Sustainable Seaside Year End Report for 2015

CSMC (Communities for Sustainable Monterey County) and Sustainable Seaside Shared Mission:

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

Sustainable Seaside Goals for 2015:

1. Land-use Polices/Healthy Urban Forests: Continue to advocate for open space and trail connectivity at Fort Ord. Advocate also for a Seaside Visitor Center/Museum to promote Seaside/Fort Ord history, Fort Ord National Monument and local businesses.

2. Urban Nature: Focus on neighborhood clean-ups and park enhancement.

3. Alternative Energy, Environmental Health: Establish 5th Annual Earth Day Potluck Picnic/Information Day at a local park in April. Establish 6th Annual Sustainable Living Tour in September. Support efforts to stop fracking in Monterey County.

4. Transportation Options: Support bike lanes and safe bicycling. Establish a bike/walk event in Seaside.

Committees established, January 2015:

1. Earth Day Picnic
2. Bike routes/events
3. Neighborhood Clean-up
4. Monterey Downs
5. Sustainable Living Tour
6. Fracking Research

 Sustainable Seaside Google Group:

The membership in our online group grew from 673 to 817 members.
Sustainable Seaside Facebook:

The number of likes grew from 266 to 427.  Information from the Google Group is posted here as well as other items of interest, comments and responses.

Sustainable Seaside Meetings and Projects:

  • Mon. Jan. 19. 29th Annual Martin Luther King March and Celebration. 20 Sustainable Seaside members marched and several assisted at our info table at Oldemeyer Center.
  • Tues. Jan. 27. Annual Goal Setting Workshop. 39 people responded to our pre-meeting survey. 13 attendees participated in the workshop.
  • Tues. Feb. 10. Sustainable Seaside, Citizens for Sustainable Marina, and Friends of the Fort Ord War Horse presented “Connecting our Local Trails”. Speakers were Gail Morton, Fred Watson and Scott Waltz. 60 people attended, 15 from Seaside.
  • Sun. Apr. 19: 5th Annual Earth Day Picnic held at Capra Park co-hosted by Sustainable Seaside and Beta/Capra Neighborhood Association.  Excellent food and entertainment, lots of info table. Close to 100 people in attendance.
  • Sat. May 16: First Annual Fundraising Luncheon for CSMC. Cathy and Kay on Planning Committee. 104 people in attendance. Thirteen volunteers (Bill Weigle from Seaside) were honored and Gary Patton was our Keynote Speaker. Plans are to expand the luncheon for 2016. It will be held on May





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