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