To meet the challenge of declining
resources and climate change by helping our communities transition to
The Big Idea
Pollinators are responsible for 1 in 3
bites we eat and the reproduction of 90 percent of the world’s flowering
plant species. In addition to making it easier to be a backyard beekeeper in
Seaside, the city of Seaside proudly became an affiliate member of Bee City
USA in April 2019. Sustainable Seaside—one of eight local affiliates of
Communities for Sustainable Monterey County—seeks to secure funding to
support the continuation and expansion of pollinator gardens in 2020 and
beyond. Funds are used to purchase drought-tolerant flowering plants that are
recognized attractors for pollinating bee species, butterflies, birds and
other insects. The volunteers also hope to install rainwater harvest systems
where possible. In addition to beautiful pollinator gardens, this project
will foster healthy, outdoor community-building opportunities for all ages.
Since moving to Seaside in 2012, I have
attended a number of Sustainable Seaside events and have seen the
organization become more deeply embedded in and responsive to the community.
My children, now entering high school, have been coming with me to their
Earth Day celebrations since they were in grade school. Every year, there are
more community partners involved, and we learn something new each time we
attend. I appreciate all that this organization brings to Seaside.
- Nanda Warren