Author: David Goldstein

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Nurses week honors Medical Environmentalist

Pictured: Victorian memorial statue of Florence Nightingale 1820-1910 in London, England, UK. Photo by Anthony Baggett.  by David Goldstein Nurses Week, celebrated earlier this month, honors those front-line workers who heal the sick and are today helping to protect us from a spreading pandemic. The commemoration began with one particular nurse in mind. Starting in 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to care for soldiers in the Crimean War, the commemoration was formalized in 1974, centering on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.  A British social reformer and statistician, Nightingale revolutionized nursing by recognizing the...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Public Works week event features environmental programs

Pictured: The people of Ventura County Public Works.  by David Goldstein This is Public Works Week, a great opportunity to find out more about the programs and services the Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) provides to the community. You can virtually attend Ventura County’s celebration by clicking on or visiting the Ventura County Public Works Agency’s social media pages including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The website contains  a variety of videos, activities and resources highlighting the role of VCPWA in the community. A video I recorded, for example, shows me at the Ventura County Government Center’s Compost...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Expanding nonprofit brings conservation funds to Ventura County

Pictured: Students with the Environmental Restoration program at CSUCI help put in a firescape garden at the Somis offices of the Ventura County Resource Conservation District. Photo submitted.  by David Goldstein During a time when some good causes are appealing for funds by expressing concerns about how the pandemic is reducing their opportunities, one local organization is expanding by bringing state and federal conservation funds to Ventura County. Three years ago, the Ventura County Resource Conservation District faced financial difficulties and had to lay off staff, including its executive director. Now, largely through successful grant application writing by...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Make groceries last longer to avoid shopping and cut waste

by David Goldstein and Tobie Mitchell Food waste is a regretful loss in Ventura County, where, before the pandemic, 16.6 percent of the population was food-insecure, according to the website of Food Share, our local food bank. Yet, Californians were throwing away nearly 6 million tons of food scraps each year, representing about 18 percent of all the material going to landfills, according to the website of the California Department of Resources Recovery and Recycling (CalRecycle). Not only is food waste a loss of resources, it also creates methane emissions, a “significant source of greenhouse gas emissions” according to...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Earth Day 2020: 50th anniversary goes online

by David Goldstein Large gatherings were cancelled, so 50th anniversary Earth Day celebrations moved online this month. The Ojai Green Coalition and the Santa Barbara-based Community Environmental Council were among the local groups hosting free live-streaming events featuring speakers and entertainment.  Earth Day activists proposed action. “It’s not a day — it’s a movement,” stated the website of the Earth Day Network, which provided “isolutions” for coronavirus self-isolation activities benefitting the earth.  “Feeling powerless?” they asked in a daily posting. “Switch to green power . . . Swapping out fossil fuels like natural gas and coal for renewables is...

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