July 2022: Building community resilience through climate justice

Building Community Resilience Through Climate Justice

Climate change disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations. While there is growing support for equitable solutions, our communities still lack effective ways to incorporate equity and justice into the climate planning process. That's why the Community Environmental Council (CEC) is working toward a climate-resilient future for everyone, particularly those at greatest risk. Below are a few examples of how we are increasing our efforts to address climate threats and inequities – and events you can participate in to learn more and get activated.

Launching Regional Climate Resilience Centers

Neighborhood climate resilience centers – or hubs – provide centralized disaster services, support, and education to residents who are most vulnerable or at high risk during disasters. CEC and its partners are currently seeking facilities across Santa Barbara County that could serve as climate resilience centers. Read more.

Inspiring Climate Action Through Connection

Recent graduate Christina Hernandez shares how CEC’s UC Climate Stewards program helped deepen her community engagement around climate change and nature conservation, and what she envisions for the future of her hometown of Guadalupe. Read more.

Developing a Community-Based Strategy for Expanding Food Access

Despite its agricultural abundance, our region struggles with one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the state. Working with food justice partners, CEC co-launched the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network to advance a healthy, sustainable, and equitable food system. The Network's FRESA (Food Resilience, Equity, Sustainability, and Action) Working Group surveyed more than 500 food-insecure families across Santa Barbara County about how to improve food access, and is now working to launch a farmers' market in Guadalupe. Read more.

EPA Ruling a Step Back for All Humanity

CEC's CEO/Executive Director Sigrid Wright responds to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent controversial ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to broadly regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. The extreme heat wave impacting Europe is just one reason why we must not prioritize polluters over people, especially our most vulnerable community members. Read more.

Learn About Electric Vehicles and Win Prizes

By participating in Central Coast Community Energy's Electrifyze contest, you'll learn how driving electric can help you achieve independence from fossil fuels, reduce your bill at the gas pump, and save you thousands on your next electric vehicle – all while competing for exciting prizes. Learn more and compete.

SCE Quadruples Rebate Offer 
for Pre-Owned Electric Vehicles

Southern California Edison (SCE) is offering a $4,000 rebate (four times the previous $1,000 rebate amount) to income-qualified customers who buy or lease pre-owned electric vehicles (EVs). To qualify, you must either live in a state-designated, income-qualified household or be enrolled in certain state or federal income assistance programs. By overcoming one of the key barriers to EV ownership — affordability — the program aims to stimulate EV adoption, a key component in helping the state meet its critical climate and air quality goals. Learn more and apply.

Join Us in Taking Bold Climate Action

There are so many ways to take action – including several great opportunities to engage and learn THIS WEEK.

Opportunities

Wanted: Heat Pump Owners
Do you own a home in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, or Ventura County? If you have installed an energy-saving heat pump in your residence and want to help spread the positive impacts of using one, please reach out. CEC is co-hosting a virtual peer-to-peer event with the Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) later this summer and needs homeowners who have taken this energy-saving step to share their process and experience with others. If you are interested in signing on as a panelist, or want to learn more, email vfong@cecmail.org.

Events

Resilience Hubs Informational Webinar
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. PST
Virtual

CEC and the Santa Barbara County Regional Climate Collaborative are calling for local agencies and organizations to apply for funding and support to develop community resilience hubs. Interested applicants are invited to attend the informational webinar. Learn more and register.

Photovoltaic Solar Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
Goleta City Hall, 132 Cremona Drive, Goleta
Join the City of Goleta at City Hall for brief remarks and a “green” ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the City’s first municipal solar photovoltaic project, Monarch 1. CEC actively championed this project, which has been years in the making. Learn more.

Business Advisory Subcommittee Kickoff Meeting
Thursday, July 28, 2022
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
Virtual

Join the Santa Barbara County Regional Climate Collaborative and the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce for their first Business Advisory Subcommittee meeting. The Subcommittee will identify and discuss challenges faced by businesses in adapting to climate policies and adopting climate-related programs, and make recommendations on how the Collaborative can advocate for and/or develop policies and programs that would encourage more business participation. CEC is a member of the Collaborative. Learn more and register.

Save Money & Go Green: How to Bring Clean Energy to Affordable Multifamily Housing
Thursday, July 28, 2022
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
Virtual

Do you own or manage affordable housing in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and/or Ventura counties? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how energy efficiency, electrification, and on-site renewable energy can reduce your energy and maintenance costs, improve the comfort and retention of your tenants, and increase your property value. Hear from experts in the field on how to take advantage of initiatives such as the Tri-County Regional Energy Network’s (3C-REN) Home Energy Savings program and the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program that provide financial and technical assistance to property owners and managers considering energy upgrade projects. This event is co-sponsored by CEC. Learn more and register.

Maximizing the Value of Electric Vehicles
Thursday, August 4, 2022
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PST
Virtual
V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) technology is attracting a lot of interest in the energy and transportation sectors with the introduction of the Ford F150 and other vehicles. Learn more about this exciting innovation in this first of two webinars addressing the challenges and opportunities of electric vehicles to provide energy to the home and beyond. This event is co-sponsored by CEC. Learn more and register.

Pacific Pride Festival
Saturday, August 27, 2022
12:00 – 7:00 p.m. PST
Chase Palm Park, 323 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
Join us at the Pacific Pride Festival, a free public event that attracts a diverse crowd of nearly 4,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) and ally supporters and their families from the Central and South Coast. The all-day event features a line-up of live entertainment, exhibitors, local food, informative non-profits, activities, and community member support. Stop by the CEC table to learn more about our climate initiatives and how you can engage. Learn more.

Environmental Alliance Exhibits and Programs
Now through September
Launched at CEC's Santa Barbara Earth Day, the Environmental Alliance of Santa Barbara County Museums is a collaboration of fourteen leading local museums and cultural institutions that are creatively exploring the impacts of climate change through art, history, science, or nature. Exhibits and activities, some of which CEC is a partner on, aim to inform, inspire, and prompt action. View the calendar of events.

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