Citizens Learning to Create Cool Cities
WHAT: A CEQA Workshop focusing on Using Global Warming Standards to Transform our Cities.
CEQA = California Environmental Quality Act
Will we really have 80% less carbon emissions by 2050? Are safe bike routes, walkable communities, and neighborhood
gardens possible? That will depend in large part on how vocal and involved citizens are in planning and guiding our
communities. CEQA is the body of rules we use for all new development as well as for any substantial renovations. The
Global Warming Solutions Act (AB-32) and the sprawl reducing SB-375 are transforming CEQA. This workshop teaches
citizens how to understand CEQA as related to global warming – and how to use it as a tool to make green designs come to
WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHO: Everyone is invited.
This intensive workshop is designed for the inexperienced as well as the experienced – citizens,
professionals, and elected officials. The more people involved, the better our communities will be.
The AB-32 is calling for huge carbon emissions reductions in California, quickly. Peak Oil is being felt across the nation. Yet
bicyclists have no safe routes, large, inefficient homes are being erected, and acres of local farm-land are currently
threatened by parking lots. We’ve got a big disconnect between state policy and what we’re actually doing. If we want to
slow global warming and have green jobs and homes, then it’s not enough to just be concerned! We need to get educated,
roll up our sleeves, and get involved! This same workshop is being offered across California because citizen involvement is a
key ingredient to Cool Cities and Cool Counties.
PUT ON BY: VCCool, a global warming action group, is organizing Ventura’s workshop at the local level. The state-wide
workshop series has been developed by the Planning and Conservation League Foundation who will provide specialists to
teach the course.
• Ventura Climate Care Options Organized Locally (VCCool)
• Community Environmental Council (CEC)
• Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation (VCHP)
• Citizens for a Peaceful Resolution (CPR)
• Sustainability Council of Ventura County
• Midtown Ventura Community Council
• C4 Green Building Council
• Ventura County Civic Alliance (VCCA)
• Surfrider Foundation – Ventura
• The Bell Arts Factory
WHERE: Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Avenue. Ventura, CA 93001
REGISTRATION: The full day workshop is $35 for community members, plus optional $12 for lunch.
Register on-line at www.vccool.org (Please try to register by November 12, so we have enough materials for you.)
Rachel Morris (805)648-1267
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