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Recent Press Releases

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

CEC Hosts Award-Winning Green Gala ‘Eco-Chic’ Party of the Year”

Solarize San Luis Obispo County Helps Homeowners Save with Solar

Community Environmental Council’s 2014 Earth Day Festival Attended by 37,364 People

Community Environmental Council Announces 2014 Environmental Hero Award Recipient: Supervisor Salud Carbajal

Earth Day Festival 2014 Highlights Announced by Community Environmental Council

Santa Ynez Valley Residents Saving With Solar

Community Environmental Council Welcomes Laura Capps, Chris Hahn to Board

Community Environmental Council Welcomes New Board Members

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

Goleta Backs But Won’t Fund Community Choice Energy Study Noozhawk. September 1, 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. July 18, 2015.

TransitionSigrid 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.

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.