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Town of San Anselmo

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The Town of San Anselmo has a rich history of climate action, environmental protection and supporting alternative transportation, including bicycles, pedestrians, trains and bus service. In 1973, the town adopted a Conservation and Open Space Plan and Procedures for environmental review. In 1974, they urged for scrutiny of stationary sources of air pollution and passed requirements for recycling. The following year, the town urged Congress to reduce automobile emissions. In 1978, the town recognized renewable energy sources by proclaiming a Sun Day and Marin Solar Energy Week. In 1993, the town adopted an ordinance to require all new construction to include recycling areas. Since the start of the 2000s, the town established a Sustainability Commission, adopted a Bicycle Master Plan, committed to promote public awareness of climate change and join a shared local vision for sustainable growth, adopted to be zero waste by 2025, adopted a Climate Action Plan, and has secured 100% renewable energy with Marin Clean Energy Deep Green for town facilities. 

The town’s near term goals include installing additional EV chargers, adding solar panels to Town Hall, and upgrading the town HVAC system with an all-electric system that is more efficient.

About San Anselmo

  • Incorporated: April 9, 1907
  • Population: 12,336 (2010) 
  • Location: located in Marin County
  • Area: 2.68 square miles
  • Elevation: 46 feet

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