Hire sustainability coordinator

Description: Novato (Marin County, CA) is an example of a small municipality, which can find it difficult to implement its climate action plan without dedicated internal resources and knowledgeable staff. One approach to address this gap is to create a dedicated position, a “Sustainability Coordinator.” The individual hired would oversee and coordinate the climate action plan implementation, state mandates, and other sustainability-related programs and activities. These would include all aspects of the City’s sustainability strategy, the integration of the City’s environmental-related programs, a cross-departmental team to help reach the plan’s objectives and goals, and support and coordination with community organizations and partners.

San Rafael, another Marin County city, also has a staff position dedicated to implementing the city’s climate action plan and supporting and networking with community allies. And Marin County has a sustainability team that works throughout the county with similar goals.

Goal: Hire qualified sustainability coordinator to implement climate action plan

Measurement: Percentage of actions defined in the climate action plan which are achieved over its life cycle

Time to Implement: For Novato: Less than 1 year. Filing deadline for position: May 2017, Individual hired, began work: August 2017.


Sustainability Coordinator job description

Novato’s new sustainability coordinator takes the reins

Beacon Award-Winner San Rafael Makes Sustainability a Priority

Marin County Sustainability Team

Additional Information:

Contact Info:

Gretchen Schubeck
City of Novato, California
Community Development Department
Sustainability Coordinator II
(415) 899-8950

Sectors(s) Community Education & Action
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Date First Adopted Varies
Last Updated November 1, 2021
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