The Monterey County Herald
James Herrera, Oct. 17, 2016
Marina >> A summit to highlight 10 years of regional collaboration and achievement in addressing the climate change challenge in the Monterey Bay area will be presented by Monterey Bay Community Power and CSU Monterey Bay on Oct. 27.
The Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact will hold its third Climate Summit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CSUMB Alumni Center, 5108 Fourth Avenue in Marina.
The compact is a network of government agencies, educational institutions, private businesses, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations committed to working together to address the causes and effects of global climate change.
The keynote presentation will be delivered by John Wick, co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and co-owner of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch. His presentation will be on engaging agricultural producers as ecosystem stewards to provide on-farm ecological benefits, improve productivity and economic sustainability and mitigate global climate change through carbon farming.
The local flagship project presentation will be delivered by Monterey Bay Community Power and is titled “Bringing Community Choice Energy to the Monterey Bay — from Feasibility Study to Launch” and will cover enabling Monterey Bay communities to choose clean-source power, helping fund renewable energy projects, ensuring local economic vitality, creating jobs and stimulating the economy.
Discussions will include Shawn Marshall, executive director and co-founder of the Local Energy Aggregation Network; Cordel Stillman, deputy chief engineer of the Sonoma County Water Agency/Sonoma Clean Power; and Richard Stedman, air pollution control officer for the Monterey Bay Air Resources District.
The Best of Compact featured member initiative covers local climate solutions for addressing energy, renewables, transportation and waste reduction to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create green jobs, restore ecosystems and support resilient communities.
Additional speakers at the summit will include state Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker, CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa, Kristin Cushman, Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact co-chair and Offset Project executive director and Brennan Jensen, Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact co-chair and Emerging Ecologies director/principal.
A wine and cheese networking reception with local climate leaders will follow the event.
James Herrera can be reached at 831-726-4344.