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Recent Press Releases

Solarize Santa Barbara Program Launch Press Conference Tuesday, 5/24 at 10:00 AM . May 20, 2016.

One Year After the Devastating Plains All American Pipeline “Refugio Oil Spill” Legislators and Leading Environmental Organizations Address Concerns and Next Steps to Protect and Restore our Damaged Coast. May 19, 2016.

Central Coast Celebrates Its First Hydrogen Fueling Station. May 13, 2016.

SCEEP Offers Energy Efficiency Tools Giveaway at Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. April 7, 2016.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2016 Highlights Announced; Zach Gill Returns as Sunday Headliner. April 6, 2016.

Earth Day Organizers Announce Congresswoman Lois Capps and Organization 5 Gyres as 2016 Environmental Hero Award Recipients. March 17, 2016.

Community Environmental Council Announces New Director of Development, Anais Pellegrini. March 7, 2016.

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

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Food Action Plan Served Up in Santa Barbara County With Economic, Health and Environmental Benefits. KEYT. May 24, 2016.

Dignitaries, Watchdogs Remember Refugio. Independent. May 23, 2016.

Environmentalists push for pipeline safety on anniversary of Refugio Beach oil spill. Lompoc Record. May 21, 2016.

Solar energy crosses into the mainstream in Ventura County. VC Star. May 21, 2016.

Solar energy crosses into the mainstream in Ventura County. ENERGY NEWS CYPRUS. May 21, 2016.

Legislators, Environmental Groups Call for Better Pipeline Safety a Year After Refugio Oil Spill. Noozhawk. May 19, 2016.

Santa Barbara County to Launch First-Ever Food Action Plan. Noozhawk. May 19, 2016.

“A Billion Watts for the South Coast” by Sigrid Wright. Independent. May 19, 2016.

Hydrogen Fueling Station First on Central Coast. Independent. May 18, 2016.

Officials unveil county’s first hydrogen fueling station . Santa Maria Times. May 17, 2016.

Officials unveil county’s first hydrogen fueling station. Lompoc Record. May 17, 2016.

First Public Hydrogen Fuel Cell Refueling Station For Central, South Coasts Opens. KCLU. May 16, 2016

TRUE ZERO Opens First Hydrogen Fueling Station in Central Coast Region. CBS 19. May 13, 2016.

Santa Barbara’s First Hydrogen Station Opens for Business
. Fuel Cells Works. May 13, 2016.

TRUE ZERO Opens First Hydrogen Fueling Station in Central Coast Region. 4-Traders. May 13, 2016.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Appears at Opening of First Retail Hydrogen Station in Santa Barbara. Honda News. May 13, 2016.

First Element Fuel opens new hydrogen filling station financed by CEC, Honda, Toyota. Stratton Report. May 13, 2016.

Central Coast’s First Hydrogen Fueling Station. Edhat. May 13, 2016.

Central Coast’s First Hydrogen Fueling Station Opens on La Cumbre Road. Noozhawk. May 13, 2016.

Explore Ecology Distinguishes El Montecito School for Environmental Practices. Noozhawk. May 9, 2016.

Laura Capps to Announce School Board Candidacy. Independent. April 26, 2016.

“Solarize Ventura” Offers Local Homeowners Solar Education and Discounts. Citizen’s Journal. April 22, 2016.

Political Watch 4/21/16. Santa Maria Sun. April 21, 2016.

Solarize Ventura offers local homeowners solar education and discounts. Public. April 19, 2016.

Santa Barbara Gets Its Green On for Annual Earth Day Festival. Public. April 19, 2016.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival Presents: Buena Onda. Daily Nexus. April 18, 2016.

Interview with Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres. KCSB. April 18, 2016.

Lobero Theatre Gets Green Certification. Santa Barbara Seasons. April 17, 2016.

Santa Barbara celebrates Earth Day Festival. KSBY. April 17, 2016.

This Earth Month: Find Out What Nature Does To Your Brain. April 16, 2016.

Annual Earth Day Festival This Weekend On South Coast. KCLU. April 16, 2016.

Weekend Picks 04-15-16. KEYT. April 15, 2016.

Interview with Lois Capps. KJEE. April 15, 2016.

Earth Day: Go Solar, Eat Local, Drive Less, Ditch Plastic, Choose Electric…. Casa Magazine. April 15, 2016.

Sustainability, Climate-Change Awareness Are in the Air at Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival. Noozhawk. April 15, 2016.

Earth Day Celebration in Santa Barbara. News India. April 15, 2016.

South on 101: Earth Day every day. Lompoc Record. April 15, 2016.

Thousands Expected for Santa Barbara Weekend Earth Day Celebration. KEYT. April 15, 2016.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Returns This Weekend With Music, Hydrogen-Fueled Cars. Noozhawk. April 14, 2016.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AT EARTH DAY FESTIVAL. Santa Barbara Seasons. April 10, 2016.

Tajiguas Landfill Resource-Recovery Project Advanced by Santa Barbara Supervisors. Noozhawk. April 5, 2016.

Arrive by Bark — er, Bike — at SB Earth Day. NBC LA. April 5, 2016.

Arrive Car Free to 2016 SB Earth Day Festival. EdHat. April 4, 2016.

#EarthMonth Profile: Cox Conserves Heroes Improve Outdoor Spaces For All. 3BL Media. April 1, 2016.

Reelin’ in the Years. Independent. March 31, 2016.

Masai Giraffe Born in Santa Barbara. NBC Bay Area. March 27, 2016.

Santa Barbara film Premiere of POLYFACES A World of Many Choices A film by REGRARIANS. Noozhawk. March 14, 2016.

Sierra Club Endorses Salud Carbajal For Congress. Noozhawk. March 14, 2016.

Ann Pieramici: Ann Jackson Family Foundation Grant Helps Develop Community Leaders. Noozhawk. February 15, 2016.

Landfill Project a Waste of Energy? Santa Barbara Independent. February 11, 2016.

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.