Events & Media



"The Importance of Environmental Justice Movements and Recent Successes on the Central Coast" 

Geoff Green
Executive Director
Fund for Santa Barbara

Monday, November 24, 2014
11:20 -12:30 
Bren Hall 1414

“With over 20 years of experience working on social and environmental issues in Santa Barbara, Mr. Green brings a rich perspective on alleviating the environmental justice issues we face in our community. Anyone interested in learning about environmental justice, the issues we face locally, and ways of addressing those problems will not want to miss this talk.”

— Jacob Skaggs, MESM student host

Geoff Green

The modern American environmental movement has long been criticized for being the province of predominantly white middle-class wilderness enthusiasts. Beginning the 1980s, however, the understanding of "environment" has expanded considerably to include urban environments and the concerns of more urban populations. This trend had been propelled in large part by the cross-pollination of environmental movements with social justice movements - each adopting some of the language, analysis and strategies of the other. 

In this talk, Geoff shares his personal journey that led him to the environmental and social justice fields, the current status and importance of environmental justice movements, and the recent history of several local environmental justice campaigns. 

Geoff Green is the Executive Director of the Fund for Santa Barbara, a local nonprofit organization that provides fundraising support, technical assistance, and strategic guidance to local grassroots organizations and community groups that advocate for social and environmental justice.

Geoff has over 20 years of experience working on a variety of social and environmental justice issues in Santa Barbara. He has served on numerous boards and has advised hundreds of nonprofit organizations, foundations, public agencies, and labor organizations in the areas of organizational development, fundraising, coalition-building, board development, strategic planning, lobbying and advocacy and effective use of media.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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