Central Coast Summit

 Central Coast Sustainability Summit

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Loma Pelona Conference Center, UCSB

We would like to invite you to participate in the 6th annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016.

Key players from local institutions and government agencies will gather to build collaborations for a lasting central coast.
The Summit is planned by partners from the Community Environmental Council; the Cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria; the County of Santa Barbara; and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and we seek to inspire and sustain action on complex environmental and economic issues in our region.

The event brings together elected officials, staff, faculty, and interested parties from local governments and organizations to discuss common sustainability issues, share best practices, and seek partners.

Since the summit began in fall 2011, it has served as an incubator for regional initiatives. The spin-offs include the Multi-jurisdictional Renewable Energy Task Force exploring the feasibility of community choice aggregation, and the cross-agency Volunteer Management Program, which enabled local non-profits to shift from a model of recruitment per organization to a collective model of joint recruitment to the environmental movement as a whole.

Call for proposals 

The event is Sponsored by:

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Last Years Summit

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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

Registration:

Non-student $20

Student $10

This year’s theme:

Building Collaborations for a sustainable Central Coast

2015 Summit Schedule

 

Schedule at a Glance

7:30am-8:00am Registration and Coffee/Tea
8:00am-8:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sigrid Wright - web resSigrid Wright has 25 years of experience in non-profit environmental management, currently as CEO/Executive Director of the Community Environmental Council. On energy/climate related issues, she is co-author of The Santa Barbara County Regional Energy Blueprint, editor of more than a dozen CEC policy documents and program facilitator for the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP). On food system issues, she is on the executive team and advisory board of the countywide Food Action Plan. She is also leads the annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival production team.

Sigrid holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Communications Design from the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts at the University of Baltimore. Prior to coming to CEC, she worked for several organizations in Washington, D.C., including the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation. She is an alum of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Katherine Harvey Fellows program and the Courage to Lead program for non-profit leaders, and sits on the board of Leading From Within. She is also a commissioner for the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women.

8:15am-9:15am Keynote presentation – National Security and Climate Change
LenLen Hering, RADM, USN (Ret.) – Executive Director

Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. (U.S. Navy, retired), is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. His passion in sustainability is educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to secure the nation’s energy independence and to preserve water, air quality and other resources. Read More

9:30am-10:45am Concurrent Session A

11:00am-12:15pm Concurrent Session B

12:15pm-1:15pm Networking Lunch
1:15pm-1:30pm Assembly member Williams – Energy Goals
1:30pm-2:30pm Micro-grid Panel
2:45pm-3:15pm Closing Remarks
3:30pm-5:00pm Building a Clean Energy Future: Where we are and what still needs to be done
Panel discussion hosted by Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24)

 

History

The Central Coast Sustainability Summit is organized in partnership between the Community Environmental Council; the Cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria; the County of Santa Barbara; and the University of California, Santa Barbara. The event brings together representatives from local governments and organizations to discuss common sustainability issues, share best practices, and seek partners in collaboratively addressing complex environmental and economic issues in our region.

Conference Goals:

  1. Promote Best Practices seeking partnerships or collaborations with other local agencies
  2. Encourage dialogue between sustainability focus areas (i.e. bridge discussion between energy, transportation, waste, water management……
  3. Support the university to fulfill its role as a resource to the community through sharing research, student engagement, and institutional action.
  4. Network and build relationships with counterparts to learn from local programs, collaboratively address complex environmental issues in our region and consider pool resources resulting in cost savings.

Our audience includes representatives of government and regulatory agencies, nonprofit organizations, private companies, campuses, and schools in north and south Santa Barbara County. Attendees include practitioners who are directly implementing sustainability projects on a day-to-day basis, or could potentially do so, as well as the political leaders guiding their organizations. Representatives from private industry who would be critical partners on the core topics will also be invited.

Since the summit began in fall 2011 it has been the launching point for new county and region- wide initiative. Examples include the Multi-jurisdictional Renewable Energy Task Force, where we are currently exploring the feasibility of becoming our own utility to allow us to better secure renewable energy for our community through a community choice aggregation option. We also launched the cross-agency Volunteer Management Program, which enabled local non-profits to shift from a model of recruitment per organization to a collective model of joint recruitment to the environmental movement as a whole.