For Immediate ReleaseMarch 13, 2018
Board of Supervisors approves more aggressive goals on sustainable practices
San Rafael, CA – The County of Marin has a long history of promoting sustainable “green” building practices to increase energy efficiency in homes and businesses throughout the county. Now, the Marin County Board of Supervisors has taken additional steps to require enhanced energy efficiency and green building measures for new construction, additions, and remodels in the unincorporated County.
After working with staff from the Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA), the Board approved six primary changes with the goal of making buildings more efficient, comfortable and affordable. They are:
CDA Director Brian Crawford said the new standards are a way for the County to implement its 2015 Climate Action Plan, which also sets greenhouse gas reduction targets greater than the state of California. In its 2006 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, the County set an emissions reduction target of 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. The goal was reached by 2012, eight years ahead of schedule. Now, the County has a target of reducing community greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and reducing municipal emissions to 15 percent below 1990 levels.
In 2017, the County switched all municipal electricity accounts to Deep Green 100 percent renewable energy, which allowed Marin to exceed its municipal emission reduction goal. Current municipal emissions are estimated to be 19 percent below 1990 levels.
“We’re being ambitious and pushing the envelope by requiring these measures through the building permitting process,” Crawford said.
Marin is one of fewer than 15 jurisdictions in California that have set both green building and energy efficiency standards that exceed those created by the state. The County has required residential projects to comply with increased green building and energy efficiency goals since 2002.
Learn more on the County’s website about sustainability goals, green building program, Climate Action Plan, and energy programs.
Alice ZanmillerPlanner, Sustainability TeamCommunity Development Agency
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 308San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-2797Email: Alice ZanmillerCDA Sustainability website