April 30: The Future of Sustainability
in Mountain View!
Council Study Session: Tuesday, April 30
5:00p.m. (NOTE TIME CHANGE!)
Mountain View City Hall Council Chambers, 500 Castro St.
WE WANT YOUR INPUT!

Come listen or comment as the City Council reviews the new Sustainability Strategic Plan, decides on a level of response to climate change, and allocates funding accordingly . You can find the Staff Memo here Big decisions about the City's sustainability path will happen at this Study Session, so don’t miss it!
Earth Day Celebration
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the City's Earth Day celebration on April 20! We were so happy to see so many passionate and curious community members ( around 500! ) come out to learn about sustainability topics from experts, local organizations, and fellow community members. Many attendees conveyed their intent to change their habits based on what they learned, which was the goal of the event.

Enjoy some of our favorite photos here !
CupMinder County-Wide Ad Campaign: Reduce, Reuse, Remember your cup!
Reduce, Reuse, Remember Your Cup! Did you know that over 120 billion disposable cups are used each year in America alone? About 85% of the people in Santa Clara County own a reusable travel cup or mug, but only 15% actually use it regularly. Santa Clara County is running a CupMinder Campaign through the end of May to help people kick the disposable habit and remember their cup.

Using a reusable cup regularly is one simple way to reduce the use of single-use cups and help the City move towards its goal of Zero Waste. Check out these tips at www.reducewaste.org/cup or sign up for text reminders to bring your cup by texting CUPMINDER to 555888 to start a new cup habit today! CupMinder will send messages every day (except Sunday) through May 31, 2019. Choose from 8 am or 8 pm reminders. Just reply STOP when you've got your new habit in place.

The County will be hosting outreach events Countywide to show examples of different types of reusable cups and share strategies for how to remember them. The Mountain View event will be at Starbucks at 750 Castro Street on May 1 from 7:00am to 9:00am – stop by to learn how to kick the disposable cup habit and enter to win a $25 gift card to Starbucks!
Council Transportation Committee Meeting
Monday, May 13, 2019, 7:00p.m.
Second Floor, Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro Street
The Council Transportation Committee (CTC) will review and provide input regarding the Draft Concept for the El Camino Real Streetscape Plan, including installing bikeways which would require removal of on-street parking. The CTC will also consider options for a potential scooter program in Mountain View.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to address the CTC. The CTC report will be available on the City's website, www.mountainview.gov , May 9, 2019. For further information, contact the Public Works Department at 650-903-6311 or email public.works@mountainview.gov .
Action of the Month: May is Bike Month!
May is just around the corner! Here are a few bike-related things to participate in and be aware of in May:

  • National Bike to School Day is on May 8
  • Bike to Work Day is on May 9 (the Mountain View B/PAC will have an Energizer station at the Mountain View Caltrain Station)
  • Mountain View’s new bike ordinance goes into effect on May 9—see the new ordinance rules here.
Other Upcoming Events
Repair Cafe
Do you have broken household items? Don't throw them in a landfill - fix them at the Repair Café! There are two upcoming Repair Café dates:

Sunday, April 28
11:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto

Saturday, May 11
11:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Sunnyvale Public Library
665 W Olive Ave., Sunnyvale
Plant Sales and Tours
Spring is a great time to get some new plants!

Check out some upcoming plant sales and opportunities to see plants and gardens in the area.
  • Garden Club Plant Sale Fundraiser: Plant sale proceeds benefit local organizations.
  • Saturday, April 27, 8:00a.m.-2:30p.m.
  • 1190 Camino Ramon, San Jose
  • Wildflower Show: Enjoy a variety of free lectures and tours, and see hundreds of native wildflowers and plants, a selection of which will be available for purchase.
  • Saturday, April 27, 9:30a.m.-4:00p.m.
  • West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga
  • Our City Forest’s Annual Spring Plant Sale: A great opportunity to adopt a tree or plant.
  • Saturday, May 4, 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
  • 1000 Spring St., San Jose
  • Going Native Garden Tour: Take a free tour of up to 60 gardens in the Santa Clara Valley and Peninsula area that feature reduced water and chemical use, improved habitat, and native plants.
  • Saturday, May 4 - Sunday, May 5, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
  • San Jose (various locations)
Landscaping Classes
There are a number of water-wise landscaping classes happening this spring, including one in Mountain View:

Laundry to Landscape Greywater Installation: Save money and water by reusing laundry water in your landscape.
  • Thursday, May 16, 6:00-8:30p.m.
  • 1st floor Program Room, Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St.
More events can be found here and here.
Van Jones Lecture
More info and tickets can be found here.
Tuesday, May 14, 8:00p.m.
Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, MainStage
Van Jones is a political commentator for CNN, author, and activist, and he's coming to speak at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. His book, "The Green Collar Economy" challenges the US to use green jobs as a solution to both wealth inequality and the environment.  Most recently, Jones is campaigning to reinstill civility and compassion in American politics.
We Want to Hear From You!
Tell us your sustainability story! Have you recently made energy efficiency upgrades to your home, incorporated a new zero waste habit into your life, or found an alternate mode of transport that you love?

Send a photo and a short blurb to sustainability@mountainview.gov and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter!