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Featured Events

Jul
30
2014

Carmel Bach Festival

Jul. 19-Aug. 2
The Carmel Bach Festival has a 75-year history of artistic excellence and community…more
Aug
2
2014

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Aug. 2
The Salinas Valley Half Marathon begins at the historic Soledad Mission, established…more
Aug
11
2014

Monterey Auto Week

Aug. 11-Aug. 17
Classic automobiles take over the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Auto Week and…more
Aug
12
2014

Concours On The Avenue

Aug. 12
Sixth Annual Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours On The Avenue......Carmel's world famous…more
Aug
14
2014

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Aug. 14-Aug. 17
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of Monterey…more
Aug
15
2014

Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally

Aug. 15
The colorful 20th Annual Pacific Grove Concourse Auto Rally will be held on Friday,…more
Aug
16
2014

Concorso Italiano

Aug. 16
A celebration of Italian style, featuring the most spectacular display of Italian…more
Aug
17
2014

Concours d'Elegance

Aug. 17
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unique pre-war and post-war cars,…more
Aug
22
2014

Sand City West End Celebration

Aug. 22-Aug. 24
The streets of Sand City come alive for the West End Celebration! Sand City is…more
Aug
23
2014

First City Festival

Aug. 23-Aug. 24
Experience a weekend of music, food, and fresh ocean air at the site of the iconic…more
Aug
27
2014

Monterey County Fair

Aug. 27-Sep. 1
The annual Monterey County Fair is always fun for all, with livestock exhibition,…more
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Green Travel

Offset Your Travel to Monterey

Traveling to Monterey to enjoy all the natural beauty here is easy, but no matter which mode of transportation you use – plane, train or automobile – it creates extra carbon emissions. We are now offering an opportunity to offset those emissions through a local, award-winning non-profit, The Offset Project.

The Offset Project works with area businesses and special events to establish sustainable policies and implement best practices in environmental stewardship. Through their carbon calculator they aim to raise money to implement meaningful greenhouse gas reduction projects in the Monterey Bay community, providing educational and employment opportunities for local students and professionals and creating economic and environmental benefits to the entire region. Learn more about The Offset Project here.

Monterey Bay Carbon Fund
OFFSET YOUR TRIP NOW!

Monterey: A Sustainable Destination

Monterey County is working hard to make our communities the very best places to live; to support healthy lifestyles, create jobs and surround ourselves with a healthy environment. The following are just some of the green initiatives and highlights of Monterey County sustainability: 

  •  There are 13 weekly farmers markets as well as numerous fresh fruit and vegetable stands throughout Monterey County.
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the largest sanctuary out of 13 in the nation and is home to the largest submarine canyon off the coast of North America (equivalent to the size of the Grand Canyon). The National Marine Sanctuary System promotes environmental protection, stewardship and ocean research.
  • Over 90 businesses in Monterey County are certified by the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program. Click here for a list of our members.
  • The City of Monterey and the City of Carmel have passed plastic bag bans
  • Two cities in Monterey County, Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, are registered with Tree City USA
  • There is a county-wide ban on polystyrene
  • The County has a Municipal Climate Action Plan with a goal to reduce emissions to 15% below 2005 levels. The plan takes into consideration building energy, vehicle fleet, employee commute, public lighting, government-generated waste and water.
  • Monterey County is the epicenter of the sustainable seafood movement. The Monterey Bay Aquarium's peer-reviewed Seafood Watch program was a pioneering effort in linking dining behavior to ocean health.

Standard Operating Procedures

In our office, we are committed to conserving resources and preserving our environment which is why sustainable office practices are becoming standard operating procedures:

Promoting Green Members - We support and promote our members that embrace environmentally friendly policies to have your business. You can find a listing of all our green certified members here.

Energy Conservation – It’s our policy to procure equipment and fixtures that are energy efficient, conserving usage whenever possible.

Dishes in the break room – We use dishes rather than using paper plates and foam cups during breaks.

Recycling – We recycle all paper, plastics and other recyclable materials, including all computers, batteries, and other e-waste.

Reduction of waste – Employees are encouraged to only print when necessary and to print double-sided. We reuse and repurpose office, shipping and other supplies when possible.

Carbon Offset Calculator - In conjunction with The Offset Project, the carbon offset calculator is available so visitors can assess the carbon that will be emitted by traveling to Monterey and purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that will go towards a local solar project to offset the negative effects of those emissions.

Green Meetings

For group travel, the expectation to be sustainable is higher as planners more often have “green” on the mind when considering destinations and venues. More than just recycling, planners are considering factors such as venues that have environmental policies that range from energy and water conservation programs to community food donations. Monterey has a reputation for sustainability and MCCVB’s Sales Team can assist planners in organizing a green meeting by connecting them to a wealth of local resources. For more information on our green meeting services click here.

With "green" being normal to the next generation...Green is here for good!

- Hospitality Marketing/CVENT blog Feb 2013