Making Isla Vista the First Carbon Neutral Community by 2025

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Isla Vista and UCSB aerial photo by John Wiley

Source: World Business Academy

David Gershon, a senior Fellow of the World Business Academy and founder of the Empowerment Institute, an organization dedicated to making social change on large scales, was featured at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) this week. 

Most recently, Gershon has focused on making solutions for climate change a reality, and one of his current projects called Cool Block is set in the tight community of Isla Vista, which houses most of the UCSB population and many long-time locals.

On Wednesday, Gershon will presented a systemic strategy to help Isla Vista become carbon neutral in five years that can be scaled throughout the world.

In the Spring quarter of 2019, Gershon co-lead a course at UCSB titled “The World in 2050: Sustainable Development and its Alternatives” in which upper-division students enacted Cool Block. Cool Block is a community program that gives “block leaders” a toolkit to inspire climate change action on their blocks and in their larger neighborhoods.

The purpose of Cool Block is to set feasible, obtainable goals block by block to bring together the power of bottom up collective change. Cool Block groups meet every other week, depending on their personal schedules, and work together to reduce their carbon footprints, become more disaster resilient, and build community livability.

How will Isla Vista become the first carbon neutral community in just five short years? Cities make up nearly 70 percent of global carbon emissions, and 70 percent of those emissions come from residents’ lifestyle choices.

If you can empower residents to adopt low-carbon lifestyles, you can activate the whole system of bottom up and top down change.

Isla Vista houses a unique population largely composed of UCSB students and faculty, making it a socially aware, environmentally conscious, and highly educated area. The organizing and brain power of this community is like no other, and student groups and faculty members are already coming together to be the first place to take the steps that the world needs to see.

Gershon explains, “I have been searching 30 years for a breakthrough climate solution that can get traction and be scalable, and I believe I have found such a solution. The key is combining top down and bottom up approaches which have been insufficient on their own to gain traction. That’s what I’m working toward, one block, one community at a time, and we’re getting traction!” 

Our society must evolve, and these students have the power and are ready to create the bottom up change that Gershon and many others deem necessary.

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jak Feb 21, 2020 08:10 PM
Making Isla Vista the First Carbon Neutral Community by 2025

They’re already empowered to make the choices needed to live a low impact lifestyle. What they need is coercion and it sounds like David Gershwin may be willing to make the attempt. Part of me wishes him success and another part hopes that they burn his manifesto at the stake, preferably over a high sulfur coal fueled fire.

Get over it Feb 20, 2020 07:57 PM
Making Isla Vista the First Carbon Neutral Community by 2025

Mr. Gershon has obviously never taken a stroll down DP. An "a socially aware, environmentally conscious, and highly educated area" it is not. Not to say that it doesn't exist, but definitely not the culture. Just the amount of discarded crap they leave behind at the end of each year should tell you that!

Zenyatta19 Feb 20, 2020 03:23 PM
Making Isla Vista the First Carbon Neutral Community by 2025

“ The organizing and brain power of this community is like no other” Thats for sure, they are good at Falling off cliffs, investments for slum lords, drunk college students, drug dealers and a few old hippies . Doesn’t equal a lot of brain power. The author’s goal is ridiculous. IV will always be filled with cars. The problem is too many people in too small an area. More people = more pollution. How about asking UCSB to stop increasing admissions and stop building tax free housing all over Goleta?

Chip of SB Feb 20, 2020 12:41 PM
Making Isla Vista the First Carbon Neutral Community by 2025

What does bringing together the power of "bottom up collective change" actually mean? How does one "activate the whole system of bottom up and top down change?" How can "top down and bottom up approaches" work combined when they have been "insufficient to gain traction" on their own? Well, I have the answers, it's really simple. First, we need to objectively matrix cross-media deliverables. Then we need to distinctively simplify goal-oriented virtualization. If we can pull that off, then all we need to do is compellingly recaptiualize global web-readiness. You can easily create your own plan to address climate change. Here is a great website that will practically write the proposal for you. https://www.atrixnet.com/bs-generator.html

PitMix Feb 21, 2020 02:25 PM
Making Isla Vista the First Carbon Neutral Community by 2025

It's really not that hard to understand. But attacking the style in which the ideas were delivered is cheap and easy, and definitely easier than developing your own solution to this problem. As long as you think the status quo is a winning strategy, then keep up the good work!

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