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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

If you picked up the Independent recently, you’ll remember a cover story they did on the ultra-sustainable Victoria Garden Mews Development. They dove head first into all the “green” features of the building including the rainwater harvesting system, drought tolerant landscaping, creative parking solutions, and more.

We were also glad to see an impressive solar array on the rooftop as well as energy efficient LED lighting throughout the property. When homes generate the energy they need, our community takes a step closer to a future that relies on renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.

All together, these features earned the building platinum LEED certification. The LEED score was the highest score ever given to a residential project. Now the development stands as an inspiring model for future green building projects. Read the full article >

We’re proud to congratulate the builder of the project and CEC’s board president, Dennis Allen. He was recently recognized by the City of Santa Barbara as a “Water Hero” for his work on Victoria Garden Mews – which also happens to be his new home. The building conserves the water it uses with dual flush toilets, low-flow showerheads, and faucet aerators. Beyond those measures, Allen raised the bar on water conservation by designing the building to collect rain water for watering the garden.

Read more about his recent recognition on Noozhawk and Edhat.

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