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City Green Actions

In response to City Council mission directives, as well as other pressing desires for climate protection, City staff has been involved in a variety of efforts to alter city operations and strategies to be more environmentally friendly.

City's Green Energy Plan
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. Details

Climate Action Plan
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. DRAFT Climate Action Plan

disposable food service ware
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. Details

Food Scrap Collection Program
Monterey City Disposal Service and the City of Monterey would like to introduce you to the commercial Food Scrap Collection Program. The purpose of this program is to make it simple and convenient to participate in composting by adding food scrap collection to your existing commercial waste collection service. Much like with mixed recyclables, the food scrap collection program will allow you to add an additional container(s) for separating food scraps from other types of waste. Details

Green Business Certification
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 multi-faceted (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. Details

Single-Use Carry out Bags
The City of Monterey switched to reusable bags. Details
Urban Environmental Accords
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