Wednesday, October 18, 2023
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 11th Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit on Wednesday, October 18th, 2023. 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.
This Years Summit will also feature an Electric Vehicle (EV) Showcase proudly sponsored by the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition. The EV Showcase will include a display of electric vehicles, e-bikes, and advanced transportation technologies from local agencies and act an opportunity for attendees to engage about transitioning to alternative fuel vehicles!
|8 – 8:30am
|Registration and Coffee/Tea
|8:30 – 8:45am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
|9:45 – 11:00am
Concurrent Session A
|11:15 – 12:30 pm
Concurrent Session B
|12:30 – 1:30pm
Networking Lunch (Lagoon Plaza)
|1:30 - 2:45
Concurrent Session C
|3:00 – 4:15pm
Concurrent Session D
|4:30 – 5:00pm
5:00 - 600PM
|Post Summit Mixer Co-hosted by the Santa Barbara County Regional Climate Collaborative (Lagoon Plaza)
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.