We know that Earth Day is looking a little different this year, so it’s going virtual here in Mountain View! We’re holding two contests where you can show off your sustainability expertise, and the winners will receive a cash prize that supports local businesses.
One contest is a video competition, where entrants make a 90 second or less video telling or demonstrating how they are making Mountain View more sustainable.
The second contest is a student poster competition. We will be judging submissions in five age brackets: grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All student entrants must do is create a poster around one of the following themes: environmental health, clean water, clean air, clean land, food and the environment, plastic pollution, sea level rise, or sustainability and resiliency.
The first-place winner for each contest will be given a $100 gift card to a local Mountain View business, and the second-place winner will receive a $50 gift card.
For both contests, the deadline for entries is Monday, April 19, no later than 5pm. Submissions can be made by visiting this link.
Additionally, please join us on Earth Day, Thursday April 22, from 6-8:30pm, as we host a Virtual Earth Day event with something for everyone! There will be speakers from Planet Bee Foundation, Acterra, Recology, and Cool Block. Community members will also be giving 5-minute ‘micro talks’ about how they’re “Restoring the Earth.” We’ll be announcing the winners of the video and poster contests live during the event. For more details, visit the Eventbrite page here.
In January, the Sustainability Division launched Cool Block, a program designed to empower neighbors over five months to get to know each other, become more disaster-prepared, and live more sustainably. After staff trained 18 “Block Leaders,” the City unfortunately had to put Cool Block largely on hold in March due to COVID-19 safety concerns. But, one team persevered!
They were able to transition their meetings online, overcoming various challenges, and became the first official Cool Block team in Mountain View to complete the program on September 30, 2020. The end result: they took a total of 159 actions that reduced their carbon emissions by 44,148 pounds, or an average of 18.3% per household. To acknowledge their achievement, the City presented all team members with certificates signed by the Mayor. And, a second team is on track to complete the program by November 17, 2020.
The leader of the first Cool Block team recently wrote an uplifting blog post reflecting on his team’s experience. It demonstrates the power of one person, and small groups, to make a significant difference. Read his blog post here. Congratulations to Neal and his team!
"If this experience taught me anything, it’s this — there’s a huge untapped demand for commoning. I knocked on a few doors to get people together for Cool Block, then the activity just gushed. Perhaps the pandemic helped, but this is an era of emergencies. People want to pull together even if they aren’t always quite sure how to... As a result of my experience, I can’t recommend Cool Block or similar programs enough. What counts is the right kind of invitation and process to participate. It needs to be trusted, inclusive, flexible, and well structured. Cool Block offers that."
New Community center EV chargers
We are excited to announce that 9 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers at the Community Center will be operational on Friday, June 19. Watch this short video of Mayor Abe-Koga unveiling the chargers! These chargers are part of the 43 new EV chargers staff is installing this year at 3 City locations. By fall or winter, we aim to install 24 new chargers at the 850 California St. parking structure (in addition to the 10 existing chargers), and 10 new chargers at the 135 Bryant St. garage.
The chargers will cost $0.20/kWh while actively charging. After a 20-minute grace period, there is a $3/hour overstay fee for remaining plugged in when your car is done charging. On a trial basis, the City is waiving the overstay fee at the Community Center chargers between 9pm and 8am to facilitate overnight charging.
This brochure has instructions for using the new Community Center chargers and answers to some FAQs.
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 thisfor 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
Exciting news! On April 21, 2020, the City Council passed a resolution for Mountain View to become a carbon neutral city by 2045. This means that in addition to achieving the adopted 2045 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 75% below 2005 levels, Mountain View has committed to balancing any remaining GHG emissions with carbon sequestration projects (such as planting trees or restoring wetlands) and/or carbon offsets. You can read the full resolution here.
On April 21, the City Council also adopted the 2018 Government Operations GHG Inventory. This inventory estimates the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the City’s operations, including energy use, fleet vehicles, employee commuting, and operation of the Shoreline landfill. We’re excited to report that we’ve successfully reduced our GHG emissions 51% since 2005, exceeding even our 2030 reduction target! You can read the full report here.
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!
Attention Bay Area residents! The Air District’s Clean Cars for All Program has expanded to all Bay Area zip codes. Income qualified residents who own a model year 2004 or older vehicle can receive up to $9,500 to retire their old vehicle and purchase or lease a new or used electric vehicle. Funding is available for electric vehicle charging equipment as well. You can also get for a pre-loaded Clipper card (up to $7,500) for turning in your old vehicle. Incentive options vary depending on income and zip code. Check to see if you are eligible for the Clean Cars for All program and apply HERE. For additional information about this program, please contact (855) 256-3656 or email@example.com.
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Exciting news! The Sustainability Division is has launched a volunteer group to build community while supporting the City’s sustainability programs. We hosted a welcome meeting on Monday, November 16, from 7-8pm for new volunteers to learn more about the group, get to know one another, and hear about what we've been working on! Sign up for the group at MountainView.gov/SustainabilityVolunteer.
There is no minimum time requirement to join this group, so even if you have just a few minutes a month we’d welcome your involvement and are happy to provide this way for you to meet other passionate community members. We hope you’ll join us!
Homeowner Energy Efficiency Workshop - Thursday, October 15, 2020
In partnership with the County of Santa Clara and BayREN, the City of Mountain View co-hosted a free online homeowner workshop focused on energy efficiency and rebates. Attendees were able to learn more about the BayREN Home+ Program, which offers up to $5,000 rebates to help homeowners in the Bay Area reduce energy use, increase comfort, and add value to their homes. Learn more here.
Virtual Sustainability Trivia Night! - Thursday, August 27, 2020
The City hosted a Virtual Sustainability Trivia Night event, where the top 3 scorers received prizes! This event was held via Zoom on Thursday, August 27, from 7-8pm.
Drawing from Sustainability Action Plan 4, we are working to identify potential actions the City could take in order to promote plant-based eating in Mountain View. We conducted a short survey on Collaborate Mountain View to hear what ideas people have for related programs, policies, or outreach efforts. The survey closed at 11:59pm on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
On Sunday, February 23, the City hosted a third Cool Block Leader Training. There are now roughly 20 Block Leaders who will be forming teams in the coming weeks! Everyone had their unique reason for joining, but it was great to see so many people gathered together with a shared commitment to improving their neighborhoods and communities.
One Block Leader wrote about his experience with knocking on his neighbors doors to start his Cool Block team - read his article here for a heartwarming story and firsthand look at what it's like to be a Cool Block Leader.
The final March 15 training was postponed.
Mountain View residents! Something big is coming to a block near you!
Start 2020 off right with a fresh commitment to making your community and the planet a better place. The City of Mountain View is launching a NEW program for residents, and we’d love your participation. The Cool Block program focuses on three main themes: disaster preparation and resilience, sustainability, and community building.
In January, we held three Cool Block Information
Sessions for residents, officially kicking off the launch of the program in Mountain
View. Read more about the program in this article, which appeared in the Los Altos Town Crier on January 15. Thank you so much to all of the passionate and interested residents that came to the information sessions! Learn more about Cool Block here.
On December 16, 2019, we partnered with BayREN to host a free energy and water savings workshop for multifamily property owners and managers in the Council Chambers. Attendees learned about how to receive no-cost consulting from a building energy and water expert as well as $750 per unit rebate to improve the energy and water efficiency of their properties through the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancement program. Learn more about BayREN here.
In 2019, we partnered with Bay Area SunShares, a limited-time renewable energy program that makes it easier and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar or purchase an electric vehicle (EV). SunShares offers a 15 percent (%) discount on solar installations from pre-vetted solar providers and EV dealerships. Visit www.bayareasunshares.org to learn more. Registration for the program ended on November 30, 2019.
At the October 22, 2019 Council meeting, the City Council adopted Sustainability Action Plan 4 (SAP-4). This plan 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 can be found here. Read SVCE's press release on the reach codes here.
Bay Area SunShares hosted a free webinar for residents to learn more about the opportunity to receive discounts on solar installations or electric vehicle purchases. For more information, visit www.bayareasunshares.org.
The City is preparing its update to the Mountain View Green Building Code (MVGBC)! The new code will include “reach code” elements specific to building electrification, EV chargers, and solar PV. Community members and developers joined us to learn about our proposed changes to the MVGBC, which will become effective in early 2020.
We presented our proposed SAP-4 to the Council Environmental Sustainability Committee on September 16.This new plan maps out proposed actions the City will take during the next three fiscal years to help meet our greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and make Mountain View a more livable, sustainable place for everyone. We'll present SAP-4 to the full City Council on October 22.
The City hosted a County of Santa Clara program to educate homeowners on how to take steps to improve the comfort, health and efficiency of their homes with support from the Bay Area Regional Energy Network. BayREN Home+ offers cash rebates for qualified upgrades, and can connect you with certified contractors and a Home Energy Advisor to assist you every step of the way.
Call a Home Energy Advisor at (866) 878-6008 or visit BayRENresidential.org to learn more about BayREN Home+ and get started on your home improvement journey.
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