Every year, CEC presents an Environmental Hero Award to an eco-pioneer on the Main Stage at the Earth Day Festival. Past recipients have included:

2014
Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara County Supervisor

2013
Bill Nye, science educator and TV host
Van Jones, green jobs activist

2012
Selma Rubin, local activist

2011
Darryl Hannah, actress

2010
James Cameron, film director

2009
Elon Musk, founding CEO of Tesla Motors