Tag archives: sustainability

Community Leaders Speak on the Prospect of a Sustainable Montecito
By Asher Radziner   |   October 19, 2022

Entering the Santa Barbara Club this summer, I met with the newly elected Montecito Association member, Stan Roden – a former Santa Barbara County District Attorney now working as a climate ambassador and filmmaker. Having heard of his interest in guiding the community towards more sustainable and resilient practices, especially amidst the ever-growing environment turmoil, […]

Rebuilding Healthy Soil
By Montecito Journal   |   September 27, 2022

I’m writing to you as a COO of Kiss The Ground, and a supporter of Regenerate America, an unprecedented coalition of farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, experts, companies, and citizens spanning the nation and the political spectrum who are committed to rebuilding America’s soil by making regenerative agriculture the centerpiece of the next Farm Bill.  Healthy soil […]

White Buffalo Land Trust
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 27, 2022

Regenerative agriculture has the potential to provide meaningful work and living wages to farmers while feeding millions of people, sequestering large amounts of atmospheric carbon into the soil, building our freshwater resources, and improving wildlife habitat. Despite launching its tiny, 12-acre farm as a proving ground and site for community demonstration, learning, and teaching about […]

Promoting Sustainability and Doing It in Style
By Stella Haffner   |   July 19, 2022

Among many notable features of the SoCal dogma is our cultural stake in sustainability.  We see this move to more eco-friendly choices manifest in everything from earthy aesthetics in new-age coffee houses to school-based programs. At MUS alone, I remember the birth of the Green Team, who provided every kid at school with a reusable […]

Lotusland Art Sale
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 22, 2021

In an effort to rethink traditional in-person fundraising efforts, Lotusland has announced a new benefit event, Sanctuary.  Earlier this year, 36 local artists were asked to create new work inspired by Lotusland. The artists were given three days to visit the Garden and only eight weeks to create, capture, and complete their muse at Lotusland. […]

Merging the Montecito Sanitary and Water Districts: A Foolhardy Step Toward Cityhood
By Eileen Read   |   April 22, 2021

By Charles C. Read & Eileen White Read The Montecito “water wars,” circa 2015-2020, brought ugly, big-city political shenanigans that shattered the peaceful commonweal of our village. We all remember the misleading mailings that implied Montecito was unlawfully dumping sewage in the ocean.  The $100,000 campaign budgets amassed to get a seat on a water […]

Native Roots
By Eileen Read   |   April 2, 2021

Sustainable landscaping doyenne Susan Van Atta is healing the local ecosystem one acre at a time… It was Susan Van Atta’s birthday just after the presidential inauguration and she wanted to spend it quietly riding her bike on a nostalgic tour through “her” Carpinteria. She set off along the paths of the Salt Marsh Reserve (she helped designed […]

Gen X’ers NEXT Tech: Windows That Power Buildings
By Joanne Calitri   |   July 2, 2020

Our town’s innovative business, Next Energy Technologies Inc. (NEXT), a solar technology company with the motto “Windows Power Buildings” is co-founded by Gen-X’ers Corey Hoven PhD, Chief Technology Officer, from Montana and Daniel Emmett CEO from Carpinteria and a Cate School graduate. It was Corey’s research and studies in Materials Science, organic photovoltaics, with a […]

Local Lessons About Local Food: A Call to Invest in Local Food Infrastructure
By Sharyn Main   |   June 4, 2020

Food is such a basic human need, but as the COVID-19 pandemic has so sharply illustrated, despite our region’s bounty, our ever more complex food supply chain is not something we can take for granted. In 2016, Santa Barbara County stakeholders (including the CEC) completed a comprehensive, community-driven strategic plan that provided recommendations for how […]

Earth Day 50
By Hal Conklin   |   April 23, 2020

Looking Back / Looking Forward Santa Barbara is often referred to as the “birthplace of the Environmental Movement.” It is true that back on April 22, 1970, Santa Barbara had become a key catalyst for the first Earth Day, having galvanized public outrage a year earlier when it experienced the worst oil spill in U.S. […]

How to Find Your Passion
By Peter Brill   |   July 4, 2019

Q. It is clear to me that you are passionate about impact investing. I am having trouble finding my passion. How did you do it? – Michael from Santa Barbara Thank you for the question; it really caused me to think. Very few people actually just walk into passion and success. Passion, like great love, […]

Alum Promotes Creation Care on Campus
By Scott Craig   |   February 7, 2019

Westmont alumnus Kenny Chism ’17, who oversees a variety of on-campus environmental projects, has become the first, fulltime sustainability coordinator at Westmont. In this pilot role, Chism will manage Westmont’s organic gardens and oversee Dining Commons-related sustainability projects (food waste, composting, local purchasing, etc.) through a partnership with Sodexo, which is contracted by Westmont’s dining […]

KOPU the Kiwi to Their Hearts
By Richard Mineards   |   July 19, 2018

With Starbucks and American Airlines ditching the use of plastic straws with a view to cleaning up the environment, Santa Barbara dynamic duo Justin and Mindy Mahy couldn’t have chosen a better time to launch KOPU sparkling water, sourced from Justin’s native New Zealand. And rather than the product coming in a plastic bottle, like […]