Sustainability

Our Vision

Through the Environmental Sustainability Program, the City envisions "a thriving community where residents and businesses actively consider the environmental impact of their daily activities, and strive to leave the world better than they found it."

Toward this goal, the City engages with residents, businesses, and municipal staff to collaboratively develop policies and implement programs that reduce carbon emissions and other environmental impacts. Together, the City and community can transform Mountain View into a model of sustainable development in support of a resilient Bay Area. As described in the 1987 United Nations Brundtland Commission Report, sustainable development "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

We welcome your questions, comments, or suggestions about the Environmental Sustainability Program through our Ask Mountain View feature.

CALL FOR APPLICANTS

Environmental Sustainability Task Force

The City of Mountain View is inviting applications for an Environmental Sustainability Task Force (ESTF), which will run from September 2017 through June 2018.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the ESTF is to (1) evaluate and recommend whether and how current City sustainability plans and goals should be modified based on new technologies and processes for addressing climate change, and (2) support and extend the capacity of City sustainability staff to develop and implement strategies, programs, and projects to meet the City’s climate goals.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be 16 years of age or older, and live or work in Mountain View. City employees are not permitted to serve on the ESTF. Applicants must have sufficient time to devote to this responsibility and plan to attend the required meetings. If selected, all members will be required to (1) take an Oath of Office prior to undertaking their duties, (2) sign a Code of Conduct (Attachment 2), and (3) complete two hours of State-mandated ethics training.

TIME COMMITMENT: Regular attendance at ESTF meetings is expected. The ESTF will meet as an entire group about 10 times between September 2017 and June 2018. Members should allow 2-3 hours for each meeting. Members will be required to serve on at least one working group, and should assume 1-2 working group meetings per month of about 2 hours per meeting. Members should also expect a few hours of work between working group meetings. Total time commitment will range from 100 to 150 hours, or about 10-15 hours per month. The schedule of meetings will be determined during the ESTF Kick-Off meeting in September.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To apply, please complete the online application. Applications are due by Monday, August 28, 2017 at 5:00pm PST. Those members selected to serve will be notified by mid-September.

ALL applicants are encouraged to attend the City Council meeting on September 5, 2017, where the scope and deliverables of the ESTF will be discussed.

We sincerely appreciate your interest in serving on the ESTF! Your participation will have a long-lasting impact on the sustainability of Mountain View.

Take the Top 10 Challenge!

On Earth Day 2017, we put together a list of ten things you can do to help move us towards a more sustainable future. Take the Top 10 Challenge today! Mark actions you are already doing with a "X" and those you are committing to with a check mark. Commit to at least one additional action this year!

Welcome to our New Electricity Provider

The City of Mountain View is a founding member of Silicon Valley Clean Energya new electricity provider, which will provide 100% carbon-free electricity and up to 100% renewable energy to residents and businesses in the community starting in April 2017! For more information about this program:

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

The City hosted two community meetings with SVCE representatives in Spring 2017. More than 100 people attended these events to learn about our new electricity provider. If you were unable to attend, slides from the meetings can be found here:

A Message fom the City's Sustainability Coordinator

"The City of Mountain View has a history of protecting the environment over several decades, and views sustainability as an integral part of the way we operate and provide service to our community. This focus enables us not only to use our resources more efficiently but also to create a safer, more livable community.

Recognizing the importance of public input, in 2008 the City convened a community-led sustainability Task Force that delivered more than 89 recommendations on what Mountain View should do to become more sustainable in the short- and long-term. In 2009 and 2010 and City Council adopted community-wide and municipal operations carbon targets, with a bold goal of 80% below our 2005 levels by 2050.

I'm happy to report that the City reduced carbon emissions from its operations 18% between 2005 and 2010, exceeding its reduction target by 3%. However, due to strong economic growth in recent years Mountain View is 12% shy of its community wide reduction target as of 2012. So, while great progress has been made in our operations, we have work to do as a community to transition our homes, offices, and vehicles to clean energy sources, better utilize public transportation, and be more mindful about the amount of energy, water, and products we consume.

With climate change upon us, it's time for all of us to roll up our sleeves. We welcome your on-going collaboration in creating solutions that protect and enhance our City for the enjoyment of current and future generations."

Steve Attinger
Environmental Sustainability Coordinator

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