Welcome to Sweetwater Collaborative

Santa Barbara Green Living Coop WorkshopWe are community members in Santa Barbara, CA.  Our core group of seven comes from a variety of backgrounds. Our combined skills include landscape design and construction, physics, marine biology, marketing, business development, Permaculture design, construction, networking and education. We are locally based and are dedicated to providing what our community wants and needs, and how we can make Low Impact Development and living within our regional water budget more a part of the landscape of our homes and neighborhoods.  

Sweetwater is a collaborative stakeholder network.  All of our services, events, and activities reflect our collaborative nature..  We have expanded beyond our initial function as  an environmental educational organization, working to provide professional trainings, research, and facilitating opportunities for collaborative water stewardship.

We offer hands-on, community-based workshops in people’s homes and neighborhoods, helping each other install sustainable systems.  We want to have fun working together and changing the face of our town.

Rainwater and Runoff Harvesting, Faulkner Gallery, Tues Nov 18 6:00-7:30PM

Rainwater and Runoff Harvesting Lecture

Led by Art Ludwig of Oasis Design, this lecture will focus on the benefits of infiltrating rainwater into the ground via mulch basins and swales instead of letting it run off. All are welcome, no RSVPs necessary!

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Where:Faulkner Gallery, Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.
  • Instructor:Art Ludwig of Oasis Design
  • Cost:FREE

 Co-Sponsors: Sweetwater Collaborative and the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program

Hands-on Workshop for Professionals

Installers will learn practices they can implement now, including directing catchment from rooftops to bioswales and raingardens and working with large impermeable runoff collection surfaces to small bioswales. Wear work clothes, bring gloves and shovels. Workshop is limited to 12 participants so register soon! Attendance at Tuesday lecture is mandatory to participate in the workshop.

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