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Earthships and Climate Change

Earthships and Climate Change

  MBEP’s climate change initiative lead, Ashley Gauer, learns how to build an Earthship Under any circumstances, pounding metal support rods, ramming dirt into old tires and digging trenches would be physically demanding. The dry, blazing heat of a New Mexico...

Providing Essential Transportation While Planning for Recovery

Providing Essential Transportation While Planning for Recovery

A vital link in the economic well-being of a region, public transit agencies serve a wide range of residents across socio-economic backgrounds. Transit agencies across the nation saw ridership plummet in recent months as the number of people working from home soared,...

Creating Shared Space by Limiting Through Traffic

Creating Shared Space by Limiting Through Traffic

A Slow Streets program has launched in the City of Santa Cruz to make residential streets safer and more accessible to cyclists and pedestrians. The initial application period resulted in 48 applications. After careful review, 11 streets were chosen for the first...

Boosting Economic Development via Parklets

MBEP member the City of Pacific Grove, is allowing temporary use of on-street parking spaces as “parklets” to encourage safety and expand seating capacity for businesses impacted by the state-ordered capacity limits. A “parklet” is a pedestrian space created by...

Recycling and Reuse: Fueling Economic Recovery

s part of a holistic approach to addressing climate change with respect to waste, and supporting members in expressed areas for local economic growth, MBEP and San Benito County Integrated Waste Management Regional Agency (SBCIWM), a regional agency comprised of three...

Climate Solutions: Accelerating Electrification and Resiliency

As a region, we're making strides in moving away from a reliance on fossil fuels, helping to drive positive change in the energy economy. The ongoing increase in renewable and alternative energy into the grid will result from a mixture of equity-based community-driven...

City of Watsonville Charts a Path Toward Green Infrastructure

The City of Watsonville is also in the process of updating its Climate Action Plan to set new goals and expand on climate justice and adaptation. Its 2030 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) will chart a path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10...

City of Santa Cruz: Visualizing Change to Address Climate Impacts

The City of Santa Cruz, a city with nearly eight times the population of Gonzales, adopted its Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2012 to outline its course of actions over a 10-year period to reduce greenhouse gasses by 30%. With more or less the same amount of staff as...

City of Gonzales: Start with a Bold Plan, Then Make it Happen

City of Gonzales Community Development Director and Building Official  Matthew Sundt encourages other cities to review their Climate Action Plan (CAP) and/or others, and reverse engineer it to meet their own needs. Getting a CAP approved and off the ground “gives you...