2500 foot buffer zones near sensitive sites; reduce oil and gas production to zero by 2030 (or 2040). 
  • 2.  Phase-Out of Oil and Gas Production  The County shall prohibit new drilling and shall regulate existing wells to assure steady closing of wells beginning near residential and commercial areas. 
  • 3.  Eliminate flaring or venting of natural gas regardless of cost for all wells, not just new wells. 
  • 4.  Detect and curb methane emissions from “super-emitter” sites. 
  • 5. Convey oil and produced water via pipelines instead of trucking regardless of the cost.
  • 6.  Tax oil and gas production, and related uncaptured methane to raise the needed revenues to fund urgent climate programs to replace high-emission vehicles with a priority on trucking and freight companies, fishing businesses, general contractors and K-12 schools. .
  • 7.  Require a fully accountable performance bond for all new wells  to cover cost of closure Cite LAT article (maybe put on website and link to it)
  • 8.  Ban gas-fueled lawn and garden equipment. (Ex: City of Ojai)
  • 10.  Encourage climate-safe and climate-resilient development through zoning reform and removal of limits on height and density to enable and promote walkability and a mix of uses for homes and businesses as well as parks and transit.
  • 12.  Create a master local clean energy siting and funding plan for wholesale distributed solar energy plus battery storage in commercial scale projects producing the county’s energy needs by 2030.
  • 13.  Provide energy efficiency benchmarking and rebates for low-income housing and renters as well as low-interest loans for small businesses to reduce energy use; assist owners of existing buildings to switch from natural gas to electricity.
  • 14.  Prepare sustainable building, siting, landscaping and passive heating and cooling practice guidelines, with a priority on low-income housing, that reduce consumption of non-renewable resources and that include building-, climate-, and fire-safety features in pre-approved plans.
  • 15.  Energy Efficiency to Reduce Electricity Use  Deliver 15% of Projected Needs for electricity in the county by 2020; and 30% by 2030.
  • 16.  Efficiency Building Standards for Retrofits Prioritize energy and water efficiency building standards and work to retrofit existing buildings.
  • 17.  Decarbonize County Buildings The County shall develop a county building electrification plan and disconnecting from gas service County-owned facilities.
  • 18.  Decarbonize All Building Types The County shall develop a county electrification plan that sets goals for GHG emissions through renewable energy by programs for local solar, energy storage capacity and demand response (DR) that disconnects all buildings from gas service by 2050. INCLUDE incentives for deep retrofits of inefficient buildings.
  •  19.  Traffic Impact Fee Mitigation Program  The County shall perform a  comprehensive update every two years until 2028 and then every five years to  reduce single occupancy vehicles in combination with increased park and  ride, carpooling and public transit.
  •  20.  Create pilot parking programs to reduce single-occupancy car trips.
  •  21.  Restrict development of new gas stations.
  •  22.  Expand mass transit use by not charging fares (Ex: Lawrence, MA; Kansas City)
  • 23.  Plan to achieve zero waste (a suite of policies to reduce, reuse, and recycle) and no organic waste going to landfills by 2025 in concordance with state law.
  • 24.  Create a master composting program for infrastructure for composting food waste for use by farmers and landscapers that use regenerative practices.
  • 25.  Facilitate expanded maritime economy by demanding streamlined regulations, particularly for kelp farming that sequesters carbon dioxide.
  • 26.  Inorganic Nitrogen Based Fertilizers The County shall encourage optimized use of organic and inorganic fertilizer for greatest efficiency in closed nutrient cycles, monitor for nutrient runoff from fields and encourage the use of cover crops and green manure crops to reduce or avoid nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and nutrient runoff. 
  • 27.  Diversified Cropping Systems  The County shall encourage farmers to include 1 – 5% of beneficial insect attracting plants in a planted crop, and other methods, such as crop rotation, perennial mowed cover crop in orchards, and integrating multiple species or varieties to enhance the biological and economic stability by spreading economic risk and buffering against pest invasions and extreme weather events, and increase carbon sequestration. 
  • 28.  Reward Regenerative Farmers with Digestate and Compost from Food Waste The County shall research feasibility of a program for composting food waste for use by farmers and landscapers who use regenerative practices that sequester certified amounts of CO2.
  • 29.  Climate-Friendly Food Service The County shall require that its food service operations decrease purchase of meat and dairy products by 70% by 2023 and 90% by 2030 and encourage similar goals for hospitals, day care centers, public schools, colleges and universities, and disseminate public information to drive market shifts and consumption toward fewer and better animal products and healthier, plant-forward, sustainable food.
  • 30.  Zero Waste The County shall achieve zero waste (via a suite of policies to reduce, reuse, and recycle) with no organic waste going to landfills by 2023
  • 31.  Zero Waste Policy for Meetings and Events The County shall design and implement a zero waste policy for meetings and events sponsored or permitted by the County including the development of Vendor Guidelines, emphasizing waste minimization and surplus edible food rescue
  • 32.  Compostable Take-Out Foodware The County shall advocate legislation or adopt an ordinance that take-out foodware be made with compostable material that must be compostable in solid waste processing facilities within 60 days
  • 33.  Reduce Solid Waste by Phasing Out Single-Use Plastic  The County shall evaluate how to best reduce solid waste generation per capita by at least 15% by 2030 including phasing out single-use plastics including but not limited to plastic straws, plastic utensils, plastic take-out containers, and expanded polystyrene
  • 34.  Ban Expanded Polystyrene  The County shall ban expanded polystyrene countywide which includes but is not limited to foodware, packaging materials, and coolers and engage with key stakeholders, including food service providers, on alternatives to expanded polystyrene products.
  •  35.  Accelerate capture of legacy HFCs. Enlist the public and private operators through incentives to find and destroy existing stocks of HFC’s (refrigerant gases with extremely high Global Warming Potential).

Want to learn more ideas? Here are links to sheets with some other climate mitigation policy areas that might be good in comments on the Draft EIR for the General Plan Update VC2040 as well as for writing letters to editors LTEs):

Microgrids

All-Electric New Housing

Electric Transportation

Make Polluters Pay (raising revenues for mitigation programs)

Regenerative Water and Agriculture

Increase Green Space

Water – Slow it, Spread it, Sink it

Grey Water

Water Resilience

Sunset Oil Production by 2040

Cut Green House Gas Emissions

Carbon Tax on Oil and Gas Extraction, Flaring and Leakage

Strengthen Environmental Policy in the General Plan Update

Housing and Zoning

 

Events

Racial Healing & Climate Justice: Direct Action at the Intersect

What would it look like to join a team committed to bold civil disobedience at the intersection of climate emergency and racial justice? At our November Climate Hub meeting, we’ll explore this question with Tim Nafziger, a local organizer. He’ll talk about why in this moment when the Amazon is burning and oil pumps are still pumping in our backyards, creative nonviolent direct action (NVDA) is one of the tools we need to draw on as a community.

Come learn more about an emerging network committed to facilitating concrete acts of reparations and atonement. You can read more about this Yet-to-be-Named network here: http://eastpointpeace.org/east-point-climate-crisis-yet-named-network/  or check out a zine about the network: https://earthlingopinion.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/yet-to-be-named-network-zine-single-pages.pdf

We’ll discuss what we can learn from movements like Extinction Rebellion, Youth Climate Strike and Showing up for Racial Justice.

Speaker Bio:
Tim (he/him) has been experimenting with team based NVDA (Non-Violent Direct Action) for 20 years. He is a Mennonite who lives with his partner Charletta in the Ventura River watershed on the traditional lands of the Chumash people. He works as a web developer, writer and organizer. He is part of the leadership of Showing Up for Racial Justice (Ventura County) and Extinction Rebellion Ojai. He thrives on cross-pollination, relationship building and small teams agitating for social change.

Nov.21-350 Meeting Info

Events

350 VC Joins the Global Climate Strike!

climate strike 805 info
Join to learn, unite, and march to demand immediate climate action. This is just the beginning! #strikewithus #thereisnoPlanetB #ClimateStrike805
We are a cross-generational coalition of Ventura County students, organizations and businesses in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike. Young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis on Sept. 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC,.

Come to Mission Park and join the strike to demand that leaders declare a climate emergency and act now to slash greenhouse emissions and draw down carbon dioxide.

12:00 – Meet @ Mission Park

2:00 – March to City Hall

2:30 – 3:00 – Activation @ City Hall

3:00 – 4:00 – Walk back to Mission Park + Wrap

CONTACT: Adam Vega, 805-312-6875, [email protected]

LINKS:
ClimateStrike805 https://www.facebook.com/events/2387486241538923/ 
Global Climate Strike USA https://globalclimatestrike.net/usa/
Fridays for Future https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/
How to stand with young climate strikers https://350.org/support-climate-strikes/
“If a Kid Says Help, You Help”: Adults Urged to Join Upcoming Global Climate Strike, Common Dreams, August 27, 2019

Events

Write our Future!

Letters to the Editor on the General Plan Update

On August 6, the VC Board of Supervisors decide what policies will go in the county’s Draft General Plan Update. Adding strong environmental policies will become more difficult after that, so now is the time to speak up.

Following the release of the Preliminary Draft of the VC General Plan 2040 update, 350 VC Climate Hub submitted recommendations on changes to reflect the increased urgency with which our county must respond to the Climate Crisis.

We need people from throughout the county to let the VC Board of Supervisors know that care for our environment is essential, and that they need to incorporate those recommendations to build  strong policies for environmental sustainability in the VC General Plan update.

Letter-writing will make a big difference in the campaign to add strong environmental policies in the General Plan Update.

Click on the topics below for guidelines on writing letters to the editor, where to send them, talking points and topics to choose from.

How to Write a Letter to the Editor

Where to Send it 

Top Priorities – The Green 13

 

Other Topics

Microgrids

All-Electric New Housing

Electric Transportation

Make Polluters Pay

Regenerative Water and Agriculture

Increase Green Space

Water – Slow it, Spread it, Sink it

Grey Water

Water Resilience

Sunset Oil Production by 2040

Cut Green House Gas Emissions

Carbon Tax on Oil and Gas Extraction, Flaring and Leakage

Strengthen Environmental Policy in the General Plan Update

Housing and Zoning

 

 

Events