Our Programs

The staff of the SYCEO focuses on seven main program areas, with a number of projects being implemented under each area:

Energy Taking advantage of the Reservation’s fantastic solar resources is just one of the steps the Tribe is taking to reduce community reliance on non-renewable energy sources like coal and oil. Learn more about energy efficiency and renewable energy...     Alternative Fuels & Vehicles The SYCEO has been operating the Chumash BioFuel Program since early 2011 and is currently expanding operations. Used vegetable-based cooking oil from the Chumash Casino Resort's restaurants is collected, processed and distributed to qualifying Chumash community members as an alternative fuel to diesel. Learn more about the Chumash BioFuel Program and how you can participate...   Water Resources The water resources of the Santa Ynez Chumash Reservation include the Zanja de Cota Creek and the underlying Santa Ynez Upland Groundwater Basin. Zanja de Cota Creek, a perennial stream that drains the over 9,000 acre Zanja de Cota Watershed, is one of only half a dozen streams west of Lake Cachuma to have running water year round.  Learn more about water quality and sustainable water use...    Community Garden The Chumash Community Garden is located behind the Tribal Government Offices. Since its creation in August 2011, The Chumash Community Garden had provided excellent produce and had become a popular location for After-School Activities with the youth.   Waste Working in the Tribal Hall and in conjunction with both Health Clinic staff and  the Chumash Casino operations and facilities managers, the SYCEO is helping to ensure proper disposal of items likes batteries and cell phones, increasing recycling and composting, so less waste ends up in the landfill, and reusing "waste" vegetable oil to make fuel for the SYCEO work truck and other diesel trucks in the community. Learn more...   Wildlife & Habitat The SYCEO conducts riparian (creekside) habitat assessments, biological assessments, surface and ground water quality monitoring, and works year round to remove trash and invasive plant species. In addition, SYCEO collaborates with the Chumash Cultural and Educational departments to share the importance of natural resource protection with Tribal youth. Learn more about protecting regional wildlife and habitat...   Climate Change Just as there is tremendous diversity in tribes throughout North America, the impacts of climate change are highly diverse. In California and the Southwest the biggest concern is reduced freshwater availability and quality. With increasing regional competition for water, securing and protecting water rights will be important for western tribes to cope with climate change. Learn more about climate change impacts and what can be done to address those impacts...