BROKE: The Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline Spill of 2015

When: Thursday, May 10th 2018 7-9 PM
Where: IV Theater 1

Join the Coastal Fund for a free film screening of “Broke: The Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline Spill of 2015”.

This one-hour environmental story started at Refugio State Park during the afternoon that the Plains All-American Pipeline, line 901, burst on May 19, 2015 and spilled 140,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gaviota coast and ocean. Crude oil tumbled in the surf, sent toxic fumes in the air, and killed over 300 sea birds and marine mammals. The story is told by fishermen and fisherwomen, ranchers who were diagnosed with chemical pneumonia, pipeline safety experts, environmental leaders, public officials, and the spokesman for Plains All-American Co.

Producer and Director, UCSB Adjunct Professor Gail Osherenko will join other faculty and community members for a post-screening discussion.

Oceanography in the Thomas Fire: Preliminary Results from a Graduate Student Led Operation

When: Tuesday, April 17th 2018 4 PM
Where: Pacific View Room, Library (Oceanside, 8th floor)

The ACIDD expedition team is sharing preliminary results on campus! Come join us as we hear about their experience with the recent Thomas Fire. A reception will follow!

Gaviota: The End of Southern California

When: Wednesday, January 24th 7PM
Where: Pollock Theater

The Coastal Fund invites you to a free film screening of “Gaviota: The End of Southern California” on January 24th at 7 pm. The screening will take place on campus at the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Pollock Theater. Following the film, Coastal Fund Board Member Courtney Thomas will host a moderated discussion with Director Shaw Leonard.

Attendees are invited to a light reception following the screening. Refreshments will be provided, so come and learn more from local organizations.

Santa Barbara Surfrider Talk

When: Monday, November 6th 2017 6 PM
Where: Harder South 1013

Join Surfrider Foundation Santa Barbara Chapter‘s Vice Chair, Everett Lipman, TONIGHT for a talk on the organization’s work at Goleta Beach. The Coastal Fund has been a strong supporter of Surfrider’s project in preserving our local beaches, so come out and learn about some local, coastal, and community work. The room is at Harder Stadium in a small classroom under the south bleachers. See you there!

Let’s Talk About Water

When: Thursday, November 2nd 2017 6 PM
Where: Bren Hall 1414

Join us for an evening of film screenings, a Bren School faculty panel, UC Santa Barbara graduate student flash talks, and discussion with local water practitioners and conservation groups to explore water supply, quality, and management in the American West.

Creek Cleanup: San Jose Creek

When: Saturday, August 26th 2017 10 AM – 12 PM
Where: Berkley Footbridge

Right here in Goleta, the Environmental Defense Center is hosting the first of five creek cleanups – an initiative to keep Santa Barbara waters clean. Last year, EDC’s creek cleanups netted over 3700 lbs of trash from 10 creeks near UCSB. Join us at Berkeley Foot Bridge on August 26th to jumpstart this year’s efforts!

Streets to Beach: Deltopia Clean-Up!

When: Sunday, April 9th 2017 11 AM – 1 PM
Where: IV Rec + Park District

Last year, 3,247 lbs of trash were collected following Deltopia, with 410 buckets filled over 419.5 combined hours. In one day, we hope to clean the streets of IV of trash before it makes its way to the ocean, while learning tools to prevent future waste production and employ proper disposal.

Help make our community clean, safe, and beautiful! Free Pizza, Beverages, and Raffle Prizes for volunteers! Visit our FB event: RSVP now!

Presented by Coastal Fund and Adopt-A-Block.

Coastal Fund’s Sunset Beach Clean Up

When: Feb 28th 2015 at 4:00 pm
Where: Meet at Starbucks on Embarcadero

Join us to volunteer to clean our beautiful beach  as we watch the sun go down. We will provide the clean up materials, as well as free snacks! For more information check our our Facebook event page:

Coastal Fund Annual Winter Quarter Photo Contest

Theme: “Closer Look”
Due: Feb 27th 2015

Share your favorite photos that get up close and personal with our local beaches. You can submit as many photos as you like, and the winner will receive an awesome gift bag of Coastal Fund merchandise! Any photos submitted to this page have the potential to be posted in various Coastal Fund media including our website, Facebook page, newsletters, and various promotional material.

Coastal Fund Photo Contest Art Walk

When: Jan 6th 2015
Where: SCB University Center

Join us the first week of Winter Quarter for the first annual Coastal Fund Photo Contest Art Walk. The wonderful submissions from the runners up of the 2013-2014 contest will be on display in front of the USCB University Center. The photos feature gorgeous shots of the local coastline, lagoon, and wildlife.


Coastal Fund Beach Clean-up!

When: March 8, 2014
Where: IV Beach

Spend your Saturday enjoying the outdoors and taking care of our environment! Gloves and trash containers will be provided. Please wear sunscreen, close-toed shoes, and bring water.


EDC Fall Feast

When: Oct 11th 5:30-8:30pm
Where: 906 Garden St., Santa Barbara

Network with folks in the environmental community and enjoy live music, food, and drinks


39th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards and Fundraiser

When: May 5th, 3 pm to 5 pm

Where: Rancho Dos Pueblos Casa Grande Gardens

Goleta Valley Beautiful‘s 39th Annual Awards Cinco De Mayo Celebration will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 5th from 3 to 5pm at Rancho Dos Pueblos Casa Grande Gardens. Join GVB for their annual event including awards for local Goleta residents, a silent auction, and live music! Student tickets are only $10 with regular admission tickets at $35. Please RSVP for all events by sending an e-mail to with your name, phone and e-mail, and the event.

Love your Sea Level Rise Workshop

When: May 10th, 10 am to 5 pm

Where: UCEN Santa Barbara Harbor Room

Free and open to UCSB students, faculty and staff and lunch will be provided! Artists and water enthusiasts Sara Daleiden and Therese Kelly lead a small workshop to raise awareness about the campus’s unique location and water values. This one-day experiential workshop deepens awareness of water relationships on campus as a key to imagining sea level rise. Sara and Therese will facilitate the invention of collaborative proposals to generate new knowledge of our everyday dependency on water at UCSB. Participants will work in small groups to perform site research and analysis of one water relationship and one environmental media approach. At the close of the workshop, groups will present a proposal for a media design highlighting our relationships to water on the UCSB campus.

This event is the last in the series “i (heart) h2o,” created for the Figuring Sea Level Rise program at UCSB in 2012-13 so don’t miss out!

Sign up for the workshop here

Beach Clean-Up

When: April 28th, 10 am to 12pm

Where: the corner of Camino Majorca and Del Playa

Join us this sunday to clean the beach! The weather has been beautiful so lets make the community even more enjoyable by cleaning it up! What better way to end Earth Week than with a beach clean up! See ya there!

Day Without a Bottle

When: April 1st, 10am to 8pm

Where: UCSB Campus

What would happen if there were no plastic water bottles on the UCSB campus? Find out April 1st!
Day Without a Bottle is about showing UCSB students how to reduce their plastic consumption with a simple solution. A reusable bottle eliminates the trip to a nearby store and the need to spend money. With brand new hydration stations installed all over the UCSB campus, students have even more options to stay hydrated and help the earth! A day without a bottle helps to show UCSB students a convenient, cheap, sustainable alternative to plastic water bottles. Join us on April 1st and pledge to use reusable bottles. You may even win some awesome prizes!
On April 1st, the first day of the Spring quarter, make sure to bring your reusable water bottle to one of our 5 booths on campus and sign our pledge to reduce your plastic footprint for a chance to win one of our many awesome raffle prizes.
The day will be filled with educational events, raffles with amazing prizes, informational booths at each campus store. It will culminate in an evening performance featuring locally and nationally know artists.
The day will be a coalition event with PPC member groups, local organizations, artists, and campus faculty and staff.

Beach Clean-Up

When: Sat. February 9, 11-1 pm

Where: Meeting at Del Playa Dr. and El Embarcadero

The second beach clean up of the quarter is almost here! Let’s do our part and give back to the environment. Join IV Surfrider and Coastal Fund on Saturday Feb. 9 from 11 to 1pm at the corner of DP and El Embarcadero to clean the beach and enjoy the company of fellow coast lovers! Bring your friends out for a beautiful and productive day!

King Tides tide pooling!

When: Sat. January 26, 3 pm

Where: Campus Point

Have you ever wondered what sea creatures are right around us? Have you ever checked out the tide pools at Campus Point?! That’s a great place to look! Join us on January 26th at 3pm for a tour of the tide pools and see what amazing creatures we can find!

Check out our facebook event for more information and RSVP!