Sustainability Planning

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The City of Mountain View, along with our passionate community, is working hard to develop and implement policies and programs that ensure Mountain View is a sustainable, healthy, and resilient city for all. In the “Timeline” on the right side of this page, you can read more about the various groups and plans that have laid the foundation for sustainability efforts in Mountain View.

In October 2019, with $7.5 million in approved funding over Fiscal Years 2019-20 through 2021-22, the City Council adopted the City’s fourth Sustainability Action Plan (SAP-4). This plan lays out actions the City will take during the next three years. On this page, we will seek your input on designing and carrying out these actions, update you on various projects, and answer any questions you have!

You can find more information here about various sustainability topics, the City’s climate plans and achievements, and resources to help you bring sustainability into your own life.

The City of Mountain View, along with our passionate community, is working hard to develop and implement policies and programs that ensure Mountain View is a sustainable, healthy, and resilient city for all. In the “Timeline” on the right side of this page, you can read more about the various groups and plans that have laid the foundation for sustainability efforts in Mountain View.

In October 2019, with $7.5 million in approved funding over Fiscal Years 2019-20 through 2021-22, the City Council adopted the City’s fourth Sustainability Action Plan (SAP-4). This plan lays out actions the City will take during the next three years. On this page, we will seek your input on designing and carrying out these actions, update you on various projects, and answer any questions you have!

You can find more information here about various sustainability topics, the City’s climate plans and achievements, and resources to help you bring sustainability into your own life.

  • City Council Adopts Carbon Neutrality Goal, Municipal Emissions Down 51% Since 2005

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    14 Apr 2020
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    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.

  • Sustainability Action Plan 4 (SAP-4)

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    01 Nov 2019

    Exciting news! At its October 22 meeting, the City Council adopted Sustainability Action Plan 4 (SAP-4). The plan outlines 81 new actions and 79 already-approved actions for City staff to implement through Fiscal Year 2021-2022. The plan includes funding for active transportation programs and infrastructure designed to encourage the community to choose alternatives to driving, as well as programs aimed at supporting electric vehicle adoption. SAP-4 includes several programs and incentives that help residents and businesses reduce both their energy bill and carbon footprint through energy efficiency measures and the use of clean energy. Additionally, there are numerous programs that will help residents and businesses get the tools they need to take action on climate, save money, and engage with the broader Mountain View community. These programs range from community challenges to neighborhood disaster preparedness to civic engagement to green business certification. SAP-4 also provides support for plant-based diet community education and engagement, and funding for programs aimed at increasing the City’s tree canopy cover. You can read more about all of the actions in the attachments here.