Carp’s Ag Legacy and New Horizons in Goleta
Thursday, April 18, 2013
by INDY STAFF
With Earth Day upon us, The Santa Barbara Independent is taking a look at monumental preservation projects of the past and future. In our two-pronged feature, longtime environmental movement mastermind — and founding director of the Community Environmental Council, which hosts the 43rd annual Earth Day festival at Alameda Park this weekend — Paul Relis runs down a legacy of preserving agriculture in Carpinteria, and our Senior Editor Matt Kettmann takes a deeper look at the end and new beginning of Ocean Meadows Golf Course in Goleta, which will one day be home to public trails and wetland wonderlands rather than tee boxes and sand traps.
Earth Day to Spread Green Vibes at Alameda Park
Event Saturday and Sunday will feature a variety of eco-friendly exhibits and activities
By Kelsey Gripenstraw, Noozhawk Intern | @NoozhawkNews | Published on 04.17.2013 10:43 p.m.
Alameda Park will be bustling with environmentally friendly cheer Saturday and Sunday as the Community Environmental Council demonstrates the various ways to live greenly and sustainably via help from more than 250 community contributors for its annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival.
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Earth Day guests will have a choice of seven zones, which will aim to educate guests on topics ranging from green technology and automobiles to sports and exercise, according to the festival’s website.
Parents can drop off the little ones at the Kid’s Corner, which features arts and crafts to keep children busy.
The Community Environmental Council encourages Santa Barbarans to abandon gas-guzzling automobiles in favor of bicycles — the festival will accommodate cyclists with a free bike valet service for secure bike parking.
An eco-marketplace will present tents from 45 groups and vendors, making available plenty of eco-friendly products.
Jones is the author of two bestsellers: one about green careers and another on progressive living.
Nye, better known as The Science Guy, hosts a show about environmentally responsible choices on Planet Green entitled “Stuff Happens.”
Catch Jones at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the main stage, and Nye at 2 p.m. on the main stage on Sunday.
Visitors will find plenty of refreshments with help from the festival’s Beer and Wine Garden and Food Court, both slated to be chock-full of local options for food and drink.
The Earth Day Festival was born in 1970 out of community outrage over a massive oil spill in 1969 off of the Santa Barbara coast.
The spill slaughtered thousands of dolphins, elephant seals, sea lions and sea birds. What started as a 5,000-attendee gathering eventually turned into the convening of around 40,000 guests of Earth Day festivals during this decade.
The festival will kick off at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, closing up at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Posted April 16, 2013 at 5:48 p.m., updated April 16, 2013 at 5:48 p.m.
(from left to right) Sharon Donohoe, Kimberly Phillips, Blossom Lumley, Jodi De Marcos, Heather Carey, Sarah Anthony, Anne-Marie Charest, and instructor Lori Anne David. Spring Business Plan Intensive graduates display their certificates during graduation
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The 2013 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival at Alameda Park on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This year’s Environmental Hero Award recipients will be Van Jones and Bill Nye who will accept the award in person on the main stage. This year’s festival will also feature a tour of eight color-coded zones — Bike Valet, Public Square, Sports & Recreation, Eco Marketplace, Green Car Show, Live Green, Kids Corner, and Social Media Lounge — to make navigating the event easy, with an emphasis on ways visitors can reduce their impact on the climate.
The event includes over 200 exhibitors, a food court, beer and wine garden, main stage, and two mini-stages offering music and demonstrations. CEC’s Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is FREE for attendees. Last year nearly 40,000 people attended the two day festival.
For more info visit http://sbearthday.org.
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