Events, News, & Announcements

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Coming Soon: Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge 

We’re excited to announce the launch this April of a new online tool called the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge that will make it easy for our residents to take action on climate change. To be notified about the launch, sign up for our Going Green e-newsletter above.

Residents will be able to form teams and work together with their friends and neighbors to care for the climate. Every day, there are actions we can take to make an impact, from deciding how we get to work to how we power our homes. These actions can help families save money by saving energy, and contribute to an active lifestyle and healthier community. The Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge is funded by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. 

City Receives Gold Designation for Advancing Solar

SolSmart-Logo_Gold_croppedThe City of Walnut Creek has been awarded a SolSmart Gold designation for our efforts to make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar! We are proud to be recognized as a national leader in advancing solar energy.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, SolSmart recognizes cities and counties for streamlining permitting and making solar more affordable and accessible for homes and businesses. We are committed to reducing solar energy costs at the local level and encouraging even more homes and businesses to use this clean, affordable energy source. The SolSmart Gold designation recognizes that we are making our community more solar-friendly and environmentally sustainable. Check out our solar resource webpages to learn how you can go solar.

 

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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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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.