Municipal Climate Action Plan

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.

Registered Tree Cities

Two cities in Monterey County, Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, are registered with Tree City USA.

National Marine Sanctuary

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.

Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program

The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program is a successful partnership of environmental agencies, utilities and nonprofit organizations that assist, recognize and promote businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified “green,” participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. We offer motivated businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance.

Post Ranch Inn

Guests are chauffeured in a Lexus Hybrid. The solar array minimizes energy use. Lodgings are built from sustainable materials and complement their natural surroundings. Landscaping uses native plants and is drought-resistant. Our cleaning system is biodegradable. Grounds provide habitat for the endangered Smith’s Blue Butterfly, California Red-Legged Frog, Western Pond Turtle and California Condor. Click here for more information. 

InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Cutouts were created in the boardwalk of InterContinental The Clement Monterey to allow natural sunlight to reach the inter-tidal zone of the coastline, in accordance with California Coast Commission recommendations. The decks surrounding the hotel are made of recycled material know as Trex Decking, which is made up of plastic bags, plastic wrap and reclaimed wood. Two complimentary electric car charging stations are located on the second level of the hotel’s parking garage. This service is extended to visitors at no charge; only the appropriate parking fee. Full charge for most vehicles is 4 hours. Click here for more information.

Alvarado Street Brewing Company

At the beginning of July 2018, Alvarado Street Brewery joined the 1% for the Planet initiative, which encompasses a global network of businesses, non-profits, and individuals working together for a healthy planet. The brewery will donate 1% of its gross sales annually to various causes. Click here for more info.