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Sustainable Mobile


The City of Mobile is committed to recycling as a part of being the most business and family friendly city in America. 

In the fall of 2021, the City of Mobile hired the University of South Alabama Polling Group to survey residents to determine their willingness to recycle as well as their reasons for not recycling. The overwhelming response was that 90% of respondents see recycling as somewhat (20%) or very important (70%) with 56% stating that they currently recycle. Their top reasons for not recycling more is lack of convenient access (60%) and lack of information (47%). One additional note from the survey is that 62% would be interested in curbside recycling. 

After learning what our community members want, we applied for funding from the ADEM Recycling Grant program to do the following: 1) expand our existing drop-off recycling program; 2) undertake a Mobile County-wide study of the opportunities available to expand recycling for all Mobilians; and 3) create an education/marketing program to promote recycling.

Check back here to learn more about recycling efforts.


We are a city that drives and loves our cars. How we grow needs to encourage changes to that while honoring our culture and lifestyle. The City of Mobile will be developing a path to add electric vehicles to our fleet to help lead the way for our community and to test the range, longevity, maintenance requirements, and curb appeal for our staff.

Compared to driving cars, public transportation is incredibly sustainable, but only 5% of working people utilize public transit systems. Instead, they use their own vehicles to commute to and from their jobs. Understanding the benefits of sustainable transportation may encourage workers to utilize it. Whether it be your health, the Earth, the community, or your wallet, sustainable transit is better for them all. Mobile’s Wave Transit will become more mainstream as the number of riders increases, allowing systems to expand and create an even greater impact.

  • WAVE Transit provides bus and transportation for the City of Mobile. Find more information, including routes and schedules – It’s easier than you think!
  • The City is building Bike and Walking trails across the City to connect neighborhoods, schools, and businesses. Check out Three Mile Creek Greenway Trail and a host of additional trails Here.
  • Electric Vehicles are the next path forward. The City of Mobile hosts Electric Car Charging stations all over downtown Mobile and we are creating a plan to electrify a portion of our fleet over the next few years.

Renewable Energy 

Renewable energy is energy generated from natural processes that are continuously replenished. Sunlight, geothermal heat, wind, tides, water, and various forms of biomass all provide energy and the source cannot be exhausted and is constantly renewed.

Solar panels can be added to your home even in historic districts. Talk to your energy provider and companies that sell renewable energy to find out if this is a good option for your family or your business.

Energy Conservation 

The mostly obvious reason to cut back on energy consumption is to save money! Using less energy also reduces carbon emissions that play a significant role in climate change, produces a higher quality of life, cleaner air quality, and an overall healthier planet. 

The City of Mobile has established THIS PLAN to focus on energy efficiency and conservation over the next few years.

There are great tools for How you can also reduce your energy consumption at home or the office.

Water Conservation

The U.S. population has doubled over the past 50 years, while water usage has tripled. Recent droughts have emphasized the importance of conserving water with models projecting water shortages in at least 40 states by 2024. While the City of Mobile remains the city with the most rainfall in North America (65-67 inches), conservation of fresh, clean water is important.
By practicing some of the water-saving tips listed below, each of us can do our part to ensure an adequate supply of fresh water for ourselves and future generations. Conserving water not only helps save water supplies, but it also can save you money.

The following information provides general suggestions and ideas to use water, both indoors and outdoors, as efficiently as possible.

Indoor Use

  • Use low-flow toilets.
  • Use flow aerators on faucets.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Use your dishwater and clothes washer only when you have a full load.
  • Do not use running water to thaw meat and other frozen foods.
  • Don’t let the water run while shaving, brushing your teeth, or washing your face.

Outdoor Use

  • Water your lawn only when necessary. It takes 660 gallons of water to supply 1,000 square feet of lawn with 1 inch of water. (This is almost the same amount as you use inside the house in an entire week.) As a general rule, established lawns do not need to be watered more often than every five to seven days.
  • Water lawns early in the morning when temperatures and wind speeds are lowest.
  • Don’t allow sprinklers to water your street, driveway, or sidewalk.
  • During dry weather, raise the height of your mower so that you are cutting grass at the highest recommended height. A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system, and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
  • Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn. Fertilizer applications increase the need for water.
  • Use mulch around trees and shrubs and in garden beds to retain moisture in the soil.
  • Do not use the hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk.
  • Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose so that water flows only as needed.
  • Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended.
  • If you wash your car, park it on the grass and use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.