Alternative Fuels

Transportation is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.  Alternative fuels and energy technology can help reduce transportation carbon emissions while also building new sectors and economies. The SYCEO supports several alternative fuel projects throughout the the reservation and with the Chumash Casino & Resort.


Starting in 2010, the SYCEO Biofuel Program provides alternative fuel to several community vehicles in the form of waste vegetable oil (WVO). The WVO comes  from the Chumash Casino restaurants and is processed by our team. We provide assistance to community members looking into converting their vehicle and looking for a more affordable and environmentally-friendly option to conventional gasoline and diesel.

EV Charging Stations

Electric vehicles are gaining popularity and we are helping to build out supporting infrastructure for the vehicles by installing charging stations at our Tribal Hall, Santa Maria employee parking lot and at the Chumash Casino & Resort.