SCEEP brings energy saving projects and programs to government facilities, homes, businesses, and individuals throughout the south county.


Through the SCEEP partnership, local municipalities are saving energy and money as their facilities are updated and improved. To date, local municipalities have completed energy projects on their own facilities that save over $500,000 annually. These projects save over 4,000,000 kwh each year, which is enough energy to power 378 homes annually.Through the SCEEP partnership, participating municipalities receive monetary incentives for kilowatt hour savings, which makes investing in energy efficiency easier for local cities and Santa Barbara County.

Moving the Needle

Annual kWH Savings
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Through Santa Barbara County’s empower program, over 9,000 residents have received energy education, advice, referrals, and assistance. Empower serves to help homeowners countywide overcome obstacles to making energy saving improvements to their homes through the central coast empower program. All of SCEEP’s partner municipalities are served by empower Central Coast.


The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County (GBPSBC) is part of the California Green Business Program, a network of local programs operated by counties and cities throughout California. The GBPSBC provides resources and assistance to businesses wanting to be green, certifies businesses through workshops and trainings, on-site visits and evaluation, and highlights Certified Businesses so that local consumers can shop green. Seventy one businesses have been certified in the South County, with annual energy savings estimated at 1.1 million kWh. The Green Business Program serves all of the municipalities in the SCEEP partnership, as well as North Santa Barbara County cities.

Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County


The SCEEP partnership hosts educational events, energy efficiency training seminars, and community gatherings throughout the year. In 2016, SCEEP hosted, or participated in:

Santa Barbara Earth Day

SCEEP at CEC's Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2016 © Andrew Hill

SCEEP hosted a booth at The Community Environmental Council’s annual festival to celebrate Earth Day on April 16th and 17th, 2016, with over 30,000 attendees. SCEEP distributed LED bulbs and water saving shower heads at the event.

"Achieving Zero"

Achieving Zero with Ed Mazria © Sarita Relis Photography

A presentation by internationally acclaimed architect and thought leader Ed Mazria on May 25th, 2016 at the Marjorie Luke Theatre. Over the past decade, Ed’s seminal research into the sustainability, resilience, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment has redefined the role of architecture, planning, design, and building in reshaping our world. The event was co-sponsored by SCEEP.

Title 24 Training

SCEEP hosted a Title 24 building code training on May 25, 2016 . The 2016 Title 24 building codes are more stringent than prior versions, intending to slow the growth in demand for electricity and natural gas in California.

Free training events from SCEEP help architects, engineers, lighting designers, energy consultants, contractors, and building department staff contractors stay up to date on building codes and best practices.

Central Coast Sustainability Summit

Central Coast Sustainability Summit 2014 crowd shot PreviousPauseNext2 of 3 The Central Coast Sustainability Summit brings together practitioners in private industry, public agencies and nonprofits from across the region. Photo Credit: SPENCER BRUTTIG

An annual event held at UCSB that brings together elected officials, staff, faculty, and interested parties from local governments and organizations to discuss common sustainability issues, share best practices, and seek partners. The 2016 Summit was co-sponsored by SCEEP, and featured presentations on energy financing, sustainable transportation, energy storage, and other sustainability measures.