Cool Block

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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.

Welcome to Cool Block, a program that Mountain View is launching to help create a healthier, happier, resilient, and more environmentally-aware community. The program focuses on three main topics: community building, sustainability, and disaster preparation and resilience. Cool Block engages a team of neighbors living on the same block or in the same building to tackle these topics together through 8 structured and collaborative meetings over about 5 months.

This page will have information about upcoming meetings for you to learn more about Cool Block and get involved, the timeline for the program, and ways for you to ask us questions and provide feedback.

We’d love your participation, and hope you can join us!

Sign up to be a Block Leader here (English) or here (Spanish).

Read more about the launch of Cool Block in Mountain View in this news article.

Visit CoolBlock.org to learn more and sign in to your team.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are postponing trainings for new Block Leaders and have asked current Block Leaders to pause their team meetings to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. This page will be updated when the program resumes.

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.

Welcome to Cool Block, a program that Mountain View is launching to help create a healthier, happier, resilient, and more environmentally-aware community. The program focuses on three main topics: community building, sustainability, and disaster preparation and resilience. Cool Block engages a team of neighbors living on the same block or in the same building to tackle these topics together through 8 structured and collaborative meetings over about 5 months.

This page will have information about upcoming meetings for you to learn more about Cool Block and get involved, the timeline for the program, and ways for you to ask us questions and provide feedback.

We’d love your participation, and hope you can join us!

Sign up to be a Block Leader here (English) or here (Spanish).

Read more about the launch of Cool Block in Mountain View in this news article.

Visit CoolBlock.org to learn more and sign in to your team.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are postponing trainings for new Block Leaders and have asked current Block Leaders to pause their team meetings to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. This page will be updated when the program resumes.

Do you have questions about what the Cool Block program is, how it fits into Mountain View's sustainability goals, how you can join the program, or anything else? Ask away!

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    How does this program relate to Neighborhood Watch and CERT? Has it been coordinated with them?

    Stephanie Asked 7 months ago

    Cool Block draws upon existing neighborhood strengths related to Neighborhood Watch and CERT. Rather than reinventing the wheel, Cool Block is a chance for folks involved in different neighborhood groups to share their knowledge in one area while also learning potentially new things in another, and deepening their connections with their neighbors while doing so. With its emergency preparedness and community safety actions, the Cool Block program can tie together Neighborhood Watch and CERT resources. Individual teams will be able to identify existing groups in their neighborhood and decide what they would like to focus on together.

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    Do I need to attend more than one information session?

    7 months ago

    You only need to attend one information session to learn more about Cool Block. The January information sessions will all cover the same material -- there are three meetings to allow for scheduling conflicts and give residents some flexibility with which meeting they choose to attend.

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    How does the Cool Block program work?

    8 months ago

    The City will host several informational meetings in January to give residents an opportunity to learn more about what Cool Block is, and how they can participate. Interested residents have the choice to be trained as "Block Leaders," who will then recruit 5-8 neighboring households to join their Cool Block team. Teams will meet 8 times over the course of 4-6 months, covering topics such as emergency preparedness, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creating safer, friendlier neighborhoods. At the end, there will be a celebration to recognize all of the teams who participated in making Mountain View Cool!