Through the 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.
We welcome your questions, comments, or suggestions about the Sustainability Program through our Ask Mountain View feature, or by using our new Collaborate Mountain View platform. Be sure to also check out our “Top 10” list of most important actions you can take.
"The City of Mountain View has a history of protecting the environment and prioritizing social equity. This focus has enabled us to conserve resources and create a safer, more livable community.
Recognizing the importance of public input and support, the City convened community-led Task Forces in 2008 and 2017 that recommended actions to improve environmental and social sustainability and reduce carbon emissions in Mountain View. In 2009 and 2010, the City Council adopted community-wide and city operations carbon reduction targets, with a bold goal of decreasing emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2050.
In 2018, the Council voted to divest all City investments from fossil fuel companies, and further encouraged investments in organizations involved in the production of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, transparency, and accountability.
In 2019, the City Council amended its carbon reduction targets to make near-term goals more aggressive, and made a substantial financial investment in the Sustainability program. In 2020, the Council passed a resolution for Mountain View to become carbon neutral by 2045.
I'm happy to report that the City reduced emissions from its operations by 51% between 2005 and 2018. Community-wide emissions also decreased 15% between 2005 and 2019. While we have made great progress, we still have much work do. To reach our 2025 reduction target of 33%, the Mountain View community will need to reduce emissions an additional 22% by driving less, electrifying our vehicles and buildings, and using fewer resources overall. To achieve this goal, we are ensuring that our sustainability policies and programs are both innovative and equitable.
With the climate crisis in full swing, it's time for all of us to roll up our sleeves. We urge you to join us by taking actions that protect and enhance our city for current and future generations. Subscribe to our newsletter, join our volunteer group, and engage with us through Collaborate Mountain View.
We can do this, but only together!"