Mailing Address:

Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment
P. O. Box 555
Tustin, CA  92781 

Phone:  949-424-5423 (949-424-5-ICE)


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  • commented 2017-01-17 01:30:13 -0800
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  • commented 2016-07-26 10:32:41 -0700

    I’m involved with the Creation Sustainability Ministry with Los Angeles Archdiocese. We are launching a new campaign for our parishes and schools to become Styrofoam Free, by eliminating the use of Styrofoam cups. We are asking people to email us how many cups they replace with more eco friendly alternatives. We would like to invite your houses of worship to join us and if they already have made the switch to more eco friendly products to let us know how many styrofoam cups they save from using each week.

    We feel this is a small way people of faith can unite in caring for creation and to show how small steps collectively can make a big difference in our world. Currently, American discards 25 billion styrofoam cups annually, enough to circle the earth 436 times ! Have some cards printed about the campaign, can email or snail mail you them
  • commented 2016-05-23 07:06:41 -0700
    Hi OCICE,

    Very nice to e-meet you.

    My name is Gunhee and I’m the founder of Ministry of Hemp (, where our mission is to be at the forefront of the hemp movement by researching and curating the most extensive and up-to-date knowledge on hemp.

    I came across your site and it seems like a great resource/hub for hemp information! I love all the different aspects of hemp information you have provided on the site and especially the links you have provided for hemp brands on your directory.

    I am reaching out to ask if you could link us on your site as a resource your visitors could use to learn more about hemp. Specifically, check out our Hemp Guide (

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  • commented 2015-10-27 10:19:43 -0700
    I am interested in attending your meetings.
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  • commented 2015-07-30 02:51:56 -0700
    Hi there,

    My background in education did not prepare me for the exponentially increasing rate of data access and global interconnectedness, but I am thrilled to “have” to open young minds to it ;)

    There’s so much at their fingertips, after all! As part of my work with Educator Labs, I am assembling resource guides with my favorite sites for students to start with as they dig into global communications. STEM is booming for this generation, and we have not yet truly defined the edges of its scope. My hope is to inspire youth to find their own niche in studying and eventually working in it!

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  • commented 2015-07-18 23:07:20 -0700
    Hi OCICE,

    Your comments page has my name for this listing. I really don’t recall writing this piece for OCICE. Please take another look to find the true author of the following, thank you,

    from Kathryn Hansen

    This is from the beginning of the post:

    “Kathryn Hansen commented 2 months ago

    Indigenous communities around the world resist threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.

    In this four-part documentary series titled “Standing on Sacred Ground,” native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling a utilitarian view of land in the form of government megaprojects, consumer culture, and resource extraction as well as competing religions and climate change."
  • commented 2015-06-17 17:09:10 -0700
    This is such a great organization…looking forward to get in touch…though I live in Riverside County, which is next door from Orange County ~
  • commented 2015-05-05 00:08:29 -0700
    GreenFaith is hosting a 6-part webinar series featuring the environmental teachings of Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and China.

    This series includes the following:

    Christian Teachings Webinar by Dr. Patricia Tull

    Jewish Teachings Webinar by Rabbi Lawrence Troster

    Hindu Teachings Webinar by Dr. Pankaj Jain

    Buddhist Teachings Webinar by Dr. David Loy

    Muslim Teachings Webinar by Saffet Catovic and Nana Firman

    Chinese Teachings Webinar by Mary Evelyn Tucker

    Listen to the recordings and view PowerPoints for the presentations:
  • commented 2015-05-05 00:05:20 -0700
    Indigenous communities around the world resist threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.

    In this four-part documentary series titled “Standing on Sacred Ground,” native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling a utilitarian view of land in the form of government megaprojects, consumer culture, and resource extraction as well as competing religions and climate change.

    Narrated by Graham Greene, with the voices of Tantoo Cardinal and Q’orianka Kilcher, the series exposes threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood, and cultural survival in eight communities around the world. Rare verité scenes of tribal life allow indigenous people to tell their own stories—and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.

    The series will begin airing on PBS the World Channel on May 17 at 9pm ET. Check local listings here:

    Produced by the Sacred Land Film Project.

    For more information, including Discussion Guides and Teacher’s Guides, visit:
  • commented 2015-04-24 15:09:58 -0700
    Good Afternoon Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment,

    My name is Ryan Mercurio, Web Editorial Intern here at Tikkun Magazine and Tikkun Daily. I am inquiring to see if any of your staff would consider a piece for Tikkun Daily on the California drought. It is an area that we could use some focus on for the blog, and there are increasing interfaith groups tackling this local climate-changed challenged. This could be faith-based piece, or just simply about the drought more broadly — conservation efforts, disappearing lawns, our food system, etc.

    I would especially welcome coherent pieces about the plight of the Delta, or the history of CA water i.e. Tulare Lake.

    I am inspired by the efforts of OCICE, the seamless way that you have integrated faith and nature. I am indebted to you for considering this, and for passing this on to another that might be interested! Please let me know how else I might be able to help. Thank you once more!

    With Respect,

    Ryan Mercurio

    Web Editorial Intern

    Tikkun Magazine & Tikkun Daily

    Berkeley, CA 94704
  • commented 2015-04-23 14:19:42 -0700
    In the month since I sent you my message about placing an anti-fracking measure on the ballot, I have done a lot of research on fracking concurrent with the water issue.

    To Governor Brown’s mandated 25% reductions in residential water use, your group redoubled your efforts on petitions and rallies asking Governor Brown to stop fracking. You demanded he stop bottlers from using our precious water. You increased efforts to work with local governments. You told residents how they could re-do their yards.

    The problem is the facts don’t support your arguments.

    1. It’s not the water fracking uses, it’s the water it contaminates. Fracking uses 70 million gallons a year compared to the 38 BILLION used every day in California. You’re using .05% of daily use as an argument.

    2. Water bottlers use around 750,000,000 gallons a year. That is .5% of daily use. What will be accomplished by shutting down one-half of one percent of water use?

    3. Residents use 4.5 billion gallons a day or 12% of daily water use. The 25% mandated reduction saves 3% of daily use.

    Nut and alfalfa growers ALONE represent 35% of daily use.

    Why are you putting all your effort into the 12% residential or .55% for fracking and bottlers when you have 35% to work with?

    4. You want to work through counties and cities. After five years up to 600 wells are being fracked every year. California has one year of water left. Do you really have the time to do it agency by agency?

    No mandates were brought against the nut and alfalfa growers. No mandates were brought against fracking. Few mandates were brought against golf courses.

    And no mandates will EVER be brought against them because Big Oil, nut and alfalfa growers and golf course owners spend hundreds of millions of dollars on political campaigns and lobbying. Do you think your petitions and rallies are going to convince Governor Brown and the legislature to kill the geese that lay the golden eggs? Would you do that if you were a politician?

    We need effective laws governing our water supply. Laws prohibiting contamination of our wells, aquifers, wetlands, rivers and ocean would have stopped fracking. Laws restricting water-thirsty crops and building golf courses in the desert would have prevented having only one year of water left. Laws structuring agency levels and inspection timetables. Laws requiring data before building or planting or fracking.

    In short, we need something on the November, 2016 ballot. It may require a Constitutional amendment overturning centuries-old water rights. It may require hastening the effective dates of existing laws. It definitely will require writing new laws. But it has to be done NOW.

    I have more information at my web site, We have two or three months before the deadline to get something to the Attorney General.

    If you want to do something that has impact other than watching your lawn die or writing useless petitions, please contact me via email at Since I am contacting over 150 organizations, I am not giving out my phone number at this time. Those who contacted me on the first go-round, if you are interested in this new direction, please contact me again.

    If I contacted you via Facebook or your web site please provide an email address for further contact. Facebook and web site contact are very time-consuming.

    Thanks, Flo Samuels
  • commented 2015-03-24 16:04:46 -0700
    I am the OC Contact for Pax Christi and Campaign Nonviolence. I met some of your people at the Great American Write -In. I would love to come to your next meeting to share some of the plans for the week of Sept 20 actions on war-poverty-climate crisis issues.
  • commented 2015-03-23 16:48:12 -0700
    You are receiving this email/contact because your group is listed on the Californians Against Fracking site.

    It is time to face the facts.

    Neither Governor Brown nor the legislature is going to ban fracking nor pass or enforce any substantive legislation to control the fracking process. They are beholden to oil interests for getting elected. Oil and gas interests directly employ over 12,000 and contribute over 2% of state revenues. Their indirect contribution is probably four times that. Brown and the legislature are not going to kill the Golden Goose.

    New York and Vermont are not examples of how we can succeed through our governor or legislature because neither state had any significant oil operations in the first place. The situations cannot be compared nor can the strategy be the same.

    In California over 600 oil/gas wells a year are created through fracking. Over 500 wastewater wells have been drilled, many into our drinking supplies.

    Banning or controlling fracking on a county-by-county or city-by-city basis makes no sense for three reasons.

    • It takes too long. We are running out of water, water used by the oil companies to frack wells. We need to do this now, not ten years from now.

    • Water and air pollution do not stop at the county line.

    • The money spent can be put to better use with one big push.

    We need a state-wide measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

    These are the steps.

    • By mid-summer, 2015, submit a measure to the Attorney General. The cost is $200.

    • By mid-January/February, 2016, submit signatures to the counties. We would need 365,880 with 500,000 being the target. This letter is going to over 150 groups. If each organization got 3,300 signatures we would not have to pay to gather them. We can get all the signatures from the ten largest counties.

    • Once the measure is on the ballot, we would start funding campaigns at each group’s web site and other crowd funding sources. We do not have to hire expensive marketing or public relations firms; there is enough talent in the groups to make this a successful grass roots movement.

    Note that I state end or control. The reason the Santa Barbara measure failed was it would have ended oil and gas production in the county. This was not the stated intention of the measure but the measure wording would have accomplished the same. People’s jobs and county revenues were at stake. That was why it lost. We need to decide what will work, ending or controlling. We need to start the process.

    As a first step we need an organizational meeting. The meeting can be anywhere with other interested parties conferenced in. I live in Hayward, CA so if you want me to get this rolling, preliminary meetings will have to be in the Bay area.

    If you are interested in this project, please contact me via email with what you can contribute and your thoughts on what the ballot measure should contain.

    Note that I am retired and have management experience. Please refer to my web site at for information.

    Please do NOT call me. I do not want to contend with hundreds of phone calls now or in the future.

    Thanks, Flo Samuels

    Hayward, CA
  • commented 2015-02-02 01:49:34 -0800
  • commented 2014-12-26 13:22:49 -0800
    Hi OCICE,

    I am a family doctor and organizer with Climate 911. I would like to come and talk with your group about our faith-based hospital divestment/investment campaign. I will be in Orange County in February but if that doesn’t work, I can also do a presentation via Skype at another time. Thanks.
  • commented 2014-10-17 10:56:15 -0700
    Did you people EVER consider the hypocrisy, the absurdity, of hosting a conference “for the environment”? You request people to drive to your conference site, from all over the place, and then nonchalantly declare that EVERYBODY must cut back on their…. driving, their consumption of energy. You don’t even realize your own absurd hypocrisy.

    Global Warming is a complete fraud.
  • commented 2014-10-08 11:39:33 -0700
    Also, How does one get to the meeting location by public transportation, i.e., bus? I can’t drive and I may not be able to find someone to ride with.

    Chuck Buck
  • commented 2014-10-08 11:36:49 -0700
    I have tried to register but the process seems to put me in a circular system and I never find a place for my name. It goes round and round. I want to pay my $15 and register! How?

    Chuck Buck
  • commented 2014-09-18 12:41:33 -0700
    Dear Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment,

    I’m writing to introduce Stencils Against Fracking (, a public art project that uses out-of-the-box stencils and spray chalk to raise awareness of the dangers of fracking in California.

    And we have exciting news! Today is the launch of our DIY Stencil Kit ( designed for you to make your own stencils to raise awareness in your community, city, and state.

    This Stencil Kit can help your group:

    —Build a resilient community who can fight back against fracking

    —Raise awareness of the dangers of fracking

    —Bring media attention to your efforts!

    The first 5 groups to write us back at will receive a stencil kit on us! Please send us your name, city, and a bit of info about your group!

    Visit our Stencils For You page ( to learn more and to download your own stencils and a handy How-To Stencil PDF.

    We also offer $50 reimbursement grants for groups who cannot cover the costs of printing the stencils and buying chalk. To receive a grant, save your receipts and contact us at


    Sarah Craig

    Citizen Engagement Lab

    P.S. The stencils have already helped groups in places including Long Beach and San Luis Obispo by raising awareness and spurring conversations around the dangers of fracking. Stay tuned as this tactic spreads throughout California and the U.S.
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  • commented 2014-05-30 09:58:52 -0700
  • commented 2014-02-03 10:02:33 -0800
    We have written and are proposing state and local Climate Change legislation for the following states: California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and New York.

    Can you help?
  • commented 2014-01-07 12:59:26 -0800
    I need to talk to your organization about a proposal to create a listing of environmental interfaith worship services in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. In order to encourage greater participation, I have proposed that the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club approve a regional eco-spirituality group that would sponsor the listing and allow it to be included in the Sierra Club Schedule. I have been involved in efforts to green the Church in Los Angeles County for over 20 years and am very supportive of your efforts in Orange County. I have long led an environmental group at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. I left a phone message with a similar request.
  • commented 2013-10-20 17:53:38 -0700
    I am confused. I think I bought 2 tickets to the Energy Symposium but I just got a thank-you for my contribution and no mention of tickets to the symposium. Am I to assume I am signed up?
  • commented 2013-10-11 14:28:31 -0700
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  • commented 2013-05-10 20:11:47 -0700
    I manufacture a product which could spread the word about sustainability; power pancakes are non-gmo/vegan, low sugar, unrefined. If responsible parties manufacture in cafes or bakeries, we can inform people with the sale. It has been selling in O.C/L.A. for 22 yrs with very good response.
  • commented 2013-04-21 19:46:19 -0700
    My name is Madeleine Spencer, I am a resident in Santa Ana. I found your Organization listed as Ecology and Environmental Activists in Orange County that is why I am writing this letter to you to find out if your group can be of any assistance to us on the matter of a local water contamination here in Santa Ana and also in the city of Fullerton.

    A meeting was set up by Santa Ana council member Vincent Sarimiento for a group of us from SACReD, Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Development at the Orange County Water District this past Friday, four of us attend the meeting as representatives for the rest of the groups with which we are a part . We arrive to this meeting on a Friday morning. All of us are unaware of what exactly the meeting has been set up to reveal, and what our role in it will be in it. An amicable young man named Robert Ennis meets us to usher us into the office of the Orange County Water District General Manager Michael Markus’s office. We all sit around a oval conference table. Andrew Hauserman, a community organizer from Orange County Congregational Community Organizing (OCCCO) who is leader in SACReD one of many leaders that make up the 5 core non-profit organizations that work together with residents at SACReD is there as well as three of us that are resident volunteers. The members include Appolonio Cortez, Juan Carlos, and myself. Appolonio and Juan Carlos both speak Spanish only. Andrew translates as Michael Markus speaks with Robert filling in occasionally as the dialog commences.

    Michael Markus begins by sharing that 70% of Santa Ana’s drinking water comes from the groundwater in Santa Ana. Groundwater is one third of the cost of water that is brought in by the Metropolitan Water District or Imported by the Colorado River. Imported water costs three times the amount as the groundwater taken from our own aquifers. Michael proceeds to describe the job of the Orange County Water District which is that if contamination is found the OC Water District creates projects for cleaning up the contamination.

    Markus stated that the water district currently has two separate litigation cases open where a former Aerospace Company in Orange County called Northrop Grumman Corporation has been found liable for contaminating the groundwater in both the city of Fullerton and in the City of Santa Ana. There are toxic cleaning solvents and other contaminants that have drained into the soil and seeped into the ground water. In Fullerton the contamination is four miles in length and two miles wide and the city has had to install extraction wells as well as shut down two of its water pumps. It is the job of the Orange County Water District to neutralize water that goes into the pipeline as it goes through the treatment plant.

    I went on to ask if the Environmental Protection Agency was involved in the case. Michael’s reply was that it is difficult to get the State involved with cases like this because of lack of resources and the money needed to staff the project. He went on to describe how the Regional Water Board are those who typically deal with on site contamination but because this case has gone beyond the site of contamination it is out of their jurisdiction. The polluted area in Santa Ana is off the 55 ad Dyer Road. Michael says they just began this contamination case and have put monitoring wells to sample and see what the contamination is and to determine the extent of the pollution in order to develop a cleanup project.

    The problem that the Orange County Water District is having is that two different judges have ruled against their case. They have attempted to run legislation that will clarify the District Act which is the governing document that already allows the whole district to pursue these kinds of cases, yet the judges ruling has used some of the language against the Water District. There is an Appeal in order for both cases and the OC Water District is concerned about their hampered ability to provide clean drinking water for the people of Santa Ana.

    The problem gets deeper as he shares that the business community has come out against the Water Districts case and the business community is putting political pressure against supporting the efforts of the case. The problem as the Water District sees it is that big business is again asking the community to pay for their pollution when in fact it ought to be the polluters who pay for the contamination damages caused to the water supply. If the community is asked to pay the water rates in the city will be raised.

    The support needed by the OC Water District is related to a senate Bill called AB60. AB60 is a bill that was introduced in California by Senator Correa and Coauthored by Senator Wyland along with Assembly Members Hagman, Harkey, Mansoor, and Wagner. The Bill initiates an act to amend Section 13304 of the Water Code and specially in relation to the case which was presented before our community group the amendment will affect Section 8 of the Orange County Water District Act which was derived from a 1933 Statute relating to water quality laws, specifically allowing for the Orange County Water District, who is in charge of all of Orange County’s Groundwater and its safety to investigate, cleanup and press charges of liability against any contamination of the water supply which may be found.

    The Orange County Business Council is supporting Northrope and the business is using a loophole in the law to make way. This Bill will eliminate the loop hole. The business wants to mitigate the cost of cleanup to the community. Robert Ennis, director of legislative affairs for the OC Water District uses the rhetoric of Occupy to explain further saying: “The polluters want to bail out just like the banks got bailed out on Wall Street.” Michael states that although the contamination has stopped the pollution in the water supply spreads.

    Vincent Sarimiento who sits on the board supports the efforts of the Orange County Water District to clean up the mess and make Northrop pay for their offence but the businesses are putting pressure on him to change his mind, all of the council is being pulled by the interest of business, and are being asked to let it go, too let the community mitigate the cost.

    Upon my asking what is wanted from us specifically, Michael explains that they need community support. Some example of this support can be shown via letters of support of the Bill, placing pressure on our city council to not be influenced by business in relation to this matter while also asking for a resolution on this matter from the council, public comments at city hall on May 6th.