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Breathe California Central Coast's 4th annual Clean Air Awards focused on positive initiatives that are being taken to reduce global warming and air pollution.

2014 Clean Air Award Winners

William Merry accepting for Monterey Regional Waste Management District, Kristin Cushman accepting for The Offset Project, and Doug Kenyon accepting for Republic Services of Salinas

Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Republic Services of Salinas

Republic Services made a commitment to environmental stewardship, investing more than $10 million to convert its collection fleet to CNG fuel and reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 26.5 metric tons/per vehicle/per year, amounting to almost 800 metric tons for the entire operation of the collection fleet.


Monterey Regional Waste Management District

The agency has been composting green waste for more than 20 years and was the first in the region to initiate a food scrap compost program in 2008. In 2012, working in partnership with the technology developer Zero Waste Energy, they developed the first dry fermentation anaerobic digestion compost system for food scraps in the State of California, significantly reducing fugitive methane emissions from landfills.


The Offset Project

The Offset Project is a local nonprofit organization devoted to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through education and grassroots initiatives, cultivating the principles of sustainability, environmental stewardship, and climate protection in the Monterey Bay community. The Offset Project has made an indelible and positive impact on many of the community's most vital organizations, events, and people.

Breathe California Asthma Educator Maria Elena Manzo with her family who volunteered at the event

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the following nominees for their efforts to promote air quality:

Green Pedal Couriers
The Hyatt Carmel Highlands Resort
Monterey County District Attorney’s Office
Santa Cruz City Hall PV + EV Project

Assemblymember Mark Stone (29th Assembly District) delivered the keynote presentation, “Environmental Protection in California’s Legislature in 2014.”

Breathe California would like to recognize the luncheon’s Title Sponsor, the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District; Co-Sponsor, the Monterey Regional Waste Management District; and Supporter, Whole Foods Market, Monterey.

For more information please contact:
Linda Civitello | (650) 994-5868

Better Breathers
A support and information group

2013 Meetings
3rd Wednesday of alternate months

Next Meeting - Wednesday, July 17th

Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Topic : T.B.A.

Facilitator: Cathe Pleasant, RRT, RCP

Dominican Rehabilitation Services
Solarium Conference Room
610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz

Light Refreshments courtesy of Lincare

For more information: 831-457-7077

Western Region Medical Conference

Breathe California hosted Medical Conferences over the years. The most recent, entitled "Chronic Lung Disease: Enhancing the Clinical and Social Networks of Care" was open to licensed medical professionals including physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists.

If you would like to be included on our mailing list for future events, please call Breathe California Central Coast at 1-877-3-BREATHE.

From time to time, BCCC also sponsors smaller continuing medical educational (CME) events in the evenings geared to the needs of local medical practitioners.

To receive information about our future events please email us with your contact information.