Green Living

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This collection of links contains useful information about green living and services available in the County of Marin.

Bay Friendly Garden Walks

Master Gardeners provide advice on sustainable landscaping.

Bay Model Visitor Center

Located on Richardson Bay in Sausalito, California, is a unique scientific tool for exploring water movement patterns in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.

BayROC

Junk mail reduction.

CA Product Stewardship Council

Reduce the environmental impact of product waste.

California Youth Energy Services

CYES, a program of Berkeley-based Rising Sun Energy Center, every summer provides FREE green house calls to Marin homeowners and renters - free CFLs and showerheads, a basic home energy audit, and more.

Community Report & Survey Results

Information about the Marin County 2009 Report to the Community. This report provides a brief overview of our efforts to create a more sustainable future.

Eco-friendly Landscaping and Pest Management

Information on gardening, composting, pest management, water conservation and more can be found on this page.

Energy Education Group

Our organization is committed to increasing public awareness about using renewable energy sources to generate electricity.

Environmental Action Committee of West Marin

A Marin grass-roots group which for 30 years has worked for the protection of West Marin's environment. We are dedicated to ensuring that human activities are in harmony with the area's irreplaceable wildlife, natural resources and rural character.

Environmental Forum of Marin

Promotes a sustainable world through environmental education.

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is a non-profit that works on marine issues from Marin County to San Mateo County. Volunteering and education opportunities are available.

Fire Safe Planting

Incorporating fire safe concepts into the residential landscape design.

Foundation for Deep Ecology

Both as philosophy and activism, deep ecology views the survival of natural systems and the capacity of the planet for self-renewal as crucial to all life (human and nonhuman) and not to be compromised.

Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed

Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed is a grassroots environmental organization devoted to protecting Corte Madera creek and its tributaries and the whole watershed.

Gardening Tips and Techniques

Gardening Tips & Techniques

Geothermal Education Office

Provides free information and materials to increase students' awareness and understanding of geothermal energy.

Headlands Institute.

The Headlands Institute, a private non-profit organization, has been providing environmental field science education programs to youth since 1977.

Income Eligible Assistance and Loan Programs

Information on energy efficiency and renewable energy financing programs

Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT)

Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) is a private, member-supported nonprofit organization created to preserve Marin County farmlands for agricultural use.

Marin Audubon Society.

To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Marin Conservation Corps - Restoration and Ecosystem Management Crew

An AmeriCorps crew of the Marin Conservation Corps that leads volunteers of all ages in habitat restoration, and vegetation and wildlife monitoring activities throughout Marin County and in the Presidio.

Marin Conservation League

MCL was formed in 1934 to protect Marin's natural assets and its issues committees continue to work to make environmental protection a priority in the public decision-making process.

Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP)

MCSTOPPP was formed to prevent stormwater pollution and protect and enhance water quality in creeks and wetlands.

Marin County UCCE Sudden Oak Death

This site is dedicated to providing practical information on Sudden Oak Death in Marin County.

Marin Green Guide

A guide to Marin resources for environmentally sound products and practices.

Marin Master Gardeners

A dedicated, trained group of volunteers with a shared love of gardening and horticulture. Through community service and educational outreach, they provide home gardeners and community organizations with knowledge and skills

Marin Open Space Trust

Non-profit open space acquisition trust.

Marin Recycling Center

Recycle materials - waste paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, glass bottles.

Marin ReLeaf

Protecting Marin's Urban Forest through planting and advocacy.

Marin Resource Conservation District

Provides technical assistance to agricultural landowners on soil erosion and resource conservation.

Marin Solar Program

Information about the Marin Solar Program as well as assistance finding contractors.

Marin Surfrider

A non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of our local waves, water and beaches through conservation, activism, research and education.

MarinFreecycle

6,000+ members only group to freely "recycle" items that might be of use to others, rather than adding it to our overcrowded landfill. Both Offer and Wanted posts are accepted in our member boards. Everything must be FREE. Affiliated with FreecycleForever.org

MarinMax Material Exchange

A free material exchange program for residents, businesses, and non-profits.

Master Gardner Program

Master Gardeners help gardeners with knowledge and skills.

MCSTOPPP

Information about stormwater pollution prevention in Marin County including illegal discharge reporting forms.

Mill Valley StreamKeepers

Strives to protect and improve Mill Valley's watershed, and the plant and animal life within.

Our Water, Our World

Provides information about less toxic alternatives to protect water quality.

Planning

The Planning Division of the Community Development Agency promotes sustainability by regulating land use and real estate development. We are primarily responsible for writing planning policies and codes, and reviewing applications for various development permits, use permits, and subdivisions in the unincorporated areas of Marin County, California.

Plant Selection Guide

Water wise plant guide.

Resources for the Public

Food and Agriculture resources for the public.

Richardson Bay Regional Agency

A Joint Powers Authority formed by the County of Marin and the cities of Sausalito, Tiburon, Mill Valley and Belvedere dedicated to maintaining and improving the navigational waterways, open waters, and shoreline of Richardson Bay.

RIDES for Bay Area Commuters

Commute options such as carpooling/ridesharing and more.

Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

Research scientists at the Center train and support students, host visiting scientists and collaborate with fellow scientists at local universities and agencies to study complex marine and estuarine environments.

Strategic Energy Innovations

SEI helps communities identify opportunities and create innovative energy efficiency programs to meet their needs.

Sustainability Programs For Contractors

Information about the Marin Solar Program as well as assistance finding contractors.

Sustainability Programs For Residents

Information about the Community Development Agency's sustainable energy programs.

Sustainable Fairfax

Sustainable Fairfax supports the philosophy that we must attend to the needs of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations and the natural world.

Sustainable Fairfax

Sustainable Fairfax supports the philosophy that we must attend to the needs of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations and the natural world.

Sustainable Mill Valley

We work with the people of Mill Valley to create a sustainable community, with social, economic and environmental well-being.

Sustainable Mill Valley

We work with the people of Mill Valley to create a sustainable community, with social, economic and environmental well-being.

Sustainable Novato

Sustainable Novato works for a healthy eco-system, a vibrant local economy and social equity for all who live, work and play in Novato.

Tamalpais Conservation Club

Since 1912, known as Guardian of the Mountain in recognition of its activities to preserve the scenic wilderness of Mt. Tamalpais.

Tamalpais Conservation Club

Since 1912, known as Guardian of the Mountain in recognition of its activities to preserve the scenic wilderness of Mt. Tamalpais.

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems by inspiring and educating our community, with a focus on youth, and by emphasizing conservation initiatives related to our Sanctuary on Richardson Bay.

The Tomales Bay Watershed Council

Our purpose is to create and help facilitate a management plan to preserve and protect our water and land resources for sustainable uses by agriculture, aquaculture, business, environmental, recreation and residential interests.

The Tomales Bay Watershed Council

Our purpose is to create and help facilitate a management plan to preserve and protect our water and land resources for sustainable uses by agriculture, aquaculture, business, environmental, recreation and residential interests.

UC Cooperative Extension

Science-based solutions for Marin's communities, farms, and environment.

Walker Creek Ranch

An outdoor science school and retreat/conference center in Westerm Marin, owned and operated by the Marin County Office of Education.

Waste Management

Information about waste management and hazardous waste disposal in Marin County.