This 12-page booklet, developed by the County of Marin Sustainability Team, contains everything a new (or existing!) homeowner would want to know when moving into a new home or learning more about the sustainability resources available in Marin County. Information includes how to go solar, available energy efficiency programs and rebates, how to find your waste hauler, water conservation tips, community volunteering opportunities, and more. View the online PDF below or call to request a hard copy at (415) 473-2698.
Marin Climate and Energy Partnership
In addition to the greenhouse gas inventory and climate action planning activities mentioned above, the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP) also provides suggested activities for both residents and businesses that are interested in taking personal action to reduce their contribution to climate change.
Consumption Based Inventory
The County of Marin Climate Action Plan accounts for emissions that are created by our day-to-day activities, such as driving to work, turning on the lights at home, and taking out the trash. But there are other emission-generating parts of our lives that this inventory doesn't account for. The County's is an activity-based inventory, which means it uses information about the activities that occur within our borders, such as miles driven and kilowatt hours used.
Another way to assess local emissions is through a consumption-based inventory. This accounts for activities that are typically outside of jurisdictional control, such as how much and what people purchase. Purchases of clothing, food, airline trips, and other goods and services are not included in the County's climate action plan, because many of the emissions generated in the creation of these goods happen elsewhere, such as at factories or airports outside of the County.
If you are interested in learning more about this measure of emissions, and how your neighborhood compares in this metric, a consumption-based inventory is available for the entire San Francisco Bay Area. This inventory, completed in 2016 by the bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Cool Climate Network at UC Berkeley, is based on a full life-cycle analysis of the emissions generated by the production, shipping, use, and disposal of each product consumed in the Bay Area, regardless of where the GHG emissions were released to the atmosphere.
The following resources are available for Marin County residents to learn more about their consumption-based footprint.
Sustainable Marin is a non-profit organization of volunteers who advocate and educate about sustainability at the County level in Marin. This group provides information and volunteer opportunities for residents looking to learn more about local environmental efforts. Many cities in Marin County also have local chapters, including Sustainable Novato, Sustainable San Rafael, Sustainable Fairfax, and Sustainable San Anselmo.
A project of Sustainable Marin, Resilient Neighborhoods is a 501(C)(3) non-profit that provides free training and meetings to help all Marin residents learn about and lower their carbon footprint. In addition, the program empowers residents to lower their bills, strengthen their communities and prepare for emergencies.
The Program operates as a 5-part series, in which residents learn about specific actions to create cleaner, safer, more sustainable homes and communities. More information can be found at the Resilient Neighborhoods website.
Marin Sustainability Events
The County of Marin Sustainability Team on occasion organizes and attends sustainability related around Marin. Visit out Events Page for information on past and future events.