City of Mill Valley Sustainability Initiatives
The City of Mill Valley has a long-standing commitment and track record when it comes to environmental protection and other sustainability related initiatives. Here is an update on some green programs and projects.
Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. For more information, please visit the Earth Hour website.
This year, the City of Mill Valley will participate in the event, and we invite residents to participate as well. At 8:30pm on Saturday, March 23, turn off non-essential lighting for one hour and join thousands of people around the world to raise awareness of the impact of climate change and the harmful consequences of increasingly extreme weather.
On April 15 the City Council will read an Earth Day Proclamation, and mark your calendars for Mill Valley Beautification Day on Saturday April 20.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
The City will install one Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Hauke Park that will use energy from the solar system at the Public Safety Building. Public Works staff anticipates that the station will be installed and dedicated sometime in late spring.
International Zero Waste Week
Don’t miss Zero Waste Week – a program of the Northern California Recycling Association. This week-long event aims to foster support for, create events in alignment with, and/or encourage the adoption of policies supporting Zero Waste in communities worldwide.
The highlight of the week-long event is the Zero Waste Update, held in Berkeley, CA on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20. The Zero Waste Update will provide innovative and practical solutions to reduce waste and move toward high diversion and Zero Waste. International case studies will be highlighted, as well as the work of North American communities and agencies on the cutting edge of sustainable materials management. For more information, please go to http://www.ncrarecycles.org/
The City of Mill Valley encourages all employees to use green commute options to get to and from work. Biking, walking, carpools, vanpools and public transit are all encouraged. The City of Mill Valley is now registered with the Transportation of Authority of Marin’s Emergency Ride Home Program – a free program that will reimburse employees who have taken an alternative form of transportation to get to work to get home in an emergency. To learn more, go to http://www.marinerh.org/index.html