Everything you wanted to know about electrification and the proposed natural gas ban on new construction in Santa Barbara buildings.
California’s transportation sector remains the single largest contributor of emissions for both greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change and many…
Updated Alert: The County of Santa Barbara Planning Commission decided on March 27 that they need more information on the controversial ERG cyclic steaming oil project, continuing the item until May 29th. They directed staff to conduct research on many of the points CEC brought up, specifically around the carbon intensity of the proposed oil production and what a greenhouse gas offset plan would look like.
Original Alert: Oppose risky oil development in Santa Barbara County by signing a petition or speaking at the Santa Barbara County Planning Commision meeting on March 13.
Original Alert: Sign the petition to urge the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District to transition to 100% electric buses by 2030. Setting this goal will lead to cleaner air, cut climate pollution, improve the health of our region’s residents, and increase jobs.
Result:Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District voted unanimously to set a goal of 100% all-electric buses by 2030, joining Los Angeles and seven other California Transit Agencies.
Original Alert: Call Assemblymember Monique Limón today to share your support for 100% carbon-free energy in California by 2045.
Result: The 78 calls made by CEC's followers contributed to the passage of SB 100, which requires California to move to 100% carbon-free energy by 2045. It will next need to pass the Senate, and be signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
Original Alert: Support Community Choice Energy for Santa Barbara by signing a petition or speaking at any of three hearings on July 17: Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, Goleta City Council, or Santa Barbara City Council.
Result: About 145 people signed a petition or came out to speak at the three hearings on July 17, 2018. Coupled with over a decade of encouragement from the Community Environmental Council and other advocates, the County of Santa Barbara and the Cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta each independently voted to move forward with launching a local Community Choice program.
Original Alert: Tell Santa Barbara City Council to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics by signing a petition or speaking at the July 17 City Council hearing.
Result: With a hundred signatures and individuals showing up to testify at City Council, a ban on Styrofoam food service items & retail sales will go into effect January 1, 2019, as well as a ban on plastic straws with a provision that food providers must ask customers if they need plastic cutlery or stirrers before providing.
Result: In a unanimous vote, City of Goleta council members committed to moving the city's municipal facilities and community-wide electricity supply to 100% renewable power by 2030. They also resolved to have at least 50 percent of electricity use by municipal facilities come from renewable sources by 2025. To support these goals, the city authorized investigating the feasibility of a city-wide Community Choice Energy program that could encourage more local renewable generation.
Result: Over 1,200 signatures were gathered, and citizens turned out in record numbers to show support for renewable energy, filling Santa Barbara City Council's chambers, overflow room, and even the balcony. In a 5-1 vote, the council committed to setting a goal of achieving 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Result: Thanks to the hundreds of supporters who wrote letters, signed petitions, or spoke at today's hearing, Community Choice Energy will get the funding it needs to help move Santa Barbara County to a clean energy future.
Result: Over 130 community members showed up to the initial hearing for the latest Bicycle Master Plan, and 300 CEC followers signed our letter of support. After months of further meetings and public input, the Master Plan was approved thanks to community support.
Result: Over 130,000 people, 270+ of which were CEC followers, took action to protect rooftop solar in California. This overwhelming display of support marks the largest number of public comments ever recorded at the CPUC.
Result: Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 350 into law, which requires California to generate 50% of its electricity sources renewably by 2030.
Result: 130 people took action and showed their support for clean energy.