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Another Successful Earth Day! Thank You.

We are proud to report 37,364 people attended Santa Barbara Earth Day this year! (Special thanks to our dedicated volunteer crowd counters, who tracked attendance from 6 entry locations). It’s beyond inspiring to see so many people gather to share information, participate in community building, and celebrate this year’s theme “Local Roots,” which encouraged meaningful actions to help make a global impact. The festival was organized around the CEC’s five initiatives: Drive Less, Choose Electric, Go Solar, Ditch Plastic, and Eat Local.



2014 Earth Day Festival Stats:

  • At CEC’s booth, 794 pledges were made that – if fulfilled — would prevent approximately 1,631,130 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from being emitted in the atmosphere.
  • Approximately 1,020 bikes were valet parked; an estimated 1,000 more were self-parked.
  • Around 380 people took a test drive in one of the electric vehicles in the event’s Ride & Drive section of the 16th Annual Santa Barbara Green Car Show, the longest-running public focused Green Car Show in the U.S. This included ride and drives in the widely acclaimed Tesla S, Toyota RAV4 EV (the first all-electric SUV on the market), and the Nissan Leaf.
  • 91% of the waste generated was composted, recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill. All waste was collected and hand-sorted on site by Green Project Consultants, with assistance from the California Conservation Corps.
  • This year’s festival had about 250 volunteers who helped with building, running, and tearing down the festival over the course of five days.

Environmental Hero

We were pleased to present the 2014 Environmental Hero Award to County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, who accepted his award in person. “CEC is such an important organization in promoting sustainability in our community,” said Carbajal. “It is a special honor for me to receive this award.”

Thanks so much to this environmental supporter!

Special Thanks

A huge thank you to this year’s core partners LoaTree, New Noise Media Group, OniracomPlus One Events, Sprout Up, Learningden Preschool, Cultivate Events, and Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition as well as dozens of other partners and hundreds of volunteers. We invite you to applaud their incredible energy and commitment by posting your thanks on our Facebook page.

Tell us what you think

We want to hear from you! What were the highlights? Suggestions for next year?

Share your photos

We know you took some great shots — please share them!

You can post your photos and videos to one of our sites (including Facebook, Instagram #sbearthday, or Flickr) or mail a CD or thumb drive to CEC (26 W. Anapamu St. 2nd floor) for a chance to be used in festival promotional materials for 2015.


Sigrid Wright

Executive Director at Community Environmental Council
Sigrid Wright has 25 years of experience in non-profit environmental management, currently as CEO/Executive Director. For energy/climate related issues, she is co-author of The Santa Barbara County Regional Energy Blueprint, editor of more than a dozen CEC policy documents, and program facilitator for the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP). For food system issues, she is on the executive team and advisory board of the countywide Food Action Plan. For more than 15 years she led the annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival production team.

Sigrid holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Communications Design from the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts at the University of Baltimore. Prior to coming to CEC, she worked for several organizations in Washington, D.C., including the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation. She is an alum of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Katherine Harvey Fellows program and the Courage to Lead program for non-profit leaders, and sits on the board of Leading From Within. She is also a commissioner for the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women. She received the 2015 Women of Achievement Award from the Association of Women in Communications, Santa Barbara.
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