Green Initiatives in the City of Novato

The City of Novato respects the environment and plans for a sustainable future. Being "green" or sustainable not only benefits the environment, but also the community's health and economy. One of the City Council's priorities is to ensure that the City is doing everything it can to reduce its impact on the environment and improve Novatans quality of life.

Here are several projects and initiatives we have launched to protect our climate by reducing emissions and saving energy:

  • Integrated recycled water into our irrigation systems. More info: Recycled Water Pamphlet.
  • We are a leader in Green Building standards
  • We have established ordinances to protect Novato’s hillsides and wetlands
  • Converted more than 4,000 streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs throughout Novato, saving our community more than $100,000 annually in maintenance and energy costs.
  • We were an early adopter of a Climate Change Action Plan
  • We adopted citywide plastic bag and Styrofoam container bans
  • We joined the Marin Clean Energy Light Green program on October 7, 2011 to ensure at least 50% of the City's electricity came from renewable sources, and effective July 1, 2017 the City of Novato will become Deep Green and 100% of its electricity will come from renewable sources. 
  • We have an Integrated Pest Management Policy, which minimizes the use of pesticides on city-owned property and formalizes the City’s practice of using safe and effective non-pesticide alternatives.

Check out to find out what Novato and its residents and businesses can do to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Resilient Neighborhoods

Go on a "low-carbon diet" to reduce 5,000 pounds of CO2 and make your family safer with the Resilient Neighborhoods program!

About the Resilient Neighborhood Program

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Resilient Neighborhoods is a free program that has helped 550 Marin residents save money, make their families safer, and cut over 2.6 million pounds of carbon emissions. The program is fun and effective because it's done with a team of households--each going on a low-carbon diet to reduce 5,000 pounds in 10 weeks. At five facilitated meetings, team members learn about actions they can take like simple ways to trim energy and waste, conserve water, drive economically and prepare their homes and neighborhoods for emergencies. The program works well even for people who have already done a lot. You can sign up for a team and get more information at or email


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