MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Sustainability Program will host its first community workshop Tuesday evening as part of its Community Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CCAAP) stakeholder engagement efforts.

The Nov. 16 virtual workshop, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., is being held to “help the county better understand the community’s challenges and opportunities in regard to sustainability and climate change,” according to a news release from Maia Carroll, the county’s communications coordinator.

In addition to learning about the county’s current levels of greenhouse gas emissions and future projections, the workshop will provide opportunities for community members to hear from others about sustainability initiatives; engage in activities and discussion to help uncover opportunities for a more resilient and sustainable county; and sign up to stay involved in future CCAAP events, including contributing to a Community Climate Action Toolkit to help residents get inspired and take action.

Among the guest speakers will be County Supervisor Wendy Root Askew, who will provide the opening remarks.

“All community members are encouraged to participate in the community workshop,” Carroll said.

Those interested in attending the workshop can register in advance at

The goal of Monterey County’s Community Climate Action and Adaptation Plan is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 in line with the targets set by California.

The first phase of CCAAP development will require identifying opportunities for deep cuts in emissions through a collaborative effort among stakeholders, including businesses, nonprofits, public agencies and residents, and creating a pragmatic yet innovative vision for the future.

“What impacts the Monterey Bay region will impact the country,” the release stated. “Through evidence-based research and expertise, deep stakeholder engagement, and a focus on inclusion and diversity, the CCAAP will incorporate meaningful and customized solutions and inspire strategic programmatic action.”

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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