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Recent Press Releases

Local Ranch and Conservation Agencies Receive California Healthy Soils Award. March 13, 2018.

Two Workshops Offer Opportunity for Developers and Local Property Owners to Host So Cal Edison Renewable Energy Resources, Increase Revenue. March 1, 2018.

Community Environmental Council Announces SB Earth Day Festival 2018. February 13, 2018.

Community Environmental Council Welcomes New Officers and Members, including Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. January 31, 2018.

Community Invited to Take Action on Food System in Santa Barbara County. October 12, 2017.

Community Environmental Council Welcomes Laura Francis to Board of Directors; Michelle Weinman, Deborah Williams to Partnership Council. September 18, 2017.

CEC’s Solarize Ventura County Extended to September 22. September 1, 2017.

LACI Clean Energy Initiative Launches in Santa Barbara. August 31, 2017.

Oxnard Electric Car Show, Test Drives Highlight National Drive Electric Week. August 29, 2017

Community Environmental Council and Marjorie Luke Theater Bring Climate Change Film “Tomorrow” to Santa Barbara. July 5, 2017

Santa Barbara Becomes 30Th U.s. City To Commit To 100% Renewable Energy. June 6, 2017.

SB City Council to Consider 100% Renewable Energy Goal; Community Environmental Council Calls on Citizens to Attend Hearing. May 25, 2017.

Community Environmental Council Launches Solarize Irvine. May 5, 2017.

CEC Launches Solarize Santa Barbara County. May 4, 2017.

Highlights Announced for People’s Climate March. April 26, 2017.

SCEEP Promotes Energy Saving Rebate with Smart Thermostat Giveaway at Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. April 18, 2017.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2017 Highlights Announced; Actor Jeff Bridges to Present Environmental Hero Award to Activist Paul Hawken. April 17, 2017.

Coalition Announces People’s Climate Rally and March. April 13, 2017.

Earth Day Organizers Announce Author & Entrepreneur Paul Hawken as 2017 Environmental Hero Award Recipient. March 28, 2017.

Community Environmental Council Announces New President’s Council. February 27, 2017.

Announcing Santa Barbara Earth Day 2017. February 20, 2017.

Free Community Forum on Hydrogen Cars: Presented by Community Environmental Council and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District. February 15, 2017.

Community Environmental Council Welcomes Charles A. Newman to Board of Directors; Christine DeVries to Partnership Council. February 6, 2017.

Community Environmental Council’s SB Earth Day Festival Wins Sustainability Award; 2017 Event Announced. January 30, 2017.

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


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CEC’s mission is to pioneer real life solutions in areas with the most impact on climate change. Our programs provide pathways to clean vehicles, solar energy, resilient food systems, and reduction of single-use plastic.

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CEC in the News

Workshops Look at Clean Energy SolutionsNoozhawk. March 9, 2018.

Two Workshops Offer Developers, Local Property Owners Opportunity to Host So Cal Edison Renewable Energy, Increase RevenueSanta Barbara Independent. March 6, 2018.

Environmental Stewardship Awards: Nominate a Teacher, Student, or Class Today!Santa Barbara Independent. March 6, 2018.

Santa Barbara Family and Life Nonprofit GuideSB Family & Life Magazine. March 6, 2018.

Veggie Rescue Teams Up with Chumash Casino to Redirect Excess Food to People in NeedNoozhawk. March 3, 2018.

En GardeSanta Barbara Independent. January 6, 2018.

Goleta Commits To 100% Clean, Renewable EnergyNoozhawk. December 7, 2017.

Cynder Sinclair: Be Intentional and Creative with Your Giving This YearNoozhawk. November 29, 2017.

Reimagine: Santa Barbara — A Noozhawk Special ReportNoozhawk. October 29, 2017.

The State of Downtown Santa Barbara Marked by Distinctive Eras, But Remains True to RootsNoozhawk. October 15, 2017.

Community Asked to Consider Menu of Food Action Plan ProjectsNoozhawk. October 13, 2017.

Jeanne Graffy: 1925-2017Santa Barbara Independent. October 12, 2017.

The Fab Five: Inside Santa Barbara’s Mayoral RaceSanta Barbara Independent. October 12, 2017.

Is an Alternative Energy Choice Too Expensive for Santa Barbara? Santa Barbara Independent. October 5, 2017.

Alumni Council Programs Support Emerging LeaderNoozhawk. October 3, 2017.

3 Join Community Environmental Council Panels. Ventura County Star. September 27, 2017.

Audubon Society: Climate Change and Us. Noozhawk. September 26, 2017.

Santa Barbara Votes to Become ‘Bee-Friendly’ City. Noozhawk. September 20, 2017.

Solar discounts setting soonCondor Call. September 12, 2017.

Santa Barbara County on track to meet state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Santa Ynez Valley News. September 12, 2017.

Electric Vehicles: Drive Electric Week kicks off across the US. Red, Green and Blue. September 11, 2017.

Energy Efficiency And Sustainability Summit Looks Toward The Future. Santa Maria Chamber News. September 11, 2017.

Drive Electric Week Kicks Off With Events Across The USA. Clean Technica. September 11, 2017.

Santa Barbara County supervisors to hear energy, climate plan progress report. Lompoc Record. September 10, 2017.

Electric Vehicle show is Sept. 10 in Oxnard. Citizens Journal. September 9, 2017.

Tesla : Electric vehicle show is Sunday at Channel Islands Harbor. 4-Traders. September 7, 2017.

Workshop set on solar group-purchase program. Ventura County Star. September 7, 2017.

Get Plugged Into the Allure of Electric Vehicles. Noozhawk. September 3, 2017.

Clean Energy Initiative Launches in Santa Barbara. Noozhawk. August 31, 2017.

Another Path for Tajiguas. Santa Barbara Independent. August 24, 2017.

Leaders come together to talk energy efficiencySanta Maria Times. August 16, 2017.

Environmental Advocates Back Conklin. Noozhawk. August 16, 2017.

Lanzan Solarize en el Condado de Ventura. Noozhawk. August 16, 2017.

Solar Information Workshops AvailableThe Fillmore Gazette. July 13, 2017.

Green Starts at the TopIndependent. July 13, 2017.

When is solar the right choice? Coastal View News. July 12, 2017.

Climate-Change Documentary ‘Tomorrow’ to Screen at Marjorie Luke. Noozhawk. July 6, 2017.

Discounts for solarThe Acorn. July 6, 2017

Workshops planned on countywide solar energy program. Ventura County Star. June 27, 2017.

Solarize Irvine Starts at UniHills Ask A Leader podcast. June 27, 2017.

Santa Barbara homes going solarKEYT. June 25, 2017.

Call for proposals Closes July 3rd: 7th Annual Central Coast Sustainability SummitCalifornia’s Local Government Energy Efficiency Portal. June 23, 2017.

Can Santa Barbara really hit 100% renewable energy by 2030?KCRW. June 13, 2017.

Local Author Hosting Book Signing At Chaucer’s Books June 14thedhat. June 13, 2017.

Santa Barbara County Residents Get Encouraged To Go SolarKCLU. June 12, 2017.

Santa Barbara Votes for 100 Percent Renewable EnergyIndependent. June 8, 2017.

Spotlight on: Community Environmental Council, Solarize Santa BarbaraSanta Maria Sun. June 7, 2017.

Santa Barbara Joins Clean Energy Revolution, Commits to 100% RenewablesEcoWatch. June 7, 2017.

City of Santa Barbara Commits To Goal of 100% Renewable Energy by 2030Noozhawk. June 7, 2017.

Santa Barbara Becomes 30th US City To Commit To 100% Renewable EnergySolar Novus Today. June 7, 2017.

100% Renewable Fuel By 2030? Major South Coast City Says YesKCLU. June 7, 2017.

Santa Barbara Commits to 100% Clean Energy By 2030Edhat. June 7, 2017.

Santa Barbara Becomes 30th U.S. City To Commit To 100% Renewable EnergyPress Release Point. June 7, 2017.

Santa Barbara Becomes 30th U.S. City To Commit To 100% Renewable Energy4Traders. June 6, 2017.

L.A. Cleantech Incubator gets $5 million to Energize CaliforniaL.A. Biz. June 1, 2017.

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Launches Energize California with $5 Million Grant from the California Energy CommissionBusiness Wire. May 31, 2017.

Santa Barbara City Council to Consider 100% Renewable Energy GoalEdhat. May 31, 2017.

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Launches Energize California with $5 Million Grant from the California Energy CommissionVirtualization. May 31, 2017.

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Launches Energize California with $5 Million Grant from the California Energy CommissionBenzinga. May 31, 2017.

Guests: Kathi King, Outreach and Education Director and Michael Chiacos, Energy and Climate Program Director, Community Environmental CouncilPodomatic. May 24, 2017.

The Boatmaker and the Smog of the Sea Benefit ScreeningsSanta Barbara Seasons. May 28, 2017.

Sustainable Seasons: Plug In, Ride Green—Fueling The Rise Of Electric VehiclesSanta Barbara Seasons. May 10, 2017.

Environmental Council Helping Light Way to Going SolarNoozhawk. May 5, 2017.

Celebrating Earth Day 2017: Where Environmental Justice *INCLUDES* Racial Justice!  May 4, 2017.

Santa Barbara joins nationwide march calling for action on climate changeKEYT. April 29, 2017.

Scientists, supporters fill Santa Barbara in March for ScienceThe Channels. April 24, 2017.

Earth Day celebrated in Santa BarbaraKEYT. April 22, 2017.

Thousands Celebrate Earth Day as Santa Barbara Hosts Annual Homegrown FestivalNoozhawk. April 22, 2017.

Support the electric vehicle revolutionVentura County Star. April 22, 2017.

Happy Earth Month 2017! How will YOU celebrate? March for Science! and Climate!Artpredatorcom April 21, 2017.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2017 HighlightsVoice. April 21, 2017.

Santa Barbara Prepares to March for ScienceIndependent. April 20, 2017.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Weekend: It’s BigNBC. April 20, 2017.

Smart Thermostat Raffle a Hot Item at Earth Day Fest.  Noozhawk. April 19, 2017.

‘The Ocean Is Boiling’: The Complete Oral History Of The 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.  Pacific Standard. April 18, 2017.

Local Coalition Joins Global Call to March in People’s Climate RallyNoozhawk. April 17, 2017.

County Program Offers Green Advice for SpringNoozhawk. April 14, 2017.

Earth Day goes from Central Coast to global. Lompoc Record. April 6, 2017.

Earth Day goes from Central Coast to global. Santa Maria Times. April 6, 2017.

Hal Conklin Enters Mayor’s Race. Independent. March 30, 2017.

Community Environmental Council Announces New President’s Council. SB Seasons. March 29, 2017.

Former Santa Barbara Mayor, Councilman Hal Conklin Announces Bid for City’s Top Post Support Noozhawk Today. Noozhawk. March 27, 2017.

April Datebook and Cultural Events. SB Seasons. March 25, 2017.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars | Advantages vs. Disadvantages. SOS California. March 23, 2017.

Meet the New Crop of Santa Barbara Resisters. Independent. March 23, 2017.

Dennis Thompson Named AIA Fellow. SB Seasons. March 18, 2017.

Spring Happenings 2017. Independent. March 16, 2017.

Women’s Political Committee Holds President’s Circle Luncheon. Independent. March 16, 2017.

Jon Clark, Janet Garufis Honored as Santa Barbara Foundation’s Man and Woman of Year. Noozhawk. March 14, 2017.

Man and Woman of the Year Honored at Luncheon. Independent. March 14, 2017.

Women Speak Out. Independent. March 10, 2017.

Oil Protest at UCSB. Independent. March 2, 2017.

Students Meet Under Storke Tower to Rally Against ‘Dirty Oil’. Daily Nexus. March 2, 2017.

Naomi Klein to Speak at Women & Enviroment Confab. Noozhawk. March 1, 2017.

Pacific Standard Magazine & Miller-McCune Center Present: Women & the Environment Conference Featuring Naomi Klein. Noozhawk. February 28, 2017.

For Man & Woman of the Year Honorees Jon Clark and Janet Garufis, Commitment to Change Runs Deep. Noozhawk. February 26, 2017.

Santa Barbara Foundation 74th Man & Woman Of The Year Award Recipients – Jon Clark And Janet Garufis. Santa Barbara Seasons. February 25, 2017.

OUT and ABOUT: Newman joins CEC board. Biotechnology News Today. February 19, 2017.

SB Foundation’s Man & Woman of the Year Announced
. Edhat. February 19, 2017.

Free Community Forum on Hydrogen Cars. Voice. February 17, 2017.

Jon Clark, Janet Garufis Named Man & Woman of Year by Santa Barbara Foundation. Noozhawk. February 16, 2017.

City bemoans lack of board participation, extends application deadline. Coastal View. February 16, 2017.

Charles Newman, Christine DeVries Join CEC Boards. Noozhawk. February 13, 2017.

Environmental Council’s Earth Day Fest Wins Sustainability Award. Noozhawk. January 30, 2017.

Carbajal to Introduce No-Drill Oil Bill. Independent. January 29, 2017.

Freshman Rep. Salud Carbajal Uses First Bill on Bid to Ban Future Offshore Oil Drilling. Noozhawk. January 28, 2017.

Salud Carbajal pushes ban on offshore oil drilling. San Luis Obispo Tribune. January 27, 2017.

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

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