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| Going Green Together|
Walnut Creek has a strong commitment to creating a sustainable community. Local governments play an important role in protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with climate change. By acting together, the City of Walnut Creek, residents, and local businesses can preserve our environment for future generations and benefit from an enhanced quality of life. This website connects you with rebates, tips, and resources to go green!
Events, News, & Announcements:
- August 3, 2015: East Bay SunShares Launches! Thinking about installing solar but don’t know where to start or think it’s just too expensive? East Bay SunShares is here to help! The City of Walnut Creek has partnered with neighboring communities throughout the East Bay and local nonprofit Vote Solar to launch a solar group-purchasing (bulk buy) program for homeowners. East Bay SunShares pools the power of individual participants to get more competitive pricing from solar companies - with an additional incentive that provides even better savings as more people contract for solar on their homes. Beginning in August, homeowners can sign up to receive a no cost, no obligation site evaluation and learn how you can plug into the sun today and save on your utility bills for years to come. For more information, visit: www.mygroupenergy.com/eastbaysunshares
- The City of Walnut Creek will be hosting two free East Bay SunShares workshops at the Council Chambers, City Hall, 1666 North Main St. RSVP online at: http://goinggreenwc.eventbrite.com/
- August 20th from 7-8:30 PM
- September 19th from 10 AM - Noon
- June 25, 2015: Up to $2500 in Energy Efficiency Rebates for Businesses. The City of Walnut Creek will be offering a NEW "Walnut Creek Energy Champion" rebate on a first-come, first-served basis of up to $2500 to eligible businesses and property owners starting June 25, 2015. This rebate is in addition to a rebate from the Business Energy Services Team (BEST) Program that helps small businesses in Contra Costa County reduce energy use and costs by offering free energy assessments and incentives for energy efficient lighting, refrigeration, and more. Walnut Creek business or property owners that complete the BEST Program and receive a rebate from PG&E will also be eligible to receive the Walnut Creek Energy Champion rebate. Together, both rebates may cover 75% or more of your project costs. The BEST Program is offered by PG&E, the East Bay Energy Watch, and DNV GL. To get started, contact the BEST Program at 800-576-6405 or email DNV GL. Visit californiabestprogram.com.
- New Drought Restrictions: Governor Brown has ordered a 25% reduction statewide in water use in response to the ongoing, severe drought. To learn more about the new restrictions, visit EBMUD and CCWD's websites. In Walnut Creek, outdoor water use by single-family homes is the greatest opportunity for water reductions. EBMUD and CCWD have rebates available to convert lawns to more drought tolerant plants.
- Sign up for a free 2015 summer "Green House Call:" The California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program will provide energy and water conservation assessments and services at no cost to residents this summer. CYES is run by the non-profit Rising Sun Energy Center, which has partnered with the City of Walnut Creek, PG&E, EBMUD, and Contra Costa Water District to bring this program to residents. CYES trains and employs local youth to become ‘Energy Specialists’ who serve their local communities with “Green House Calls.” At each “Green House Call,” Energy Specialists install energy- and water-saving devices and provide personalized recommendations and education for further savings in the home – all at no cost to residents. Devices include energy efficient light bulbs, high efficiency shower heads, kitchen and bathroom sink aerators, pipe wrap insulation for the water heater, E-waste pick up and more. Renters and homeowners can sign up today for a free “Green House Call” this June-August by calling (510) 665-1501 ext. 5 or signing up online at http://www.risingsunenergy.org/.
Contact us with questions or to ask to be added to our e-newsletter with monthly updates on green initiatives:
City of Walnut Creek
(925) 943-5899 x 2216