The Town's Climate Actions

The Town is committed to protecting community health and wellbeing, including by taking measures to address climate change and its impacts. In December 2020, the Town Council affirmed this commitment to action by adopting a Climate Emergency Resolution. The Climate Action Committee was formed in 2022 to serve as the advisory body to the Town Council on matters related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing the Climate Action Plan.

Climate Action Plan

In December 2020, the Town of Corte Madera updated its Climate Action Plan (CAP), which outlines strategies to reduce communitywide greenhouse gas emissions. The CAP aims to reduce emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, in line with the State of California’s goals. The Town’s Climate Action Committee advises the Town Council on implementation of the CAP.

For an overview of Corte Madera’s CAP, see the linked video or slides below from consultant Christine O’Rourke, who prepared the CAP.

Green Buildings

Natural gas use in buildings is responsible for 19 percent of Corte Madera’s greenhouse gas emissions, making building electrification an important strategy to reduce emissions. Electrification can also improve community health by reducing the use of natural gas, which contributes to poor indoor air quality and has been linked to an increase in respiratory conditions such as asthma.

Reach Codes
Jurisdictions across Marin County are taking local action to reduce natural gas use in buildings through policies known as reach codes. Corte Madera recently adopted an all-electric ordinance for new construction and is considering additional reach codes that would apply to remodels and additions. See the resources below for more information.

Greening Town Facilities

Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP)

The Town participates in the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP), a partnership of all Marin cities and towns, the County of Marin, and the public agencies that serve Marin: MCE Clean Energy, Marin Water, and the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM). MCEP members collaborate on initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as green building codes and electric vehicle charging infrastructure plans. Visit MCEP’s website to learn more about regional efforts, other jurisdiction’s Climate Action Plans, and to track countywide progress on sustainability metrics.

MCEP Marin Sustainability Tracker Map Opens in new windowMCEP’s Marin Sustainability Tracker map allows monitoring progress on GHG reductions, energy, transportation, waste, and water.