Events, News, & Announcements
Discounts on solar and electric vehicles
Bay Area SunShares is a limited-time renewable energy program that makes it easier and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar or purchase an electric vehicle (EV). SunShares offers a discount on solar installations from pre-vetted solar providers and EV dealerships. Sign up between now and November 15th! Learn more by attending an optional online webinar on October 9 from noon-1 PM. RSVP for the webinar here.
Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge
The Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge is a new, online sustainable action platform that makes it easy and fun to take sustainable actions by giving you helpful tips and resources. The Challenge helps participants measure their household's carbon footprint, commit to taking sustainable actions, track improvements, and save money!
We are excited to announce our Cleaner Contra Costa Fall Challenge! Complete as many actions as possible to earn points for a chance to win prizes and be recognized for your efforts. The Challenge starts September 23rd and goes until March 19, 2020! Join at any time.
Compete as an individual! The first 100 individuals to reach 5,000 points will receive a Tread Lightly Toolkit, which includes a reusable bamboo utensil set, a reusable stainless steel straw, and more! OR
Compete as part of a Clean Team! The top team in each region — East, Central, and West Contra Costa County — will be recognized by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and each team member* will receive a Tread Lightly Toolkit.
Starting a Clean Team: Anyone can be a Clean Team ambassador and form a team of up to 10 friends. Teams work together to earn points by taking sustainable actions through the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge platform. Contact Tina Neuhausel for an in-person presentation and team support.
Funded by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
*Participants can compete as an individual and on a team but will only be eligible for one (1) prize if their team wins and they are also one of the first 100 people to score 5000 points individually.
It's Easy to Go Solar in Walnut Creek
The 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.
As part of our efforts to make it easy, simple, and affordable for homeowners to go solar, the City is promoting the Bay Area SunShares program. Starting August 1, 2019, residents can register for more information from the program on how to get solar and electric vehicle discounts. Check out our solar resource webpages to learn more.
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.
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.
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!