The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCCVB) recently launched the Sustainable Moments Collective, comprised of organizations that show outstanding sustainability initiatives in the area.
The collective is an offshoot of the county’s Sustainable Moments program, which launched in 2015 as a way to educate both groups and individual travelers about traveling responsibly in the area. That, of course, includes corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities for groups as well as conservation tours.
Meeting planners can organize a CSR activity for their groups by simply checking out the county’s Giving Good page for details. Notable ones include the Habitat Restoration of the dunes with California State University Monterey Bay, Project Glean (picking extra produce after harvest to help feed the hungry) or Pass It on Please (recycling tradeshow gifts and distributing to local schools, etc.).
Also, the Monterey Bay Aquarium offers tours for groups such as the Sea Otter Conservation Tour or a personal guided tour. The sea otter tour gives attendees an insider’s look at the Sea Otter Program, which has been studying and trying to save the threatened southern sea otter for more than 30 years. Attendees will learn how staff members care for stranded pups and injured otters from the wild, and also discover how ongoing sea otter research initiatives are leading the charge to help this iconic species.
If groups don’t have the time for a CSR activity or conservation tour, the MCCVB offers these additional tips to groups looking to promote sustainable meetings and travel:
- Bring a reusable water bottle and shopping bag to reduce the amount of one-time use plastics.
- Wildfires are a great concern especially during the dry season. Please extinguish cigarettes in your ashtray. If groups are camping or starting fires for any reason, make sure the fire is safe and legal, and be sure to extinguish it before you leave. Do not start illegal fires.
- Always leave a place better than the way you arrived, this includes “pack in, pack out” and “leave no trace” practices. Bring garbage bags with you so you can dispose of trash in a safe and clean way.
- Plants, animals, rocks and artifacts are protected and should not be disturbed. Collecting driftwood, firewood and rocks may be allowed in certain designated areas. Contact the nearest park ranger station or park official.
- Use public transportation, rent a bike or walk when convenient.