Affordable Electric Vehicle Clinic: How to Qualify for a Free or Low-Cost EV
March 23, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Join CEC’s Energy and Climate Programs Director Michael Chiacos and CEC’s Energy and Climate Associate Jen Hernández – both EV owners and industry experts – to learn which 100+ mpge electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid might be best for you. Michael will share his experience driving on sunshine since 2012. Jen, who recently leased an EV for $20/month, will share why the decision to drive electric was an easy choice for her family.
CEC Climate Resilience Roundtable
Community Solutions to Protect Against Climate Change
March 12, 2021
Webinar: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Roundtable Discussion (limited space): 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Please join us for the final roundtable in CEC’s series to address climate resilience in Santa Barbara County.
This free webinar will highlight the themes, values, and bold ideas generated from the year-long Climate Resilience Roundtable series – solutions that can safeguard us from the inevitable impacts of climate change and move us toward a community resilience vision.
Following the webinar, there will be a Roundtable Discussion designed for planners, practitioners, and doers interested in coalescing around key projects and themes elevated in the roundtable series. We will explore opportunities for collaboration and partnership alignment around top project ideas and ways to move toward something implementable and fundable.
Are you comfortable talking about climate change?
Do you need tools to overcome communication barriers?
Meteorologists frequently talk about climate change, and they’re uniquely qualified to share techniques. Join our free interactive workshop to learn from Emmy-Award-winning meteorologists Bernadette Woods Placky and Anthony Yanez, and UCSB Bren School Environmental Communication Program Director Lisa Leombruni, Ph.D. They’ll share how they tackle this difficult issue, and how you can, too!
The White House has officially declared we are in a climate emergency. It’s time to lean into local solutions like never before – and that means unrelenting, focused, inclusive, and courageous climate action on the Central Coast.
Join CEC staff as we outline an ambitious plan for how our community can meet this urgent moment and go all in together on halting the climate crisis – rapidly and equitably.
For several decades, our region has looked to recycling as a landfill diversion solution – but it’s not enough. Even though recycling is a step up from a “take-make-dispose” linear economy approach, it still allows manufacturers to avoid responsibility for the end result of their products and packaging. This webinar is an introduction to a new model – the circular economy – that requires producers to take responsibility, save energy, design waste out of the system, and create a market for re-use. Local experts across academia, government, and business sectors share: Local innovations, how a circular economy can benefit the Central Coast, and ways that we can all contribute to a system that reduces waste while creating new economic opportunities in our region.
Solarize Ventura County - Home Solar, Electric Vehicles, and Battery Systems: Affordable Options for Your Lifestyle
November 5, 2020
If you’ve considered switching to an electric vehicle (EV) – and would like to charge at home with solar energy – now may be the perfect time to take the leap and learn how to Drive on Sunshine! Please join us to learn how driving electric pairs perfectly with going solar. We’ll cover EV options, help you consider the vehicles that will work for your lifestyle, and share how incentive programs make EVs more affordable than ever. We’ll also discuss the basics of solar, and how CEC’s Solarize Ventura County makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home battery systems, or both.
Join CEC and Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance in celebrating Clean Air Day and learn how CEC’s Solarize Ventura County makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home battery systems, or both.
CEC’s Director of Energy and Climate Programs, Michael Chiacos, and Barry Rands, SLO Climate Coalition’s Green Transportation Specialist – both EV owners and industry experts – discuss which 100+ mpge electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid might be best for you. Learn about financial incentives, charging, range, and how to pair home solar with your EV for maximum savings. Find out how to purchase a new EV for the price of a Toyota Corolla, and used EVs for as little as $5,000. Learn how to save $50,000 on gas with an investment of $6,000 on solar panels.
Solarize Santa Barbara - Home Solar, Electric Vehicles, and Battery Systems: Affordable Options for Your Lifestyle
September 15, 2020
If you’ve considered switching to an electric vehicle (EV) – and would like to add a solar system to charge at home with solar energy – now may be the perfect time to take the leap and learn how to Drive on Sunshine!
Learn how driving electric pairs perfectly with going solar. We cover EV options, help you consider the vehicles that will work for your lifestyle, and share how incentive programs make EVs more affordable than ever. We also discuss the basics of solar, and how CEC’s Solarize Santa Barbara makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home energy storage, or both.
Climate Resilience Roundtable: Historias de resiliencia desde las primeras líneas del cambio climático / Stories of Resilience From the Frontlines of Climate Change
September 3, 2020
This free roundtable was designed to deepen the understanding of the compounding impacts of climate change and socio-economic vulnerabilities on our frontline and essential workers and indigenous cultures. Community members on the frontlines of climate and public health crises shared their lived experiences in their native language and helped connect the dots between climate change, health, justice and indigenous knowledge. Through their stories we heard what resilience means and what is needed for a fair and equitable community response to ongoing threats. Following the webinar there were roundtable discussion groups and brainstorming of ideas and strategies for building climate resilience centered in social justice and equity.
Presented in Spanish with English interpretation.
A roundtable discussion with community leaders to explore the intersection of climate-related disasters, health, and social and economic inequities that disproportionately impact our most vulnerable community members – and elevate ideas and solutions for building community resilience, the foundation of climate resilience. Together, we can frame a collective vision for climate and disaster resilience with tangible actions that are just and equitable.
Many of us are spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, so it’s no surprise that home improvement projects are booming. If you’ve considered adding home solar or battery systems in the past, now may be the perfect time to take the leap. Learn how CEC’s Solarize Santa Barbara makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home battery storage, or both.
Labeling a product “recyclable” does not guarantee that it will be recycled. This is particularly true with plastic, which has many different forms – some more easily recycled than others. Of the estimated 35 million tons of plastic waste the U.S. generates each year, only 8.4% is recycled. In this webinar, we review the dos and don’ts for our blue recycling bins.
Plastic trash is invading every corner of our planet — impacting our waterways, oceans, soil, and alarmingly, even our air as tiny particles of airborne “dust.” At a time when we are acutely aware of the importance of a healthy body and strong respiratory systems, how can we decrease our dependence on single use plastic, especially as the fossil fuel industry works to triple its production by 2025?
Over the last few months, we’ve witnessed in real time how shocks to the globalized food system impact one of the most basic human rights: the right to healthy, accessible food. Entangled in the global COVID-19 pandemic and climate-related disasters are layers of wealth, race, privilege and language that affect the ability of Central Coast communities to survive and thrive.
COVID-19 disruptions have pushed personal transportation to an all-time low – instigating what hopefully will be some permanent shifts in our telecommuting habits. While it may seem counterintuitive to be investing in a new car at this moment, global impacts to the auto industry mean that affordable, more efficient electric vehicles are now more accessible than ever.
OTHER PANELS, FORUMS, INTERVIEWS
Recently on Inside Julia’s Kitchen, a podcast of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, host Todd Schulkin talked with CEC’s SBC Food Rescue Coordinator Julia Blanton about food rescue and how it has been used to address food insecurity and put restaurants back to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Plus, Julia shares her “Julia Moment”.
CEC’s CEO Sigrid Wright recently joined TEDxSantaBarbara‘s Mark Sylvester to discuss the Five Important Trends for the Climate as part of TEDxSantaBarbara’s Making Waves: Conversations with Influencers and Disrupters.
a community forum focused on climate change advocacy during the pandemic and the inter-generational activism that continues to build local momentum.
A panel discussion including CEC CEO Sigrid Wright on how the nonprofit sector has been on the front lines supporting our communities through the COVID-19 crisis.