County Sustainability Committee
Successful achievement of the goals outlined in the Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) will require active participation by several County departments and partner agencies with expertise in and authority for projects and programs that can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promote environmental sustainability. In late 2015, the County Executive Office formed a County Sustainability Committee to help implement and monitor progress on the ECAP. The committee is comprised of representatives from County departments and partner agencies that identify cross-departmental GHG reduction opportunities and monitor progress towards implementing the ECAP and related sustainability initiatives. The County Sustainability Committee is responsible for:
- Establishing the objectives and direction of the Committee
- Providing recommendations to the County Executive Office and Board of Supervisors on policies to improve community-wide sustainability
- Regularly reporting on behalf of department or agency on progress towards sustainability goals
- Researching opportunities for grants that pertain to sustainability goals and programs and apply for grants as appropriate
Assistant County Executive OfficerMatthew is the current Chair of the County Sustainability Committee. Matthew has over 18 years of local government experience. He previously served as the Director of General Services at the County of Santa Barbara.
Program Specialist, Energy and Sustainability Initiatives Division, Community Services Department
Frank started working on the Energy and Climate Action Plan as a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow and is now a full-time staff member coordinating the implementation and monitoring of the Energy and Climate Action Plan across County departments. He also works on the emPower Program, helping to improve energy efficiency in residential homes around the County.
Project Supervisor, Energy and Sustainability Initiatives Division, Community Services DepartmentJennifer has more than 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors championing and implementing sustainable energy use and resource conservation practices. She oversees the implementation of the County's Energy and Climate Action Plan and is leading the community choice energy evaluation for the tri-county region.
Division Manager, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District
Ben manages the Technology and Environmental Assessment Division, which is responsible for planning and rule development, as well as coordinating with planning departments around the county. The division also conducts outreach, administers grant programs, and supports collaborative efforts to reduce emissions from unregulated sources.
Selena Evilsizor, AICP
Planner, Long Range Planning Division, Planning and Development Department
Selena has over 10 years of experience in land use and environmental planning in both the public and private sectors. With Santa Barbara County, she has experience in development review, climate change adaptation planning, and CEQA. She is currently working on the implementation of the County's Energy and Climate Action Plan and the Coastal Resiliency Project.