We are a non-profit organization that work towards creating green initiatives on the Monterey Peninsula. I work with the County of Monterey on increasing recycling and reducing trash at multi-family and unincorporated sites. We also work with the City of Monterey on increasing composting at multiple businesses including the site we are most proud of, the Portola Hotel & Spa, who strive to improve their sustainability every year. We support them with this through waste audits, education, and resources.
The Offset Project gets the community involved by helping many venues in Salinas and Monterey become close to "zero-waste". We do this through having students from CSUMB, Pacific Grove High, Monterey Institute of International Studies, or Defense Language Institute volunteer for us to educate the public on source separating materials.
For example, a volunteer would stand at each "zero-waste" station which includes a compost, recycle, and trash bin. When someone from the public walks over to the ZW station to "trash" their lunch the volunteer is there to say "hey did you know your cup and napkin is compostable?". And they make sure that material goes into the right bin while educating people who are not really family with the word "compost".
One of our most innovative projects is our Carbon Fund, which funds local schools to be able to install solar panels. This helps to: reduce local GHG emissions, accelerates the adoption of renewable energy technology, creates jobs and new educational opportunities in the renewable energy field, keeps local dollars spent on RECs, and offsets right here in our own community.
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Shannon committed to complete an action Unplug appliances when not in use (due 159 days ago)
Shannon is doing this action: Eat less meat
Shannon committed to complete an action Grow some vegetables (due 136 days ago)
Shannon is doing this action: Don't Waste Food
Shannon is doing this action: Choose products with less packaging
Shannon completed this action: Switching to reusable bags instead of plastic/paper grocery bags
Shannon committed to complete an action Turn off the lights!! (due 159 days ago)
Shannon is doing this action: Eat more vegetables
Unplug appliances when not in use. Pledged to do this 159 days ago.
Eat less meat. Doing this since in November 2013.
Grow some vegetables. Pledged to do this 136 days ago.
Don't Waste Food. Doing this since in November 2013.
Choose products with less packaging. Doing this since in November 2013.
Switching to reusable bags instead of plastic/paper grocery bags. Did this in November 2013.