clean-air-excellenceSanta Barbara County Air Pollution Control District received a national Clean Air Excellence Award for the Santa Barbara Car Free Project from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2009. See the news release.

Santa Barbara Car Free Project partners were recognized on June 17, 2010, by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District’s Board of Directors and the Governor’s Office.  At its June Board meeting, the District’s Board thanked the Project partners with a special resolution, and Karen Kukurin, Deputy Director and Community Liaison with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Office, read a congratulatory letter from the Governor that stated, “To the district members, and all those who have had a hand in the Santa Barbara Car Free project, I thank you for your exemplary accomplishments. Your outstanding efforts help cement California as a world leader in going green.” A celebratory reception followed the Board meeting at the Inn of the Spanish Garden, a partner in the Project.


Pictured above, from left to right. Back row: Kiki Ander, Shannon Brooks (Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau); Laura Kath (Mariah Marketing, Project Promotions Coordinator); Cynthia Boche (Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District); Lori Casillas (The Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle); Carol Crego (Amtrak); Kent Epperson (Traffic Solutions); Kate Schwab (Santa Barbara MTD): Greg Gorga (Santa Barbara Maritime Museum); Wilson Hubbell, Ralph Fertig (Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition); Michael Chiacos (Community Environmental Council); Matt Dobberteen (County of Santa Barbara Public Works); Mary Harris (Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association); Sarah Grant (City of Santa Barbara Transportation); Millie Matz (Santa Barbara Hotel Group); Gary Coombs (South Coast Railroad Museum). Front row: Connie Casebier (Cheshire Cat Inn); Rebecca Johnson (Inn of the Spanish Garden); Jayne Brechwald (Coalition for Community Wellness); Lee Moldaver (Coalition for Sustainable Transportation); Drew Wakefield (Ramada Limited Hotel); Annmarie Rogers with bike helmet (Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center); Mary Byrd (Santa Barbara Car Free Project Manager with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District); Karen Kukurin, (Deputy Director with Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Office); Kathy Janega-Dykes (Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau); Brian Hart (Amtrak).

The Santa Barbara Car Free project received a 2004 Environmental Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9, and received a 2004 Marketing Excellence Award for “Best Niche Marketing: Eco-Tourism” from the California Travel and Tourism Commission. Read more background on the project here.

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, lead agency for Santa Barbara Car Free, honored and thanked the project’s partners for their outstanding volunteer service and contributions to the project.


Partners present for the APCD ceremony included (from left): Front row: Millie Matz–Santa Barbara Hotel Group; Olivia Rodriguez, David Damiano and Sherrie Fisher–Santa Barbara MTD: Tracy Farhad–Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission; Jayne Brechwald–American Lung Association of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, Antara Blasius–Community Environmental Council/Earth Day. Second row: Brian Hart–Amtrak; Nadine Turner–Hotel Santa Barbara; Megan Miley (project website)–Megan Miley Graphic Design; Ralph Fertig–Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition; Lynda Lang–Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce; Tim Bridwell–Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort; Laura Kath (project promotions coordinator)–Mariah Marketing; Mary Byrd (project manager)–APCD. Top row: Nancy Johnson–Botanic Garden; Randy Reetz–Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center; Lee Moldaver; Bobbie Bratz (community programs supervisor)–APCD; Lin Graf–Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce.