City Planning is Key for a Green City

City Planning is Key for a Green City

Advocacy, Event
Who Decides? Should the grocery store be on the edge of town, or in the neighborhood? What saves more resources - building a new community center or repurposing a historic one? Why do we pay to pump water to our gardens, and then flush rainwater down the drain? A typical home built in 1930 700 square feet, a typical home built in 2012 is over 2000 square feet, while family size is shrinking. Is there safe, convenient bike storage at the bus stop? At VCCool, we think a community weighing in about city planning can make a huge difference! That's why we worked tirelessly with City Planning Staff and other organizations like CAUSE, and ASERT, to help create greener plans and code for the City of Ventura. VCCool's Westside Code…
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Celebrate Green Lanes!

Celebrate Green Lanes!

Advocacy, Event
We have green lanes! Help us celebrate by riding with us and decorating cookies. Meet at Loma Vista School on November 4 at 2pm. More info at our Facebook event page. Then on Monday, let the City Council know how much you appreciate riding safely. We're going to comment at 5:30. More info here.
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Thank you, City Council!

Thank you, City Council!

Advocacy, Event, Ventura Bike HUB
The Ventura Bike Union gave the City Council and staff a sincere "thank you" at last week's Council meeting for continuing progress on the Bicycle Master Plan, including our new green lanes, bike/ped bridge connecting Community Park and restriping key corridors in Ventura -- Main Street, Thompson and Loma Vista. We baked and decorated delicious bike-shaped cookies for the community, wrote and presented a fun poem and voiced our appreciation for improving cycling infrastructure throughout the city. The Ventura Bike Union continues to support the city on further progress with the Bicycle Master Plan!
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Fresh Eggs from your Back Yard

Fresh Eggs from your Back Yard

VCCOOL historical
Chickens are  a great addition to a home-grown veggie garden. They reduce bugs, eat scraps, provide high-quality organic fertilizer, and make cute pets - all the while, providing healthy food for the family. An excellent way to reduce your carbon foot print is through what you eat!  By growing food on a small organic scale right in your own back yard, you can avoid shipping, packaging, refrigerated warehouses, and petroleum fertilizers and pesticides. Put these two concepts together, and you have why VCCool has been hard at work to make city ordinance more friendly toward these feathered friends. Problem is, most people don't realize what good neighbors city hens can be. They've only had experience with dogs, and are wary about introducing something they're not familiar with. The good news…
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