Who We Are


We are a state-registered 501(c)(3). We are an organization of 8 community-based groups and 2 regional projects (community gardens and time banking) in Monterey County. We have over 6,000 supporters and our volunteers contribute 9,000 hours per year on average. We provide environmental education and promote land, water, and energy conservation, community gardens, time banks, green building ordinances, public transportation, waste reduction, and a localized economy.

In addition to working to make their own communities sustainable, members of CSMC work together on several regional projects. The Board of Directors of CSMC consists of members of these groups. In addition, experts in several areas volunteer their time and offer their knowledge to us, as they are needed.

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

Read more about the Transitions Movement on this page.

Meet the groups CSMC collaborates with on this page.

Please contact us with any questions or to reach any of the people listed below.

Officers of the Board

Denise Frischmuth, President
Ruth Smith, Vice President
Ellen Gannon, Treasurer
Karin Locke, Secretary and Co-Treasurer

CSMC Board of Directors (View Here)