Update from Kate - Board of Supervisors Sustainability Workshop, April 17

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The Board of Supervisors is hosting a workshop on April 17th to share highlights of the County's climate action and sustainability efforts and to give community partners a spotlight to share their initiatives.


Coffee will be served starting at 8:30 am, with the workshop running from 9 AM to noon in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 330.  Public comment will be around 10:30 a.m.  The workshop will be shown live and archived on the County’s webcast and live on television via Comcast Channel 27.  


The County of Marin’s climate and sustainability history dates to April 2002 when the Board of Supervisors signed a resolution recognizing the threat that climate change poses to our global community and pledging to take steps locally to address greenhouse gas emissions. Most recently, in the fall of 2017, the County launched Drawdown: Marin, a community-wide campaign to dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and become the first fossil-free county in California.


In between 2002's Climate Change Resolution and the launch of Drawdown: Marin in 2017, the County has taken many steps to follow through on its commitment to climate action:

  • 2006 – Adopted a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that set a target of reducing community emissions to 15% below 1990 levels by 2020;
  • 2007 – Adopted the Marin Countywide Plan which includes the overarching theme of “planning sustainable communities”;
  • 2010 – Launched Marin Clean Energy (MCE), the state’s first Community Choice Aggregation program. MCE’s mission is to address climate change by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency at stable and competitive rates;
  • 2012 – Achieved 2020 community emissions reduction target eight years ahead of schedule;
  • 2015 – Adopted updated Climate Action Plan (CAP) with new target of reducing community emissions to 30% below 1990 levels by the year 2020;
  • 2015 - 2017 – Completed comprehensive vulnerability assessments for both our coastal and bayside communities;
  • 2016 – Created the award-winning Game of Floods, a public involvement and education activity tool on sea level rise adaptation;
  • 2017 – Switched all County electricity accounts to MCE Deep Green 100% renewable energy; and

For the County to remain at the forefront of climate and sustainability initiatives, it is imperative that we engage with each other to share our efforts and ideas, and to identify opportunities for collaboration. We hope you can join us for this inspiring workshop and look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday as we embark on the next steps together to become a sustainable and resilient community.