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Program Director: Frances Gilliland

Frances Gilliland holds a degree in Environmental Science from University of California, Santa Barbara. She previously worked for the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District for 17 years inspecting businesses, reviewing land-use projects, and implementing business assistance and public outreach efforts, including representing the APCD on the Green Award Consortium. In 2002, she was recognized as the Pollution Prevention Advocate of the Year by the Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network. In 2007, Frances started her own business, Gilliland Environmental, and was instrumental in launching the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County (GBPSBC). Frances currently serves as Program Director of the GBPSBC. Frances has been involved with the California Green Business Network since its formation, and currently serves as Board Secretary.


Fun Fact:  I traveled to Morelia, Mexico with the Rotary Club of Goleta where we partnered with a local Rotary Club and SEE International in their project to provide free cataract surgeries to those in need. I was honored to witness people get their eyesight (and their lives) back!


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(805) 729-3472

Assistant: Olivia Bindon

Olivia Bindon is a recent graduate with high honors from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies and Communication. She has a special interest in green building and architecture and is an accredited LEED GA. She has grown her passion for sustainability and environmental issues both through her studies and her work and research. As a Research Assistant with the Bren School, she assisted in developing a communication strategy for water conservation communication for Santa Barbara’s water utility. While attending UCSB she worked as the Green Certification Coordinator for UCSB Sustainability, certifying environmentally conscious departments, events, and sports teams on campus. She has been supporting the Green Business Program since October 2020 and has loved helping local businesses achive their sustainability goals for the betterment of their business, the environment, and the community! 


Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Berlin and hope to move there in the future!


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Intern: Skylar Bowyer

Skylar Bowyer is entering her third year at the University of California, Santa Barbara earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies while also participating in the Technology Management Certificate Program. Skylar’s passion for learning about the environment began during a summer internship with Arroyo and Foothills Conservancy in Los Angeles, where she worked to preserve and restore native habitats by removing invasive plants, led educational hikes for students, restored hiking trails, recorded data from wildlife cameras, and learned about plants and animals native to California. At UCSB Skylar is an active member of her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta and participates in the on-campus organization Greeks Go Green as a member of the waste committee. Skylar has a particular interest in green business and consulting and plans to utilize what she has learned through her studies and experiences in helping local Santa Barbara businesses become green certified. 


Fun Fact: I have plans to do an abroad field study program next winter in Thailand and Indonesia to conduct research on coastal marine habitats! 

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Intern: Emma Schaberg

Emma is currently a third year student at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is earning her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Environmental Studies as well as a certificate in the Technology Management Certificate Program. Emma became passionate about the conservation and protection of our planet through working with Wild Kids Leadership Academy in high school and going on various backpacking trips through Montana. Last year, she also did field work with the Biodiversity and Restoration Department at UCSB and learned about the different native and invasive species in Goleta.  Emma is also an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. With this internship, Emma will work with small businesses to learn how they can obtain their Green Certification and how she can best help them throughout the process. Emma's goal is to take the skills and knowledge she will learn from this and one day help bigger corporations become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.


Fun Fact:  I am from Hawaii!

Contact me at:  emmaschaberg@umail.ucsb.edu