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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.

Santa Barbarans are leading the way in the clean energy movement. We’ve met locals who are installing solar panels on their homes and driving electric vehicles. We’ve heard from people who are using reusable water bottles instead of plastic and bike commuting to work. Read our most popular personal stories from 2012 for a dose of inspiration going into the new year.


Mikki J. is driving an electric car for $116/month: She hadn’t really considered driving an electric car, but 2 weeks ago her plans changed.


Six locals take on “Eat Local Challenge”: This group created an exciting twist for the annual challenge using their own backyard gardens.


Our favorite things: Bike pannier: Megan B. upgraded her bike with a rear rack and a pannier to make her bike easy to ride for daily transportation.


Dennis A. wants to be free from fossil fuels: He has greened his lifestyle in numerous ways. Most recently, he moved to a downtown condo and ditched his car.


David W. maximizes the range of his electric vehicle: He couldn’t resist the appeal of zero emissions and fun driving. Hear about his experience with the car’s range.


Katie D. shares her ‘Earth Day Resolution’: Find out how she and her family are saving $15,000 over the next 10 years and helping the environment.


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