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Visit our online community event calendar for events, meetings, community hearings, town halls and more, focusing on sustainability and environmental protection in the Sacramento region. If you have a meeting or event you would like to add, please email us at office[at]ecosacramento[dot]net.


Meetings and events for:

  • ECOS
    • ECOS Meetings + Board Business
    • ECOS Committee Meetings
  • ECOS’ member, partner organizations and affiliates
    • 350 Sacramento
    • Citizen’s Climate Lobby Call
    • Sierra Club
    • SABA
    • Breathe
    • SacMoves
    • SMART
    • Civic Thread
    • Yolo Basin.org Flyway Nights Series
    • The Climate Report Radio Show
  • Governmental organizations
    • SACOG
    • CDFW
    • CNRA California Natural Resources Agency
    • CalSTA
    • Caltrans
    • OPR
    • SGA
  • Jurisdictions’ council and board meetings
    • City of Sacramento
    • County of Sacramento
    • Cities of Folsom, Isleton, Galt, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, West Sacramento
    • Counties of Sutter, Yuba, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado


Since 1973, with the Environmentalist of the Year Award, we have been honoring people who work hard, inspire others, and have accomplishments that further the ECOS mission to achieve sustainability, livable communities, environmental justice, and a healthy environment for residents of the Sacramento region.

This award celebrates and recognizes environmental champions and community sustainability successes. Over the past years, awards have been given to citizen activists, professors, students, elected officials, academics, planners, architects, developers, lawyers, and scientists.  

Please consider sponsoring the Environmentalist of the Year (EOY) Awards presented by ECOS. Your sponsorship is an investment in the ongoing success of ECOS as well as recognition of Sacramento area environmental champions.  

How to sponsor our Environmentalist of the Year event for next year —   link to table (on the following page) on sponsorship levels taken; info from https://www.ecosacramento.net/our-work/events/eoy/sponsor-eoy/ however I added the Wiki information.  The DONATE buttons should lead to DONATE PAGE. 

ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR Brandon Rose was ECOS President 2016-2017. During his tenure, ECOS put on a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) workshop, which helped to attract and train volunteers. ECOS supported Sacramento’s plastic bag ban and ethics reform ordinances. Under his leadership, ECOS also helped the City obtain a $44 million “Green City” grant to construct electric vehicle charging stations and acquire electric vehicle fleets for car sharing programs in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Also during Brandon’s board presidency, ECOS worked with Wilton Rancheria to locate their proposed casino within the County of Sacramento’s Urban Service Area, rather than a rural area. In 2017, ECOS sued Caltrans over its approval of extra lanes on US 50 without considering the environmental impacts of increased traffic, which led to a settlement providing funding for transit. Later that year, Brandon was elected to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) board, which has since committed to carbon neutrality by 2030.

ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR Dr. Michelle Stevens, a professor in the Environmental Studies Department at CSUS, has been leading the Bushy Lake Restoration Project along the lower American River Parkway, which protects, studies, and restores Sacramento’s riparian ecosystem. Michelle was able to “sell” this idea to the local community, a myriad of stakeholders, regional professionals and experts, and fellow colleagues. Michelle started with planting a few plants that are important to native peoples in the region, and nurtured it until it grew into a grant-funded restoration plan involving CSUS students and volunteers. Her work is informed and guided in uplifting the historic indigenous practices and culture of traditional ecological knowledge, and provides a hands-on opportunity for college students through CSUS and volunteers. In 2019, this project won an award at the annual CSU-wide Student Research Competition.

ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR Moiz Mir was the president of the Environmental Student Organization at CSUS, 2017–2019. As an intern at the Sacramento Mayor’s Office, he organized youth summits to include students’ voices in the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change, and served on the Commission’s Community Health & Resiliency and Equity Technical Advisory Committees. He co-won a statewide “Best Practice in Student Sustainability Leadership Award” for organizing the CSUS Student Summit on Climate Change. As a student, Moiz worked with Michelle Stevens, supervising student plant experiments at Bushy Lake. With Sunrise Movement Sacramento, Moiz is engaging youth in climate justice action. Moiz recently became the first staff at 350 Sacramento, where he developed a new after-school student climate organizing program.

ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR Anne Stausboll chaired the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change, which presented its recommendations in June 2020. She obtained a unanimous vote on a very progressive set of recommendations, which took two years to develop. The goal is to achieve carbon neutrality in Sacramento and West Sacramento, by 2045. Anne made sure the Commission reviewed and considered everything through a lens of racial and income equity. She is inspiring us to be active with the City of Sacramento to ensure that these recommendations are incorporated into the Cities’ Climate Action Plans, and into appropriate ordinances and other city actions. As Anne says, “it is a crisis situation, and we need to act now. We want the city to start seriously adopting and acting on the recommendations. Now. It’s not something that can wait.”

Previous ECOS Environmentalist of the Year events:


Sacramento Earth Day is about building community and finding ways to help residents of the Greater Sacramento Region reduce our ecological footprint. This festival, hosted by ECOS, is a great opportunity to learn about methods to live more sustainably.  Sacramento Earth Day is ECOS’ largest annual fundraiser, so consider becoming a sponsor of this landmark event, a volunteer recruiter, or a volunteer.

About 150 organizations and businesses exhibit products, technology, artwork, and share information to cultivate a healthier, greener way of living.  A variety of fun activities is available for families, including interactive educational games and a kids’ area.  Live music and a range of plant-based (vegan) cuisine options are offered. Electric vehicles are on display and ready for test drives.  Also available are artworks by local artists, environmentally-protective products, and even valet parking for your bicycle!

This is the largest Earth Day celebration in the Sacramento region, and admission is free! 

Sacramento Earth Day FAQ

Please consider sponsoring our Sacramento Earth Day event. Your sponsorship is an investment in the ongoing success of ECOS and it helps Sacramento area residents to learn how to reduce their carbon footprint, while having fun!

How to sponsor our Sacramento Earth Day event for next year

Previous Sacramento Earth Day Events

Previous Sacramento Earth Day Sponsors

Earth Day Across the Globe

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The Sacramento Earth Day logo was created in 2008 by Dana Gray, exclusively for the lasting benefit of Sacramento Earth Day, and it is copyrighted. If you wish to use it for a purpose consistent with the spirit and practice of celebrating Earth Day, or if you just like it, please honor its creator by sending a tax-exempt contribution to Sacramento Earth Day at ECOS, P.O. Box 1526, Sacramento CA 95812.


ECOS has been organizing Sacramento Earth Day since 2006. Beginning in the early 1970s, residents of Sacramento and Davis attended Earth Day events held in Davis, California. Kathy Reis started organizing Earth Day events in Sacramento with volunteers in 1990 and onward. The Sierra Club took over the management of the main Sacramento Earth Day event in 2000. ECOS co-hosted Sacramento Earth Day with the Sierra Club until 2006, when ECOS became the official organizer.


The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans for the protection of the planet. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.

Earth Day led to passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clear Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Many countries soon adopted similar laws, and in 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day to sign the Paris Climate Agreement.


The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected as the date.   – from the Earth Day Network


ECOS offers field trips to learn about the natural and built environment such as the following:

  • Future Valley Rail Station in Midtown, Sacramento
  • Sacramento Valley Station and Railyards complex
  • Bridge retrofit over the Yolo Bypass
  • Housing development projects in the Central Core, Sacramento
  • Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge
  • Bats at Yolo Basin Foundation
  • Sandhill Cranes
  • Swans and snow geese in Yuba and Marysville
  • Nimbus Fish Hatchery
  • Cosumnes River Preserve
  • American River Salmon Spawning areas
  • Ringtail Cats in Sutter Buttes