Wednesday, October 19, 2022
At the Loma Pelona Conference Center, University of California, Santa Barbara
At this year’s summit, our keynote speakers will inspire agencies and thought leaders to create a shared vision and accountability for sustainability efforts in California’s central coast. During the breakout sessions we will be addressing topics related to regenerative Agriculture, waste management, clean energy access, building electrification, resiliency, institutionalizing equity, and successful collaboration. The event will bring together key players from local institutions and government agencies to build collaborations for a sustainable central coast.
The summit is planned by partners from the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ventura, the County of Santa Barbara, Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, and the Community Environmental Council, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. 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.
Loma Pelona Conference Center - Event Location Map
2022 Summit Schedule
|7:45 – 8:15am||Registration and Coffee/Tea|
|8:15 – 8:30am||
Welcome and Opening Remarks - Garry Mac Pherson, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, UC Santa Barbara
|Opening Keynote - Jamal Lewis, Director of Policy Partnerships and Equitable Electrification for Rewiring America|
|9:30 – 10:30am||Concurrent Session A
|10:45 – 12:00pm||Concurrent Session B|
|12:00 – 1:00pm||Networking Lunch|
|1:15 – 1:45pm||
|2:00 – 3:15pm||Concurrent Session C|
|3:30 – 4:45pm||Concurrent Session D|
|4:45 - 5:00pm||
The event is Sponsored by:
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.
- 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 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.