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More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival this weekend.

Kathi King with the Community Environmental Council that puts on the event says this year’s theme is the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill.

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Food that would normally be thrown out is now feeding the hungry in Santa Barbara County.

Restaurants, supermarkets and caterers routinely dump their excess prepared food. But instead of filling up landfills with healthy, uneaten food, the Community Environmental Council came up with an idea.

“It just seems wrong to send edible food to waste. Instead, we could be giving it to people who are hungry,” says Emily Miller with CEC.

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Some nonprofits across the South and Central Coasts will be able to go solar at no cost.

The Community Environmental Council is launching a new pilot program called Solarize Nonprofit.

The City of Santa Barbara has agreed to a goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2030.

City leaders and environmentalists have taken the action as President Trump has backed the country out of the Paris Climate Accords.

The annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday in Alameda Park, organized by the Community Environmental Council.