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.
12-Year Report of Environmental Accomplishments
Released in September 2018, the City's Sustainability Task Force 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.
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.
2018-2019 Sustainability Youth Council!
In September 2018, the City of Manhattan Beach formed the Sustainability Youth Council (SYC). The SYC is 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 were selected by the City’s Sustainability Task Force (STF) through a written application process. The Sustainability Youth Council is 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. Students meet once a month and serve an SYC term of one year. Applications (Word Doc) were due September 28th, 2018, to the SYC's email account. For more information, view the SYC Guidelines (PDF).
Mayor's Town Hall on the Environment 2018
Councilmember Amy Howorth (previously Mayor 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 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.