Water Programs

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Program

Ecology Action designed this collection of programs to train professional landscapers and homeowners alike in creating low water use, low chemical use, and high habitat-value landscape installations, and lovely water-wise Monterey Bay gardens.


Monterey Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening programs are a collaborative effort between Ecology Action, California Landscape Contractors Association (Central Coast Chapter), Ecological Landscaping Association, Monterey Bay Master Gardeners, Surfrider Foundation, Resource Conservation Districts, and more than 20 public agencies representing water utilities, solid waste and recycling, stormwater management. The individual programs are:

1. The Monterey Bay Green Gardener Program – Funded by a Prop 13 grant from the State Water Board, this bilingual Green Gardener program offers a 10-week certification level class, and continuing education courses in greywater irrigation, stormwater management, irrigation efficiency, and more.

2. Monterey Bay-Friendly Landscapes – Monterey Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes is a rating system that recognizes excellence in sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance practices in the Monterey Bay Area.

3. Workshops for Home Gardeners – Educational events hosted at local nurseries and community centers that offer the beginner and intermediate home gardener tools for creating a beautiful, healthy water-wise Monterey Bay-Friendly garden.


The primary goal of Monterey Bay-Friendly Programs is to encourage behavior changes that lessen the impact of conventional landscape practices on the local environment by providing home gardeners, landscape professionals, and local governments with the necessary skills and resources to create beautiful, healthy, and sustainable gardens, and landscapes.


  • Our programs protect water and air quality, through maximizing permeable surfaces and minimizing stormwater runoff, using integrated pest management, minimizing the use of synthetic pesticides and avoiding overuse of fertilizers, reducing fossil fuel consumption, and planting trees to remove CO2 and absorb air pollutants.
  • The Monterey Bay Green Gardener Certification program launched in Salinas, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Watsonville in 2006. Since then, it has graduated nearly 500 landscape professionals who are putting Monterey Bay Friendly sustainable landscaping practices to work every day.