The Town has an active Sustainability Commission web page 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.
The Town government began securing its electricity from 100% renewable sources by opting up to MCE Deep Green in 2014.
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 Council has adopted regulations to require energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, resource conservation and green building techniques in construction projects.
Green Building Requirements
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.
The Town, in partnership with the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP), is encouraging residents to form Resilient Neighborhood EcoTeams. Teams learn to save energy, conserve water, be prepared for emergencies and reduce waste. EcoTeams meet 5 times, calculate their carbon footprints, then choose from a menu of actions that reduce household CO2 emissions by at least 5,000 pounds per household. Members learn about rebates available now for energy efficient home improvements.
"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.