Meeting the Moment of the Climate Crisis

The time for action on climate change is now. For the Community Environmental Council (CEC), an environmental stalwart on the […more…]

Community Environmental Council, UC Cooperative Extension, and Agricultural Commissioner Announce New Report Aimed at Building Agricultural Resilience in Ventura County

In the face of wildfire and drought, these recommendations seek to protect against climate threats Community Environmental Council (CEC), the […more…]

CEC’s Santa Barbara Earth Day Green Film Festival

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Community Environmental Council

With Earth Day 2021 rolling around just a week after the publication date of this issue of the Montecito Journal, […more…]

“Earth Day – Every Day” Opinion Piece

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She’s Our Hero

Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA, is the recipient of the Santa Barbara’s Community Environmental Council’s 2021 Environmental Hero […more…]

Bold Climate Action

The double blow of the Thomas Fire and ensuing debris flow in 2018 left no doubt about the increasing threats […more…]

Community Environmental Council

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Matching Challenge

Through December 31, 2022, the first $5,000 donated will be matched thanks to a generous challenge grant from the Zegar Family Foundation.

Ramping Up Donations

Repairing and protecting the environment will require donations for CEC to marshal the resources needed to lower emissions, reduce waste, pull excess carbon out of our atmosphere, and safeguard local populations. Donations will fund the hiring of new staff and expansions to the Reverse, Repair, Protect programs and initiatives. Ultimately, every donation large or small helps ensure a climate-safe future for the Central Coast. 

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At CEC, building community resilience is at the center of everything we do. Our advocacy and programs seek to address root causes of climate change.
Since 1970, CEC has led the Santa Barbara region — and at times California and the nation — in creative solutions to some of the toughest environmental problems. We are often referred to as a “think-and-do tank” — deeply analyzing a problem and then applying creative, real-world solutions to it.
CEC seeks to move the Santa Barbara region away from dependence on fossil fuels in one generation – Fossil Free by ’33. We are aggressively pursuing this goal by educating and activating the community around sustainable practices, advocating for environmentally-sound policies and laws, and building partnerships with other organizations to open new pathways for sustainable transportation, energy, and food systems. Our five initiatives – Drive Less, Drive Clean, Go Solar, Ditch Plastic, Rethink Food – offer accessible pathways for the community to connect with and take action on CEC’s vision for a cleaner, healthier future.
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Director of Development: Nicole Eads

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Clear Thinking on Climate Change

Our current climate is marked by year-round fire seasons, extreme heat, mass evacuations, mass blackouts, and unfathomable fire runs measured in acres per second. We need clear thinkers and leaders who can bring people together as a community to tackle the impacts of the climate crisis. This is what CEC does, and why I stand with them.
Pat McElroy
Former Chief, Santa Barbara City Fire Department Executive Director, The Partnership for Resilient Communities

Board of Directors

Sigrid Wright, CEO
Executive Board
Barbara S. Lindemann, President
Catherine Brozowski, Vice President
Charles Newman, Vice President
Kathy Yeung, Treasurer
David N. Pellow, Secretary
Board Members at Large
Jon Clark
Christine DeVries
Nadra Ehrman
Carolyn Fitzgerald
Laura Francis
David Jackson
Elliott MacDougall
Pat McElroy
Ivette Peralta
Peter Schuyler