Manhattan Beach’s Environmental Sustainability Division strives to create a healthy, sustainable, and resilient city while furthering the City’s long history of environmental leadership, policy, and stewardship, both as a community and as a city government.

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Join the Sustainability Youth Council!

The City of Manhattan Beach is recruiting 5th-12th graders to join the newly-formed Sustainability Youth Council (SYC). The SYC will be comprised of a diverse group of students ranging in grades 5 – 12 representing the Manhattan Beach community, who share a passion for protecting the environment and supporting the City’s environmental policies and goals. Members are selected by the City’s Sustainability Task Force (STF) through a written application process. The Sustainability Youth Council will be managed by members of the Sustainability Task Force and will play a vital role in introducing environmental programs in the community. SYC members will address issues such as plastic pollution, climate change, water conservation, green building, and more, and will be key to implementing the City's existing environmental policies. Students will meet once a month and serve an SYC term of one year.

In addition, 10th-12th graders applying to be on the SYC will also be able to apply to be hold one of four leadership positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and PR Chair. These positions will provide students with leadership experience and will serve as liaisons between the SYC and Sustainability Task Force.

2018 Meeting dates:

  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12

Applications (Word Doc) are due September 28th, 2018, to the SYC's email account. For more information, view the SYC Guidelines (PDF). 

12-Year Report of Environmental Accomplishments

The City has compiled a report highlighting environmental accomplishments Manhattan Beach has achieved over the past 12+ years. Manhattan Beach has tackled numerous environmental issues that range from plastic pollution, to climate change, to urban sustainability. As a coastal city, Manhattan Beach has a responsibility to keep our beaches clean, take climate action, and promote green living.  The City is proud of all of these successes, and we look forward to the next decade and beyond of being a champion in environmental sustainability. 

Please read The City of Manhattan Beach's 12-Year Report of Environmental Accomplishments (PDF). 

Mayor's Town Hall on the Environment 2018

Mayor Amy Howorth held a Town Hall on the Environment titled, "Leading the Scene & Keeping it Green" on August 14, 2018. She addressed the City's new sustainability initiatives, rebates and incentives to green your home, and volunteer opportunities with local non-profits. There was also an expert community panel, kid eco-art activities, refreshments, and more! Click here to view the Town Hall webcast.

 2018-2020 Environmental Work Plan

To view a presentation and discussion of the city's current 2018-2020 environmental work plan (PDF), view Item 8 here. January 31, 2018 at 6 PM in Council Chambers, the City held an Environmental Study Session with Council and the public. This meeting kicked-off the formation of a new Sustainability Task Force as well as the Environmental Work Plan projects and policies.

2018 Sustainability Task Force

The City of Manhattan Beach is launching the City's Sustainability Task Force in 2018, initiating meetings on April 20 during Earth Month. The Task Force is composed of a diverse cross-section of Manhattan Beach’s community from business, scientific, nonprofit, environmental, and education fields with professional experience or demonstrated expertise in sustainability topics. Sustainability Task Force members provide technical expertise and original research and analysis to help form initiatives and policy recommendations to the City Council regarding environmental sustainability issues. The purpose of this working task force is assist the City in:

  • Developing long-term Sustainability Goals
  • Sharing technical skills and lessons learned from previous environmental and sustainability pursuits
  • Contributing to the development of policies and programs related to a variety of topics including: climate action and energy, low-impact development and sustainable building, smart water management, and climate adaptation and resiliency.

Please direct questions to the City's Environmental Sustainability Division: Dana Murray, Environmental Manager, 1400 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 at 310-802-5508.

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