City Green Actions

E-Vehicle Charging

Electric Vehicle

The City has four electric vehicle charging areas:
1. Downtown West Parking Garage, First floor, 340 Tyler Street; 2 Stations, Free 4 hour maximum parking.
2. Calle Principal Garage,440 Calle Principal Street, 2 Stations, $0.75 per hour to park, 4 hour maximum.
3. Behind City Hall on Dutra Street. (120 volt plug in)
4. On Pearl Street and Camino El Estero, next to the cemetery across from the Youth Center. (120 volt plug in)
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Environmental Programs
526 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-5662
Mon. - Fri. 8 am to 5 pm

Ted J. Terrasas, REHS
Sustainability Coordinator
Green Building Program
Green Building
The City implemented several lighting upgrades throughout the City. The old lighting fixtures were replaced with the latest lighting technologies available and are reducing average energy consumption by 35%. More importantly: Every kwH saved reduces the need to produce this energy, thus reducing the carbon emissions and carbon footprint for the Monterey peninsula.

The City of Monterey Climate Action Plan (CAP) is our local effort to address environmental problems that, although global in scope, affect our future as a community. The CAP consists of an audit of 2005 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and GHG emissions reduction strategies for both the community (emissions within our City borders) and government operations (emission resulting from the activities associated with managing the City). The CAP also incorporates achievements made to meet the goals of the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and the Urban Environmental Accords, which the City became a signatory to in 2007.

Read more about the Climate Action Plan
On February 3rd, 2009 the City of Monterey successfully adopted an ordinance that prohibits the use of polystyrene materials to be used for take out food applications within city limits.

The City of Monterey has seen first-hand the impact of polystyrene foam and plastic litter in our storm drains, in our fields, on our roadways and highways, in our rivers, in the ocean and on our beaches.

Banning polystyrene foam take-out packaging locally will help to address marine pollution by requiring the use of environmentally preferable alternatives while helping to educate business owners and citizens on the positive impact their packaging choices can make. Unlike many other types of packaging, littered polystyrene foam remains permanently in the environment where it breaks into tiny pieces that disperse widely.

A ban may not be a cure-all, but it is a step in the right direction. We want to get people thinking about the far-reaching consequences of the simple decisions made everyday. We want people to consider the life cycle of the products they are buying - what they are made from, the energy that goes into the production and what happens after the garbage truck hauls them away.
On February 1st, 2011 the City of Monterey offices and service centers were recognized as Green Business certified.
The City Council of Monterey continues to encourage businesses to adopt more sustainable behaviors for themselves and their employees and, in the process, save money. One ideal way to do that is to become Green Business Program certified.

The Monterey Bay Green Business Program is a multifaceted (soil, water, and air) pollution prevention effort that creates a positive relationship between government, the public, and business community. It is an incentive-based program designed to encourage businesses to meet or exceed environmental standards targeting four areas of performance within each business: Waste Reduction, Pollution Prevention, Water and Energy Conservation.

The City of Monterey hopes to inspire other businesses to follow their example. These programs prove businesses can be green, profitable - and good members of our communities.
The City of Monterey switches to reusable bags.

More information.
In July, 2007 the City of Monterey solidified its support for a sustainable and healthy community by signing the Urban Environmental Accords, which offer 21 actions across seven focus areas that are ecologically sustainable, economically dynamic, and socially equitable. Salinas, Pacific Grove and Marina also have signed the Environmental Accords.

The signing of this agreement represents a turning point for the City of Monterey, one which brings environmental planning to the forefront of City efforts. Achievements to date include energy efficiency and water conservation upgrades at major facilities, a city-wide recycling outreach campaign, passage of a Green Building Ordinance, an integrated pest management system, B20 biodiesel for the City fleet and fire trucks, and much more.

United Nations Urban Environmental Accords (PDF)