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."
Happy Earth Day! In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day this year, the City of Mountain View’s Sustainability team worked with 29 other Bay Area organizations and four City of Mountain View divisions to create this Earth Day 2020 Resource Guide for you. It is full of actions to take from home, videos to watch, activities to do with kids, resources to help you save on utility bills, and more. Take action today! You can view the Earth Day 2020 Resource Guide at MountainView.gov/EarthDay2020.
We are excited to officially introduce you to Collaborate Mountain View, a new engagement platform for the City’s sustainability efforts! This new website gives community members an opportunity for quick, easy engagement with the City. Get updates on sustainability projects (e.g. buildings, energy, zero waste, transportation), provide input, share stories, answer surveys, and more.
New projects that you won't want to miss will be posted on Collaborate Mountain View in the coming months as we begin implementing Sustainability Action Plan 4. Please join us and make your voice heard by registering at Collaborate.MountainView.gov!
At the October 22 Council meeting, the City Council adopted Sustainability Action Plan 4 (SAP-4), which outlines 81 new and 79 already-approved actions related to sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions reductions! Additionally, an ordinance was introduced regarding updates to the Mountain View Green Building Code, which includes proposed “reach codes.” These codes require building electrification measures, as well as the installation of electric vehicle chargers and solar PV in new construction. The reach codes were read again and voted on during the November 12 City Council meeting.
The full Council Reports and Attachments for SAP-4 (item 7.1) and the reach codes (item 6.1) can be found here. The presentation on SAP-4 and all related documents can be found here. Read SVCE's press release on the reach codes here.
What is the Sustainability Division working on? Check out our Fiscal Year End Sustainability Memo that we prepared for the City Council to follow up on direction given at the April 30, 2019 Council meeting and provide an update on sustainability initiatives. We have a lot going on right now in everything from buildings to transportation to community engagement!
From September 2018 to March 2019, sustainability staff worked with a consultant, Cadmus, who assessed the Sustainability Program and developed a Strategic Plan for how the City can move forward in its response to achieving sustainability goals. The consultant study helped to clarify the policy options/direction, organizational changes, and resource commitments that would be needed to prioritize and operationalize the ESTF-2’s recommended sustainability actions and accelerate the City’s progress on sustainability, as well as to help begin the process of change management within the organization. You can find both the Assessment and Strategic Plan here.
In December 2018, the City Council voted to divest all previous City investments from fossil fuel companies. The move was recommended by staff as a way to not only reduce City funds being used by the companies, but to redirect those funds into economically sustainable sources with long-term growth opportunities. You can find more information here.
The Environmental Sustainability Task Force 2 (ESTF-2) was a Council Advisory Body of appointed community members that ran from September 2017 to June 2018. ESTF-2 developed 36 recommendations for specific actions the City can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can find more information on ESTF-2, including its Final Report, here.
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 an "X" and those you are committing to with a check mark. Commit to at least one additional action this year!
"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