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The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) is a local non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural environment through community-based action, advocacy, and education.

ECOSLO creates and supports resilient, healthy natural systems and life styles in San Luis Obispo County. We are committed to a sustainable future while working to improve the quality of life and economic vitality in our communities.

Through education, advocacy, and community building, ECOSLO acts to protect the natural environment and environmental health of the Central Coast. We support renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency, sustainable agriculture, green building and the local economy to promote sustainable economic development, protection of agricultural lands and open space, social equity, environmental justice and protection of our natural environment.

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Programs and Events

Upcoming Events

Jun
4
Sat
Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris Beach Cleanup @ Montaña de Oro, Sandspit Beach
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

As part of a program of the California Coastal Commission, ECOSLO hosts regular cleanup events to remove marine debris from the coastline and collect data on debris that could be linked to the 2011 Japanese Tsunami.

Volunteer for this great one time event, and help clean the beach! We’ll meet at the Sand spit parking lot in Montaña de Oro (the first major parking lot on your right after you enter Montaña de Oro State Park).  We’ll get started at 9:00am and clean the beach until 11:30pm, and weigh and track all debris until 12:00noon.

For more information please visit: http://ecoslo.org/tsunami-debris-cleanup-program/

Lopez Lake – National Trails Day! @ Lopez Lake
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join ECOSLO and SLO County Parks as we take care of our precious parks on National Trails Day. We will either be doing lake cleanup or trail work.  More details to come!

Please wear closed toed shoes and a hat. Please bring your own gloves, water and a snack!  Cleanup buckets and litter grabbers are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own.

Sign up to volunteer so we can ensure we have enough materials for the group – thank you! http://bit.ly/trails-day-volunteering

Santa Margarita Lake – National Trails Day! @ Santa Margarita Lake
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Join ECOSLO and SLO County Parks as we take care of our precious parks on National Trails Day. We will either be doing lake cleanup or trail work. More details to come!

Please wear closed toed shoes and a hat. Please bring your own gloves, water and a snack!  Cleanup buckets and litter grabbers are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own.

Sign up to volunteer so we can ensure we have enough materials for the group – thank you! http://bit.ly/trails-day-volunteering

Jul
5
Tue
Beach Cleanup: Cayucos @ Cayucos Beach
Jul 5 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

There’s not better time to cleanup the beach then after 4th of July celebrations.  Join ECOSLO and SLO County Parks as we cleanup Cayucos Beach on the (early) morning of July 5th!  Join us from 7AM-10AM.  Please sign up here to help us anticipate the amount of supplies to bring: http://bit.ly/july5-beach-cleanup

We encourage volunteers to bring their own gloves and buckets.  We will have litter grabbers and buckets available, and only a limited amount of reusable work gloves.

Dress in layers, bring a reusable water bottle, and a snack! See you at the beach cleanup!

Sep
17
Sat
Coastal Cleanup Day
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Save the date! ECOSLO will host Coastal Cleanup Day along the Central Coast. There will be at least 30 sites to choose from. To get a new site added, please contact us.

 

Some of Our Programs

 

Tsunami Clean Up

An estimated 25 million tons of debris dumped into the ocean during the 2011 tsunami, with as much as 5 million tons of the more buoyant items washed out to sea. This debris has been washing ashore on the west coast since spring of 2013. As part of a program of the California Coastal Commission, ECOSLO hosts regular cleanup events to remove marine debris from the coastline and collect data on debris from the tsunami.

E-Waste Program

In one of our newest programs, we distribute E-Waste collection containers throughout the county to intercept harmful e-waste before it reaches our landfills.

Community Service Program

As the managers of the local Community Service Worker Program, ECOSLO sends volunteers to many non-profit agencies in the county, including Food Bank, ECHO, and Prado Day Center.

Coastal Cleanup

ECOSLO manages the Coastal Cleanup effort for SLO County, with over 1100 volunteers and nearly 2 tons of trash and recyclables removed from area beaches in 2014.

SLO Stewards Program

SLO City Natural Resources contracts with ECOSLO to manage and grow the SLO Stewards program. We reinvigorated the popular SLO Docents program in the last year, training docents to lead hikes on SLO’s most popular hiking trails and encouraging more public involvement.

In the News

Draw the Line Between SLO and fossil fuels

The UN Climate Summit has been taking place this year in Paris, starting on November 30, 2015 and ending on December 11th.  On December 12, 2015, San Luis Obispo 350, as part of a worldwide effort to send a unified message: there are some things that we as environmental activists can not and will not compromise.  These are our climate RED LINES.  We demand that it is time to keep 80% of fossil fuels in the ground and ensure a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.  In other words, it is time to “Turn Off” our dependence on dirty, dangerous energy like coal, oil and gas and “Turn On” to renewable energy, like rooftop solar, wind farms and energy conservation. Join the SLO community as we join together to draw the line between this beautiful place and fossil fuels.  We join to demand a better agreement than what we got in Paris and to demand an end to fossil fuel infrastructure like the oil train here in San Luis Obispo. Bring your signs and your commitment. Saturday, December 12, 11:00 AM Osos/Jennifer St Bridge at the SLO Train Station San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Signup to attend via... read more

Morro Bay City Council to deliberate the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

On September 22nd, the Morro Bay City Council will deliberate on whether to support or oppose the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.  As a member of San Luis Obispo County, we urge you to attend this meeting and support the sanctuary. Meeting location details: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. Veterans Memorial Hall, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay, CA At this meeting you will have a chance to speak when the council prepares to discuss the agenda item on the sanctuary. (Note: Not during the general public comment period for items not on the agenda, which occurs at the beginning of the meeting.)  You will have 3 minutes to speak. Here are topic points you should share with Councilmembers: I support the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary nomination Share you simple message of support.  Ideas you can include in your message: It is time for permanent protection for our coast Oil is not good for fishing We want “Big Blue Live” in our part of the ocean (see http://www.pbs.org/big-blue-live/social-hub/) Sanctuaries are good for our coastal economy Support the nomination and give our communities a chance to have this discussion There will be Sanctuary opponents at the meeting.  If you want to use your time to respond to one or two of those arguments, the best source is the September issue of the Santa Lucian, newsletter of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club.  (See “Sanctuary’s Foes,” page 2.) Remarks delivered in person are always more powerful and carry the most weight with the council.  But if you can’t make it to the meeting, please send an email to: cjohnson@morro-bay.ca.us, jheadding@morro-bay.ca.us, nsmukler@morro-bay.ca.us, jirons@morro-bay.ca.us Identify... read more

Upcoming NRC meeting – August 5th, 2015

The NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) will be in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, August 5th and will hear Public Comment on environmental review issues for license renewal at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Units 1 and 2.  This will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in San Luis Obispo, at 1605 Calle Joaquin Rd. 1:30-430pm, 7:00-10:00 pm. As shared on the NRC website, both sessions will be preceded by a one-hour open house.  You may pre-register to present oral comments by contacting Michael Wentzel, at 800-368-5642, ext. 6459, or by e-mail at michael.wentzel@nrc.gov by this Friday, July 31, 2015.  You may also register to speak at the meeting. Mothers for Peace has asked the community to show up in force to counter the organized groups that are proclaiming nuclear energy as clean energy.  ECOSLO plans to have two representatives there, but we need more support. Click here to watch an excellent video on the true environmental costs of Nuclear Power. For additional information, please visit: http://mothersforpeace.org/mothers-for-peace-pushes-back-against-diablo-license-renewal... read more

Coastal Dunes Dust Rule 1001

At the November 16, 2011 meeting, the APCD Board approved the Coastal Dunes Dust Control Rule 1001 to require implementation of dust control measures on coastal dunes where vehicle activity occurs. The rule, staff report, presentation and implementation milestones can be viewed at the SLO Clean Air website.... read more

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