Since 1971, the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) has actively worked to protect and enhance the environment and human well-being through education, advocacy, and action. On Saturday, April 8, ECOSLO will hold a 45th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser to recognize its years of service as San Luis Obispo County’s community environmental center. The public is invited to celebrate with food, beverages, drawings, and guest speakers from 6 – 9 p.m. at iFixit headquarters in SLO. To purchase tickets or learn about events and event sponsorship, visit them at ecoslo.org or call (805) 544-1777.
History of ECOSLO
1960 – Formation of a Movement: During the 1960s, environmental concerns had risen to such a level throughout the United States that grassroots community organizations began to spring up across the country to protect the environment. Action spoke louder than words; people took to the streets.
1970 – Giving Rise to the EPA: In 1970, the first Earth Day took place on April 22 and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created in December. Shortly after, in 1971, citizens in San Luis Obispo came together to solve the flooding and pollution problems from San Luis Obispo Creek. From those community efforts, a creek preservation and flood control plan was adopted and beautification of the Mission Plaza, the community’s cultural and social center, was inspired.
1972 – ECOSLO is Created: This cause brought a group of like-minded folks together and the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) was formed. In 1972, ECOSLO received its nonprofit status and immediately created the first recycling program in San Luis Obispo County. It was the second recycling center in the state of California and for 15 years a weekly visit to the ECOSLO Recycling Center was a common occurrence for many SLO County residents.
Today: Since those early days as the community recycling center, ECOSLO continues to fulfill its mission to preserve and protect the natural resources of San Luis Obispo County through its environmental programs. It works closely with the County and City of SLO and organizes county-wide events and programs. Board members, staff, and interns assist with the planning and promotion of local campaigns. Through tabling at events, social media and in its monthly e-newsletter, ECOSLO keeps its members and the community updated on local environmental news and alerts.
Current advocacy work involves supporting SLO County campaigns, such as Protest SLO/Stop Oil Trains, the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary designation, and Protect Price Canyon.
If you’d like to represent ECOSLO and get involved in a local campaign, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education: In partnership with the City of San Luis Obispo for over 20 years, the SLO Steward hiking program has allowed the public to visit the City of San Luis Obispo Open Space Natural Reserves. These free docent-led hikes are open to the public. Groups, schools, organizations, or companies can arrange for their own hike. Contact email@example.com for more information or to schedule a group hike.
Action: On volunteer days, community members can put their energy into action by helping with trail maintenance and tree planting. Every September, ECOSLO hosts the SLO County Coastal Cleanup Day, a beach and waterways cleanup event that takes place at 30 sites along the coast from San Simeon to Oceano. Check out ECOSLO’s online calendar for upcoming volunteer opportunities.