The Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership routinely holds community forums to provide outreach to businesses and residents. These are held in conjunction with local governments for the purpose of providing energy efficiency information and important local updates to residents and businesses.

Glenn Morris, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce President/CEO speaks at the Orcutt Community Forum on May 24.
Glenn Morris, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
President/CEO speaks at the Orcutt Community Forum on May 24.

On May 24th, Santa Barbara County’s 4th District office co-hosted a community forum with the Energy Watch Partnership. The event was held at the Orcutt Lions Club. A full house heard presentations from PG&E, So Cal Gas, Staples Energy for business owners and American Eco for residential energy efficiency. The EmPower Central Coast also made a presentation.

The County of Santa Barbara segment was hosted by Bob Nelson, Chief of Staff for 4th District Supervisor Peter Adam. An Orcutt update was provided by Mr. Nelson, and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department provided safety information. Animal Services gave a talk and Doug Dougherty provided an update on both the Graffiti Abatement Program and news about the Oasis Senior Center’s new project.

Chuck Williams welcomed the group and spoke about the Orcutt Lions Club and its services. The Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership recently provided a complete lighting upgrade for the organization, and the Non-Profit Grant program paid the cost.

Community Forums have previously been held in Casmalia, Sisquoc, New Cuyama, Tanglewood, Los Alamos, and Guadalupe. A July 20th Community Forum is being organized for Santa Ynez.