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Earth Day 2010

Posted by Chris Reilly on

Come celebrate Earth Day at any of our three locations on Saturday, April 17th.  We’re having specials on selected items and other surprises!  It’s a great time to see new products, and have us answer any questions about healthy and sustainable choices in building materials, finishes and home furnishings.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Celebration

April 17th &18th @ Alameda Park

The story goes that Earth Day was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson and his assistant Denis Hayes after a trip they took to Santa Barbara right after the horrific oil spill off our coast in 1969. They were so outraged by what they saw that upon returning to Washington D.C., Senator Nelson introduced a bill designating April 22 as a national day to celebrate the earth.

It was in the wake of this same tragedy that Community Environmental Council was born. Exactly one year after the oil spill, more than a thousand people attended a commemoration of the disaster — with speakers such as Paul Ehrlich, David Brower and Denis Hayes.  A few months later, in April 1970, CEC opened the doors to its new office, and – along with several communities around the nation -- organized the first Earth Day. Earth Day celebrations faded away in the 1980s, but in 1990 CEC helped rejuvenate this important legacy -- organizing a large celebration on the 30th anniversary at Santa Barbara City College. Since 1990, CEC has hosted the event at various locations around Santa Barbara.

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