Director of Outreach & Education at Community Environmental Council
Kathi King, Director of Outreach & Education at Community Environmental Council
Almost every product and service we rely on today is manufactured with and transported by fossil fuels, including plastic. CEC’s Ditch Plastic program has been working to reduce single use plastic products in our region for more than a decade. We started with single use bags, resulting in a huge reduction in distribution with local laws that led to California’s landmark state law. We have also successfully advocated for expanded polystyrene (or Styrofoam) reduction laws and are currently advocating to build on our success with the City of Santa Barbara’s straw/stirrer/cutlery reduction law. Our Rethink the Drink program has provided more than 70 schools with bottle filling stations that allow students to stay hydrated while reducing plastic waste.
Here are more details and ways to get involved:
We’ve helped Santa Barbara County schools install water refill stations that have been used nearly 4 million times. Learn how you can get involved.
We advocated for the expanded polystyrene ordinances in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara and continue to push for additional laws throughout the region.
With our partner Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, we have worked with students on outreach and education for straw reduction throughout the community. We successfully advocated the City of Santa Barbara to pass the region’s first straw/stirrers/cutlery reduction law, going into effect on July 1, 2019.