Specialty license plates are no longer limited to snappy sayings like "2Kool4U." You can choose a license plate that gives back to the environment and spreads a different kind of word as you go.

Get inspiration from these California specialty plates and check out what’s available in your area.

Don’t forget that keeping your vehicle well maintained can help you reduce your carbon footprint, too.

1. Wow-worthy whale tail

CA whale tale license plate Photo: California Coastal Commission

Fees for the Whale Tail License Plate go to the California Coastal Commission, which helps protect and restore California’s coast and ocean. Programs include a Coastal Cleanup Day each year and Adopt-A-Beach opportunities year-round. Whale Tail grants support marine education, beach access and habitat restoration.

2. A full CalAgPlate

California Agriculture Special Interest License PlatePhoto: California Department of Food and Agriculture

More than 17,000 of the CalAgPlate have been issued, generating more than $200,000. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) administers these funds to support agriculture education projects for students and teachers.

3. Lake Tahoe jump start

snowboarder with Lake Tahoe license plate Photo: Tahoe Fund

The California Tahoe Conservancy uses 96% of the fees for Lake Tahoe License Plates to fund projects for preservation, restoration and the development of trails. Water quality, wildlife and forest health are key focus areas. (Bonus: Neighbor-state Nevada also offers Lake Tahoe License Plates.)

4. Yosemite trailblazer

Yosemite license plate Photo: Yosemite Conservancy

Four million of us visit the Yosemite National Park each year. The Yosemite License Plate benefits the Yosemite Conservancy, which is responsible for enhancing the visitor experience. Projects include wildlife management, habitat restoration and trail repair.

5. Back to the future

California black Legacy license plate Photo: California Department of Motor Vehicles

The 1960s Legacy License Plate is a replica of the original issue. Fees go to the Environmental License Plate Fund in support of numerous green initiatives. These include: reduction of air pollution and soil erosion, protection of endangered plants and animals, restoration of fish and wildlife habitat, and environmental education.

Get more ideas from NAPA for easy ways to help the environment along the way, including improving your gas mileage and reducing your car’s carbon foot print.

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