Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Coalition Urges Green Ojai

By Sondra Murphy

Environmentalist Hunter Lovins, right, addresses the Ojai Valley Green Coalition May 12.

With the goal of bringing the community together for a dialog about making Ojai a more environmentally friendly community, the Ojai Valley Green Coalition held a summit on Saturday at Matilija Junior High School. Ken Wright and Tim Baird founded the coalition. After individually viewing “An Inconvenient Truth,” each man felt compelled into action.
As superintendent of Ojai Unified School District, Baird began exploring options that would help the district become carbon neutral and save resources. As he and Wright talked, both felt that Ojai’s community sensibility put it in a perfect position to become a more green community and began having conversations with community leaders to join forces.
“We are a very new group. We have only been in existence for six months. We are not the environmental experts in the valley. We are simply trying to get the conversation going,” said Baird on Saturday after introducing some of the community leaders who were present. “We start from a basic premise. We understand that we all waste resources. We all pollute. We know we can do better. We know we can do more.”
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