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Intern Spotlight: Lars Davenport

Intern Spotlight: Lars Davenport

Lars Davenport was an intern for CEC following his graduation from the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. He is currently working for the Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office as an environmental specialist, focusing on community energy programs.
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A Lunch Service For The Planet

A Lunch Service For the Planet

For several years, the online learning company lynda.com has provided free daily lunch for employees. Now the Carpinteria-based company is helping employees Ditch Plastic by piloting a reusable container system for those who want to take their lunch to-go.

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My First Tesla Model S

My First Tesla Model S

In November 2012, I put my name on the list for a Tesla Model S and started waiting the 8 to 10 months that the company estimated it would take to build my electric car.
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Intern Spotlight: LeeAnne French

Intern Spotlight: LeeAnne French

LeeAnne French, after finishing her degree at the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, went on to work for UCSB’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Before her job at NCEAS, LeeAnne was an intern for CEC.
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The Underwater Hunter

The Underwater Hunter

A weight belt. A pair of long fins. A snorkeling mask. A wetsuit. A spear gun that looks like an underwater crossbow. A strong set of lungs. A clear, calm day. A high tide. A steady arm. A day off from work. A little luck.

That, says Eric Lohela, is his recipe for a good day of free-dive spearfishing.

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The Creative Commuter

The Creative Commuter

Last March, Kent Epperson bought a house in Ojai after months of fruitlessly searching for an affordable place in Santa Barbara. With that move, his short bike commute to his office near the intersection of Calle Real and North San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara abruptly changed to an hour and a half drive every day between the two cities.

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The Baby Boomer Bikers

The Baby Boomer Bikers

Recently, Eva Inbar and her husband, Michael, purchased a set of road bikes. Avid cyclists, the two have been biking for decades, and they don’t have plans to quit anytime soon. No matter that they are in their late 60s.

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Intern Spotlight: Becky Dempsey

Intern Spotlight: Becky Dempsey

Becky Dempsey works as the Marketing Programs Manager for GreenBiz Group in the Bay Area. Becky completed a six-month internship at CEC following graduation from UC Santa Barbara with a double major in Environmental Studies and Business Economics.

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How Daniel C. Was Saved By A Blueberry

How Daniel C. was saved by a blueberry

Just a few years ago, Daniel Corry would have been lost at the farmers market. He never went, he wouldn’t have known where to start, and he would have been astounded that someone would pay that much for a box of blueberries. He was happy with Trader Joe’s. Now, Daniel is a farmers market regular; he goes at least once a week, he has his favorite stands, and he happily pays that much for a box of locally-grown blueberries. He wouldn’t dream of buying produce at Trader Joe’s anymore. “It has no taste!” he says.

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The Probiotic Woman

The Probiotic Woman

There are people who hear "fermented" and think "spoiled." Not only would they avoid eating something fermented, they would steer clear of a festival dedicated to all things fermented. But those are people who haven’t yet met Katie Falbo.

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The Accidental Chef

The Accidental Chef

Leslie Thomas does not just have a green thumb. It’s more like a green arm. Her backyard is overflowing with kale, cabbage, peppers, cucumbers, artichokes, strawberries, eggplants, tomatoes, ghost peppers, and 35 different grape vines -- just to name a few.

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Modern Day Money Trees

Modern Day Money Trees

Ten years ago, Stephen had realized that he could either continue to pay his power company for increasingly expensive electricity, or he could invest in solar. Once he recouped his initial outlay on the investment, he reasoned, he could bask in free electricity for the duration of the panels’ life — between 30 and 40 years.
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Who’s In Your Food Network?

Who’s In Your Food Network?

For many people, the words ‘food network’ bring to mind faces of celebrity chefs like Rachel Ray, Guy Fieri, and Emeril Lagasse. When Alison Hensley, local food enthusiast and co-founder of the SOL Food Festival, hears those words, she sees a different set of faces.

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Ditching Plastic From Day One

Ditching Plastic from Day One

3,292. That’s how many disposable diapers the typical baby uses in its first year, and all of them go into a landfill.

80. That’s about how many cloth diapers Dexter used in his first year, and none of them went into a landfill.

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