Sustainability Efforts

The City of Mill Valley has a long-standing commitment and track record when it comes to environmental protection and other sustainability related initiatives. 

Reusable Foodware Regulations Draft

The County of Marin has developed a Draft Ordinance establishing regulations requiring the use of reusable and compostable foodware materials (e.g., plates, bowls, cups, utensils, and trays) at restaurants, grocery stores and delis, bakeries, carry-out, mini marts, farmers markets, food trucks, and other businesses requiring a health permit. The Draft Ordinance prohibits the use of single-use plastic foodware items; proposes a $0.25 charge for disposable cups (with exemptions available for Cal Fresh/SNAP and WIC customers); and establishes overall process for implementation and enforcement.

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Do your part! 

Listed below are ideas to do your part in reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions.  Also, an inspiring video entitled "words to live by" developed by youth poets on Climate Change. 

Participate. Have fun with others through Resilient Neighborhoods.  Get support and go on a “low-carbon diet” to reduce 5,000 pounds of CO2! This free program has helped 550 Marin residents save money, make their families safer, and cut over 2.6 million pounds of carbon emissions. Learn more and sign up at

Reduce Waste. Help the City reach its “Zero Waste” goal whereby no materials are landfilled but instead fully recycled, repaired or reused by the year 2025 for sustainable solutions to your every day life. Food waste is one of the largest source of waste.  Check out Mill Valley Refuse on composting and recycling options, or donate your extra food from events.

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Check out to find out what Mill Valley and its residents and businesses can do to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Change the way you travel. Roadway traffic continues to increase in Mill Valley despite the small change in population. See the bullets below for links and resources below to change the way you travel or to reduce/combine your trips.

  • School bus sign ups
  • Coordinate school carpooling through school pool
  • Send your ideas to the traffic committee
  • Bike and walk opportunities
  • Check out traffic conditions, carpooling and transit opportunities through


What is the City Doing?

Sustainability is woven into the City's daily operations-from procurement to field work. In 2007, emission reduction targets were established to further sustainability efforts and guide decision making and consistent with standards set by AB32.  The City is close to meeting its target of reducing community emissions 15% by 2020. Most recently, the City has received an award for reducing its energy consumption by 5% through the installation of LED lights and other energy upgrades throughout the City.  But, more can be done!

The City is an active member of the Marin Climate & Energy Partnership (MCEP), which includes representatives from all eleven Marin cities/towns, the County, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) and the Marin General Services Authority (MGSA). Its mission is to reduce emission levels, with the partnership allowing for innovative discussion and coordinated work throughout Marin County.  A recent example includes the adoption and implementation of the disposable bags.

Supporting Materials & Links


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Lose Single-Use, Choose ReUseful!

April 6, 2021 

Nowadays, there are a whole lot of items - such as plastic bottles, utensils and wrap - that are designed to be used once and then thrown "away". That may feel convenient, but there is a long-term cost. Many items cannot be recycled easily and those that can be recycled don't always make it into the recycling cart. The result, litter, plastic pollution and wasted resources.

But there are useful, reusable solutions that look and feel better and are often healthier to use than plastic alternatives. Let Zero Waste Marin's ReUseful campaign inspire you!

Lear some easy ways to cut down on throw-away plastic at

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Get Wise about Dish Washing

April 6, 2021 

Operate your dishwasher always with full loads and air-dry dishes on the energy saving setting. Find out if hand washing dishes uses more energy than a dishwasher.

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Full Life, Empty Trash Bin

March 2, 2021 

Full Life, Empty Trash Bin

How and why to choose sustainable consumption over wasteful consumerism

presented by Environmental Forum of Marin

March 24, 2021 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

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Virtual Earth Day Celebrations

April 23, 2020 

This week, we welcomed the 50thannual celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Although the in person Earth Day Festival was cancelled, and there were no in person events to celebrate, the many museums and organizations across the nation offered virtual activities all day to celebrate this beautiful place we call home.

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