SB Bowl First Carbon-Neutral Venue

Better World Energy Helps The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Become America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concert Venue

This makes the Santa Barbara Bowl the first carbon-neutral outdoor concert venue in America. The amount represents the total electricity and fuel consumption by the Santa Barbara Bowl Facility in 2012. Through the donation of zero emission energy generated from wind farms, the Bowl has neutralized the environmental impact of its electricity and natural gas consumption for the entire year.

This new alliance is part of a larger initiative by the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation to become a greener facility. The Bowl has developed community-leading practices for reducing environmental impact through water and energy conservation, recycling, traffic mitigation and waste reduction. In addition, the Bowl has recently installed Phase 1 of an aggressive solar installation.

“We are pleased to be able to support such a dynamic venue and organization to reach its goal of being carbon neutral,” says John Smigelski, CEO of Better World Energy. “In addition to being the first outdoor concert venue to be carbon neutral, with its other initiatives on water conservation and recycling it is arguably America’s greenest venue. Better World Energy salutes the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation for their environmental leadership.”

Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, Rick Boller “ to increase the sustainability of our concert venue. As a well regarded concert venue in the Santa Barbara community, we are excited to take a leading role in reducing our reliance of fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy.The Santa Barbara Bowl is committed to doing everything it can to have as small a carbon footprint as possible. We are honored to have a partner like Better World Energy whose foresight and leadership have enabled the Bowl Foundation to achieve many its environmental goals.”

The donation of 233 megawatt-hours of wind generated Renewable Energy Certificates is equivalent to the emission reductions of removing 37 vehicles from the road for one year. For more information on how to offset your day-to-day energy usage, please visit

About Better World Energy

Better World Energy is a California Corporation formed in 2010 behind a simple mission — to make the world a better place through better energy sources. Better World Energy is dedicated to reducing America’s greenhouse gas emissions by providing conservation tips and carbon offsets solutions. Better World Energy is based in San Luis Obispo with an office in Los Angeles.

About Santa Barbara Bowl

The Bowl has become a home for the performing arts in Santa Barbara. As the largest outdoor amphitheater in Santa Barbara County, the Bowl retains its intimate ambiance while offering the freedom of a beautiful and natural outdoor venue. The Santa Barbara Bowl is a not for profit 501(c)-3 organization run by concerned community volunteers dedicated to renovating this historic facility.


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