Who is this conference is for?

This conference is for changemakers, lawmakers, movement makers, and business leaders who are actively implementing climate change and sustainability solutions throughout the tri-counties region and beyond. The Women and the Environment conference is a dedicated space to connect, collaborate and create. We invite men and women from the following communities to join us for this conference:

  • Changemakers are those who are taking action to solve a problem or create opportunities regionally, nationally or globally. This includes nonprofit executives, impact investors, activists, organizers, artists, innovators, and more.
  • Lawmaker and Policymakers are those who are writing and passing laws on behalf of their constituents and the citizens in their communities.
  • Business Leaders are using business as a vehicle for environmental or social good. These business leaders believe that business impacts and should serve more than just shareholders —  but that it has an equal responsibility to the community and to the planet.
  • Tri-Counties (San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County): This conference is designed for leaders from within the tri-counties in hopes of stimulating new collaborations and connections.

Please note, we respectfully request that an organization or company send no more than 4 individuals to this conference to allow space for attendees from diverse organizations and companies throughout the tri-counties.

How much does this conference cost?

The conference cost $150 for registrations before April 1 and $195 after April 7.  Your registration includes a VIP reception with Naomi Klein and VIP seating for the Naomi Klein lecture on May 17 at the Granada Theatre.  Your registration also includes complimentary breakfast and lunch at the Kimpton Canary Hotel, the location of the May 18 day long conference.

Are men invited?

Yes! This conference aims to bring women and men together to engage and collaborate to promote women’s leadership and participation in projects related to the environment and climate justice. This requires seeding innovative approaches that mobilize people of every gender identity and expression as advocates, and acknowledges that by uplifting and recognizing women leaders in this movement, everyone benefits.


The conference special room rate at the Canary Hotel can booked here.

Kimpton Canary

31 W. Carrillo

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara: (866) 999-5401

Additional beach-front accommodations nearby include the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara and The Fess Parker. The Inn at East Beach is a block off the waterfront.

The conference officially ends at 6pm on May 18.

Directions to the Granada (May 17 event with Naomi Klein)

Directions: Easily accessible from US 101. Exit at CARRILLO St. and go toward downtown Santa Barbara on W. CARRILLO (5 blocks), then left on STATE St., continue to 1214 STATE St. To access Granada Parking Garage, continue to VICTORIA St and turn right (one block) and then right onto ANACAPA St. (1/2 block) and into the parking garage entrance.

Paid parking is available in a variety of downtown city operated parking lots. The lot closest to The Granada Theatre is located behind the theatre at 1221 Anacapa Street, between Victoria Street and Anapamu Street, and there are parking entrances on both Anacapa and Anapamu. To get to the theatre entrance or the box office, please exit the garage at the northwest corner of the building, and proceed toward State Street through the paseo and turn left.

Directions to the Canary (May 18)

You can find directions to the Canary here.


Scholarships are generously provided by the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy and allow access to those individuals with financial limitations. The Women and the Environment conference reserves scholarships first for individuals in organizations or companies with budgets under $250,000 and with the greatest need. You are encouraged to apply for up to two (2) scholarships per organization. Applications are available here.

Scholarship deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017

You will be notified of scholarship award by Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Scholarship Form

Big Ideas Visioning Session

Our Big Idea visioning session is an opportunity for attendees to present and collaborate on ideas that will increase community resiliency, climate justice, build sustainable economies, support environmental health, environmental justice and provide the space for innovative ideas to surface. Each attendee will bring a “big idea” to the table, and through a facilitated process, a group of 10-15 attendees will select an idea or merge ideas. Each groups select idea will be pitched to the entire conference to end the conference. These ideas can be existing projects/concepts you are working on, new business ideas, new partnerships, and anything that may positively disrupt the status quo. During the presentation process, three ideas that resonate with a selection committee will receive seed capital to take these select ideas to the next level.

Please note, all big ideas will be recorded and shared with attendees after the conference.

Big Idea Seed Capital

Conference sponsors are pleased to announce seed capital for up to three select big ideas to be awarded at the 2017 Women and the Environment Conference. The goal of the seed capital is to assist leaders in further developing selected ‘big ideas.’ Each ‘winning’ idea will receive a minimum of $5,000.