Please note:  City Hall and most departments/facilities will be closed from December 23rd through January 2nd. We will resume all services on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Sustainability

Contact

Cory Bytof
Sustainability Program Manager

1400 5th Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Sustainability in San Rafael

Keep Informed

Join us at our quarterly Community Climate Action Forums, which are held virtually on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting at 4pm each January, April, July and October. Details are posted on the Events Calendar a few weeks before. Video recordings can be found on our YouTube page.  Sign up here to receive notifications. (Choose General News and Updates, then select Sustainability and Green Initiatives.)

Learn what you can do at our Climate Action Website

The world's atmosphere is warming faster than scientists had anticipated. We can expect increasingly frequent and prolonged heat waves leading to drought, crop failure, and wild fires. Higher seas are causing storm surges, and more violent storms with heavier rainfall are generating floods and mudslides that can disrupt energy and food supplies.

Climate change is a state, national, and global priority and it has been a key initiative for our City Council for many years. We are committed to reducing carbon emissions in our community and we recognize the importance of local efforts. We have undertaken a variety of programs and actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gases in the residential and commercial energy, transportation, water, and waste sectors. Not only that, we are a recognized leader and received the first-ever statewide Beacon Award for Sustainability.

In partnership with the regional, state and federal governments, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, with an interim goal of reducing emissions by at least 40% by 2030. But we will not attain this goal without active and coordinated partners in state and federal government as well as efforts in the community. Take the planet into consideration when you make decisions. What’s one more thing you can do to make your life a little greener?

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