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Communities for Sustainable Monterey County


To meet the challenge of declining resources and climate change by helping our communities transition to sustainable practices.

The Big Idea

Communities for Sustainable Monterey County is working on a number of fronts to improve awareness of environmental challenges and come up with practical solutions. One challenge: the volume of plastic water bottles. A solution, led by Sustainable Pacific Grove, is to install water bottle refilling stations in high-traffic areas in Monterey and Pacific Grove. These locations serve not only thousands of residents, but also millions of tourists. By replacing water fountains with more hygienic and more sustainable refill stations, Sustainable Pacific Grove will encourage locals and visitors alike to refill their reusable water bottles and decrease single-use plastic pollution.

I had the opportunity to spend six weeks on Midway Atoll as part of the annual nesting albatross census team & became a champion of plastic pollution reduction. Sustainable PG does just that, tackling projects that assist with reducing single-use plastics. They provide needed resources for city staff & residents and have been integral in reducing plastic bags at our weekly Farmer’s Markets. With our current influx of visitors arriving by car due to the COVID19, the increase in plastic pollution along our coastline has been on the rise. So much so that the City of Pacific Grove has added more coastal trash cans & pick-ups. Strategically placed bottle re-fill stations will reduce single-use plastic water bottle waste.

- Jan Loomis

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.