Use this interactive calculator to find out the total amount of greenhouse gases that are generated by your actions. Take action now.
Reduce your waste
Learn about what goes where
Recycling in Monterey County is changing. Learn if a material is recyclable and how and where to recycle it in Monterey County. For fun, test your recycling knowledge with the Recycling Challenge Game! Get started here.
A closed-loop food system is a circular feedback loop in which little to no waste is created from gathering, preparing, or cooking food. Learn how you can reduce your food waste and single-use items through recipes, how to's, interviews, and stories. Explore how to fight food waste here.
Learn to compost
Did you know that keeping food waste out of landfills can help fight climate change? There's a solution to home food waste that doesn't involve landfills: composting! Here are five steps to help you get started. Is outdoor composting not your cup of tea? Check out the bodacious world of bokashi!
Shrink your carbon footprint
Produce is shipped approximately 1,500 miles before it's sold. Shrink the carbon foodprint of your meals by eating as local as possible. Whether it's supporting your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or planting a container garden, eating fresh-from-the-vine offers lots of cost and carbon saving benefits. Here's five reasons why you should start your own container garden. Can't contain your excitement to start a container garden? Check out these basics and beyond from the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources UCCE Master Gardener Program.
Find ways to conserve energy at home
Get no-cost and low-cost energy saving tips for reducing your home energy use and lowering your monthly bill from PG&E here.
Want to get rewarded for saving energy? Join OhmConnect to get notified about time of intense energy demands in your area. By reducing your energy usage during high peak hours, you'll be rewarded with a smaller electricity bill as well as cash payments or an entry into a bi-weekly prize draw.
Apply for a library card online
During shelter-in-place you can still apply for a library card with Monterey County Free Libraries. Local library websites are teeming with online resources that could never be matched by a private company at no cost and no waste. Choose your next downloadable EBook or audiobook today!