| || |
| 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:
- 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 www.RisingSunEnergy.org. Youth ages 15-22 interested in working as an Energy Specialist can contact Rising Sun and submit an application by June 1, 2015.
- Polystyrene (Styrofoam) Ordinance: Starting December 18th, an ordinance prohibiting the use and distribution of polystyrene-based food and drink ware by all food service vendors will go into effect. Download a flyer to learn more or visit www.walnut-creek.org/greentogo.
- CaliforniaFIRST PACE program launches on 11/18/14: CaliforniaFIRST is an innovative form of financing that allows homeowners and commercial property owners to receive upfront funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency improvements for their home or business -- and to repay on their property tax bill over the course of up to 20 years. Two more PACE programs will launch in Walnut Creek in early 2015. Some residential lenders may require you to repay the cost of the assessment before selling or refinancing your home, so be sure to explore all your financing options to ensure a PACE program works best for you. The City of Walnut Creek does not run or administer PACE programs, so contact the program directly for more information. Learn more about CaliforniaFIRST.
- Energy Efficiency for Businesses. The Business Energy Services Team (BEST) Program 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. The BEST Program will make project recommendations, estimate costs, and connect businesses with pre-qualified contractors. On average, incentives cover 50% of the project’s costs. The program is offered by PG&E, the East Bay Energy Watch, and KEMA Services, Inc. Contact the BEST Program at 800-576-6405 or email KEMA. Visit californiabestprogram.com.