Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2014
April 26-27, Alameda Park
Presented by the Community Environmental Council
Earth Day 2014 was a blast! More than 37,000 people attended, with more than 1,000 bikes parked using the bike valet provided by Bici Centro/Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition. More than 700 people stopped by our booth and registered for the Car Free prize drawing!
Hugh Kelly was the Grand Prize Winner of the Earth Day Car Free drawing this year, winning a pair of roundtrip tickets to Portland or Seattle on the Amtrak Coast Starlight ® - with roomette accommodations and meals included. Kelly, who biked to Earth Day, is President of the Mesa Harmony Garden, a collaborative volunteer effort to convert unused land to a food forest to grow food and donate it to local organizations that serve people in need, such as the Food Bank. Kelly embodies the "Local Roots" theme of this year's Santa Barbara Earth Day, and is actively implementing two key initiatives highlighted this year by the Community Environmental Council, which presents the event: "Drive Less" and "Eat Local."
(From left) Sigrid Wright, Assistant Director of the Community Environmental Council and Earth Day Festival Director, Car Free Grand Prize Winner Hugh Kelly, President of the Board of Mesa Harmony Garden, Mary Byrd, Manager of the Santa Barbara Car Free Project at the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, and Ed France, Executive Director of Bici Centro/Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.
Santa Barbara Car Free, a project of the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, puts together a Come to Earth Day Car Free effort every year, offering prizes from a range of project partners, included Amtrak. Prizes this year included: several pairs of Amtrak Pacific Surfliner tickets, one-night's stay at the beautiful BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn; a pair of free all-day rentals for beach cruisers or mountain bikes from Wheel Fun Rentals; passes to the Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum; and 10-ride bus passes from Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District.
Kids lined up to answer trivia questions about air pollution and transportation from our Wheel of Change with Air Pollution Control District Director, Dave (above left) while a young car free helper draws a winning slip from the Car Free prize fishbowl (above right).
Over 700 people registered Car Free at Earth Day 2014 - we compiled some information below! Most participants were from Santa Barbara County (78%) and over 50% of all our visitors walked to Earth Day.