October E-News: Engaging the Community in Climate Action.
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September 30, 2018

Recently I attended the Global Climate Action Summit hosted by Governor Jerry Brown in San Francisco. I was inspired and energized by how the state and local governments have stepped up to lead as the federal government fails us on climate. 

But what really struck me coming away from the summit – more than the bold climate goals that these subnational groups are setting – is the critical work of on-the-ground groups like CEC. Transitioning communities to carbon-free energy, significantly increasing electric vehicle use, reducing waste – this is how we move the needle on climate, and this is the work of CEC.

It is our advocacy and effort to engage the public, and the public's willingness to engage, that leads to big change – one vote, one signature, and one environmentally-sound decision at a time. 

In October, we invite you to move the needle with us on multiple fronts. Below, you'll find opportunities to take immediate action on each of our climate initiatives – including signing petitions to encourage local schools to go solar and Santa Barbara MTD to move to electric buses. 

Here's to a month of progress fueled by daily action.


Sigrid Wright
CEO/Executive Director  

Take Climate Action Today

Go Electric MTD #driveclean
Santa Barbara MTD is known as an award-winning transit system that continues to adapt to the public’s comfort, health and mobility needs. Join CEC and Sierra Club in urging Santa Barbara MTD to continue its tradition of innovation and customer satisfaction by setting a goal of 100% zero emission buses (ZEBs) by 2030. Sign the petition now. 

Go Solar Schools #gosolar
Santa Barbara Unified School District is at the heart of our vibrant community and supports greening efforts in many ways. However, not one of the district buildings run on solar – yet. Join CEC in urging the Santa Barbara School Board to transition its existing schools to solar power by signing a petition or speaking at upcoming Board meetings. The next one is Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. and public comments are heard at the beginning of the meeting. Sign the petition and/or sign up to speak at a Board meeting now. 

Single-use Plastic Laws #ditchplastic
CEC has been helping the Santa Barbara region reduce single-use plastics for over a decade. Join us Tuesday, October 9 at City Hall for the Santa Barbara City Council meeting (starts at 2 p.m., agenda item time TBD) to share your support of the law put forth by the Ordinance Committee to ban plastic straws and stirrers. Learn more. 

Walk and Bike to School Day #driveless
On Wednesday, October 10, join millions of families in an international effort to raise community and global awareness about walking safety and healthy behavior. Register your school or organization here

Full Hearts and Bellies #rethinkfood
Since launching last spring, CEC’s SBC Food Rescue program has diverted approximately 3,625 pounds of restaurant-quality food from going to landfill to instead feed those in need. This victory is made sweeter still by stories – like this one about Pure Joy Catering and Sarah House – that are coming in from network participants. Join the network and learn more.

Save the Date 

Film Screening: The Devil We Know – Thursday, October 4
5:30 p.m., Riviera Theatre, 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara.
Check out this powerful film that unravels one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time. Part of the SBIFF's inaugural Call-To-Action Film Festival September 28 - October 4. Co-sponsored by CEC. Learn more.

Fund for Santa Barbara Bread & Roses Benefit – Saturday, October 6
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
, QAD Headquarters, 100 Innovation Place, Summerland.
Support CEC's partner in a lovely affair featuring local drinks, a gourmet meal, 
and auctions. Tickets $75. Co-sponsored by CEC. Learn more.

Central Coast Sustainability Summit – Thursday, October 11
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Loma Pelona Conference Center, University of California Santa Barbara.
Help create local solutions for renewable energy, electric transportation, and more. Includes presentations by CEC staff. Co-organized by CEC. Learn more.

Residential Energy Efficiency: Obtainable Solutions for Homeowners, Architects, Builders – Wednesday, October 24
5:30 p.m. Impact Hub SB, 1117 State St., Santa Barbara.
Join in a free evening program to discuss measurable improvements you can make to increase your home's comfort and energy efficiency. Co-sponsored by CEC. Learn more.

More Climate Action for Nonprofits & Businesses

Solarize Nonprofit

A partnership between CEC and Asteri Solar assists nonprofits in lowering bills and environmental footprint by adding solar panels to their facility at zero cost, with a path to solar panel ownership. Is there a group you are particularly passionate about helping? We’re seeking qualified nonprofits to take part in the pilot. Learn more. 

kWh Countdown

This free program funded by the California Energy Commission and facilitated by CEC can help your business lower utility bills, invest in energy efficiency projects, and reach its sustainability goals. Share this money-saving program with businesses you know in the Cities of Lompoc, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura. Applications open through November 30. Learn more. 
Are you an Amazon shopper? Designate CEC as your nonprofit of choice, and a portion of all your purchases originating at smile.amazon.com will go to support our local climate action efforts. Take 30 seconds and sign up now.
Our commitment to excellence has made CEC one of only five nonprofits in Santa Barbara County to earn the highest possible ratings from both Guidestar and Charity Navigator. Investing in CEC directly supports advocacy to protect the climate, including programs that lead to clean vehicles, solar energy, resilient food systems and reduction of single-use plastic. Click below to donate today, or contact us at (805)963-0583 Ext.109 to discuss options for planned giving.
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