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Recent Press Releases

CEC Earns Highest Ratings Possible from Two Independent Charity Raters. January 5, 2017.

CEC’s Solarize Program Announces 500th Customer. October 6, 2016.

CEC’s Green Gala Sold Out. September 20, 2016.

Electric Car Show for National Drive Electric Week. September 1, 2016.

Electric Car Show for National Drive Electric Week. September 1, 2016.

CEC To Host Award-Winning Green Gala. August 10, 2016.

Solarize 126 Group-Purchase Program comes to Santa Paula and Fillmore. August 1, 2016.

Solarize Ojai Valley Group-Purchase Program Returns for the 4th year. August 1, 2016.

Green Building Thought Leader Ed Mazria Returns to Santa Barbara. July 5, 2016.

Santa Barbara County Launches First-Ever Food Action Plan. May 24, 2016.

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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CEC in the News

Keep Santa Barbara Great Again! A Practical Guide to Protecting the Things We Hold Dear. Independent. January 19, 2017.

Santa Barbara School Board Gets New Look with 4 New Faces Among Trustees. Noozhawk. January 15, 2017.

Santa Barbara Foundation Welcomes Trustees Angel Martinez, Neil Dipaola and Robert Nakasone. Noozhawk. December 29, 2016.

City Considers Major Tajiguas Landfill Deal, Warts and All. Independent. December 1, 2016.

Three Steps For Creating Your Own End-of-Year Giving Plan. Noozhawk. November 29, 2016.

Speakers Talk Transit. The Acorn Publications. November 22, 2016.

Edison to Bring Pesky Below-Ground Vaults Upstairs. Independent. November 22, 2016.

Social-Sector Leaders Collaborate to Create Food Action Plan for Santa Barbara County. Noozhawk. November 19, 2016.

Carbon farming for climate health. Lompoc Record. November 16, 2016.

Carbon farming for climate health. Santa Maria Times. November 15, 2016.

Plan Moves to Action as Group Aims to Transform Food System in Santa Barbara County. Noozhawk. November 4, 2016.

Ban the Bag, California!. Independent. November 3, 2016.

The S.B. Questionnaire: Sigrid Wright. Independent. October 31, 2016.

The Next Step: Yes on 67 – Banning Plastic Bags. TVSB. October 20, 2016.

Event – Central Coast Sustainability Summit. The Green Market Oracle. October 16, 2016.

Saving the Planet, One Rooftop at a Time. Independent. October 14, 2016.

Sharing a Vision for Sustainability. The UCSB Current. October 12, 2016.

Solarize Santa Ynez Valley program to end Oct. 15. Santa Ynez Valley News. October 8, 2016.

Solarize Santa Ynez program to end Oct. 15. Santa Maria Times. October 8, 2016.

Pedaling for Affordable Housing!!!. Grid Alternatives. October 4, 2016.

Community Environmental Council Celebrates with Green Gala. Independent. October 6, 2016.

Civic Leaders Praise Local Nonprofit for Providing Support, Strategies to Improve Leadership. Noozhawk. September 18, 2016.

Goodland Drive Electric Car Show Puts In Plug for EV Future. Noozhawk. September 18, 2016.

Goleta Showcases Clean and Green Vehicles with Goodland Drive Electric Car Show. Noozhawk. September 18, 2016.

Allen Construction Builds Teeny Tiny House for CEC Green Gala. Noozhawk. September 14, 2016.

Electric Car Show for National Drive Electric Week. Independent. September 12, 2016.

From Pilots to Big Bold Visions: Rapid Scaling of Carbon Farming. California Adaptation Daily Digest.

Clean tech leaders try to put a business-friendly spin on climate change policies. Los Angeles Times. August 19, 2016.

World Business Academy trying to change ‘business of business’. Pacific Coast Business Times. August 12, 2016.

CEC to Host Award-Winning Green Gala. Independent. August 10, 2016.

White House to Recognize “Champions of Change for Climate Equity. Alaska Business Monthly. July 19, 2016.

White House ‘Champions of Change for Climate Equity’. Asian American Press. July 13, 2016.

Michael Green Recognized as a “Champion of Change”. Climate Action Business Association. July 13, 2016.

Resource-Recovery Facilities at Tajiguas Landfill OK’d by Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors. Noozhawk. July 12, 2016.

Profiles in Design: Thompson Naylor Architects. Independent. July 7, 2016.

About Santa Barbara County Action Network. EdHat. July 2, 2016.

Bob Klausner and CPA. Independent. June 28, 2016.

Solarize group-purchase program returns to Santa Ynez Valley. Santa Ynez Valley News. June 24, 2016.

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Solar Energy Day at Hearing. Newswire Today. June 24, 2016.

Robert Klausner: 1926-2016, Power Broker in Santa Barbara for Two Decades. Independent. June 23, 2016.

New Energy Sources Could Be Stepped Up With Diablo Shut Down. One News Page. June 22, 2016.

Lights Out for Diablo Canyon Sparks New Energy Ideas. KEYT. June 21, 2016.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors Pass $1 Billion Budget. Noozhawk. June 15, 2016.

East Ventura group to hear about solar energy and SUSTAIN VC. Ventura County Star. June 13, 2016.

All About Oil. Independent. June 2, 2016.

First hydrogen fueling station opens in Central California. May 30, 2016.

Solarize Santa Barbara Launches. Independent. May 28, 2016.

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.