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Recent Press Releases

CEC’s Green Gala Sold Out. August 13, 2018.

Community Environmental Council Welcomes New Council Members and Interns in Support of Work for a Healthy and Green Community. July 31, 2018.

Community Environmental Council Adds Intern, Council Members. July 31, 2018.

That Sucking Sound …. July 31, 2018.

Dream Foundation Appoints Director of Development. July 30, 2018.

Science, Technology, and Environment: You Don’t Have to Go it Alone in Going Solar!. July 29, 2018.

California town will jail you for using a plastic straw. July 25, 2018.

Paula Kehoe: Environmentalist at Heart. July 25, 2018.

New program to provide free energy benchmarking and energy audits. July 20, 2018.

Banned in Santa Barbara No More Plastic Straws or Styrofoam. July 20, 2018.

New program to provide free energy benchmarking and energy audits. July 20, 2018.

Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance launches kWh Countdown Program. July 18, 2018.

Winter 2018 Funded Projects. July 18, 2018.

Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance Launches kWh Countdown Program to help Ventura County Businesses save energy. July 2, 2018.

CEC Launches Solarize Santa Barbara. May 29, 2018.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2018 Highlights Announced; Kenny Loggins & Salud Carbajal to Present Environmental Hero Awards. April 17, 2018.

Community Environmental Council Announces New Program Allowing Nonprofits to Go Solar at No Cost. April 12, 2018.

Earth Day Organizers Announce 2018 Environmental Hero & Youth Award Recipients and Activities for a “Climate Resilient” Future. April 9, 2018.

Community Environmental Council Welcomes Barbara S. Lindemann to Board and Alexis Donaire to Partnership Council . March 31, 2018.

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.

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CEC in the News

AMPT to KICKGAS for XEROCO2Condor Call. October/November Issue, 2018.

Montecito Miscellany: Happy As A LarkMontecito Journal. October Issue, 2018.

Earth Day is Every Day at UCSBThe Bottom Line, UCSB. October 3, 2018.

Accelerating Electric Transportation – Reaching California’s Goal of 5 million Zero Emission Vehicles by 2030UCSB Sustainability. September 26, 2018.

The S.B. Questionnaire: Kathi KingSanta Barbara Independent. September 21, 2018.

The Central Coast Climate Collaborative: Building Climate Resiliency Across the Region. UCSB Sustainability. September 18, 2018.

Time for Pro Sports to Ditch PlasticSierra Magazine. September 17, 2018.

A Collection of Three Word Brand Haikus. Medium. September 11, 2018.

More than 2 dozen electric vehicles displayed in Solvang. Santa Maria Times. September 11, 2018.

Plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery may face new rules in Santa Barbara soon. KEYT. September 10, 2018.

UnpluggedSanta Maria Times. September 10, 2018.

All charged up: Electric car show kicks off National Drive Electric WeekSanta Barbara News Press. September 9, 2018.

Photos: Solvang Electric Car Show enlightens crowd on benefits of green vehiclesSanta Maria Times. September 8, 2018.

Electric car shows lined up. Santa Barbara News Press. September 8, 2018.

Electric Car Shows for National Drive Electric Week. Santa Barbara Independent. September 7, 2018.

Community Environmental Council and Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club Support National Drive Electric Week Events in the 805 Region. Los Amigos. September 6, 2018.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Launches Inaugural CALL-TO-ACTION FILM FESTIVALBroadway World. September 4, 2018.

It’s electric: Car show in Solvang will spotlight plug-ins, hybridsSanta Maria Times. September 4, 2018.

About Town: ‘Coffee with Bob,’ Electric Car Show. Lompoc Record. Sept 2, 2018.

Electric Car Show coming to Solvang. Santa Maria Times. August 29, 2018.

Electric Car Show to be held in Solvang. Santa Maria Times. August 27, 2018.

Electric Car Show to be held in Solvang. Lompoc Record. August 26, 2018.

Show of electric vehicles planned Sept. 8. Santa Ynez Valley Star. August 21, 2018.

One Company, One Trend, One MissionOdyssey Online. August 20, 2018.

Editorial: Guest Opinion: Mr. Carbajal: Candles, please. Santa Barbara News-Press. August 15, 2018.

Excess Food, Which Normally Gets Thrown Out, Helps To Feed Hungry In Santa Barbara County. KCLU. August 13, 2018.

Cec Introduces Santa Barbara County Food Rescue. Edhat. August 12, 2018.

Food Rescue Network Links Those With Excess Food to Those in Need. Noozhawk. August 11, 2018.

Straw Poll by Mail. Santa Barbara News-Press. August 10, 2018.

Activists turn from protesting to collaborating, like Glendale Environmental Coalition and Grayson Power Plant plans. San  Gabriel Valley Tribune. August 7, 2018.

Letters: council kicks can down roadSanta Barbara News-Press. August 5, 2018.

Editorials: Guest Opinion: Scorpions au naturelSanta Barbara News-Press. August 1, 2018.

Community Environmental Council Adds Intern, Council MembersNoozhawk. July 31, 2018.

That Sucking Sound… Santa Barbara Independent. July 31, 2018.

Dream Foundation Appoints Director of Development. Noozhawk. July 30, 2018.

Science, Technology, and Environment: You Don’t Have to Go it Alone in Going Solar!. Washington Examiner. July 29, 2018.

Editorials: Guest Opinion: Introducing the Dimwit Energy Company. Santa Barbara News-Press. July 29, 2018.

Letters: Opinion: Investors of the world unite! Santa Barbara News-Press. July 29, 2018.

Paula Kehoe: Environmentalist at Heart. PHCP Pros. July 25, 2018.

California town will jail you for using a plastic straw. Washington Examiner. July 25, 2018.

Banned in Santa Barbara: No More Plastic Straws or Styrofoam. Santa Barbara Independent. July 20, 2018.

New program to provide free energy benchmarking and energy audits. VC Star. July 20, 2018.

Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance launches kWh Countdown Program. Ventura Breeze. July 18, 2018.

Winter 2018 Funded Projects. UCSB. July 18, 2018.

City Council to discuss energy alternatives. Santa Barbara News-Press. July 17, 2018.

Discounted Solar Installation Offered in Santa Barbara County More Affordable Sun-Powered Options Available. Santa Barbara Independent. July 6, 2018.

Making July Plastic Free. Santa Barbara Independent. July 6, 2018.

Arve Sjovold: 1935-2018Trout Fisherman, Water Conservationist. Santa Barbara Independent. July 5, 2018.

City joins CEC to offer solar energy program to Carpinteria homeowners. Coastal View. July 3, 2018.

City of Ventura 4th of July Street Fair & Pushem-Pullem Parade. Ventura Breeze. June 20, 2018.

Recycling 101 and beyond. Coastal View. June 14, 2018.

Out and About: Steed Leads CEC Board. Santa Barbara Newspress. June 13, 2018.

Santa Barbara Ordinance Committee Moving Toward Styrofoam Ban. Noozhawk. June 12, 2018.

Central Coast water board to meet June 28-29 in Santa Barbara. Santa Maria Times. June 12, 2018.

Taking Our Earth Day Mentality Beyond A Single Day. Green Schools Alliance Blog. May 31, 2018.

Community Conversations with Sigrid Wright, Executive Director of the Community Environmental Council. Santa Barbara Foundation. May 7, 2018.

Editorial: Guest Opinion: Energy chaos and destructionSanta Barbara News-Press. May 6, 2018.

Tajiguas Landfill Revamp Sucks Up Another $91 MillionSanta Barbara Independent. May 1, 2018.

Town Hall Jumble — A Review. Santa Barbara Independent. April 26, 2018.

City hosting energy workshopThousand Oaks Acorn. April 26, 2018.

‘Drought, Fire & Flood’ Event in Santa Barbara Focuses on Wildfire, Debris FlowNoozhawk. April 25, 2018.

Climate Change is Real Act announced in Santa Barbara by Rep. CarbajalKEYT. April 23, 2018.

Earth Day Festival Goes for a Ride with Array of Alternative Vehicles — Including Scooters and BikesNoozhawk. April 22, 2018.

Join SoCal’s Vibrant Earth Day PartiesNBC Los Angeles. April 20, 2018.

Carbajal to Announce Climate Change is Real Act at Earth Day EventsUS Congressman Salud Carbajal. April 20, 2018.

Spring events to enjoy this weekendKEYT. April 20, 2018.

Toward Climate Change Resilience. Santa Barbara Independent. April 19, 2018.

The Amazing Ability of Pasture Grass to Sequester Carbon. Santa Barbara Independent. April 19, 2018.

Celebrating Santa Barbara’s Environmental Victories and Anticipating New Challenges. Santa Barbara Independent. April 19, 2018.

Earth Day weekend events start early at Santa Barbara City CollegeKEYT. April 19, 2018.

Community Environmental Council Hosting Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival This WeekendNoozhawk. April 18, 2018.

Judy Foreman: In Aftermath of Disasters, AHA! Moment Puts Focus on Rising Together. Noozhawk. April 15, 2018.

Some Central And South Coast Nonprofits Can Now Go Solar At No Cost. KCLU. April 14, 2018.

Skip the Straw. Edhat. April 13, 2018.

Skip the straw movement gets support from local kids. KEYT. April 11, 2018.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2018. Santa Barbara Seasons. April 11, 2018.

Arrive car free to the 2018 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. KEYT. April 10, 2018.

Bright Ideas to Light Up emPower Earth Day Booth. Noozhawk. April 10, 2018.

What Makes a Home ‘Green’? Santa Barbara Independent. March 29, 2018.

Town Hall to Tackle Climate Change and New Normal. Noozhawk. March 21, 2018.

Oil platform alternatives explored with SBMM. Coastal View. March 14, 2018.

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

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

The Best Spring Festivals in Santa BarbaraCalifornia Now. March 6, 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.

Two Workshops Offer Developers, Local Property Owners Opportunity to Host So Cal Edison Renewable Energy, Increase RevenueSanta Barbara Independent. March 1, 2018.

Restaurants promote sustainability with ‘Skip the Straw Day’Santa Barbara News-Press. February 23, 2018.

Excerpt from The Courage Way by Shelly Francis. Lead Change. February 8, 2018.

Good Deeds. 805 Living. January/February 2018.

En GardeSanta Barbara Independent. January 6, 2018.

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