We're Hiring!
Mountain View is hiring a Sustainability Analyst to lead its community outreach and employee engagement activities. We’re looking for a highly outgoing, creative individual to help us amplify our voice and take our program to the next level! The priority application deadline is August 20. For more information, click here.
August 1 is All About Bikes!
Bike Summit, Pop-Up Bike Lane, and
Thursday Night Live Bike Night!
Bike Summit
  • Thursday, August 1, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
  • Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.
Mountain View is hosting the 9 th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit , our area’s largest gathering of active transportation leaders and organizers! Learn about new mobility options, safer streets, and equitable transportation policies. Plus, participate in the Mountain View Bike Tour!
See the full program agenda here.
Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane and Survey
  • Thursday, August 1, ALL DAY (8:00p.m. on July 31 to 10:00p.m. on August 1)
  • California St. between Escuela Ave. and Shoreline Blvd.
Come try out the new pop-up protected bike lane on the south (eastbound) side of California Street! After you’ve tried it out, don’t forget to take the survey to let us know what you think and help us with future bicycle infrastructure planning.
*If you are driving in this area, please pay attention to traffic signs and be aware of changed traffic conditions. There will be no parking on the south side of California St. during the pop-up.
Thursday Night Live Bike Night
  • Thursday, August 1, 5:30-8:30p.m.
  • Castro St. at Dana St.
This week’s Thursday Night Live is bike-themed! Come enjoy a carefree (and car-free) night of music, special deals, a bike rodeo, children’s activities, a farmers market, and more on Castro Street. You can find more information about Thursday Night Live here .
FREE Energy Clinic
Saturday, August 3, 11:00a.m.-2:00p.m.
Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St.
Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic. Experts from Acterra and Silicon Valley Clean Energy will be on hand to explain your PG&E bill and give you tips on how to reduce your energy use and lower your monthly costs. See you there! No RSVP required.
Help Improve Caltrain:
Attend a Meeting or Write a Letter
Board Workshop - Thursday, August 1, 9:00a.m.
Caltrain/SamTrans HQ, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos
This Thursday, the Caltrain Board will give direction about transforming service, starting with electrification (see their vision here). Attend the board workshop on August 1 or write a letter to show your support for Caltrain setting their sights high for increased services, decreased pollution, and equitable service that could increase ridership up to 4x.
Climate Change: What You Can Do
Wednesdays, August 7, 14, 21, 6:30-8:30p.m.
Stanford University
Climate change can seem overwhelming, but YOU can have impact with a variety of approaches to safeguard the planet, lower your carbon footprint, save money, increase community, green up your finances, improve your health, affect policy, and more. This 3-part evening class takes the guesswork out of where to spend your precious time, and provides a supportive environment within which to affect real change. For more information, click here.
Participate in Carbon Bootcamp
The Carbon Bootcamp is a free six-week program that guides participants in reducing their carbon footprint in real time through choices we make each and every day. Do you live in the 94022, 94024, 94040, or 94041 zip codes? Sign up now! Just text the word CARBON to 474747 and follow the instructions.
This text-messaging-based program consists of three modules: home energy, transportation, and food. Users also receive three boxes filled with gear, challenges, and tips corresponding with each module. Users engage by texting code words for low-carbon choices and sending pictures of completed challenges. Participants engage on their own time at their own pace, and the program is FREE thanks to GreenTown Los Altos!

The next Carbon Bootcamp begins August 10th, and the last day for sign ups is August 2nd. (After this date, you can still sign up for a later offering.) Contact anna@crownthecrowd.com or reach out online with any questions or comments.
NEW Recycling & Zero Waste Section!
This section will share program updates, upcoming events, and all news related to Zero Waste. Contact Recycling & Zero Waste staff with any questions about the Recycling & Zero Waste program at recycle@mountainview.gov or (650) 903-6311.
Go Zero Waste at your Summer BBQ

Summer BBQ season is here! It’s a great time to throw a cookout, without throwing away unnecessary trash. Follow these tips to go zero waste at your BBQs this summer.
  • Use reusable plates, cutlery, cups, and cloth napkins. If you do use disposable items, choose paper products rather than plastic. Paper plates, cups, and napkins—including those with color or prints—can go in your compost cart (but no plastics, not even compostable plastic).
  • Fight Food Waste! Plan meals accordingly for the number of people attending, and have reusable containers to pack away leftovers to enjoy later or send home with your guests.
  • Avoid single-use beverage containers by making your own favorite drink in a pitcher/drink dispenser.
  • Invest in reusable tools, such as metal skewers and glass or metal serving platters, so you can use them all summer long.
Plastic Free July
Be part of the solution to the plastics problem and take the challenge to go "plastic free" this July (and beyond!) by choosing to refuse single-use plastics. Whether it be in the grocery store, at work, or at a restaurant, there are many things you can do to reduce your plastic waste. Remember to… 
1.        REDUCE . Avoid plastic packaging and other single-use items such as plastic straws and cutlery. Choose loose items at the store and refuse disposables when you don’t need them.

Then,

2.        REUSE . Bring a reusable cup, cutlery set, and bag when you’re on-the-go. Wash and reuse containers rather than getting a disposable one. Visit www.PlasticFreeJuly.org for more tips to change your habits and choose alternatives to single-use plastics.

Finally,

3.        RECYCLE . If you can’t reduce or reuse, then recycle accepted items
If you do have plastic waste, remember to only recycle plastic bottles, tubs, and jugs. All other plastic, including plastic bags, wrap, clamshells, cups, and black plastic, go in the trash . Check out the What Goes Where resources to learn more.
Dirty Dozen Item of the Month: Plastic Clamshells
The Dirty Dozen captures 12 types of items that can mislead anyone trying to recycle right. These items seem recyclable, but actually contaminate the recycling process. Keep these items out of your recycling cart.
Clamshells (hinged and lidded) and other thin plastic containers used to hold takeout food or produce are not recyclable. Clamshells do not melt at the same temperature as other plastics in the recycling process due to the manufacturing process to make their shape. Clamshells are often also contaminated with strong adhesives from labels. These qualities make clamshells undesirable to plastics remanufacturers.
Other Upcoming Events
  • Saturday, August 10 (make appointment to schedule time)
  • Site address made available after appointment is scheduled.
Get rid of those Household Hazardous Waste items around the house on August 10 at our next free, safe disposal event. Hazardous waste, e-waste, and universal waste cannot be disposed in the trash because they are harmful to the environment. Appointments are required, call (408) 299-7300 to schedule and visit www.hhw.org for a full list of accepted items. 
  • Saturday, August 24, 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
  • Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View

Don’t throw it out! Fix broken appliances and other household items with help from volunteers at the next Repair Café.
  • Wednesday, August 21, 7:00-8:00p.m.
  • Los Altos Library, 13 South San Antonio Rd., Los Altos

Learn about fire-safe landscaping and wildfire risk reduction around your home, including spacing, placement, and species choices. Bring your questions and ideas!
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!