36 RECOMMENDATIONS for Mountain View

Carbon Free Mountain View’s Board Members were leaders of the 2017-2018 Mountain View Environmental Sustainability Task Force. We endorse the 36 recommendations that are contained in the Task Force’s Final Report.

The 36 recommendations were developed by five Working Groups and are listed below. (The letter-number combinations are a short-hand way to refer to the recommendations and do not reflect their importance or recommended priority for implementation.)

Transportation Recommendations

  • Revolutionize transportation in Mountain View (T1)

  • Solve the local solo-trip problem: Pilot discounted pooled ride-sharing (T4B)

  • Solve the local solo-trip problem: MV Shuttle 2.0 and 3.0 (T4A)

  • Restrict parking to encourage and fund alternative modes (T6)

  • Support bicycling as a primary mode of transportation (T5)

  • Expand EV charging infrastructure on public property and right-of-ways (T3)

  • Expand transportation demand management (TDM) to all of Mountain View (T7)

  • Implement group-buy programs to expand personal EV adoption (T2)

Buildings and Land Use Recommendations

  • Adopt a decarbonization policy for buildings (B1)

  • Create financial and non-financial incentives for new above-code buildings (BN3)

  • Update green building code to move towards low-carbon buildings (BN1)

  • Measure effectiveness of housing near transit (BN8)

  • Incentivize switching residential HVAC and water heaters from natural gas to electricity (BE1)

  • Encourage installation of EV chargers in existing multi-unit dwellings (BE7)

  • Adopt a revenue-neutral differential utility tax encouraging low-carbon energy use (BE9)

  • Increase efficiency of existing buildings through voluntary programs and city ordinances (BE4)

  • Use city buildings to demonstrate leadership in electrification and energy efficiency (BE12)

  • Require LEED Platinum for city-owned new construction or major renovation (BN6)

  • Reduce embodied carbon in building construction and maintenance (BN4)

  • Enliven Mountain View with native plants and oak trees (BT1)

Circular Economy Recommendations

  • Adopt a consumption-based emissions inventory for Mountain View’s GHG accounting (W16)

  • Adopt a citywide ban on single-use disposable plastic foodware (W9)

  • Implement a sustainable landscaping program in Mountain View (W12)

  • Partner with Palo Alto to install anaerobic digesters to produce clean energy (W15)

  • Lead collaboration among Bay Area cities to develop a solution to the overseas recycling crisis (W1)

  • Pass a resolution to support “Green Monday” (W2)

  • Expand Mountain View’s composting program to all residential and commercial properties (W5)

Outreach, Regional Collaboration, and Advocacy Recommendations

  • Create a new Sustainability Office for Mountain View (O1)

  • Implement a residential and business outreach initiative (O2A)

  • Provide community engagement tools to facilitate household-level GHG reductions (O2B)

  • Conduct annual summit to review and track county, state, and federal sustainability actions (O3)

Measurement and Metrics Recommendations

  • Manage Mountain View’s emissions budget as carefully as its financial budget (M1)

  • Set GHG reduction targets according to per capita goals based on service population (M2)

  • Set annual GHG reduction targets for Mountain View that decline by a constant percentage (M13)

  • Eliminate emissions associated with Direct Access electricity by 2025 (M4)

  • Implement a knowledge resource for electrification and other sustainability actions (M10)

CFMV will be promoting these recommendations to our city council and other key stakeholders. Let us know what you think, and if you can help by reinforcing the importance of the recommendations by communicating with City Council memebers.