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Local Renewable Energy Options for All Workshop

Sunshares EV and Solar smallThis free workshop is co-hosted by the City of Concord and the City of Walnut Creek, and open to everyone. Join Bay Area SunSharesBayREN's Home+ program, and the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge. You’ll learn more about the local renewable energy program to help you go solar, discounts on electric vehicles, energy efficiency programs that will help you save money, and how to lower your carbon footprint at home.

Learn more and RSVP for this free workshop.

When: Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Concord Council Chamber, 1950 Parkside Drive, Concord, CA 94519



Join the 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!

Join your neighbors in a bit of friendly competition to lower our emissions, while all playing for the same team! When we reduce our impact by conserving resources, cutting energy costs, decreasing our use of dirty fuels, and investing in local opportunities, everybody benefits! Sign up today.

Contact us if your community group is interested in a presentation on the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge to learn more about how to get involved.

Funded by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

It's Easy to Go Solar in Walnut Creek

SolSmart Council photoThe 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!

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