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Another Successful TGIF! Season on the Books

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.

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Fare Lee Well

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.

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The Start of the Movement

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.        Oil saturated the Santa […]

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Celebrating Our Volunteers

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.

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Secret Treasures of Our Threatened Chaparral Forest

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.

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We are Bowled Over by Our Wonderful Volunteers

We like to work hard and play hard here at the Environmental Defense Center, and on April 1, we did just that with some of our favorite people. Our amazing volunteers! With over 100 volunteers donating more than 2000 volunteer hours annually, gathering at Santa Barbara Lawn Bowls Club for an evening of fun was one of the ways that we at EDC show how much we value their time and efforts. Whether it is helping at our TGIF events and annual fundraiser, providing office support, helping out at one of our mailing parties, or being outdoors at a creek clean-up or in the EDC garden, our volunteers provide an unparalleled level of assistance that we are so lucky to have.

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