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Recent Press Releases

Community Environmental Council Welcomes Catherine Brozowski and New Officers to Board of Directors. February 3, 2016.

2016 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival Announced by Community Environmental Council. January 26, 2016.

CEC Presents Drive Clean Santa Barbara. November 25, 2015.

Community Environmental Council Food Waste Study Reveals Opportunities to Feed the Hungry and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions October 23, 2015.

Pico Iyer Joins Paul Relis in Santa Barbara to Discuss Climate Change and the Environmental Movement. October 1, 2015.

Dave Davis to Step Down from Community Environmental Council; Board Appoints Sigrid Wright as First Female CEO. July 13, 2015.

Santa Barbara Takes Important Step Toward Clean, Renewable Energy: Local community answers Refugio Oil Spill with a strong move toward Community Choice Energy model. June 11, 2015.

Local Resident Named State Finalist for Cox Conserves Hero Award; Award money earmarked to move area off fossil fuels in response to Refugio Oil Spill. May 27, 2015.

Refugio Oil Spill Inspires Action Toward a Post-oil Era. May 21, 2015.

Gaviota Coast Oil Spill Strengthens Resolve of Community Environmental Council. May 20, 2015.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2015 Highlights Announced; Zach Gill & Anuhea to Headline.

Earth Day Organizers Focus on Climate, Announce Author Bill McKibben as 2015 Environmental Hero Award Recipient.

Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan Launches with Community Listening Sessions.

Community Environmental Council Welcomes Adam Green, Kim Kimbell and Stan Roden to Board of Directors, Announces 2015 Board Officers.

Earth Day Festival 2015 Announced by Community Environmental Council.

Quick Facts

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Santa Barbara, California.
CEC’s mission is to pioneer real life solutions in areas with the biggest impact on climate change — most notably energy, transportation and food systems.

Some of our areas of expertise include:

CEC in the News

The West’s Best Places to Live. Sunset. February 2016 issue.

Real Food Hero Award for 2016 Oscar Carmona. NPRN. January 7, 2016.

Santa Barbara-Based Gas Pods Company Aims to Save Drivers Money, Carbon Emissions. Noozhawk. January 4, 2016.

Direct Energy Solar Offers Community Solar Programs. Citizen’s Journal. December 21, 2015.

Paris Agreement Matters to Santa Barbara: Climate Accord Sets Stage for Clean Energy Economy. Santa Barbara Independent. December 18, 2015.

Santa Barbara Parks & Rec. Director Appointed. Edhat. December 15, 2015.

Dave Davis and Renner Wunderlich Join Board of Environmental Defense Center. NPRN. December 8, 2015.

Sigrid Wright in the Who’s Who of Non-Profits and Foundations Pacific Coast Business Times. December 4, 2015.

Karen Telleen-Lawton: Produce Waste Provides Food for Thought. Noozhawk. November 30, 2015.

Community Environmental Council Presents Drive Clean Santa Barbara Noozhawk. November 27, 2015.

Community Environmental Council Presents Drive Clean Santa BarbaraNPRN. November 27, 2015.

Community Environmental Council Presents Drive Clean Santa BarbaraNewslocker. November 27, 2015.

Local Heroes 2015. Santa Barbara Independent. November 25, 2015.

Assemblymember Williams To Speak At Community Environmental Council Breakfast and Stanford University Panel. GovBuddy. November 20, 2015.

Workshop In Ventura County To Give Residents Look At Latest In Low Polluting Vehicles. KCLU. November 16, 2015.

Workshop discusses cleaner fuels. Camarillo Acorn. November 13, 2015.

Imagining California Without Oil Refineries. KCRW (Response to this article on California Political Review). November 12, 2015.

Wide-ranging efforts to thwart climate change. Lompoc Record. November 11, 2015.

Going Electric in the Kitchen. Santa Barbara Independent. November 11, 2015.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles WorkshopsVentura Edhat. November 9, 2015.

Community Environmental Council Welcomes New Board President Laura Burton CappsNoozhawk. November 5, 2015.

The local environmental movement, book-ended by spills. KCRW. October 16, 2015.

YStrive for Youth Nonprofit Wins Top Prize at Santa Barbara Fast Pitch 2015. Noozhawk. October 15, 2015.

A Shared Vision for Sustainability. The UCSB Current. October 15, 2015.

Community Environmental Council Brings Celebration to The Lark for Green Gala. Noozhawk. October 12, 2015.

Community Environmental Council Brings Celebration to The Lark for Green Gala. Topix. October 12, 2015.

Paul Relis: Environmental Frontiersman. Santa Barbara Independent. October 9, 2015.

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson Joins Community Environmental Council Green Gala in Honoring Dave Davis. Noozhawk. October 8, 2015.

Authors Paul Relis and Pico Iyer to Join on Lobero Stage for Environmental Talk. Noozhawk. October 1, 2015.

Pico Iyer Joins Paul Relis in Santa Barbara to Discuss Climate Change and the Environmental Movement. One News Page. October 1, 2015.

COAST Honors Mickey and Richard Flacks for Community Activism, Leadership. Noozhawk. September 27, 2015.

Micro-Grid Panel.
UCSB Sustainability.. September 22, 2015.

High Rates, Toxic Water (If You’re Lucky): Organizing for Equity in California’s Central Valley – An Interview With Susana DeAnda. Carpe Diem West. September 19, 2015.

Compostable food trays win Santa Maria-Bonita School District environmental stewardship award. Santa Maria Sun. September 16, 2015.

Electric Vehicle Show to Come to Camino Real Marketplace. Noozhawk. September 16, 2015.

Electric Vehicle Show to Come to Camino Real Marketplace. Plug In Europe. September 16, 2015.

Diary of a Teenage Dog. Santa Barbara Independent. September 10, 2015.

City asked to take part in energy study. Moorpark Acorn. September 4, 2015.

Two Woman Nonprofit Leaders Join County’s Commission for Women. Noozhawk. September 2, 2015.

Selecting the best LED lightbulbs for your home. Allen Construction. September 2, 2015.

Goleta Backs But Won’t Fund Community Choice Energy StudyNoozhawk. September 1, 2015.

Williams and AT&T Spearhead New Program. September 1, 2015.

County Commission for Women Welcomes Two Appointments. Santa Barbara Independent. August 31, 2015.

20 nonprofits selected for Fast Pitch SB training program. Pacific Coast Business Times. August 28, 2015.

Eye on the Environment: Free home resources Ventura County Reporter. August 27, 2015.

Community Environmental Council Welcomes 2015 Partnership Council Members. Santa Barbara Independent. August 26, 2015.

Solarize Ventura Program Extended Ventura County Reporter. July 30, 2015.

Santa Barbara Lowering Fees for Solar Energy Permits, Expediting Approval Process Noozhawk. July 30, 2015.

Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors OKs Plastic Bag Ban Noozhawk. July 22, 2015

Jack Johnson to Award Santa Barbara Bowl for Sustainable Practices Noozhawk. July 22, 2015

Community Environmental Council Expects Smooth Leadership. Noozhawk. 

Transition: Sigrid Wright Taking Leadership of Community Environmental Council Santa Barbara Independent. July 16, 2015.

Electric Vehicles Moving in Green Fast Lane Ventura County Star. July 5, 2015.

It’s Time to Choose Santa Barbara News Press. June 28, 2015.

Lasting impression: As southern Santa Barbara County beaches get cleaner, what can we make of the Refugio spill? Santa Maria Sun. June 18, 2015.

California Is Getting Serious About Distributed Generation Prometheus Institute. June 17, 2015.

Breaking Up With Oil Noozhawk. June 15, 2015.

Cox and The Trust For Public Land Announce Jordan benShea as California’s 2015 Cox Conserves Hero. PR Newswire. June 8, 2015.

Hundreds ‘Stand in the Sand’ to Protest Refugio Oil Spill: They Called for More Renewable Energy Sources to Save Environment Santa Barbara Independent. June 2, 2015

Cry grows to stop new oil production in Santa Barbara County. Pacific Coast Business Times. May 29, 2015.

Central Coast Bioneers to Host Talk, Book Signing with Author and CEC Founder Paul Relis. Noozhawk. May 26, 2015.

Santa Barbara Oil Spill: Authorities, environmentalists step up response. CNN. May 22, 2015.

Echoes of 1969 in the Santa Barbara oil spill. KCRW. May 20, 2015.

Finalists Named for California’s Cox Conserves Heroes Program, Public Asked to Vote for Winner. PR Newswire. May 18, 2015.

45th Annual Earth Day Showcases Rare Cars, Local Foods and Throngs of Festival Fans Noozhawk. April 18, 2015.

SB Leader in Saving Water, AP Study Finds Daily Nexus. April 2, 2015.

Oniracom Announces Official Release of Newest Product, Storywall Santa Barbara Independent. March 31, 2015.

Partnership Hosts Community Workshops on Developing Food Action Plan Noozhawk. March 26, 2015.

Santa Barbara Vacation IdeasThe Desert Sun. March 25, 2015.

Partnership pushes solar power for Kern County Central Valley Business Times. March 20, 2015.