“This is a no brainer,” said Stacey Hunt, CEO of Ecologistics, Inc., when approached by Eric Veium of the San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition for fiscal sponsorship. The rest of the board agreed wholeheartedly as they voted in the Coalition for sponsorship by Ecologistics.
The mission of the Coalition Task Force is to leverage community expertise, creativity, and resources in order to multiply San Luis Obispo’s efforts to become carbon free. The City of San Luis Obispo is going carbon-neutral by 2035 and the Coalition is helping turn that ambitious goal into reality by spearheading efforts to reduce or eliminate carbon emissions in the transportation and building sectors, by encouraging communities to sign up for community choice energy (the Cities of SLO and Morro Bay already have), and by seeking natural solutions through carbon sequestration and carbon farming.
The Coalition is not a closed group by any means. Anyone and everyone who cares about saving our planet is welcome. “We are inviting business and organization leaders, families and individuals to find what being part of the Climate Solution looks like for them,” says Task Force Chair Eric Veium. Meeting are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 6:30 pm at the Ludwick Center, 864 Santa Rosa, San Luis Obispo. Their first major event will be held Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30-8:30 at SLO Brew Downtown when the Coalition will kick off its Climate Solution Series with speakers from the City of SLO, the Chamber of Commerce and Cal Poly. Exhibitors from local agencies and nonprofits will be on hand to provide ideas for community members to get involved in helping reduce carbon emissions in our beautiful region.
The Coalition has just received its first major grant, $24,000 from the nonprofit California ReLeaf to plant hundreds of trees in the City of SLO. With fiscal sponsorship by Ecologistics, the Coalition will be able to accept tax free donations and to apply for additional grants to fund its efforts. More about the Coalition at https://carbonfreeslo.org/