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City Receives Award for Environmental Leadership

The City of Walnut Creek is being honored for its approach to addressing climate change. On September 13th, the City received three of the prestigious statewide Beacon Spotlight Awards. The Beacon Program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative. It recognizes voluntary efforts by cities and counties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, and adopt policies that promote sustainability. The City won two Gold Level Awards: one for sustainability best practices, and another for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the community. Walnut Creek also received a Silver Level Award for saving energy at City buildings and facilities. Read more about the Beacon Awards.

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Walnut Creek Chooses 100% Renewable Electricity

The City of Walnut Creek has joined California's renewable energy movement by opting up all of its City owned buildings and facilities to MCE's Deep Green 100% renewable electricity service! By using MCE's Deep Green electricity from California solar and wind, the City will eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions associated with its facilities' electricity use starting in July 2018. Using Deep Green electricity will help the City address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Residents and businesses can learn more here, and then join the City in choosing Deep Green electricity.

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Limited Time Solar and Electric Vehicle Program

The City of Walnut Creek is excited to announce that SunShares is open for registration and available through November 30th (deadline was recently extended from November 15th)!

SunShares is a renewable energy program making it easier and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar or purchase an electric vehicle. SunShares offers a 15% discount on solar installation and pre-vetted solar providers. Details for regional educational workshops and webinars are online. Plus, you can still take advantage of the 30% Federal Tax Credit. Sign up at www.bayareasunshares.org.

SunShares is a project of the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3), a non-profit working with Bay Area organizations to take collective action on sustainability issues.

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Take the Idle Free Pledge

You can save money, reduce air pollution, and help everyone breathe easier just by turning a key! Turn off your car engine if you’ll be sitting for more than 30 seconds at a car wash, drive-thru or pick up spot. You’ll save gas, money and help Spare the Air!

Sign the online pledge here. For more information or to get involved, please visit Idlefreebayarea.org.