By the Isla Vista Community Services District
The Isla Vista Community Services District (IVCSD) implemented a successful partnership with Earthcomb LLC during the recent Summer move-out period addressing 37,000lbs of litter through daily street cleaning for one month.
Residents expressed gratitude for the timely litter removal resulting in cleaner streets and smoother processes. Earthcomb’s unique employment approach provides opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness. IVCSD is now preparing to launch a Move-In Education and Resource Campaign, focusing on waste reduction and sustainable practices during move-in.
The Move-In Market on September 17th and 18th offers residents a chance to buy affordable, secondhand items collected during the June move-out period. IVCSD has also created the Move-In Magazine, offering practical advice on sustainable choices during move-in and throughout the year, along with local resources and shopping lists for sustainable items.
IVCSD remains committed to sustainability beyond move-in, providing year-round services like free unwanted item pickup and resources to assist residents in proper waste sorting for effective recycling.
Marcos Aguilar, President of the IVCSD Board of Directors, stated, “The partnership with Earthcomb during Move-Out is a shining success for our district. Earthcomb’s consideration of ocean runoff is something I am personally proud of, as the ocean is one of our most precious resources.”
Jenna Norton, Isla Vista Beautiful Program Manager, emphasized, “The goal is to inspire residents to create less waste throughout the school year, leading to a more environmentally friendly community.”
The Isla Vista Community Services District is Isla Vista’s first broad based local government, achieving 47 years of community advocacy for self governance. The IVCSD is empowered to provide eight critical services including public safety, housing mediation, community facilities, parking, graffiti abatement, lighting and sidewalks, and both a municipal advisory council and area planning commission. The Board is composed of five publicly elected directors and two directors appointed by UC Santa Barbara and the County of Santa Barbara.