Green Building Ordinance – Requires new development to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards and significant remodels to meet "Build It Green" standards.
Green Business Certification – Businesses throughout the community voluntarily participate in green business certification processes, which contribute to their energy savings and waste reduction.
(Chamber of Commerce)
Energy Retrofits through AMBAG – Businesses and residential dwellings have voluntarily participated in AMBAGs energy efficiency program.
Solar Financing (AB811) – Participate in regional efforts to provide financing for individual home and business owners.
and Federal Regulation
Rent-Retrofit Rebate – Develop program to incentivize renters and landlords to implement energy efficiency and weatherization.
Military Shuttle Bus – Work with the military to enhance the shuttle program from areas of high military residential living to DLI and NPS.
(NPS and DLI)
Monterey Branch Line – Complete design and construction of bus rapid transit or light rail into the Downtown area.
Design and construct BRT lines from Lighthouse and North Fremont into Downtown Monterey.
Parking Management Program – Set parking costs to encourage alternative modes of transit and increase amount of bicycle parking.
Implement Bicycle Transportation Plan – Design and construct a network of bicycle lanes and end-of-use facilities throughout Monterey.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Continue to develop charging station throughout Monterey and work with regional partners to expand charging network.
Safe Routes to School – Work with the school district to encourage students to walk and bicycle to school.
Transit Orientated Development – Integrate Commercial and Residential development to each other and to be near mass transit opportunities.
Composting – Continue pilot program to collect kitchen waste from commercial operations (restaurants, conference centers, grocery stores).
Energy Demand Response – Monterey began participation in a PG&E energy saving program that enables customers to contribute to energy load reduction during times of peak demand. The PG&E demand response programs also offers financial incentives for load reduction during times of peak demand.
Lighting Retrofit – Continue to replace lighting systems with energy efficient options. Upcoming Projects (2011-2014): Tennis court lights, Tunnel Lights
Street Lights and Parking Lot Lights as well as HVAC Upgrade in Council Chambers and a Cogeneration Project.
Weatherization - Protects a building and its interior from the elements, particularly from sunlight, precipitation, and wind, and modifies a building to reduce energy consumption and optimize energy efficiency. Weatherization often includes, insulation, sealing, installing storm doors and windows.
Energy Efficiency Education - Conduct brown bag meeting for employees, educating them on ways to save energy within their offices.
Transportation Reduction Strategies
Construct a bicycle connection from Hawthorne Street to the Lower Presidio – Improve bicycle connections from New Monterey to Old Monterey, This project would eliminate a barrier in developing the New Monterey Bicycle Boulevard.
Public Transit Vouchers – Provide employees with discounted bus passes through existing Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST).
Participate in Federal Incentive Programs – The federal government offers tax savings for bicycle commuters.
Employee Vanpool and Ridematch – Operate 2-3 vans for employee commute and connect employees who live in close proximity to each other to voluntarily ride together.
Implement East Downtown Bicycle Boulevard – Complete painting and signage encouraging bicycle use along Pearl St. into downtown Monterey.
Parking Demand Management – Charge employees for parking in City lots. This would be a financial disincentive to drive a personal automobile.
Cash Incentive for Alternative Transit – Rather than charging to park (as described in the Parking Demand Management program), this program offers financial rewards to not park. Employees that bicycle, walk, bus, vanpool or use motorcycles/scooters would receive money back.
Bus Rapid Transit – Design and construct BRT lines from Lighthouse and North Fremont into Downtown Monterey.
Flexible Schedule – Offer eligible employees the opportunity to work from home, or to work longer days, with more days off.