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The following article was posted on September 17th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 28 [ Submit a Story ]
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'Green' energy is key at the Chumash Casino and Resort


The flue stacks at the casino have infrared sensors to detect smoke from the kitchens. “They shoot a beam and as soon as its broken by smoke, it alerts the computer to turn on the exhaust fans,” custodial service manager Mark Funkhouser said.

It’d be near impossible to cram information about all of the Chumash’s green energy initiatives into one article. The tribe has developed an impressive array of programs designed to make its casino, resort, and reservation as energy-efficient as possible. From solar thermal heating to LED lighting, to biofuel to waste management, the Chumash have it all.

“There’s a lot more support and encouragement for innovation here than at most government and nonprofit agencies I’ve seen,” environmental director Joshua Simmons said.

He said the programs have numerous benefits: They create jobs for tribal members and descendants, save energy and money, and help educate the community about conservation.

Here’s a look at some of the lesser-known features of a well-known tourist destination in Santa Barbara County.


Seeing green

A tour of its energy-efficient features reveals a different side to the Chumash Casino and Resort