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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:
- Electric Vehicle Test Drives. Attend the FREE Experience Electric event and test drive electric vehicles. Sunday 10/26 from 9 AM - 1 PM at the Walnut Creek Farmer's Market (North Locust between Lacassie St and Giammona St). Bring your driver's license! Learn more about the event.
- Plastic Bag Ordinance. Starting on September 18, 2014, all retailers cannot distribute single-use plastic checkout bags and must charge a minimum of ten cents for a paper bag, made of post-consumer recycled materials. To avoid the bag fee, shoppers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags. Learn more about the plastic bag ordinance here.
- 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.
- Energy Efficiency Rebates for Homeowners. Learn how to save energy and money through Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade, which has rebates of $1000-$6500 for homeowners to do energy efficiency home upgrades. On October 2, the City held a very well attended workshop for homeowners on the rebate program. If you missed the workshop and are interested in learning more, contact a free, neutral Home Upgrade Advisor to walk you through the program, available rebates, and answer your questions at 866-878-6008.This program is administered by a collaboration of Bay Area local governments and funded by ratepayers.