Climate Action and Sustainability

The Town has an active Climate Action Commission and the Town Climate Action Plan details the Town Council's goals for a more sustainable future and actions the Town will take to reduce its carbon footprint. By collaborating with residents, businesses and organizations, we can implement the most effective strategies to reduce our carbon footprint and do our part to reduce global warming. 

Climate Action in San Anselmo and Marin County

The Town adopted an Electric Vehicle Strategy in 2019.
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The Town adopted a Single Use Foodware Ordinance in 2018 to reduce waste.


The Town government began securing its electricity from 100% renewable sources by opting up to MCE Deep Green in 2014.

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The Town participates in the Marin Climate & Energy Partnership (MCEP). MCEP is made up of representatives from all eleven Marin cities/towns, the County, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), MCE, the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) and the Marin General Services Authority (MGSA). MCEP's mission is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels to the targets of Marin County and local municipalities, consistent with the standards set by AB32.

​See how the Town compares to other Marin jurisdictions with the MCEP Marin Sustainability Tracker. The tracker illustrates progress being made by local government, residents and businesses toward reducing emissions and increasing sustainable practices.


The Town requires projects to comply with water conserving landscape requirements and gray water requirements. Marin Municipal Water District implements this program for the Town.
Water Conserving Landscape Requirements
Graywater Requirements

Plastic Bags and Reusable Bags

The Town adopted a ban on plastic bags in 2015. Regulation of Single Use Plastic Bags


The Town Construction and Demolition Materials Recovery regulations require construction projects to limit waste to landfills. Town law currently requires 85% of materials to be diverted from the landfill. This will increase to 90% by December 31, 2018, and to 94% by December 31, 2025. Contact the Building Department for more information.

Zero Waste Marin is the formal name for the Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which is comprised of representatives from all over Marin County. Zero Waste Marin helps residents and businesses meet the county’s Zero Waste goal by 2025 by reducing and recycling their solid waste and safely disposing of hazardous materials. They provide information on household hazardous waste collection, recycling, composting and waste disposal. 

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The Town, in partnership with the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP), is encouraging residents to sign-up for a Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop. The 5-meeting series brings people together and empowers them to reduce their household carbon emissions and create communities resilient to the impacts of climate change. RN workshops offer a range of actions to choose from and are ideal for anyone who is concerned about climate change and wants to do something about it. These popular *free* workshops are offered year-round.

"Welcome to Your Home" Kit

 This 12-page booklet contains everything information on sustainability related programs available in Marin County. Information includes: how to go solar, energy efficiency programs and rebates, how to find your waste hauler, water conservation, community volunteering opportunities, and more.