April E-News: Building climate resilience is a community effort.
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March 31, 2018

Dear CEC Community,

As extreme weather events become standard, we must better connect the dots between climate change and its consequences, and must adapt and strengthen our communities to be more climate resilient. 

In keeping with Santa Barbara’s history of turning disaster into an opportunity for meaningful change – such as the eras following the 1925 earthquake and the 1969 oil spill – the Community Environmental Council believes that the South Coast can use the increase in weather-related disasters to redefine itself. Our region can become a model for how to build back better, and how to prepare for a future when we increasingly cannot use the past as a guide.

On April 25, we are working with a stellar group of partners to host a town hall at the Granada Theatre to start a community conversation about "climate resilience" – the ability for our ecological systems, built environments and social networks to withstand and adapt to an unknown future. 

We hope you will also join us at CEC's Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival  April 21 and 22, where we will gather to heal as a community, to seek solutions, and to celebrate the hundreds of organizations and businesses who are actively working toward a greener tomorrow.


Sigrid Wright
CEO/Executive Director  

Seek climate resilience with us this Earth Month. 

Goleta Bike Master Plan Community Workshop – Tuesday, April 4
5:30-7:00 p.m., Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Avenue.

On Tuesday, April 3, City staff and consultants will provide an update on the Goleta Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) to Council. The following day, April 4, you can attend the Community Workshop on the BPMP to review and give input on draft versions of the projectLearn more.

3 Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future with renowned author Daniel Sperling – Thursday, April 5
6:30 p.m., Marjorie Luke Theatre.
Hear a vibrant talk on how new transportation technologies are poised to drastically reshape the ways we move, followed by a panel of startups currently engaged in this work. $10 general/$7 students and seniors. Presented by Community Environmental Council (CEC), Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST), Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), and SBBike. Buy tickets.

Eco Trivia Night – Tuesday, April 10
6:00-8:00 p.m., Draughtsmen Aleworks in Goleta.
Come test your eco-know-how and bring friends! One dollar of every order from Draughtsmen's Karma Tap will go to benefit CEC this night and EVERY night in April. Learn more.

Waste Free Kitchen Workshop – Thursday, April 12
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Art From Scrap.
Learn hands-on how to reduce home food waste, including pantry organization, proper food storage, creative recipes and uses for all parts of produce. Make and take a jar of quick pickles and a compost bin! $45 includes all materials, farm fresh snacks, ingredients, and takeaways. Learn more. 

Entangled Waters – Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14 
8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Santa Barbara County Courthouse.
Enjoy a free, immersive, outdoor video installation by environmental steward Lamara Heartwell at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Learn more.

CEC’s Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival – Saturday, April 21 & Sunday, April 22 
Sat. 11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.; Sun. 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Alameda Park.
CEC's annual Earth Day celebration is just around the corner. Two days of live music with 200+ earth-friendly exhibitors will provide opportunities for the community to gather, share stories, and work toward building a climate-resilient future. Learn more.

Drought, Fire and Flood: Climate Change and Our New Normal – Wednesday, April 25
7:00 p.m., Granada Theatre.
Join a free town hall where expert speakers and panelists will squarely confront the potential impacts of climate change on human lives in our community. We'll look at how to improve our readiness and response to those impacts, and what this new reality requires for both policy and practice to improve the resilience of our infrastructure, our businesses, our homes, and our community. Tweet questions in advance to #droughtfirefloodSB, leave them at CEC's Booth at the #SBEarthDay Festival or enter questions in the Granada lobby when doors open at 6 p.m. 

Presented by the UCSB Bren School, the Community Environmental Council (CEC), the Santa Barbara Foundation, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and generously hosted by the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more.

Our commitment to excellence has made CEC one of only three 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.116 to discuss options for planned giving.
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