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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is a small and dedicated non-profit with a very big mission: ending the Santa Barbara region’s dependence on fossil fuels in one generation. We believe that striving toward such a goal will help secure a better future for our children, our community, and our natural environment — and will provide greater economic stability and national security.

Support solar and wind power

Your donation moves our region away from dirty energy. CEC links homeowners with solar installers, helps non-profits go solar, advocates for large-scale wind and solar farms, and helps bring large-scale renewable solutions like Community Choice Energy to our community.

Stand up for more efficient vehicles

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Readiness

Your donation paves the way for more electric cars and hybrids. CEC hosts three Green Car Shows a year and has helped build more than 300 public electric vehicle charging stations by attracting grant funds to the region.

Ditch single-use plastic

Ditch Plastic © Erin Feinblatt

Your donation helps promote more sustainable lifestyles. Water refill stations installed in local schools have been used nearly 3 million times, and we championed laws that annually eliminate more than 12 billion plastic bags in California.

Your gift will be spent wisely. CEC has a staff of 10 – all of whom participate in our programs in some fashion. Over the last three years, our average budget has been $1.6 million, with an average overhead rate of 7%. Feel free to review our latest audited financials and our Form 990.

Stay in touch with CEC through our email newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

What People Are Saying About CEC

True leadership for changing the energy future of our state and country will come from communities and companies that have the vision and commitment to make a real difference. CEC’s work on energy is both comprehensive and cutting edge and lays the framework for real change. We are fortunate to have them in Santa Barbara.”

Jon Clark, Executive Director, James S. Bower Foundation

GuideStar Platinum Participant

Other Ways to Give

  • By check
    You can send checks payable to the Community Environmental Council to:
    Community Environmental Council
    Attn: Donor Relations Manager
    26 W. Anapamu St., 2nd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Planned Giving
    Help ensure a clean and sustainable planet for your children and grandchildren. We invite you to join the Livable Planet Society. Get started by exploring the planned giving options available to you. Learn more >
  • Gifts in Memory or Honor
    CEC welcomes gifts made in memory or honor of individuals. A gift to CEC in a friend or loved one’s name can be perfect for a person who cares about our mission. Donate online (links above) or by mail, and please let us know how CEC can commemorate someone special for you.
  • Matching Gifts
    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Please check with your Human Resources department to see if your employer has this type of program.
  • Attend CEC’s Green Gala
    CEC’s annual Green Gala is the eco-chic party of the year, offering an opportunity to connect with CEC’s mission for a green and healthy Santa Barbara County. See highlights of this fun and vibrant annual fundraising party.
  • Sponsor the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival
    Your sponsorship means reaching over 33,000 attendees and online fans. Read about sponsorship opportunities for the Earth Day Festival.
  • Donate the proceeds of your sale or even
    We are honored to accept donated proceeds from sales and events.

Contact CEC for more information

Please contact Becca Summers at or 805-963-0583 ex.116 with any inquiries about supporting the Community Environmental Council.

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