Help Redwood City Create an Environmentally Conscious Community

Redwood City recently received recognition for its greenhouse gas emission reductions, its energy saving strategies, and its policies and programs to create a more sustainable community.

Redwood City’s Mayor and other Beacon Award City leaders were featured in a video as part of the Beacon Awards presentation. View the video here:

The City is proud to have received this distinguished award, but the environmental effort doesn’t stop there. With this year’s drought and many other challenges on the horizon, environmental programs must not only stay strong but evolve.

Redwood City wants your help to create an environmentally conscious community.

Here are five ways residents can help the City’s efforts to reduce energy, reduce greenhouse gases, and together create change.

1. COOLCALIFORNIA CHALLENGE

What’s not to love about lowing our carbon footprint and 22 cities fighting for the top spot?

CoolCalifornia Challenge is back: Pitting city against city in a battle to see who does the best job of lowering their carbon footprint. Redwood City, are you in?

Redwood City residents are encouraged to join the challenge and earn dollars for green projects in our city. Participants earn points by reducing their household energy, water use, and transportation emissions. Every point earned increases the city’s ranking in the statewide standings. Prize money is awarded to fund sustainability efforts that benefit communities.
Signups will continue through December 20, 2015, on the CoolCalifornia Challenge website. Residents can sign up for the CoolCalifornia Challenge until March 31, 2016. Residents who sign up between now and December 20th earn bonus points.

2. STEP UP AND POWER DOWN REDWOOD CITY

Home energy efficiency just got a whole lot easier with Step Up And Power Down

Learn how Redwood City is partnering with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to make our homes more energy efficient and comfortable. Visit the Step Up And Power Down Redwood City website.

Want to learn more? Check Out These Local Workshops at the Step Up and Power Down Office at 1101 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070

Nov 04, 2015 (6–7:30 pm): Energy Basics Workshop: Track and Lower Your Energy Usage

Nov 09, 2015 (7–8:30 pm): Rebates and Upgrades Workshop — Take the Next Step to Comfort and Energy Efficiency!

Nov 14, 2015 (10 am — 4 pm): Upgrade Your House to the Home of the Future (at Tanforan Shopping Center, San Bruno)

Dec 05, 2015(10 am — 4 pm): Upgrade Your House to the Home of the Future (at Tanforan Shopping Center, San Bruno)

Dec 07, 2015 (6–7:30 pm): Energy Basics Workshop: Track and Lower Your Energy Usage

Dec 10, 2015 (6:30–8 pm): Rebates and Upgrades Workshop — Take the Next Step to Comfort and Energy Efficiency!

3. WATER CONSERVATION

Redwood City Water Conservation — what can you do to save water and money?

Redwood City offers free recycled water to residents who complete a short training and live within Redwood City’s water service area. Recycled water is an important drought-resistant water supply that significantly reduces potable water demand. The Fill Station Program recycled water is approved for a variety of outdoor uses, such as landscape irrigation and in water features.

4. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

Dispose of hazardous waste safely through the City’s Door-to-Door HHW Program. Simple and easy collection appointment is all that is needed to get rid of fluorescent lamps, computers, and sharps properly.

5. COMMUTE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Learn about Connect Redwood City: rideshare, transit options, and bike share all in one place. Connect and make a difference by reducing vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions.

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