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Sustainable Belvedere
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Sustainability is a vital issue to our community and it is woven throughout the 2030 Belvedere General Plan. The City’s goal is to protect the natural environment and promote sustainable land use patterns while preserving quality neighborhoods and accommodating new development. The City’s guiding vision on this topic is to “Be a Leader in Sustainable Development and Promote a Culture of Environmental Stewardship.”


Climate Action Plan

As the beginning of an ongoing process to address climate change, the City prepared a 2005 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and a Climate Action Plan. The plan outlines measurable strategies to achieve the City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below 2005 levels by 2020. The Climate Action Plan can be viewed here. The strategies in the plan are divided into 6 categories:

  1. Land Use and Transportation- Encourage workforce housing and make it easier for residents to use alternative modes of transportation, including bicycling, walking, and riding the ferry or other public transportation.
  2. Green Building, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy- Improve energy efficiency in existing buildings, reduce energy use in new buildings, install renewable energy systems and increase energy purchased from renewable sources
  3. Green Purchasing
  4. Waste Reduction, Recycling and Zero Waste- Divert all food waste to compost and reduce other solid waste disposal to landfills by 25%
  5. Water and Wastewater- Reduce hot water use in community by 15%
  6. Adaptation- Adopt strategies to minimize the adverse effects of erosion and sea level rise

Greenhouse gas emissions are associated with sea level rise and climate change and although these issues pose global risks, Belvedere faces real and immediate challenges due to its sensitive location and extensive coastal development.


How can I get involved?
In addition to reducing emissions at the municipal level, Belvedere collaborates with other local governments at the county level and encourages citizens to take their own initiative.

Household-level:
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  • Deep Green Renewable Energy: Belvedere residents automatically receive ‘Light Green’ energy from Marin Clean Energy, which means 50% of your energy comes from renewable sources like water, wind, and sunlight. For an additional $0.01 per kilowatt-hour, you can upgrade to 100% renewable energy. For the average family of 4, the total additional cost for Deep Green is approximately $5 per month.
  • Sol Shares: 100% new solar power from a local solar farm located in MCE's service area.
  • Energy Efficiency: The CHEAPEST and BEST Energy is the Energy You DON'T Use... Energy Efficiency saves you money, increases comfort, improves indoor air quality, and raises property values. MCE provides assistance to homes, businesses, and multifamily properties.
  • Resilient Neighborhoods Initiative: You can save money on utility bills and qualify for thousands of dollars in rebates from Energy Upgrade California, strengthen relationships with your neighbors, build a more sustainable local economy, be better prepared in an emergency, and help solve global environmental problems. It's fun, it's easy, and it's a great way to build community.
  • Shop Green: Use the Bay Area Green Business Program’s website to find certified green businesses, which comply with environmental regulations and take additional actions to conserve resources, prevent pollution, minimize waste, and reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Go Solar: Install a solar energy system and you could reduce your electricity emissions by up to 85%. Check out the solar potential map to get started.
  • Go on a Carbon Diet: Use our online carbon calculator to find out how you stack up.


Community-level:
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  • Renewable Energy: City facilities purchase all-renewable energy from Marin Clean Energy. Community Choice Aggregation programs such as MCE allow cities and counties to offer their citizens and businesses a choice when purchasing electricity other than the current utility (PG&E). MCE also supports local green jobs and new local renewable energy generation with projects such as: 972 kWh of solar at the San Rafael Airport, 1 MW of solar at a Carport Shade in Novato, and 500 kW of solar at the Novato Cooley Quarry.
  • Electrical Vehicles: In January 2012, the City officially unveiled 2 new ChargePoint charging stations for EVs in the parking lot at City Hall. The charging stations are available for public use.
  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: City facilities use paper made with 30% post-consumer content. Paper made with recycled content avoids habitat impacts, produces significantly less air and water pollution and uses less energy than paper made entirely from wood fibers.
  • Commuter Benefits: City employees have access to a federally approved program that allows them to take pre-tax deductions to pay for transit and vanpool expenses. Employees save on their taxes and pre-tax deductions for transit are a great way to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home.
  • Water Efficiency Landscaping Ordinance (WELO): New and rehabilitated landscape areas requiring City approval may be subject to the requirements of WELO as mandated by the California Department of Water Resources
  • Compost and Recycling Service for Multi-Family Dwellings: Passed by the State Legislature in 2011, AB 341 finally expands compost and recycling to the underserved apartment and business sectors.
  • Construction & Demolition: The vast majority of construction, demolition, and/or renovation projects are required to submit waste management plans to be approved by the City. Final permit approval is contingent on compliance with the plan.

County & Regional Level:
  • Marin Climate & Energy Partnership: MCEP is a group of representatives from all Marin municipalities, Marin County, the Marin Municipal Water District and the Transportation Authority of Marin in collaboration with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), Marin Energy Management Team, and Joint Venture Marin.
  • One Bay Area: One Bay Area is a new initiative meant to coordinate efforts among the region’s nine counties and 101 towns and cities to create a more sustainable future. A consortium of regional agencies—the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) unveiled the initiative at an historic summit on Earth Day, April 22, 2010. One major effort now underway is the development of Plan Bay Area, the region’s long-range plan for sustainable land use, transportation and housing.
  • County of Marin Community Development Agency (CDA): The CDA joins together what is commonly known as Planning, Building, and Environmental Health. We work together to protect Marin County’s natural and built environment, and the public’s health and safety with a shared mission of sustainability.
  • Zero Waste Marin: Step up to a whole new level of earth-friendly living. Zero waste is a big idea with one goal—that the entire concept of waste should be eliminated. Sign up online to take the challenge.

Marin Clean Energy
Belvedere was instrumental in forming Marin Clean Energy (MCE), a local public agency and not-for-profit electricity service provider. MCE procures renewable energy and partners with PG&E to deliver electricity.

Community Choice Aggregation programs such as MCE allow cities and counties to offer their citizens and businesses a choice when purchasing electricity other than the current utility (PG&E). MCE also supports local Green jobs and new local renewable energy generation with projects such as: 972 kWh of solar at the San Rafael Airport, 1 MW of solar at a Carport Shade in Novato, and 500 kW of solar at the Novato Cooley Quarry.

Your Energy Choices:
  • Light Green:  Most households in Marin are already enrolled with MCE's Light Green 50% renewable energy product now (just look for "MCE Generation" on your PG&E bill).
  • Deep Green: 100% non-polluting, renewable energy. The additional cost of Deep Green is just a penny more per kilowatt-hour than Light Green rates.
  • Sol Shares: 100% new solar power from a local solar farm located in MCE's service area.

Energy Efficiency
The CHEAPEST and BEST Energy is the Energy you DON'T Use... Energy Efficiency saves you money, increases comfort, improves indoor air quality, and raises property values. MCE provides assistance to homes, businesses and multifamily properties.

Contact MCE
(888) 632-3674

www.mcecleanergy.org


Contact City Hall
450 San Rafael Ave.
Belvedere, CA 94920-2336
Ph: 1-415-435-3838