One of the best ways for members of the press to stay current on events and announcements is to sign-up for CEC’s action alerts. In addition, CEC Staff and Board are available to provide expert background and commentary on a wide range of issues. For help identifying the right expert, contact Assistant Director Sigrid Wright at

If you are looking for information specific to the Earth Day Festival, please visit the Earth Day Festival Press Page.

For archived articles published before 2014, visit our Archived Press page.

Quick Facts

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Santa Barbara, California.

mission is to identify, advocate and raise awareness about the most pressing environmental issues that affect the Santa Barbara region. We currently focus all of our energy on building a community-based movement that weans the region off of fossil fuels in one generation — Fossil Free by ’33.

Some of our areas of expertise include:

CEC in the News

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. 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.

Munroe, Fred. “Alternative Fuels Here and Now.” KCBX FM. June 1, 2014.

Kath, Laura. “Santa Barbara Car Free Grand Prize Winner at Earth Day Has Local Roots.” Noozhawk. May 19, 2014.

Welsh, Nick. “Bag Ban Takes Effect.” Santa Barbara Independent. May 15, 2014.

Sanchez, Victoria. “Santa Barbara Bag Ban Starts Wednesday.” KEYT. May 13, 2014.

Pothoff, Gina. “Key Community Players Discuss the Merits of Charging an Oil Extraction Fee.” Noozhawk. May 6, 2014.

Yatchisin, George. “Enjoying Earth Day’s Farm-to-Table Dinner.” Santa Barbara Independent. May 5, 2014.

“Community Environmental Council’s 2014 Earth Day Festival Attended by 37,364 People.” Santa Barbara Independent. May 5, 2014.

Cone, Shelly. “Santa Maria couple saving big on solar.” The Santa Maria Times. April 30, 2014.

“Attendance at Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival Tops 37,000.” Noozhawk. April 30, 2014.

Miller-Leonard, Tiana. “SB Hosts Earth Day Festivities.” The Daily Nexus. April 28, 2014.

Wright, Sigrid. “Earth Day Matters More than Ever.” Santa Barbara Independent. April 26, 2014.

Pothoff, Gina. “Local Bites, Bikes Abound at Santa Barbara’s 44th Earth Day Festival.” Noozhawk. April 26, 2014

Palminteri, John. “Earth Day Festival This Weekend.” KEYT. April 25, 2014.

“CEC Selects Salud Carbajal as Environmental Hero Award Recipient.” Noozhawk. April 24, 2014.

“Earth Day, A Santa Barbara Story.” Santa Barbara View. April 22, 2014.

“Happy Earth Day!” Edbit – Santa Barbara Edhat. April 22, 2014.

Buttitta, Joe. “Earth Day: Santa Barbara Plastic Bag Ban Approaching.” KEYT. April 22, 2014.

Gray Painter, Alysia. “Planet Hug: Earth Day Around Southern California.” NBC Southern California. April 19, 2014.

“CEC Announces Highlights of Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival.” Noozhawk.April 16, 2014.

“Union Bank Partners with Local Organizations to Host Free Community Shred Day.” Santa Barbara Independent. April 15, 2014.

Earth Day Promo – Community Environmental Council on Vimeo

“SCEEP Teaches Community about Energy Efficiency at Earth Day.” Santa Barbara Independent. April 4, 2014.

Tang Nyholt, Candice. “Community Environmental Council Seeks Volunteers for Earth Day Festival.” Noozhawk. April 2, 2014.

“LoaTree Hosts Green Drinks Earth Day Benefit.” Santa Barbara Independent. March 27, 2014.

“Vapur and Orfalea Foundation Bring Hydration Back to School.” Santa Barbara Independent. March 23, 2014.

Garofalo, Meredith. “Program Teaches Students About Water Sustainability.” KEYT. March 19, 2014.

Zatkowsky, Dean. “Vapur, Orfalea Foundation Bringing Hydration to Schools with Water Stations, Bottles.” Noozhawk. March 18, 2014.

DeMarco, Emily. “Tesla Model S: Are They More Cost-Effective Than You Think?” InsideEVs. March 12, 2014.

Wozny, Kateri. “Charge it: Electric vehicles find happy homes in Carpinteria.” Coastal View News. March 6, 2014.

Wright, Sigrid. “Locally Grown: How to Eat Well and Live Happily on Santa Barbara’s Abundance.” Santa Barbara Seasons. Spring 2014.

Graham, Chuck. “Plugged In.” Deep Magazine (pg. 58). March/April 2014.

Brown, Michelle. “Call for Earth Day Vendors.” Santa Barbara Independent. February 25, 2014.

“Solarize Santa Ynez Valley to Return.” Santa Ynez Valley News. February 20, 2014. 

“Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival.” Santa Barbara Independent. February 19, 2014.

Holmes, Resemary. “Plastic Bag Ban Coming to a Town Near You.” Lompoc Record. February 13, 2014.

Carey, Brina. “Story of One Man Saving $245/Month by Combining EV and Solar for His Commute.” Inside EVs. February 11, 2014.

Preston, Benjamin. “New Cord for Electric VEhicles Offers Charge-Anywhere Versatility.” New York Times. February 6, 2014.

Chiacos, Michael. “Using Grid-Tied Solar to Power Your Home and Vehicle – Driving on Sunshine.” Inside EVs. February 5, 2014.