Local Community Environmental Organizations

Below is a list of current local environmental organizations compiled by the Environmental Studies Academic Advising Office. Students are encouraged to explore this list in its entirety as all organizations offer an array of opportunities. Please note that this list is constantly evolving and is not a complete representation of all environmental organizations in the Santa Barbara area.

Non-Governmental Organizations   /   Governmental   /   Private Organizations

Non-Governmental Organizations

Art From Scrap www.artfromscrap.org
Leading environmental education organizations in Santa Barbara. Art From Scrap provides the community with a Green Schools environmental education program, an Arts Center, and a Reuse retail store.

California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network www.creec.org/region8
An educational network whose mission it is to enhance the environmental literacy of students in California.

Central Coast Bioneers http://www.ecologistics.org/centralcoastbioneers/
Central Coast Bioneers is committed to creating a place of excitement, hope, and connection that educates and inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to take action to create a more sustainable community. 

Channel Islands Restoration http://www.channelislandsrestoration.com/
Channel Islands Restoration protects rare and endangered plants and animals by restoring habitat in sensitive and unique natural areas on the California Channel Islands and adjacent mainland.

Citizens Planning Association and Foundation www.citizensplanning.org
Formed in order to protect the natural resources of Santa Barbara County and to prevent unregulated growth and development.

Community Environmental Council (CEC) http://www.cecsb.org/index.php
An evolving family of programs that adapts to the South Coast’s changing environmental challenges. Current focus areas are water, energy, sustainable land use, and education.

Conception Coast Project www.conceptioncoast.org
Dedicated to protecting local natural resources through science, planning, and community involvement.

ECOFaith of Santa Barbara http://www.ecofaith-sb.org/
ECOFaith is a coalition of diverse local and regional faith communities and individuals who are working together to lower carbon emissions and get on the path to sustainability. 

Environmental Defense Center (EDC) www.edcnet.org
The central coast’s only nonprofit environmental law firm.

Explore Ecology http://www.exploreecology.org/
Explore Ecology delivers a variety of environmental education programs to encourage creative thinking through hands-on science exploration and art discovery.

Friends of Montecito Hot Springs http://montecitohotsprings.org/
The mission of Montecito Hot Springs - Ališhawi ‘O’ - Sun of Water is the preservation of the springs as a cultural and historic site celebrating its Chumash roots and curative powers.

Forests Forever Inc. www.forestsforever.org/
A grassroot environmental group dedicated to protecting and restoring the forest resources of California with offices locating San Francisco and Santa Barbara.

Gaviota Coast Conservancy www.gaviotacoastconservancy.org
Fighting for the permanent protection of the Gaviota coast’s natural, scenic, recreational, agricultural, and cultural heritage.

Get Oil Out! http://www.getoilout.org/
GOO is an all volunteer organization fighting the biggest oil companies in the world.

Goleta Valley Beautiful http://goletavalleybeautiful.org/
Local non profit group dedicated to maintaining and establishing urban forest and tree cover in Goleta.

Gray Whales Count http://www.graywhalescount.org/GWC/The_Count/The_Count.html
Surveying the northbound migration of Gray whales through the nearshore of the Santa Barbara Channel from Counter Point on Coal Oil Point Reserve in Goleta.

Green Business Santa Barbara County http://www.greenbizsbc.org/
The Green Business Program offers incentives and assistance to encourage businesses to implement voluntary actions to protect, preserve, and improve the environment beyond what current laws require.

Heal the Ocean www.healtheocean.org
Local county non profit organization that focuses on the upkeep of sewage and septic systems to protect marine environments from contamination.

Land Trust for Santa Barbara County www.sblandtrust.org
Working to preserve open spaces for wildlife and agricultural use.

More Mesa Preservation Coalition (MMPC) www.moremesa.org
A group of concerned citizens committed to preserving More Mesa, a local undeveloped coastal bluff, in perpetuity.

NatureTrack http://www.naturetrack.org/
The not-for-profit NatureTrack advocates the educational approach that fosters a child's love of the earth while also developing a child's academic and social competence. NatureTrack provides outdoor field trips for Central Coast school-aged children.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation www.wagingpeace.org
Based in Santa Barbara, the Foundation initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons and to use technology responsibly and sustainably.

Ocean Futures www.oceanfutures.org
Dedicated to exploring and protecting the world’s oceans and their resources.

Ojai Raptor Center http://www.ojairaptorcenter.org/
The Ojai Raptor Center is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured birds of prey and to providing education programs to teach about raptors and our shared environment, reduce common hazards to wildlife and decrease the number of raptors that require assistance.

Pesticide Awareness and Alternatives Coalition www.islandseed.com/PAAC.html
Formed in order to spread awareness of pesticide use in the Santa Barbara area and to educate residents about alternatives.

Project Clean Water www.sbprojectcleanwater.org
A coalition of government agencies and community groups devoted to investigating and implementing solutions to contaminated creeks in Santa Barbara.

San Marcos Foothills Coalition www.sanmarcosfoothills.org
Fighting for the protection of the San Marcos open space, the largest undeveloped area in South Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara Audubon Society www.rain.org/~audubon
A chapter of the National Audubon Society, committed to educating the community about birds and their habitats and supporting legislation and programs that preserve those habitats.

Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association http://www.sbba.org/
The Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association offers many services within the community, such as bee hosting, swarm removal, and educational classes.

Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition www.sbbike.org
A group promoting bicycling for transportation and recreation.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden http://www.sbbg.org/
Dedicated to the research, education, and conservation of California’s native plants.

Santa Barbara Car Free www.santabarbaracarfree.org
Promoting public and other modes of transportation as ways to reduce Santa Barbara’s dependence on the automobile.

Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper www.sbck.org
To protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds through education, enforcement, and citizen action.

Santa Barbara County Action Network www.sbcan.org
A county-wide grassroots network dedicated to promoting social justice in conjunction with the preservation of natural resources.

Santa Barbara Hikes! www.santabarbarahikes.com
Descriptions and directions for hikes all over Santa Barbara’s front country and backcountry wilderness.

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum www.sbmm.org
Documenting Santa Barbara’s history with the sea.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History www.sbnature.org
Educating the public about natural history with the goals of inspiring respect and passion for the natural world.

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network http://www.sbpermaculture.org/
The Santa Barbara Permaculture Network is an educational non-profit.

Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council http://www.sb-urbancreeks.org
Organization formed to preserve, protect, and restore our valuble urban creek system.

Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network www.sbwcn.org
Rescues and rehabilitates injured, orphaned, or oiled wild birds and small mammals.

Santa Barbara Zoo www.santabarbarazoo.org
Dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the natural world through research and education.

Santa Cruz Island Foundation www.west.net/~scifmail
Historical organization dedicated to preserving the human heritage of Santa Cruz and the other Channel Islands.

Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office http://syceo.org/
The mission of SYCEO is to protect and enhance natural resources, provide a safe and healthy environment for community members and guest, promote sustainable economic opportunities and encourage environmental leadership.

SBCC Center for Sustainability http://sustainability.sbcc.edu/
The SBCC Center for Sustainability has various programs, including the Community Market, School Gardens, One Planet, Eco-Entrepreneurship, and Zero Waste.

Sierra Club, Los Padres Chapter www.lospadres.sierraclub.org
Local chapter of the Sierra Club; dedicated to protecting and enjoying the environment in the Santa Barbara area.

South County Energy Efficiency Partnership http://www.southcoastenergywise.org/
Through local outreach events and educational resources, they provide easy solutions to reducing energy use in homes, businesses, and industries.

Sprout Up http://sproutup.org/
Through weekly classroom workshops, Sprout Up provides environmental lessons that help kids create a more sustainable world.

Sustainability Project of Santa Barbara www.sustainabilityproject.org
The Sustainability Project exists to inspire change in the built environment of our region in order to improve the quality of life, in harmony with nature, for this and future generations.

The Trust for Public Land http://www.tpl.org/what-we-do/where-we-work/california/central-coast-program/
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Ty Warner Sea Center http://www.sbnature.org/twsc/2.html
The Sea Center is an engaging, interactive marine education facility that allows visitors to discover the fun in science and the wonders of the natural world.

Wilderness Youth Project http://www.wyp.org
Provides outdoor environmental education opportunities for youth in the Santa Barbara area.

 

Governmental

Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (B.E.A.C.O.N.) www.beacon.ca.gov
A combination of agencies working together to find solutions to coastal erosion and other issues along the central coast.

Cachuma Resource Conservation District http://www.sbsda.org/local/crcd/
The Cachuma Resource Conservation District (CRCD) works with local landowners and groups throughout Santa Barbara County to conserve and improve natural resources such as water, soil, and habitat. CRCD provides voluntary, confidential counseling and technical assistance services to local individuals and groups to implement projects.

California Coastal Commission www.coastal.ca.gov
Government appointed commission that helps to collaborate with local and state government on land and resource use in the California coastal zone.

California Department of Fish and Game www.dfg.ca.gov
Manages a variety of habitats in and around Santa Barbara.

California State Parks www.parks.ca.gov
Make reservations or obtain information about any of California’s state parks.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary channelislands.nos.noaa.gov
Established in 1980 to protect the underwater resources immediately surrounding the California Channel Islands.

Channel Islands National Park www.nps.gov/chis
The closest national park to Santa Barbara, the Channel Islands are unspoiled beauty just off the coast!
 
Environmental opportunities in various departments, including Planning, Energy, and Parks & Recreation.
 
 
Environmental opportunities in various departments, including Planning, Transportation, Energy, Forestry, Conservation, Water, Waste, and Wastewater.
 
City of Santa Barbara, Environmental Services Division
http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Government/Departments/Finance/Environmental_Services.htm

Some of the duties of the  Environmental Services Division include proper management of City Hazardous Waste Disposal, educating the public regarding hazardous substances, and encouraging zero waste events. 
 
City of Santa Barbara Recycling Program http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Recycling-Trash/
The Recycling Program provides reliable, cost-effective collection of residential and commercial recyclables, greenwaste, foodscraps, and resuse through the city's franchised waste hauler, with a primary focus on maximizing diversion of solid waste from landfill disposal. 
 
City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program
http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Resident/Water/Water_Conservation/index.htm
The Water Conservation Program focuses on home and business water conservation, free "water check-ups", free rain sensors, rebates on landscaping, clothes, and washers, and providing water wise gardening classes.
 
City of Santa Barbara, Waste & Wastewater Management 
http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Resident/Water/Wastewater/
Waste & Wastewater Management focuses on the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant, collection systems, water testing, and recycled water.
 
City of Santa Maria http://www.ci.santa-maria.ca.us/home.shtml 
Environmental opportunities in various departments including waste, water resources, and energy.
 
Environmental opportunities in various departments including sustainability, transportation, rivers & estuaries, urban forestry, stormwater, wastewater, and water efficiency.
 
County of Santa Barbara http://www.countyofsb.org/ 
Environmental opportunities in various departments including water resources, waste product management, transportation, planning and development, energy, public works, and more. Check out emPowerSBC, which helps homeowners countywide overcome financial barriers to making energy saving improvements to their homes, and the Mosquito and Vector Management District.
 
County of Santa Barbara Parks Division http://countyofsb.org/parks/
Provides outdoor recreation opportunities in the Santa Barbara area.
 
Environmental opportunities in various departments including planning, climate change and energy conservation, water and sanitation, groundwater resources and conservation.
 
Creeks Restoration and Water Quality Improvement Division, City of Santa Barbara 
http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Resident/Community/Creeks
Mission is to improve creek and ocean water quality and restore natural creek systems with the implementation of storm water and urban runoff pollution reduction, creek restoration and community education programs.
 
Green Business Program - Santa Barbara County  http://www.greenbizsbc.org/
The GBP offers incentives and assistance to encourage businesses to implement voluntary actions to protect, preserve, and improve the environment beyond what current laws require.
 
Goleta Water District http://www.goletawater.com/
The District's mission is to provide an adequate supply of quality water at the most reasonable cost to the present and future customers within the Goleta Water District
 
Los Padres National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
Find information, maps, and trails for the National Forest in Santa Barbara’s backyard.
 
Los Padres Forest Watch http://lpfw.org/
Los Padres ForestWatch is a community-based nonprofit organization that works to preserve and restore the forests, mountain streams, rolling hills, wetlands, coastal areas, and wildlife of this spectacular area.
 
NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary & National Park http://channelislands.noaa.gov/
The sanctuary's primary goal is the protection of the natural and cultural resources contained within its boundaries.
 
Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District www.sbcapcd.org
A local government agency working to prevent air pollution and promote car-free transportation.
 
Santa Barbara County Association of Governments http://www.sbcag.org/ 
SBCAG is a regional planning agency that distributes local, state, and federal transportation funds and acts as a forum for addressing regional and multi-jurisdictional issues. Check out the Transportation Solutions division.
 
Santa Barbara MTD http://www.sbmtd.gov/
The mission of Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District is to enhance the personal mobility of South Coast residents and visitors by offering safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective transit service throughout the District.
 
Santa Barbara County Water Agency http://sbwater.org/
The water conservation network for Santa Barbara County includes Santa Barbara County Water Agency, cities that provide water within the county, as well as water districts and community service districts. Together, these agencies sponsor programs that promote water conservation and awareness.
 
 

Private Organizations

*Disclaimer* The following local private organizations were found on public web pages, and the UCSB Environmental Studies Department is not affiliated with any of the companies listed. To find more about these companies, you should check out their individual websites.

 
 

CONSULTING

Amec Earth & Environmental http://www.amec.com/

ArrowTek http://www.arrow-tek.com/

Brown and Wilmanns Environmental, LLC http://www.bw-environmental.com/

Cardno ENTRIX http://www.cardnoentrix.com/

Cardno TEC http://www.cardnotec.com/

Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. http://www.dbstephens.com/

Dudek http://www.dudek.com

Earth Systems Southern California http://www.earthsys.com/

Geosyntec Consultants http://www.geosyntec.com/

Haley & Aldrich Inc. http://www.haleyaldrich.com/

L. Everett & Associateshttp://everettassociates.net/

Padre Associates Inc http://www.padreinc.com/

Tetra Tech http://www.tetratech.com/

URS Corporation  http://www.urscorp.com/

 

LAW

Greben & Associates http://www.grebenlaw.com/

Hollister and Brace http://www.hbsb.com/

Law Office of Michael T. Lyons http://mtlyonslaw.vpweb.com/Home.html

Millhouse Law Group http://www.socalenvirolaw.com/

Paladin Law Group, LLP http://www.paladinlaw.com/

 

ENERGY

Clipper Windpower http://www.clipperwind.com/

Infinity Wind Power http://www.infinitywindpower.com/

Mac’s Solar http://www.macsolar.com

Planet Solar, Inc. http://www.planetsolar.com/

PODenergy http://www.podenergy.org/

Southern California Edison https://www.sce.com/

 

WATER

Advanced Water Solutions, Inc. http://www.advancedwaterinc.com/

GSI Water Solutions, Inc. http://gsiwatersolutions.com/

La Cumbre Mutual Water Company http://lacumbrewater.com/

Santa Barbara Water Company http://www.sbwaterco.com/

 

PLANNING & DESIGN

Allen and Associates Construction http://www.dennisallenassociates.com/

Green Project Consultants, LLC http://www.greenprojectconsultants.com/

Mesa Lane Partners http://mesalanepartners.com/

Mission Blue Design http://www.missionbluedesign.com/

Sage EMF Design http://www.silcom.com/~sage/emf/

Telios Environmental Design & Development http://www.advanced-environments.com/

Wilson Environmental Contracting http://www.weldesign.net/

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT

MarBorg Industries http://www.marborg.com/

Safety-Kleen http://www.safety-kleen.com/

Waste Management Health Sanitation Service http://wmhss.wm.com/index.jsp

 

MISCELLANEOUS 

Cowan Communication Arts http://www.cowcom.com/

Green2Gold http://www.green2gold.org/

LoaTree http://loatree.com/