City of El Cerrito

Beacon Participant Profile

“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

Climate Action Resources


The Recycling Center that has become the Heart of El Cerrito

The City of El Cerrito has constructed a Recycling Resource Center that is showcasing the true value of recycling and environmental responsibility. The “Center”, as it’s known, not only provides residents a place to recycle a wide range of conventional and hard to recycle items, it serves as the environmental heart of the city, proving that thinking about how you dispose of your waste can be lucrative to the entire community.