Get Involved

All real change is local. You can help provide sustainable projects to Central Coast communities.


In partnership with the Monterey County Business Council, the Academy developed a one-page checklist for homeowners to "freshen their homes" in a green manner, forging the pathway towards bigger green home remodeling projects.


In an effort to broaden the reach of sustainability in business and industry, The Academy organized the Sustainable Cities Symposium: Earth Day 2009 in partnership with the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The Symposium included a keynote address by Jason Burnett, three simultaneous sessions, a final panel discussion, and 32 green business booths.

Also in 2009, the Sustainability Academy hosted Fair Broker, a gathering of all those interested in sustainability demonstration projects in the Central Coast area.

If your organization is interested in partnering with the Sustainability Academy to organize a symposium, please contact us.

Sustainability Roundtables

The goal of the Sustainability Roundtables is to bring together individuals and organizations sharing a common interest (faith-based organizations, health-care providers, green builders, organic growers, etc.) to discuss and share methods for achieving sustainability.

To this end, The Academy organized the Interfaith Sustainability Roundtable with Rev. Deborah Streeter of Upwellings Ministry. All congregations in Monterey County, of all denominations, were invited to join together to learn how to green their places of worship, daily practices, and public engagements. The Interfaith Roundtable hosted a lecture by Interfaith Power & Light about climate change, and met several times to learn about the Unity Church project and other ideas. (Funded by the Community Foundation of Monterey County.)

The Health Care Sustainability Roundtable, with Maggie Melone of Clinca de Salud and a representative of Dominican Hospital Sustainability Team in the lead, will serve both large and small health care institutions of the tri-county region, helping them accelerate their sustainability efforts. (This Roundtable is in the initial stages and is seeking funding).

Interested in organizing a Sustainability Roundtable in your industry? Please contact us.

Baseline Assessments

When possible, the Sustainability Academy extends its Assessment service to nonprofits. Some of the groups we have worked with include:

Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, a large health care group of nine clinics serving the impoverished Latino population in our area. As a project of the Field Study Class at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, The Academy lead a group of graduate students in the data gathering, analysis, and reporting of sustainability metrics for the North Sanborn Clinic in Salinas, CA. Students presented recommendations on energy and water use, waste management, transportation and supplies, with an eye to cost-savings.

Unity Church is a small church in downtown Monterey which owns its own building. A group of graduate students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, in a Field Study class lead by the Sustainability Academy, worked with the congregation to assess their sustainability performance. The project served as a demonstration for the Interfaith Sustainability Roundtable for other churches to follow.

Monterey Institute of International Studies is a graduate school of international relations affiliated with Middlebury College of Vermont, located in downtown Monterey, CA. Students in the Academy's Field Study class wanted to support their school's efforts in sustainability directly. They produced a comprehensive sustainability baseline for the college, identifying priority actions through a school-wide "conversation cafe," and establishing a standing committee on sustainability.