The Museum and Sea Center are closed until it is safe to reopen, but we are working hard on our summer Butterflies Alive! exhibit and look forward to welcoming you soon!

Paul Relis

Paul Relis is an author, environmentalist, and business executive. He was the founding executive director of the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara from 1970-1990. From 1991-1998 he was a member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board, a state regulatory board with oversight of California's solid waste system and recycling programs. From 1998 to the present he has served as Senior Vice President of CR&R, Incorporated, an environmental services company that is on the leading edge of bioenergy development in the U.S. From 1996-2012 Paul was a Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Environmental Studies Department.

His book, Out of the Wasteland: Stories From the Environmental Frontier (2015) chronicles the modern environmental movement through the vantage of his long career in the field.