Monterey County Hospitality Association recognizes Colleen Ingram

Colleen Ingram, a member of Sustainable Pacific Grove steering committee, was the recipient of a certificate of recognition awarded by the Monterey County Hospitality Association.  Colleen was recognized for her work to bring sustainability practices at Bernardus Lodge and Spa such as promoting recycling, repurposing items like shipping packages into storage containers and raising awareness about the plastic pollution.  Thanks to Colleen’s efforts, Bernardus has become a No Plastic Straws venue.  Congratulations Colleen!  You are an inspiration and model to follow.

The Policy and Politics of the Green New Deal

An insurgent movement is pushing Democrats to back an ambitious climate change solution.  Representative Ocasio-Cortez introduced a House Resolution entitled “The Green New Deal.”  What exactly did it propose? Why was it voted down? Join Mr. David Roberts, energy and environment writer with Vox and Dr. Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy to discuss the history, basic premise, and politics of the youth-driven Green New Deal.  Location:  Middlebury Institute of International Studies, McCone Building, Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey.   Free, Open to the Public.  Registration Requested.  Website for more info:

Carbon Dioxide Removal and the Paris Agreement

 In recent years, the response of the world community to climate change has led to a steadily growing drumbeat for research into, and potential deployment of, so-called “climate geoengineering options.”  While climate geoengineering approaches could potentially help, many of them are also fraught with risk, and could produce winners and losers, emphasizing the need for just, equitable and effective governance architecture. Join Dr. Wil Burns,  Co-Founding Executive Director & Professor of Research, Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy, School of International Service, American University, to discuss climate geoengineering research and deployment. Location:  Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Morse Building, room B104, 426 Van Buren St, Monterey, CA 93940.  Free, Open to the Public, No Registration Required.

Paris to Pittsburg

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 pm, Paris to Pittsburgh. From coastal cities to the U.S. heartland, this documentary film celebrates how citizens are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.  And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.
Osio Theater, 350 Alvarado St, Monterey
Jane Parker, Monterey County Supervisor (invited)
Reel Work Labor Film Festival 
Hosted by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center 
Directed by Sidney Beaumont and Michael Bonfiglio, 2018, 78 min, USA

Energy Security

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Energy Security:  Challenges and Opportunities.  What does a secure energy future look like?  What are the greatest vulnerabilities to our energy system?  Join this panel discussion with speakers from government, industry, and defense. Students in the International Environmental Policy master’s degree program at the Middlebury Institute have organized this event, bringing energy experts from diverse perspectives to address this important issue.  The public is invited to both the reception and discussion event.  Location:  Middlebury Institute of International Studies, McGowan Building, Room 102, 411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940.   Reception, 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Discussion, 6:00-7:30pm. Free, Open to the Public.  No registration requested.  Website for more info:  For Questions, contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at or (831) 647-4183.