Author: David Goldstein

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | To express gratitude, share abundance and avoid waste on Thanksgiving

by David Goldstein This edition of the VCReporter comes out on Thanksgiving, the one hundred fifty sixth time Americans have celebrated the holiday since Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national day of observance in 1863. At that time, our country was in the midst of the Civil War, and the commemoration made it clear, even in the midst of difficult times, we still have much for which to be thankful. Similarly, the first Thanksgiving celebration in America, held by the Pilgrims in 1621, came amidst a backdrop of suffering and deprivation. The Pilgrims, who had arrived close to winter,...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Halloween’s scary waste can be managed

At Halloween, we confront our fears and have fun with spooky sights. It is also a time of some scary amounts of waste. According to a recent article in Redbook, written by Kelly Marages and distributed through the main MSN.com login screen, Americans will spend about 3.8 billion dollars on Halloween candy, 3.4 billion dollars on costumes and 370 million dollars “dressing up their pets” for Halloween this year. Also, according to Marages, 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced on over 90,000 acres in the U.S. each year. Of the waste resulting from these activities, candy wrappers are...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Cool the planet with your refrigerator

by David Goldstein, VC PWA, IWMD If your teenager was inspired by Greta Thunberg’s speech at last month’s United Nations Climate Action Summit to participate in the Sept. 20 boycott of school to protest adults’ insufficient action in combating climate change, here is a test of their true intentions. See if your son or daughter displays the typical teenage behavior of standing in front of an open refrigerator door and staring at the contents while deciding what to eat. Don’t believe them when they say, “Hey, I’m just trying to cool the planet with our refrigerator.” You really can...

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REIMAGINE YOUR COMMUTE | Rideshare Week in Ventura County

by Emily Kirwan and David Goldstein This is Rideshare Week in Ventura County, and the Ventura County Transportation Commission asks locals to “Reimagine your commute.” Those who pledge at rideweek.org to catch an eco-friendly, easy and affordable ride to work or school will be entered for a chance to win one of nine $100 VISA gift cards. You can also inquire with your employer to see if they participate in a rideshare program and pledge through their employee transportation coordinator. Pledges may be submitted through October 17.  Transportation planners coordinating Rideshare Week hope those who give ridesharing a try...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Litter solutions beyond California Coastal Cleanup Day

by David Goldstein California Coastal Cleanup Day last month cleaned our beaches and protected wildlife, but in the coming weeks, the event will provide another valuable environmental benefit. Using tally sheets and, for the first time, a smartphone app, volunteers recorded each piece of litter by type. As data is compiled and analyzed, we will be able to answer important questions. Will cigarette butts, once again, top the list of items collected? What kind of public policy initiatives might be launched in response? Data from cleanup events was one of the factors influencing California voters’ passage of Proposition 67...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    October 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 8:30 pm
  2. Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta

    November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
  3. Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art

    November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
  4. Light Up A Life – Ventura

    December 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  5. Mariachi Ensemble Concert

    December 11 @ 7:30 pm
  6. Light Up A Life – Ojai

    December 12 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  7. Guest Artist’s Reception

    December 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  8. Jazz Collective

    December 13 @ 7:30 pm
  9. Footworks Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker on Dec. 14-15 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center

    December 14 - December 15
  10. Humane Society of Ventura County Purrs & Paws Holiday Boutique & Marketplace

    December 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm