Minor Grant Deadline

The Fall major grant deadline has passed but there's still time to apply for a minor grant! If you want to request less than $1,000 in funding for your project don't forget to turn in your grant applications by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11!

Coastal Fund Project Feature:
Environmental Defense Fund's Goleta Watershed Education and Cleanup Program


The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) is a local non-profit organization who works to protect the local environmental through education, advocacy, and legal action. EDC's programs focus on a wide range of environmental issues, one of them being watershed preservation and restoration. EDC understands that protecting our region's creeks and rivers is essential for safeguarding our coast's clean water and wildlife habitat. EDC's Goleta Watershed Education and Cleanup Program seeks to protect water quality and reduce pollution by organizing creek and watershed cleanups. 
 
The Goleta Watershed Education and Cleanup Program is run by EDC Environmental Analyst and Watershed Program Coordinator Brian Trautwein. With the help of a Coastal Fund grant, Brian has been able to hire UCSB student, Sarika Kathuria, as EDC's Goleta Watershed Intern. Sarika shared with us her experiences working as an EDC intern and the program's role in protecting the environment. Sarika's main tasks have revolved around organizing EDC's creek cleanups. This includes obtaining permits and necessary materials for the cleanups, engaging in community outreach to gather volunteers for the events, and leading volunteers during events alongside Brian. So far, Sarika and Brian have conducted 9 creek cleanups in the City of Goleta and Santa Barbara County. Collectively, these cleanups have collected 3,121 pounds of trash and have gathered 102 volunteers (anywhere between 8-20 volunteers per cleanup). While most trash collected consists of plastic wrappers, bottles, etc., Sarika recalls coming across bizarre items such as mattresses, couches, and even a bike! 
 
Sarika has told us that she has found this internship extremely rewarding as she has prevented over 3,000 pounds of trash from entering the Pacific ocean and the Goleta Slough and has gotten the change to work alongside some of Santa Barbara's community environmental leaders. She said:
"I have learned so much about the nonprofit world, as well as gotten a glimpse into the intricacies of environmental policy making. I feel that I have a more intimate understanding of the political system, and it was a blessing to see some of the concepts I was learning in my classes come to life in the real world."

The Coastal Fund is very proud and happy to be able to help EDC's efforts and help a UCSB student access new experiences and work alongside one of Santa Barbara's most active environmental non-profits. Thank you Brian and Sarika for all your hard work in helping keep our watershed and beautiful coastline clean! 

The next creek cleanup will be Saturday November 19th. If you would like to volunteer for this event, email Sarika at sarikath10@gmail.com! 
Save the Date: Coastal Fund Beach Cleanup will take place November 20th!
Join us for our Fall beach cleanup in Isla Vista from 3:30 to 5PM! We will meet at Campus Point and make our way down to Sands beach just in time for sunset. All volunteers will receive Coastal Fund goodies (T-shirt or tote-bag) and some Kind Bars for helping us keep our beach clean! We hope to see you there! Email coastalfundoutreach@gmail.com if you have any questions. 
Meet the New Coastal Fund Members! 
The Coastal Fund is a student-funded and student-run organization. The CF Board is composed of 5 undergraduate student representatives, 2 graduate student representatives, and a staff of 2 undergraduate students in administrative and outreach positions. Due to student's limited time at UCSB, the Coastal Fund Board of Directors lose and gain new members every year. This academic year, we have 4 new Board members, and 1 new student staff. To read more about the new and old Board members (the people behind the allocation of the Coastal Fund's funds), go here!
Adopt-A-Block's HalloClean 2016: SUCCESS!
In the small town of Isla Vista one issue has always remained prevalent: there is not street sweeping, which results in a build up of trash in the streets. This issue is particularly relevant after Halloween weekend. Thanks to the work of Isla Vista Parks and Recreation and Adopt-A-Block supervisor, Raymond Willefert, this year Adopt-A-Block's HalloClean was able to gather a total of 123 volunteers which helped collect 2,494 pounds of trash and recyclables over the span of the 2 hour event! We would like to thank Raymond and all Adopt-A-Block volunteers for continuing to keep Isla Vista's streets, parks, and beaches clean!
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