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Category Archives: environment

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour

by lesliedinaberg on October 17, 2016

Film and nature collide when UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. Telluride Mountainfilm was launched more than 30 years ago by a group of climbers and friends dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments […]

Editor’s Pick: Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival

by lesliedinaberg on April 14, 2016

The longest-running Earth Day celebration in the U.S., Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival (Apr. 16–17) is a weekend of live music, educational speakers, sustainable food and hundreds of exhibitors eager to help you reduce your carbon footprint. This year’s 46th annual festival theme, “One World,” is a reminder that we must work together to keep […]

My Santa Barbara: Unseen Santa Barbara

by lesliedinaberg on March 16, 2016

Photograph by Patricia Houghton Clarke By Leslie Dinaberg At first glance, it is unclear if you’re viewing an impressionist painting or simply a captivating reflection, which is exactly what drew Patricia Houghton Clarke to take this intriguing photograph. Clarke was wandering along a path at Arroyo Hondo Preserve, on her way to the birthday party […]

The Art of Getting People Back to Nature | Yarnbomber Stephen Duneier

by lesliedinaberg on June 17, 2015

By Leslie Dinaberg Artists often use their work to provoke discussion or emotion, but Yarnbomber Stephen Duneier’s colorful creations are site-specific installations designed to get people out to the middle of nowhere. In this case, “the middle of nowhere” is Santa Barbara County’s plethora of hiking trails. Duneier’s seven projects to date include creating an […]

To The Sea, An Unnatural Journey at Art From Scrap Gallery

by lesliedinaberg on August 22, 2014

To The Sea, an unnatural journey opens at the Art From Scrap Gallery at 302 E. Cota St. on Friday. August 22, from 6–8 p.m. Curated by artist Holly Mackay, To The Sea is an all age collaborative installation and playful call to action aiming to empower and engage the community in finding solutions to the […]

History + Harvest in the Santa Rita Hills

by lesliedinaberg on July 24, 2014

Hosted by the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County on July 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., this excursion starts with a private, docent led tour through the grounds of La Purisima Mission. Founded in 1787, there is much to learn about its history, community, restoration, and preservation—a treasure not to be missed! After the […]

Growing Green Schools

by lesliedinaberg on May 5, 2014

Inspiring students—and their families—to think globally and act locally, schools have become a vital incubator for environmental stewardship. Students in Santa Barbara High’s Green Academy learn about green biology, environmental science and chemistry, but they also get their hands dirty by maintaining a large production garden, complete with row crops, native plant insectary, fruit trees, […]

World Premiere of “Mission Blue” Opens SBIFF Tonight

by lesliedinaberg on January 30, 2014

The 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the world premiere of Mission Blue, a story of the ever-changing ocean, at Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 30 at 8 p.m. The documentary film highlights oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer Sylvia Earle’s life’s work and follows the increasingly urgent international effort, coordinated by the National Geographic Society, to build awareness about the […]

“Selma Rubin and Community of Life” at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2014

The legacy of beloved local activist Selma Rubin lives on in filmmaker Beezhan Tulu‘s new documentary, Selma Rubin and Community of Life, which is an official selection of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  When asked what inspired him to do the film, Tulu said, “I believe we don’t own this planet and we share it with […]

Keeping it Green: Cozy Charm Meets Environmental Friendliness

by lesliedinaberg on September 1, 2013

Combining cozy quaintness with modern conveniences was the goal when Linda and Jerry Gutterman decided to remodel their 1930’s cottage. As much as they loved the homey feel of their tiny, 1,086 square foot abode, they wanted more room, and used their remodel as an opportunity to create a greener, healthier and more energy efficient […]