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City of Hayward

Beacon Participant Profile

“Hayward’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) was adopted by the City Council on July 28, 2009. The purpose of the CAP is to make Hayward a more environmentally and socially sustainable community by reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions – the primary contributor to global warming, decreasing the community’s dependence on non-renewable resources, increasing Hayward’s potential for “green” economic development, and enhancing the health of all who live and work in Hayward” -City of Hayward website

Award Winning Service: The Hayward Water Pollution Control Facility

City of Hayward

About Hayward

  • Incorporated: March 11, 1876
  • Population: 153,104 (2010)
  • Location: 25 miles southeast of San Francisco in Alameda County
  • Area: 62.55 square miles

Climate Action Activities

  • Climate Action Plan, adopted in 2009
  • ICLEI member
  • HEAL Cities Campaign Participant
  • U.S. Conference of Mayor Climate Protection Agreement Signatory
  • Alameda County Climate Protection Project member
  • Tree City USA
  • Established City Council Sustainability Committee, 2007
  • Established Keep Hayward Clean & Green Task Force, 2007
  • Established Climate Action Management Team, 2010
  • Completed Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, January 2009
  • Completed Agency Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, February 2009
  • Adopted “Private Development Green Building Ordinance”
  • Adopted “Municipal Sector Green Building Ordinance”, 2008
  • Adopted “Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance”

Climate Action Resources

  • Green Hayward webpage
  • Climate Action Plan
  • Climate Action Plan Appendices (including Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories)
  • Private Development Green Building Ordinance
  • Municipal Sector Green Building Ordinance
  • Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
  • Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance project webpage


Gold Level Beacon Award (2017)

Silver Level Beacon Award (2015)

Agency Energy Savings

  • Platinum Level, 25% (2015)
  • Gold Level, 10% (2013)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

  • Gold Level, 10% (2016)
  • Silver Level, 8% (2015)

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Platinum Level, 43% (2015)

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Platinum Level, 21% (2015)

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Platinum Level (2017)
  • Gold Level (2015)

Hayward Works With Developer to Sell Units Below Market Rate


The Community Before

Rundown single-family homes with illegal additions, an old gas station, obsolete commercial buildings and an auto repair shop once populated the block of downtown Hayward now known as Renaissance Walk.

Case Story

Hayward’s Water Facility Ranked in Top 30 for On-Site Green Power Production

Cities of all sizes face pressure to make calculated infrastructure investments to balance community priorities with growth and environmental impacts while complying with regulations and legislation. The City of Hayward is addressing all of these challenges in award-winning style.

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