Green Initiatives in the City of Novato

The City of Novato respects the environment and plans for a sustainable future. Being "green" or sustainable not only benefits the environment, but also the community's health and economy. One of the City Council's priorities is to ensure that the City is doing everything it can to reduce its impact on the environment and improve Novatans quality of life.

Here are several projects and initiatives we have launched to protect our climate by reducing emissions and saving energy:

  • Integrated recycled water into our irrigation systems

  • We are a leader in Green Building standards

  • We have established ordinances to protect Novato’s hillsides and wetlands
  • Converted more than 4,000 streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs throughout Novato, saving our community more than $100,000 annually in maintenance and energy costs.

  • We were an early adopter of a Climate Change Action Plan

  • We adopted citywide plastic bag and Styrofoam container bans

  • We joined Marin Clean Energy to provide our residents with choices regarding their electricity service.

  • We have an Integrated Pest Management Policy, which minimizes the use of pesticides on city-owned property and formalizes the City’s practice of using safe and effective non-pesticide alternatives.

Check out to find out what Novato and its residents and businesses can do to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.






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