Every year, the Community Environmental Council (CEC) presents an Environmental Hero Award to an eco-pioneer on the Main Stage at the Earth Day Festival. CEC proudly announces environmental activist and author Bill McKibben as the 2015 Environmental Hero Award recipient. McKibben, who exemplifies the dramatic impact that individuals can make when they take a stand, is expected to accept the award privately at his home in Vermont.

Past recipients of the award 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