Includes journals, manuscripts, booklets, correspondence, and articles relating to Paul Reis's environmental community outreach
and personal reflections.
Paul Relis got his start in environmentalism in 1969, when what was at that time the largest oil spill in U.S. history occurred
while he was a student at UC Santa Barbara. In the wake of this environmental disaster, public interest, and activism spurred
the founding of several groups whose purpose was solely to protect the environment. Relis became the first executive director
of one of these groups, the Community Environmental Council (CEC), when he was 23, working closely with Marc McGinnes, who
would also become an important figure in environmentalism, to found the organization. The CEC was not a legal or activism
group like many others, focusing on preventing further harm, instead they focused on ideas to help the environment, establishing
several public gardens experimenting in the uses of organic horticulture, solar power, large scale composting, and biogas
as an alternative fuel.
7.0 linear feet
(7 document boxes)
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