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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

National Drive Electric Week – Electric Vehicles 101
October 2, 2020

COVID-19 disruptions have pushed personal transportation to an all-time low – instigating what hopefully will be some permanent shifts in our telecommuting habits. While it may seem counterintuitive to be investing in a new car at this moment, global impacts to the auto industry mean that affordable, more efficient electric vehicles are now more accessible than ever.

Join CEC’s Director of Energy and Climate Programs, Michael Chiacos, and Barry Rands, SLO Climate Coalition’s Green Transportation Specialist – both EV owners and industry experts – to learn which 100+ mpge electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid might be best for you.

We will discuss financial incentives, charging, range, and how to pair home solar with your EV for maximum savings. Find out how to purchase a new EV for the price of a Toyota Corolla, and used EVs for as little as $5,000. Learn how to save $50,000 on gas with an investment of $6,000 on solar panels.

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CEC Webinar Series: Solarize Ventura County - Residential Solar and Battery Systems 101

Solarize Ventura County - Residential Solar and Battery Systems 101
October 7, 2020

Many of us are spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, so it’s no surprise that home improvement projects are booming. If you’ve considered adding home solar or battery systems in the past, now may be the perfect time to take the leap.

Please join CEC and Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance in celebrating Clean Air Day and learn how CEC’s Solarize Ventura County makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home battery systems, or both.

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Solarize Ventura County - Home Solar, Electric Vehicles, and Battery Systems: Affordable Options for Your Lifestyle
November 5, 2020

If you’ve considered switching to an electric vehicle (EV) – and would like to charge at home with solar energy – now may be the perfect time to take the leap and learn how to Drive on Sunshine!

Please join us to learn how driving electric pairs perfectly with going solar. We’ll cover EV options, help you consider the vehicles that will work for your lifestyle, and share how incentive programs make EVs more affordable than ever. We’ll also discuss the basics of solar, and how CEC’s Solarize Ventura County makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home battery systems, or both.

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PREVIOUS WEBINARS

Solarize Santa Barbara - Home Solar, Electric Vehicles, and Battery Systems: Affordable Options for Your Lifestyle
September 15, 2020

If you’ve considered switching to an electric vehicle (EV) – and would like to add a solar system to charge at home with solar energy – now may be the perfect time to take the leap and learn how to Drive on Sunshine!

Learn how driving electric pairs perfectly with going solar. We cover EV options, help you consider the vehicles that will work for your lifestyle, and share how incentive programs make EVs more affordable than ever. We also discuss the basics of solar, and how CEC’s Solarize Santa Barbara makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home energy storage, or both.

Watch the webinar recording, explore resources shared during the event, and sign up for Solarize

Climate Resilience Roundtable: Historias de resiliencia desde las primeras líneas del cambio climático / Stories of Resilience From the Frontlines of Climate Change
September 3, 2020

This free roundtable is designed to deepen the understanding of the compounding impacts of climate change and socio-economic vulnerabilities on our frontline and essential workers and indigenous cultures. Community members on the frontlines of climate and public health crises will share their lived experiences in their native language and help connect the dots between climate change, health, justice and indigenous knowledge. Through their stories we will hear what resilience means and what is needed for a fair and equitable community response to ongoing threats.

Following the webinar there will be an opportunity for roundtable discussion groups and brainstorming of ideas and strategies for building climate resilience centered in social justice and equity.

Presented in Spanish with English interpretation.

Watch the webinar recordings, and explore resources shared during this event as well as from previous Roundtables.

Climate Resilience Roundtable: Vulnerability, Health, and Equity
August 13, 2020

A roundtable discussion with community leaders to explore the intersection of climate-related disasters, health, and social and economic inequities that disproportionately impact our most vulnerable community members – and elevate ideas and solutions for building community resilience, the foundation of climate resilience. Together, we can frame a collective vision for climate and disaster resilience with tangible actions that are just and equitable.

Watch the webinar recording, and explore resources shared during this event as well as at previous Roundtables

Solarize Santa Barbara – Residential Solar and Battery Storage 101
August 6, 2020

Many of us are spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, so it’s no surprise that home improvement projects are booming. If you’ve considered adding home solar or battery systems in the past, now may be the perfect time to take the leap. Learn how CEC’s Solarize Santa Barbara makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home battery storage, or both.

Watch the webinar recording, explore resources shared during the event, and sign up for Solarize

Getting Real About Plastic And Recycling
July 29, 2020

Labeling a product “recyclable” does not guarantee that it will be recycled. This is particularly true with plastic, which has many different forms – some more easily recycled than others. Of the estimated 35 million tons of plastic waste the U.S. generates each year, only 8.4% is recycled. In this webinar, we review the dos and don’ts for our blue recycling bins.

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Eating, Drinking and Breathing Plastic
July 8, 2020

Plastic trash is invading every corner of our planet — impacting our waterways, oceans, soil, and alarmingly, even our air as tiny particles of airborne “dust.” At a time when we are acutely aware of the importance of a healthy body and strong respiratory systems, how can we decrease our dependence on single use plastic, especially as the fossil fuel industry works to triple its production by 2025?

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Creating a Shock-Proof Local Food System
June 24, 2020

Over the last few months, we’ve witnessed in real time how shocks to the globalized food system impact one of the most basic human rights: the right to healthy, accessible food. Entangled in the global COVID-19 pandemic and climate-related disasters are layers of wealth, race, privilege and language that affect the ability of Central Coast communities to survive and thrive.

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Electric Vehicles 101 – All Your Questions Answered
June 4, 2020

COVID-19 disruptions have pushed personal transportation to an all-time low – instigating what hopefully will be some permanent shifts in our telecommuting habits. While it may seem counterintuitive to be investing in a new car at this moment, global impacts to the auto industry mean that affordable, more efficient electric vehicles are now more accessible than ever.

Watch the webinar recording and explore resources shared during the event

OTHER PANELS, FORUMS, INTERVIEWS

Inside Julia’s Kitchen: Meet Julia Blanton, SBC Food Rescue Program Coordinator
June 18, 2020

Recently on Inside Julia’s Kitchen, a podcast of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, host Todd Schulkin talked with CEC’s SBC Food Rescue Coordinator Julia Blanton about food rescue and how it has been used to address food insecurity and put restaurants back to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Plus, Julia shares her “Julia Moment”.

Listen to the podcast or read the interview

TEDxSantaBarbara: The Pandemic Did Not Solve the Climate Crisis
June 18, 2020

CEC’s CEO Sigrid Wright recently joined TEDxSantaBarbara‘s Mark Sylvester to discuss the Five Important Trends for the Climate as part of TEDxSantaBarbara’s Making Waves: Conversations with Influencers and Disrupters.

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Our Climate Emergency During the Pandemic: A Virtual Community Forum
June 10, 2020

a community forum focused on climate change advocacy during the pandemic and the inter-generational activism that continues to build local momentum.

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Adaptive Leadership Practices: Panel of Regional CEOs
May 21, 2020

A panel discussion including CEC CEO Sigrid Wright on how the nonprofit sector has been on the front lines supporting our communities through the COVID-19 crisis.

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