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Novato Live Well Network
P.O. Box 1647
Novato, CA 94948-1647




"Sustainability" describes choices we make that have a positive impact on individuals, our community, and our ecosystem. The Worldwatch Institute defines "sustainable" as meeting the needs of all people "without threatening the health of the natural environment or the well-being of future generations." For many Sustainability also incorporates the "Precautionary Principle" as a guideline for environmental decision-making.  


MarinLink offers opportunities to team up and work in partnership with members of your own organization and/or with others. MarinLink provides easy access to Marin’s five key service links: health, sustainability, education, spirituality, and business programs and service.

Novato Unified School District: Food And Nutrition Services (FANS) The Nutritional Services Department recognizes the connection between a healthy diet and a student's ability to learn. FANS' mission is to teach students how to establish and maintain life-long healthy eating habits through nutrition education and the foods served. To learn more about NUSD's School Wellness Policy


EECOM/Marin Food Systems Project:
The Marin Food Systems Project of EECOM aims to rebuild healthy and mutually supportive relationships between Marin County schools, their parent communities and local farms; to reintegrate an understanding that human health and is directly linked to the environment; and to create opportunities for students in schools to have hands-on, real world environmental education experiences.

Center of Ecoliteracy:
The Center for Ecoliteracy is located in Berkeley California and is dedicated to providing educational resources and funding for sustainable living, which includes school kitchens and gardens. Their programs include "Rethinking School Lunch", the "School Lunch Initiative" produced in collaboration with Alice Water's Chez Panisse Foundation. The whole system approach includes gardens and the environment.

Laptop Lunches:
Laptop Lunches are American-style bento boxes designed to help families pack nutritious, environment-friendly lunches for school, work, and travel. Their sustainable lunch containers--which come with a book of healthy lunch ideas and lunchmaking recipes--are reusable, recyclable, and dishwasher safe. And all of their lunchboxes are lead-free. Sign-up to get their monthly newsletters with great inspirational lunch ideas, tips and earth-friendly resources.

Marin County Health & Human Services-Nutrition Wellness Program:
Marin County 's Nutrition Wellness Program is doing more than just imagining this healthy community. Their purpose is to make this dream a reality in Marin County. Their mission is to promote healthy eating and physical activity in a community where the environment and policies promote life-long health, reaching out to schools, agencies and organizations serving the entire community, regardless of income, with technical support, nutrition and fitness resources, policy development, nutrition education and physical activity trainings.

Marin Farmers Markets:
Marin Farmers Markets operates seven markets in the Bay area, four in Marin County (Sunday and Thursday Civic Center, Novato and Fairfax) and three in Alameda County (Grand Lake-Oakland, Newark and Hayward). Five of our markets operate year-round (Sunday and Thursday Civic Center, Grand Lake-Oakland, Newark and Hayward) and two of our markets operate seasonally (Novato and Fairfax). See this website for market updates, days, times, hours of operation and directions.

Marin Organic:
In addition to promoting local organic agriculture, Marin Organic has many projects that address environmental issues, such as Salmon Safe certification and a popular farmer education workshop series, as well as a variety of programs which focus on community health, such as its Organic School Lunch Program and a CSA box program in an under served community in Marin. Marin Organic is an association of organic producers in Marin County whose livelihood is based on a respect for nature and a sense of place. As the primary link between farmers and eaters, Marin Organic is committed to creating the first all-organic county in the nation; a county in which growers and the people who rely on them recognize their mutual interdependence.

Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT)
MALT was the first land trust in the United States to focus on farmland preservation. Founded in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists to preserve farmland in Marin County, California, MALT acquires agricultural conservation easements on farmland in voluntary transactions with landowners. MALT also encourages public policies that support and enhance agriculture.

Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP) MCSTOPPP is a joint effort of Marin's cities, towns and unincorporated areas to: prevent stormwater pollution, protect and enhance water quality in creeks and wetlands, preserve beneficial uses of local waterways, comply with State and Federal regulations.

Our Water Our World:
This website has been developed to assist consumers in managing home and garden pests in a way that helps protect our water ways and our world. The Website has a wealth of information and resources, facts and information on alternative uses to pesticides.

Pesticide Free Zone:
Marin Beyond Pesticides Coalition is the coming together of 44 Marin organizations and businesses working to change the way people view and use pesticides.  Formed in 1997 by Marin Breast Cancer Watch and the Health Council of Marin under the guidance of Pesticide Watch, our first objective was to get the County of Marin to reduce the use of pesticides in public spaces and implement an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy.  That goal was realized in December 1998 when the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed the IPM Ordinance. 

Marin Master Gardeners:
The Marin Master Gardeners are a dedicated, trained group of volunteers with a shared love of gardening and horticulture. Through community service and educational outreach, they provide home gardeners and community organizations the knowledge and skills to create a healthy environment for Marin County. Since 1986, Marin Master Gardeners have worked as non-paid staff members of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), answering public inquiries and providing information on all areas of plant health and gardening practices.

UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension Marin County:
Mission Statement: “Our mission is to sustain a vital agriculture, environment, and community in Marin County by providing University of California research-based information in agriculture, natural resource management, nutrition, and youth development. University of California Cooperative Extension programs operate through a unique partnership of Marin County Government, the University of California, the Federal Government, and private funds. Backed by the resources of the UC campuses, our educational programs use practically-applied research to solve community problems. We consult with individuals and organizations, publish newsletters, produce information for mass media, and conduct seminars and workshops.”

See our "Gardens" page for additional resources.

Environmental Education Council of Marin (EECOM):
EECoM is a coalition of more than 130 businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations devoted to implementing sound ecological practices and promoting environmental education in Marin. Members meet regularly to exchange information, share skills and develop new projects that can be addressed collaboratively.

Sustainable Marin
Sustainable Marin produces educational events and community forums that inspire sustainability in Marin County and its environs. Working with allied groups, their grassroots agenda includes: rapid reduction of global warming pollutants and toxics, support of green business programs, new green building codes, energy efficiency measures, clean-reliable-renewable power, local power and community choice electricity aggregation, affordable housing, and healthful, locally grown, organic foods

As stated in Article 15 of the Rio declaration of 1992:

“In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities.  Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.”

 As stated at Wingspread, headquarters of the Johnson Foundation, in January 1998, at a meeting of lawyers, scientists, policy makers and environmentalists:

“When an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.”

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