Take the Pledge for Clean Air Day on October 5th
September 2022. Residents of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are invited to participate in the fifth annual California Clean Air Day, which will take place on and leading up to October 5, 2022. This year, Clean Air Day South Central Coast will honor former Ventura County Supervisor Carmen Ramirez for her life and legacy of fighting for clean air in the County.
Individuals are invited to match the hundreds of organizational partners who have taken a clean air pledge to take action in their community for clean air. The clean air pledge (found online here) encourages actions such as taking public transit, biking, planting trees, cleaning air filters, carpooling and more. “Pledgers” come together to take collective action on or before California Clean Air Day.
Santa Barbara Supervisor Das Williams, who served as Chair of the regional working group along with Supervisor Ramirez, wants us to do our part: “We may have lost our friend Carmen Ramirez, but we can continue her fight to ensure our community is safe to breathe in. Let’s learn more about taking our local bus system or purchasing a new or used electric car!
This year’s Clean Air Day South Central Coast is sponsored by Clean Power Alliance (CPA). CPA is the fifth largest electricity provider in California, serving 30 cities throughout both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties as well as the unincorporated areas of both counties. CPA has the most customers receiving 100% renewable energy in the United States.
The public is invited to join in more than a dozen planned activities taking place for Clean Air Day in the two-county region. A kick-off featuring dignitaries and nonprofit representatives will be held on September 24th at 11:00 am at the Port of Hueneme Banana Festival followed by the unveiling of an air quality monitor at 12 pm.
This event will include a land acknowledgment by Chumash native indigenous representatives and a proclamation in memory of recently deceased County Supervisor and environmental advocate Carmen Ramirez. Additionally, participants can see zero emissions equipment such as hybrid electric cranes and electric container tractors.
This is one of many events taking place in the region. See the list below for celebrations in Ventura County.
Ventura County Clean Air Day Events:
PORT OF HUENEME BANANA FESTIVAL - September 24, 2022 | 11:00 am | Port Hueneme, CA Featuring various nonprofits, the unveiling of an air quality monitor, shopping, and tasty snacks, join the Port of Hueneme at the Banana Festival to celebrate a diverse working port!
VENTURA EV SHOWCASE - September 25, 2022 | 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm | Ventura, CA Come to another exciting event at the Ventura Harbor Village. Over on the main lawn you will find an amazing showcase of electric vehicles. There will be Cars, Vans, SUV’s, Trucks and other electric equipment, even some vintage EV conversions and an electric boat!
RIDE AND DRIVE AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER - September 27, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 02:00 pm | Ventura, CA The County of Ventura is partnering with Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance to host the FREE Ventura Electric Vehicle (EV) Ride and Drive event. The public is invited to test drive a variety of electric vehicles, learn from industry experts and enjoy food and giveaways.
OXNARD THURSDAY MARKETS EV SHOW - September 29, 2022 | 09:00 AM - 01:30 pm | Oxnard, CA Join us at Plaza Park Farmers Market for an electric vehicle show. View the latest models, meet local experienced EV owners, and get your EV-related questions answered.
OXNARD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: SIGHT + SOUND FILM FESTIVAL -September 30, 2022 | 7:00 pm | Oxnard, CA A three-day film festival taking place across various venues in the city of Oxnard, Sight + Sound brings you to the very edges of cinematic programming. With spaces to zen out Tinseltown style, we're heightening every olfactory, tactile, optical, and auditory point of contact. Even tastebuds will be rewarded with themed drinks and curated bites between film segments covering narrative, docs, foreign films, experimental and student shorts. Come early and stay late for the afterparties.
NATIVE PLANTPALOOZA & ECO FEST - October 1, 2022 | 09:00 am - 02:00 pm | Thousand Oaks, CA On Saturday, October 1, the Conejo Open Space Foundation will present a free educational event featuring dozens of eco-related exhibitors and fun activities for kids. The first-time festival's exhibitors include butterfly experts from Betina's Little Farm and Butterfly Garden, beekeepers from the Los Angeles County Beekeeping Association, City of Thousand Oaks Sustainability group, noted wildflower painter and author Stacy Ruda Best, the National Wildlife Federation, National Park Service, Conejo Climate Coalition, Conejo Recreation & Park District, REI, the Conejo Valley Audubon Society, Westlake Garden Club, Conejo Valley Garden Club, Poison Free Conejo, and many more that will have native plants and other eco-related goodies for sale, as well as plenty of freebies.
DRIVE YOUR IMAGINATION WITH EVIE MCWHEELIE! - October 4, 2022 | 08:00 am - 05:00 pm | Ventura, CA Students will also participate in a learning activity centered around a loveable EV character designed by VCREA – Evie McWheelie. Students will have the opportunity to enter in an Evie McWheelie Coloring Contest and a Build Evie McWheelie activity, in which they can collaborate with classmates to build a toy Evie McWheelie using an Electric Car Build Kit.
VENTURA TREE ALLIANCE OAKTOBER TREE PLANTING - October 5, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 am | Ventura, CA Celebrating OAKtober as a part of California Clean Air Day, VTA is planting 20 oak trees of varied species to shade the much used, but shade barren, bike path at Community Park. We are partnering with the City of Ventura's Urban Forestry Division, College Area Community Council and Ventura College, encouraging tree lovers of all ages to join us at the fun and worthwhile event. Bring a shovel, gloves, water and a hat and enjoy a morning outdoors doing something for the community!
VENTURA COUNTY CLEAN AIR SUMMIT - October 12, 2022 | 08:30 am - 03:00 pm | Oxnard, CA At this inaugural summit and expo, Gold Coast Transit District has invited key stakeholders and experts in clean transportation and climate action to convene and discuss pressing topics in clean energy hydrogen fuel cell, micro-mobility, and vehicle electrification, while exploring other opportunities and connecting with leaders in both the public and private sector.
About Coalition for Clean Air
Since 1971, the Coalition for Clean Air has worked to protect public health, improve air quality and prevent climate change in California. With offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento, CCA advocates to make sure every breath you take is a breath of clean air.