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Central Coast Sustainability Summit

October 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

$10 – $20

We would like to invite you to participate in the 9th annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019.

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, Carpinteria, and San Luis Obispo; the County of Santa Barbara; Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance; 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.

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Register Open

  • Non student – $20
  • Student – $10

2019 Summit Schedule (subject to change)

8:00 – 8:30am Registration and Coffee/Tea
8:30 – 8:45am Welcome and Opening Remarks 

  • David Lea, Professor, Department of Earth Science, Affiliate Faculty, Bren School of ES&M, Co-Chair, Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee
8:45 – 9:30am Opening Keynote

9:45 – 11:00am Concurrent Session A  

11:15 – 12:30pm Concurrent Session B

  • Planning for the Future (Room 1100)
    • Pathway to zero Net Energy for Public Agencies
    • Envisioning the Future: Using What-if Scenarios for Sustainability Strategy
    • Contribution Analysis for GHG Emission Inventories
  • Water (Room 1108)
    • Integrated Water Resilience Planning and Management; Statewide Vision and Local Implementation
    • Goleta Water District Sustainability Plan: Progress Report and Implement
12:30 – 1:30pm Networking Lunch 
1:30 – 2:45pm
3:00 – 4:15pm
4:15 – 4:30pm Closing Remarks 

  • Sigrid Wright, CEO, Community Environmental Council (Room 1108)


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

  • Promote Best Practices seeking partnerships or collaborations with other local agencies
    Encourage dialogue between sustainability focus areas (i.e. bridge discussion between energy, transportation, waste, water management……
  • Support the university to fulfill its role as a resource to the community through sharing research, student engagement, and institutional action.
  • 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.


UCSB Loma Pelona Conference Center
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States


Community Environmental Council
City of Goleta
City of Carpinteria
City of Santa Barbara
City of San Luis Obispo
County of Santa Barbara
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