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City Receives Award for Energy Savings

The City of Mill Valley received a Beacon Spotlight Award from the Institute for Local Government on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, for its work toward increasing energy efficiency in the community. The City was recognized during a special ceremony at the 2016 League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo with an award for Agency Energy Savings as the result of energy efficiency retrofits undertaken at agency facilities.

“We’ve been steadily working our way through a City-wide energy efficiency effort to create a healthier and more sustainable community,” said Councilmember Stephanie Moulton-Peters. Moulton-Peters and Councilmember Sashi McEntee represented the City of Mill Valley at the conference and received the award on behalf of the City.

Over the past few years, the City of Mill Valley has completed or initiated several projects to improve energy efficiency, including:

  • Converting the Aquatics Center Pool filtration system to ultra violet system, reducing energy and chemical use.
  • Upgrading the Wastewater Treatment facility to meet new energy efficient building standards.
  • Converting nearly 600 streetlights to energy-efficient, light-emitting diodes(LED) to greatly reduce energy consumption, associated costs and carbon footprint and to improve visibility on City streets.
  • Adopting Property-Assessed Clean Energy Program (PAC) Resolutions to allow financing of certain renewable energy, energy efficiency and water efficiency residential projects.
  • Installing solar panels on the roofs of the Community Center and car ports, which will supply the facility with the majority of its daily power needs.
  • Participating at a regional level through the Marin Climate Energy Partnership (MCEP), a joint partnership to discuss, study and implement overarching energy efficiency policies and programs.
  • Installing a solar array behind the Public Safety Building, which regularly generates enough electricity to supply the electrical demand for the Police and Fire operations.
  • Installing energy efficient pumps at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Beacon Spotlight Awards recognize the individual accomplishments of cities and counties that participate in the Beacon Program, which provides a framework for local governments to share best practices that create healthier, more vibrant and sustainable communities. Sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, the program honors voluntary efforts by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability. Read more about the Beacon Program at www.ca-ilg.org/BeaconProgram.