Climate Action Plan
Climate Action Plan (Adopted June 2016)
The City of Monterey Climate Action Plan (CAP) represents our local effort to address the City’s contribution to a global environmental problem with community -level impacts. The CAP includes the following: 2005 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory; 2012 GHG emissions inventory; existing and planned GHG emissions reduction strategies for both the community (within our City geopolitical boundary) and government operations (associated with operations and management of City real properties and programs; also known as municipal), and recommendations to make further reductions to meet future goals. The CAP sets emission reduction goals for 2020, 2030, and 2050 according to California AB 32, the Urban Environmental Accords (UEA), and Executive Order S-3-05.
The CAP also outlines progress made toward the goals of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA) and the UEA, to which the City became a signatory in 2007. Finally, the CAP identifies existing activities that contribute to local climate adaptation and priority steps for adaptation planning. The City of Monterey CAP is a living document - community members, business owners, and public employees should continue to reference and provide input to the CAP to improve the plan and integrate its attributes into City planning.
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Carbon Footprint Facts
Each person has their own unique carbon footprint, a measure of how much CO2 a person emits per year. The average person emits 26 tons (measurement for CO2) of CO2 per year. The more electricity, gas, fuel, and natural resources you use per year, the higher your personal carbon footprint will be.
Whenever we burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas - in our factories, offices and vehicles - carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced. So the more that goes into the air, the more the world heats up. This change can look small, but it's enough to have a big effect. The three main ways that CO2 is produced is through deforestation, fossil fuels, and global warming. See the "How is Carbon Produced?" page for more info. There are many other ways that carbon is produced and many other compounds, such as methane from the cattle industry, that contribute to climate change as well.
Most of the world's leading scientists and politicians agree that 'greenhouse gases' are causing climate change. The most potent of these gasses is carbon dioxide (CO2). Increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 and methane are major drivers of climate change. Carbon is the fourth most abundant element in the universe by mass after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen. It is present in all known life forms including the human body.
- Eat less meat & dairy. Make vegetarian meals a family tradition.
- Compost your food scraps at home for your garden.
- Pledge to ride your bike or carpool at least once per week.
- Choose a carbon offset option with your next flight.
- Check out the carbon footprint of your favorite stores and products.
- Downtown West Parking Garage, 340 Tyler Street; 2 Stations, Free 4 hour maximum parking.
- Calle Principal Garage,440 Calle Principal Street, 2 Stations, $1.50 per hour to park, 4 hour maximum.