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