There is one reason why the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) is so effective: you. Since 1977, EDC has worked in the public interest, serving as your attorney to stand up for our climate, our clean water and healthy air, and to protect the open space and the plants and animals that share the Central Coast […]
For 19 years, some of Santa Barbara’s finest environmental faces have packed into EDC’s courtyard to enjoy our TGIF!, one of the hottest nonprofit community events in the area. On three different warm Friday evenings this summer, 250-300 people joined us for a festive happy hour with delicious food, local wine and beer, a live band, and presentations from other environmental organizations in the community.
Along with everyone in Santa Barbara’s environmental and animal rescue communities, we at EDC are struggling with saying goodbye to a good friend. After threatening and taunting us for years, Lee Heller is finally set to make the move to New Zealand. While she will keep her home here, and many of us will make pilgrimages to Hobbiton for visits, there is no question we all need to get used to a lot less Lee.
Forty-eight years ago today, on the morning of January 28, 1969, five miles offshore Summerland at Oil Platform A, something went terribly wrong: the well blew out. As oil began seeping up from the bottom of the ocean floor, so began one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.
For me gratitude brings the greatest bliss I know, and in this state I recall the birth of the Environmental Defense Center in 1977, forty years ago, and the work that began in 1969 that led to its creation.
Today is International Volunteer Day and on behalf of all the staff at the Environmental Defense Center, we would like to say thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers! Today is a celebration of the people who give their time, energy, and wisdom to projects and causes they care about, and the work we do at EDC simply would not be possible without our volunteers.
With 18 years of fine-tuning, we are proud to say that the 2016 TGIF season was the most successful yet, ending with a bang at our Fall Feast on October 14th. As the sun set over Santa Barbara, 300 people joined us in our festive downtown courtyard and enjoyed delicious food prepared by Big Easy […]
Earth Month 2016 at Aveda signifies 10 years of raising $38M for clean water, locally and abroad. What an incredible feat that has positively impacted lives in ways we may never know. It begs the question: What would have happened – to people, families, animals, ecosystems – if those efforts weren’t made?
This year, I have selected Linda Krop as Woman of the Year in recognition of her leadership during our community’s response to the devastating oil spill off Refugio Beach. This honor is also in recognition of all the years Linda has dedicated to protecting California’s Central Coast.
Rising majestically above Santa Barbara, Goleta and Montecito, the Santa Ynez Mountains form the scenic evergreen backdrop that frames the stunning natural beauty and enriches the quality of life in our communities. But this amazing environment is threatened. The deep-rooted chaparral woodlands that hold our mountainsides together during rainstorms are being clear-cut at an alarming and increasing rate, without regard for the wildlife or rare plants that live there.