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City of Richmond

Beacon Participant Profile

The City of Richmond is dedicated to becoming an environmentally-sustainable city. Through efforts in waste reduction, energy efficiency, alternative and renewable energy, land use and transit planning, green jobs, and other activities, the City of Richmond can achieve multiple benefits, including saving energy and money, reducing its environmental impact, and improving economic vitality and quality of life in our community.

About Richmond

  • Incorporated: 1905
  • Population: 103,701 (2010) 
  • Location: Contra Costa County
  • Area: 52.48 square miles
  • Elevation: 46 feet

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources


Agency Energy Savings

  • Gold Level, 14% (2016)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Gold Level, 13% (2017)

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Platinum Level (2017)
  • Silver Level (2016)
Case Story

Partnering to Create a New Richmond

The City of Richmond was once known as one of the unhealthiest, crime-ridden cities in the Bay Area. But after establishing key partnerships and adopting an innovative general plan, the city has landed an important economic development opportunity that could signal its shift to becoming one of the most desirable business locations in the region.

Case Story

City of Richmond – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

Richmond’s green building ordinance requires mandatory compliance for all new and enlarged single and multi-family residential projects, as well as for new and renovated commercial/industrial projects. The green building requirements vary depending upon the size of the building.

Case Story

Richmond Plans for a More Healthy Future
Western City, September 2008

The City of Richmond is using innovative methods to involve a diverse cross section of residents in updating its General Plan. The resulting plan will be one of the first in the nation to include an element that addresses the link between public health and the built environment.

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