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EPA Green Power Community Recognition
Posted Date: 5/29/2013

EPA road sign v250The City of Mill Valley has been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Green Power Community (GPC) for its purchase of renewable energy.  EPA GPCs are cities, towns, and villages in which the local government, businesses, and residents collectively buy green power in amounts that meet or exceed EPA’s GPC purchase requirements. GPCs that meet or exceed EPA purchase guidelines may display a “Welcome to a Green Power Community” sign within City limits in recognition of their achievement.

Over the span of a year, EPA GPCs track and report their collective green power use and green power percentage of total electricity use. GPCs are ranked according to these two categories on a quarterly schedule.

The City of Mill Valley’s purchase of renewable energy through Marin Clean Energy makes it one of the top communities in the United States by percentage of total electricity use. The City of Mill Valley made voluntary green power purchases of about 25% of its load, ranking 9th in the entire country, as indicated in the list below.

GPC Rankings Based on Percentage Green Power Community Green Power % of Total Electricity Use:

1. Oak Park, IL - 91.9%
2. Brookeville, MD - 45.7%
3. Hillsboro, OR - 39.3%
4. Aurora, IL - 36.4%
5. Swarthmore, PA - 33.4%
6. Corte Madera, CA - 26.8%
7. Larkspur, CA - 25.6%
8. Fairfax, CA - 25.2%
9. Mill Valley, CA - 25.0%
10. San Anselmo, CA - 24.6%
11. San Rafael, CA - 24.5%
12. Ross, CA - 24.0%
13. Tiburon, CA - 23.9%
14. Rolling Meadows, IL - 23.6%
15. Belvedere, CA - 23.3%
16. Gresham, OR - 17.8%
17. River Falls, WI - 15.0%
18. Bellingham, WA - 14.5%
19. Washington, DC - 11.4%
20. Durango, CO - 11.1%

The City of Mill Valley has received two road signs that we are allowed to display within City limits. The signs have recently been delivered to City Hall. Staff is considering locations to place the signs. To learn more about the City's involvement with the Marin Energy Authority and Marin Clean Energy, please click here.

Should the City post the signs?  If so - where?  Click here to let us know.