Over the past several years, the City has successfully converted approximately 4,500 streetlights to energy-efficient LED’s saving our community more than $100,000 annually in maintenance and energy costs. The new streetlights not only save money and energy but they reduce light pollution by directly light right where it is needed.
The City joined MCE Clean Energy’s Light Green program in October 2011 to ensure that at least 50% of our electricity came from renewable sources. On July 1, 2017 the City opted up to MCE Clean Energy’s Deep Green program and now 100% of electricity for all City accounts is powered by renewable sources.
In addition, the City has installed a number of solar arrays at municipal properties that are generating local, clean renewable energy to power these facilities. Arrays are currently located in South Hamilton Park South, Margaret Todd Senior Center, Hill Gymnasium, Corporation Yard, and Novato Gymnastics Center.
In an effort to conserve water and to continue to provide safe, well-irrigated green spaces in our parks, the City has been partnering with the North Marin Water District (NMWD) on their Novato Recycled Water Program to convert public irrigation systems from potable water to recycled water whenever feasible.
By 2020, Novato’s recycled water system is projected to reduce peak summer potable water demand throughout Novato by approximately 2 million gallons per day (or 15%). To learn more visit: www.nmwd.com.
Sustainability Policies & Ordinances
The City has adopted a number of policies and ordinances aimed at protecting the environment, supporting our local economy, and streamlining certain permitting processes. Ordinances include city-wide bans on the use plastic bags and Styrofoam containers, recycling and reuse requirements for construction and demolition projects, local vendor purchasing preference, urban runoff pollution prevention, and streamlined permitting for small residential rooftop solar and electric vehicle charging systems.
The City also has a number of internal ‘green’ policies that are helping to reduce the impact of city operations including an Integrated Pest Management Policy (IPM) and plastic water bottle policy.
In September 2017, City staff formed an internal ‘Green Team’ to look for opportunities to integrate sustainability principles and practices into the day-to-day operations of the City. Membership on the Green Team includes a staff member from each City department.