City of El Cerrito
“Energy efficiency and conservation is a great way to both save money and combat global climate change. For every kWh you save, you prevent about 1 pound of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Similarly, for every therm of natural gas you save, you reduce CO2 emissions by almost 12 pounds. For these reasons, El Cerrito has applied for grants and has partnered with various groups to help make energy efficiency improvements in both our own facilities and in the community.” -City of El Cerrito Energy and Climate Page
About El Cerrito
- Incorporated: 1917
- Population: 23,596
- Location: In Contra Costa County, along Interstate 80 adjacent to Richmond, approximately 6 miles north of Oakland
- Elevation: 69 feet above sea level
- Area: 3.9 square miles
Climate Action Activities
- ICLEI member
- U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Signatory
- HEAL Cities Campaign Participant
- Certified STAR Community, certified May 17, 2014
- Climate Action Plan adopted May 2013
- Reduced energy use over two years by nearly 245,000 kWh per year, resulting in over $30,000 in avoided energy costs and a CO2 emissions reduction of 79 tons per year.
- Established Energy and Water Efficiency Program revolving loan fund for projects that improve the resource efficiency of City operations
- Developed Environmental Quality Committee
- Received Showcase Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to help fund business energy efficiency efforts 2010 the Small Cities Climate Action Partnership.
- Recognized as WaterSmart Business by the East Bay Municipal Utility District for it’s City Hall and San Pablo Avenue Landscaping.
- Provides free Solar Assessments from Smart Solar to residents and rebates of up to $250 to improve the overall efficiency of residents home.
- Adopted Weekly Green Waste Service, a Food Scrap Composting Collection
Climate Action Resources
- El Cerrito Climate Action Plan website
- City of El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee
- Cty of El Cerrito Energy and Climate Programs
- City of El Cerrito Green El Cerrito
- Environmental Protection Agency Climate Showcase Communities
- RecycleMore West Contra Costa Integrated Waste Management Authority
Agency Energy Savings
- Gold Level, 14% (2013)