The Marin Climate and Energy Partnership was created in 2007 as a way for local governments to colllaborate on various energy and climate-related issues and address AB 32 goals on a countywide basis. MCEP's work over the years has included the following projects.
2007: Emissions Inventories. MCEP worked with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, a nonprofit support organization, to develop baseline emissions inventories. This work was funded by the Marin Community Foundation (MCF) and was concluded in 2009. For the purpose of this grant and subsequent financial transactions, the Marin General Services Authority has served as fiscal agent.
2008: Countywide Initiatives. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District awarded MCEP a $75,000 grant to hire a Climate Action Director and complete work related to reducing energy use in municipal buildings, establishing a green purchasing collaborative, reducing energy use in residential and commercial buildings, reducing emissions from private and municipal vehicles, and reducing energy use and emissions from waste. This grant work was completed in December 2009.
2009: Green Building Ordinance. MCF awarded an $80,000 grant to MCEP to develop a green building strategic plan and green building policies that could be adopted by all Marin County jurisdictions. Four jurisdictions adopted a green building ordinance modeled on the Marin BERST planning effort.
2010: Climate Action Plans. MCF awarded an $80,000 grant to MCEP to develop climate action plans for six partner jurisdictions, including Larkspur, Belvedere, Tiburon, San Anselmo, Fairfax and Ross. Partner members have agreed to use their adopted climate action plans to identify mutual measures to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and develop policies and programs to support priority measures. The six climate action plans were completed in May 2011.
2012-2017: Greenhouse Gas Inventory Updates. The Marin Energy Watch Partnership provided funding for the development of greenhouse gas inventories for our partner jurisdictions and climate action plans for Sausalito and Corte Madera. In addition to this work, MCEP developed model documents for environmentally preferable purchasing policies for use by our member jurisdictions.
2015-2017: Resilient Neighborhoods. MCEP is partnering with Resilient Neighborhoods to conduct outreach and education in Marin communities. Through this program, Resilient Neighborhoods enrolls EcoTeams of 5 to 7 households. EcoTeam members calculate their carbon footprints at the beginning of the program and then choose from a menu of actions to reduce household CO2 emissions by approximately 5,000 pounds per household. The teams meet five times over several weeks to learn about strategies and resources available to improve home energy efficiency, shift to renewable energy, reduce transportation emissions, conserve water, and reduce waste. In 2017, the California Energy Commission awarded MCEP a $275,000 grant to continue and expand this work through 2019.
2017-2018: Climate Action Plan Updates. In addition to developing annual community inventories for all of our local governments, MCEP is updating Climate Action Plans for San Rafael, Tiburon, San Anselmo, Mill Valley and Larkspur. These plans will incorporate the new State target for emissions reductions for 2030.