SBCAN: Get discounted group rate on solar, workshop tonight in Orcutt and July 26 in SB

Thinking about adding solar to your home? Check out these Community Environmental Council workshops:

Solarize Santa Barbara Workshop: North County – Thursday, July 6
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Orcutt Lions Club, 126 N. Broadway St., Orcutt, CA 93455
Join a free workshop to learn how you can save money and reduce your footprint by going solar through CEC's discounted group purchasing program. Learn more.

Solarize Santa Barbara Workshop: South County – Wednesday, July 26
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Building, 941 Walnut Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013
Join a free workshop to learn how you can save money and reduce your footprint by going solar through CEC's discounted group purchasing program. Learn more.

More from Community Environmental Council:

June 29, 2017

Dear CEC Community,

As we celebrate the recent decision by the City of Santa Barbara to go 100% renewable, and surrounding jurisdictions consider setting similar goals, it's a good time to look at how our individual actions can also make a difference in the effort to combat climate change. One powerful avenue is eliminating single-use plastics in our day-to-day lives.

Disposable plastics are used for an average of 12 minutes, but their impacts can last for decades. They easily escape collection systems and end up in our waterways, where they harm wildlife, clog storm drains and litter beaches.

CEC's #ditchplastic initiatives run throughout the year in an effort to reduce dependence on single-use plastic products. Our current programs include:

Rethink the Drink: This program provides hydration stations and plastic education to schools in our area, currently including multiple locations in North County, and the cities of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta. We have installed 84 refill stations (which have been used nearly 3 million times) in 60 schools, and directly educated over 21,000 students through classroom presentations and assemblies. We are adding units and holding educational programs at four additional schools in the fall of 2017.
Ban the Bag: We successfully advocated for local single-use bag reduction ordinances and were part of a statewide coalition that led to California’s plastic bag law, the first in the nation. The law annually reduces the number of bags distributed by 12 billion.

Hold the Foam: We are strongly advocating for EPS (Styrofoam) reduction laws in Santa Barbara and Goleta. Styrofoam is plastic made from styrene, and is what many coffee cups and lids are made of, in addition to take out food containers. Through our coalition advocacy, Carpinteria passed an EPS reduction law in 2008 and is currently considering expanding the law to include retail sales of EPS products. We will present to the City of Santa Barbara’s Sustainability Committee at their next (as yet unscheduled) meeting, and are working with the City of Goleta to do the same. 

As you go about enjoying the warmer weather and family outings of summer, we encourage you to take the Plastic Free July challenge and reduce or eliminate single-use plastics in your daily activities. Bring reusable water bottles and bags on your outings, use non-plastic silverware and plates at BBQs, and invest in a refillable coffee cup. See below for other ways you can join in to help our community be a model of clean energy habits.


Sigrid Wright
CEO/Executive Director

Renewable and plastic free. 

Join CEC in pursuing cleaner energy and ditching single use plastic in July. 

CEC's Solarize Program
Share our powerful group purchasing program with any homeowners you know in Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, and the city of Irvine. Over 540 homes have found it cheaper and easier to go solar using our streamlined system. Learn more. 

Energize California Network
Keep up-to-date with the latest developments from CEC's partner, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, by joining their network. If you have a clean energy start up, apply to be a part of their Innovators incubator program. Learn more.

Plastic Free July 
Take your #ditchplastic efforts to the next level this month by joining over a million people world-wide from 130 countries who are taking the Plastic Free challenge, promoted locally by Save the Mermaids. Learn more.

Electric Vehicle Rebate from SCE
Southern California Edision is offering a $450 rebate for customers who drive all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Thanks to programs that CEC has helped initiate, our region has one of the highest per capita rates of electric vehicle drivers in the U.S. Learn more.

Jack Johnson Matching Grant
CEC was one of several nonprofits hand-selected to be a part of Jack Johnson’s All at Once campaign, which promotes individual action – including ditching plastic – as a pathway to global environmental impact. Gifts to CEC today will be matched by Jack Johnson's foundation (up to $2,500). Donate now.

Save the Date

Help us tackle climate in many other ways in the upcoming months. 

Jack Johnson Concert & EcoVillage – Monday, July 17
6:00 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N Milpas St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
If you're going to the show, visit CEC's booth before the concert for a chance to upgrade your tickets or win other prizes (in the past these have included awesome memorabilia like signed Jack Johnson ukuleles). Learn more.

Solarize Ventura County Workshop: Ventura – Thursday, July 20
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Ventura City Hall, Community Meeting Room, 501 Poli St., Ventura, CA 93001
Join a free workshop to learn how you can save money and reduce your footprint by going solar through CEC's discounted group purchasing program. Learn more.

Film Screening: "Tomorrow" – Wednesday, July 26
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara
Come out for an optimistic film offering constructive and creative solutions to climate change issues in agriculture, economics, energy and education. Sponsored by CEC and Marjorie Luke Theatre. Learn more.

Solarize Ventura County Workshop: Oxnard (English and Spanish) – Wednesday, August 2
6:00 p.m. - English
7:00 p.m. - Spanish
City of Oxnard, Community Room, 300 West Third St., First Floor, Oxnard, CA 93030

Join a free workshop to learn how you can save money and reduce your footprint by going solar through CEC's discounted group purchasing program. Learn more.

CEC's Green Gala– Friday, September 22
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., The Lark, 131 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Save the date for the eco-chic party of the year, including an exclusive menu designed by the acclaimed chefs of The Lark. Tickets available soon, but don’t procrastinate – this event will sell out! Learn more.