Increased Sustainability Funding
Thanks to the passion and dedication of our community, sustainability has remained a high priority in Mountain View. At its June 11 meeting, the City Council approved $7.5 million (!) for the Sustainability Program for the next three years. This includes funding for a new on-going Analyst position, implementation of the next Environmental Sustainability Action Plan, and numerous community engagement activities.

With this increased funding, the Sustainability Program will create new programs and policies and implement actions that will help us decrease our greenhouse gas emissions, meet our climate goals more broadly, and make Mountain View a more enjoyable and safe place for everyone.
FREE Home Energy Improvement Rebate Workshop
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30-8:00p.m.
(Doors open at 6:00p.m. for light refreshments)
Mountain View City Hall Council Chambers, 500 Castro St.
Take steps to improve the comfort, health, and efficiency of your home with support from the Bay Area Regional Energy Network. BayREN Home + offers cash rebates for qualified upgrades, and can connect you with certified contractors and a Home Energy Advisor to assist you every step of the way.

Join the City of Mountain View and County of Santa Clara for a FREE homeowner workshop to learn more.
If you are unable to attend this workshop, call a Home Energy Advisor at (866) 878-6008 or visit to learn more about BayREN Home + and get started on your home improvement journey.
Clean Car and Clipper Card Incentives
Trade in your old car and get up to $9,500 for a clean vehicle, or up to $4,500 on a Clipper Card (all-in-one transit pass) if you qualify as a low-income household, live in an eligible area, and own a 1996 or older vehicle. Find out more information and if you qualify here .
Zero Waste Plan Updates
At its June 11 meeting, the City Council reviewed an action-oriented Draft Zero Waste Plan 2019 that contains 38 initiatives through 2030. Ranging from short- to long-term, the actions include Food Ware Packaging Reduction, Multi-Family Food Scraps Collection, State Packaging and Product Advocacy, and Technical Assistance to Schools. 
Taken all together, these actions are estimated to divert 28,200 tons of material from the landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40,380 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2 e), about six percent of our total emissions. Adjusting for population growth as estimated by the City’s General Plan, this would put the City near its Zero Waste 90 percent diversion goal.

Based on the Council and public input received at the June 11 meeting, staff will prepare a final plan for approval in the fall. At that time, the City Council will also provide direction on options for new collection, processing, and landfill disposal agreements, all of which expire at the end of 2021. You can read the full Draft Plan here.
Propane Drop-off Pilot
Got empty one pound propane cylinders? Bring them to the SMaRT Station for recycling! A pilot program for the collection of EMPTY one pound propane cylinders (no BBQ sized tanks or MAPP gas) is now in place at the SMaRT Station at 301 Carl Road in Sunnyvale.

Mountain View residents can drop-off up to three cylinders per trip, during normal drop-off hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Propane cylinders should never be thrown in the trash, because they can explode and injure workers. Learn more about the pilot program and other drop-off options here.
Action of the Month: Green Monday
Reducing the amount of meat and dairy products we eat is one of the most beneficial actions we can take for the planet. Meat and dairy account for 60 percent of emissions from agriculture, but just 18 percent of calories and 37 percent of protein levels. Start your week off with Green Monday and opt for a plant-based diet one day a week.
Other Upcoming Events
Learn how to identify plants and birds on a 4-mile walk at Lake Cunningham Park in San Jose. Reservations are required, and don’t forget your binoculars!

  • Sunday, June 23, 9:00a.m-12p.m.
  • Lake Cunningham Park—Marina Building, 2305 South White Rd., San Jose
Learn how to compost at home at any of the upcoming workshops:
Santa Clara:
  • Saturday, June 29
  • 10:00a.m.-12p.m.
  • San Tomas & Monroe Community Garden
  • 2380 Monroe St.
  • Saturday, July 13
  • 10:00a.m.-12p.m.
  • Murphy Park Building
  • 250 N. Sunnyvale Ave.
Palo Alto:
  • Saturday, July 20
  • 10:00a.m.-12p.m.
  • Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
  • 4000 Middlefield Rd.
Recycle your confidential documents at the SMaRT station. Proof of residency is required.

  • Saturday, July 13, 8:00a.m.-12p.m.
  • SMaRT station, 301 Carl Rd, Sunnyvale
Don't throw it out! Fix broken appliances and other household items with help from volunteers at the next Repair Café.

  • Sunday, July 28, 11:00a.m.-3p.m.
  • Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer St., Palo Alto
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 and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter!