Contact: Alejandra Téllez, County of Ventura Sustainability Officer
(805) 654-3835, email@example.com
VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura is making it easier for local residents to take steps to address the climate crisis by launching the Climate Resilient VC campaign (www.climateresilientvc.org). The campaign provides an online platform with a comprehensive list of actions residents can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve resiliency, and create stronger community connections. Each action category provides specific steps, educational tools, and information on existing programs and financial incentives.
“As Ventura County continues to combat climate change, residents seeking meaningful action on climate want an outlet. Climate Resilient VC offers community members a menu of potential actions to take, allowing them to pick the ones that best align with their interests and budgets,” said Alejandra Téllez, County Sustainability Officer. “Residents play an essential role in solving the climate crisis, alongside our efforts at the County such as reducing emissions from County buildings and fleets.”
The first step for users is to create a profile and enter information about their home and activities to establish their carbon footprint. Users can then take action on their own or create a team or community group and take action together. Action categories on the platform include topics like Clean Energy Home, Be Water Wise, Eat Green & Waste Less, Shift Your Ride, and Resilience. The online platform also tracks individual carbon reductions and financial savings, which roll up to communitywide impacts.
“Climate Resilient VC is an empowering tool that supports community members to take action on climate,” said Alejandra Téllez. “The County Sustainability Division will further support community members by training Climate Resilient VC leaders through educational workshops aligned with the campaign.”
The initiative will help support the work of the County’s Climate Action Plan, which sets a GHG emissions reduction target of 41 percent below 2015 levels by 2030. The County is launching the initiative in partnership with the cities of Thousand Oaks, 3C-REN (Tri-County Regional Energy Network), Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA), Central Coast Community Energy, Community Environmental Council, and Ecology Action. Climate Resilient VC is part of a larger six county initiative called Resilient Central Coast that spans from Santa Cruz to Ventura. Residents located in other counties can connect with their local platform at www.resilientcentralcoast.org.