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City of Redwood City

Beacon Participant Profile

“The [Community Climate Action] Plan encourages and provides tools for residents and local business to take a real leadership role, together with the City, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb the impacts of global warming. It’s only through such a partnership that progress can be made – from single-family-homes to apartment buildings; from individual blocks to entire neighborhoods; and from large and small businesses to Redwood City’s municipal operation. Together, with the full participation and involvement of all sectors of the community, we can achieve positive community action on climate change.” – Redwood City Community Climate Action Plan

About Redwood City

  • Incorporated: 1867
  • Population: 76,815 (as of 2010)
  • Location: Approximately 27 miles South of San Francisco in San Mateo County.
  • Area: 34.63 square miles

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources


Gold Beacon Award (2018)

Silver Beacon Award (2015)

Agency Energy Savings

  • Gold Level, 11% (2016)
  • Silver Level, 8% (2015)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

  • Gold Level, 10% (2017)
  • Silver Level, 7% (2015)

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Platinum Level, 20% (2015)

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Platinum Level, 22% (2019)
  • Gold Level, 11% (2018)
  • Silver Level, 8% (2015)

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Platinum Level (2015)

How Redwood City is using purple pipe and recycled water to keep lawns green

Redwood City has been using recycled water to irrigate city-owned land for years, but now the city has extended the offering to commercial business and residents.

Case Story

Redwood City Green@Home

Green@Home is a program aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of households by sending trained community-based volunteers to visit neighbors in their homes, install several energy-saving devices, and perform a home energy assessment.


Redwood City’s Local Ordinance Exceeds the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

The City of Redwood City has adopted local ordinances that are more stringent than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. These ordinances were approved by the California Energy Commission on May 5, 2010.


Redwood City Creates Mixed-Use Development Which Includes Low-Income Housing



The Community Before

This site was home to an abandoned gas station and several dilapidated buildings, some of which were boarded up. A nearby hotel was a hotbed for prostitution, drug use and drug sales were rampant, and homeless people were loitering and sleeping in the area.

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