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
City of Novato, California
Community Development Department
Sustainability Coordinator II