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.
The City of Mountain View is a founding member of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, a 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:
The City hosted a community meeting about SVCE on Thursday, March 23. The slides from this meeting are available here. We will be hosting another community meeting in June, so stay tuned!
"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."
Environmental Sustainability Coordinator