PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Community Environmental Council Welcomes 2015 Partnership Council Members

SANTA BARBARA, CA, August 25, 2015– The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is proud to announce that five new members have joined its Partnership Council in 2015. This group represents a broad spectrum of individuals in our community who act as ambassadors to advocate, network, and promote on behalf of CEC.

Gillian V. Grant has deep roots in Santa Barbara, with a family that goes back a few generations in the area. She lived in other parts of the US and in India for several years while building Deloitte’s offshoring operations and working as a Chief of Staff in the Office of the CEO. Now back in Santa Barbara, she is the Director of Operations and Event Producer for Merryl Brown Events, a company with close ties to CEC. Grant was drawn to CEC by the diverse talents of the Board and Partnership Council, as well as their commitment to getting rid of plastic.

Susan Owens is an artist specializing in pieces made from salvaged materials. She recently won a ‘bill presenter’ contest at The Lark with her beautiful tin bird collage. She blogs about art, food, and gardening at A dedicated community volunteer, she has served on several PTA boards and committees. She’s currently on the Sustainability Committee at Santa Barbara High, and is a driving force for greening school events through waste reduction and other means. With the recent graduation of her youngest child and thus less participation in the public school arena, Owens was ready for a new volunteer opportunity. She sees climate change as the single most critical issue of our day, and feels that working as a CEC partner is an exciting and meaningful way to be involved in our community.

Laura and Russ McGlothlin are a community-minded, philanthropic couple who live on a ranch they recently refurbished in Goleta. Laura is a longtime Green Gala Committee member, who has been instrumental in the success of the annual auction. Her husband, Russ, is a former CEC Board Member. An attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, he specializes in water rights and helped to pass the first-ever groundwater legislation in California last year.

Perrin Pellegrin is a Managing Partner at Innovative Workshop Consulting, a company that specializes in sustainable planning. She has been involved in LEED certified projects at UCSB and MarBorg Industries, winning numerous awards for her work. From 2000 to 2008, she served as the Sustainability Manager at UCSB. Civically active, she serves on the board of Fairview Gardens and is involved in planning the new Santa Barbara Children’s Museum. Pellegrin is an active part of the Santa Barbara environmental community, and joining CEC allows her to work toward goals that she values.


About the Community Environmental Council

In the wake of the devastating 1969 oil spill off Santa Barbara’s shores, a group of local concerned citizens began talking about a different way of looking at environmental systems. During that time, Senator Gaylord Nelson visited Santa Barbara to view the damage from the oil spill. When he returned to Washington, D.C., he introduced a bill designating April 22 as a national day to celebrate the earth. Over the next few years, around the country the environmental movement was born – including the Community Environmental Council (CEC). In CEC’s first act as a newly incorporated non-profit, it hosted one of the first Earth Day celebrations in the U.S. in 1970.

Since that time, CEC has remained at the forefront of the environmental movement, leading the Santa Barbara region – and at times California and the nation – in creative solutions to some of the toughest environmental problems. Today CEC continues to work toward moving our region off fossil fuels to protect the climate, encouraging global change through local action with five initiatives: Drive Less, Choose Electric, Go Solar, Ditch Plastic, and Eat Local.


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• Call CEC at 805-963-0583 ext.100

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