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Sustainable Communities


Sustainable Communities

The 4-H Youth Development Program is thriving in Marin. Overseen by the County’s Farm Advisor’s Office (aka University of California Cooperative Extension Marin), the 4-H team works closely with kids and educators in science, technology, engineering, math – the STEM subjects. The results have been inspirational.

The program offers training to staff from four nonprofit after-school organizations on the latest and most effective STEM teaching methods. Marin’s young 4-Hers are learning environmental science, physics, aeronautics, chemistry, and solar technology through the eyes of freshly invigorated instructors.

Also, 4-H has emphasized equal access to all youths, including the 28 percent of Marin kids who identify as Latino. Kids from Bahia Vista and San Pedro elementary schools and Davidson Middle School get a taste of 4-H life at the Canal Kids Club and the YMCA.


Community Development Agency
  • Percentage of express permit applications meeting requirements for same day approval and building permit issuance: 82%
  • Percentage of field inspections provided within two business days of request: 90%
  • Food facility Operating Permits Issued: 1,367
  • Posting of updated food facility inspection results within 48 hours of inspection: 100%
  • Percentage of food-borne illness complaints responded to within 24 hours: 100%
  • Housing and Institution Operating Permits Issued: 689
  • Recreational Health Operating Permits Issued: 379
  • Liquid Waste Operating Permits Issued: 383
Department of Public Works
  • Miles of roads resurfaced during FY16-17: 4
  • % of vehicle fleet is hybrid: 19.8% (403 vehicles)
  • % reduction in electricity usage from last year at the Frank Lloyd Wright -designed Civic Center: 1%
  • Countywide diversion rate (percent of waste diverted from landfills): 69%
  • Average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of the unincorporated County road system: 65
  • Number of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles in the County’s Fleet: 80 (up from 73)
  • Kilowatts of solar photovoltaic installed on County properties: 1061 (up from 1000)

Highlights from 2016-17

  • The Board adopted the County’s RideGreen pilot program, encouraging employee use of alternate forms of transportation and discouraging workers from driving alone.
  • Parks addressed public concerns about the methods used to combat aggressive and harmful weeds by installing an updated Integrated Pest Management program for its open space preserves.
  • Public Works is furthering its commitment to sustainable energy with the unveiling of a portable solarpowered vehicle charging station.
  • A Whole Person Care division was created by Health and Human Services to coordinate physical health, behavioral health, and social services.