Environmental Defense Center

Exactly one month from this issue’s publication, the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) will be having a 45th anniversary celebration at […more…]

The Environment’s Advocate

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Environmental Defense Center

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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 Natalie Orfalea Foundation.

In Their Defense

Most of the Environmental Defense Center’s in-person fundraising activities were canceled during COVID-19 and went online, including its main gala, Green & Blue. EDC raises about 85 percent of its funds on its own, so individual contributions remain vital to its existence as the nonprofit aims to attract up to $1.6 million this year. Plus, the work that the EDC does also supports 40 environmental organizations in the Tri-County area.

“A gift to EDC does more than help just one organization,” says Executive Director Owen Bailey. “This is because EDC provides free and low-cost legal services to so many other groups, and your gift supports all this work.”


The Environmental Defense Center works to protect and enhance the local environment through education, advocacy, and legal action.

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The Environmental Defense Center has been an essential partner in our legal work – from fighting off a massive expansion in oil drilling through a critical drinking water aquifer, to defeating a polluting gas power plant in favor of battery storage, to enforcing creek setbacks. Together we are protecting our air and water, advocating for endangered species, and pushing forward solutions to the climate crisis.
Katie Davis
Chair, Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter
Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

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