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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.

My biggest effort to reduce my carbon foot print came a few years ago when I had solar panels installed on the roof of my house. I have combined them with as frugal a use of energy as I can. I only keep on a light in the room I am occupying; try to unplug appliances when not in use; have installed compact fluorescent bulbs in every room; and use minimal amounts of electricity consuming things like hot water (thus, I do all my laundry in cold water washes).

Another big conservation bit involves trading in my small SUV for a Prius, which I did 2+ years ago. The final big bit I’ve done is to reduce my airline travel. I have a house in New Zealand that I used to visit twice a year; I’ve cut that by half, because air travel is such a carbon-producer. It’s hard not to be able to go, but worth it for the environmental savings.

— Lee Heller (Santa Barbara)

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