Thank you for supporting CSMC with your generous donations through the 2017 Monterey County Weekly GIVES! Campaign.  To the $15,519.00 raised, a pro rata portion of matching funds will be added.   
Our Big Idea for 2018 is Citizens for Sustainable Marina’s Oak Woodland Restoration Project.

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In July 2017, CSMC was one of four organizations who received the Berta Caceres Award* from the Romero Institute in recognition of our work to promote the establishment of Monterey Bay Community Power in our region. This speaks to our commitment to the reduction of CO2 through expanded access to renewable energy. The other organizations were San Benito Rising, Protect Monterey County, and Climate Compact.

* Berta Cáceres, a powerful Honduran environmental activist, was assassinated in 2016.

On October, 2017, on the event commemorating the founding of the United Nations 72 years ago, UNA Monterey Bay Chapter acknowledged the leadership of Communities for Sustainable Monterey County for contributions towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our work relates to 8 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Find their list at

Renewable Energy is coming to Monterey County.
Joining Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) is the single-most important move Central Coast cities have taken to shift to clean, renewable energy.

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 Victory!  On July 13, 2017,
the CA Coastal Commission voted
unanimously to close the Cemex sand mining operation in Marina.

Public support was crucial in the campaign to halt sand mining on the southern Monterey Bay shoreline.
Thank you for taking action!

Photo by Jennifer Savage, Surfrider Foundation


CSMC is a Transition Initiativetransition-usa-logo

Transitions is a global network of groups committed to building resilient communities by promoting local food, economies, energy and skills.

Our Goals

Enable communities to meet new challenges and new opportunities

Decrease use of fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources

Protect our environment

Our Actions

CSMC’s community-based groups provide environmental education and encourage conservation of land, water, and energy; they promote waste reduction, ‘green’ building ordinances, public transportation, community gardens, and more.