Monterey Spotlight
 
 

Featured Events

Apr
27
2014

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more
May
2
2014

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more
May
2
2014

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more
May
2
2014

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more
May
3
2014

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more
May
9
2014

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more
May
14
2014

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more
May
15
2014

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more
May
15
2014

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more
May
16
2014

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more
May
16
2014

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more
May
23
2014

California Roots Music & Arts Festival

May. 23-May. 25
The 5th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event packed…more
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Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

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