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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.

Earth Day 2020 Resource Guide

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.

Carbon neutrality resolution and 2018 government operations GHG inventory

Carbon Neutrality Resolution

Exciting news! On April 21, 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.

2018 Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Inventory

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. 

Collaborate Mountain View

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!

Clean Cars for All program

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 cleancars@gridalternatives.org.

2019 Silicon Valley Clean energy benefits summary

In 2016, the City of Mountain View and twelve other local communities formed Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) to provide our region with clean electricity at competitive rates, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. At the end of 2019, 38,100 households and businesses in Mountain View were receiving clean electricity from carbon-free sources. Mountain View customers also saw a combined $3,885,000 in electricity savings, and $48,700 in cash payments were given to customers for generating surplus solar energy. We at the City are proud that 100% of electricity used at municipal facilities is sourced from renewable wind and solar energy. Mountain View has achieved a 98% reduction in electric utility-related emissions. We hope you'll celebrate these successes with us as we continue pushing for a more sustainable future!

Sustainability Action plan 4 and Reach codes

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 can be found here. Read SVCE's press release on the reach codes here.

Fiscal Year End Sustainability Memo

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!

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We send out a monthly sustainability newsletter with news, program updates, and upcoming events. Sign up here for our newsletter, and find previous newsletters below.

PAST EVENTS

Plant-based eating survey

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.

Cool Block Leaders - Up and running!

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.

Official Cool Block Launch

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.

Bayren energy & Water Savings Workshop for Multifamily property owners

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.

Sunshares Partnership

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.

Sustainability Action Plan 4 - 2019-2022 - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

We presented our proposed Sustainability Action Plan 4 (SAP-4) to the City Council on October 22, 2019. 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. You can read SAP-4 here. 

SUNshares Informational Webinar - Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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.

Building, EV Charger, and Solar PV Reach Codes Input Meeting - Thursday, September 19, 2019

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.

Sustainability Action Plan 4 - 2019-2022 - Monday, September 16, 2019

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 packet for the September 16 meeting can be found here, and the presentation from the meeting can be found here.

Free Workshop on Rebates for Home Energy Improvements - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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.

Solar Net Energy Metering WOrkshop - Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) hosted a rooftop solar workshop where they explained how their Net Energy Metering program works, how it benefits participants, how to understand your bill, and introduced upcoming SVCE programs.

Strategic Plan at City Council Meeting - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sustainability staff presented the Sustainability Strategic Plan to the City Council on April 30. The City Council wants to address sustainability and climate change more aggressively, and supported creating a sustainability reserve of several million dollars, with the exact funding level from existing sources still to be finalized. The Council also directed staff to investigate several new funding sources as a means of supporting the program long-term.

Mountain View Earth Day Celebration - Saturday, April 20, 2019

We had a great Earth Day celebration on April 20! We were so happy to see so many passionate and curious community members (around 500!) come out to learn about sustainability topics from experts, local organizations, and fellow community members. Many attendees conveyed their intent to change their habits based on what they learned, which was the goal of the event. Enjoy some of our favorite photos here!

Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting - Monday, April 1, 2019

At the Environmental Sustainability Committee meeting we discussed:

  • Our progress developing our Sustainability Strategic Plan
  • Our recommended approach to developing Environmental Sustainability Action Plan 4 (ESAP-4)

Thank you to the community members who attended and commented as we discussed sustainability updates and progress. You can find the Agenda Packet here.

2017 Community GreenHouse Gas Inventory - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

We presented the results of our 2017 community GHG inventory to the City Council on March 19, including where we stand on transportation, energy, waste, water, and off-road mobile emissions. You can find the Council Report and other attachments here under Agenda Item 8.1.

free Energy CLinic - January 28, 2019

Experts from Acterra and Silicon Valley Clean Energy answered questions and walked residents through their energy bill at the Mountain View Senior Center on January 28, explaining the information and charges on your PG&E energy statement. They also provided tips to reduce your energy use and lower your monthly costs.

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