Save the Date

Wednesday, October 16, 2024
At the Corwin Pavilion, University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara, in partnership with the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ventura, the County of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, and the Community Environmental Council, will be hosting the 12th Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit on Wednesday, October 16th, 2024. The event will bring 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. We hope that the summit will allow attendees to network and build relationships with counterparts and learn from our collective sustainability programs. 

Call for Proposals

Tentative Schedule 

8 – 8:30am Registration and Coffee/Tea
8:30 – 8:45am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45– 9:30am

Opening Keynote

9:45 – 11:00am

Concurrent Session A

11:15 – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Session 

12:30 – 1:30pm

Networking Lunch (Lagoon Plaza)

1:30 - 2:45

Concurrent Session C

3:00 – 4:15pm

Concurrent Session 

4:30 – 5:00pm

Closing Remarks

 

 

The event is Sponsored by:

Silver Sponsors

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MBI LOGO-black.RE2008

Blue Sponsors

HDAE logoUCSB Sustainability Logo

​Green Sponsors

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History

 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 San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura 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.