What's New? Green Happenings in El Cerrito

Participate in SunShares 2018!

The City of El Cerrito has teamed up with other Bay Area cities and the San Francisco-based Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) to provide a solar and electric vehicle (EV) group-buying program. The program, SunShares, makes it easier and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar or to purchase an electric vehicle by offering discounts, free workshops, and helping renters learn more about their clean energy options. Plus, participants can still take advantage of the 30% Federal Tax Credit.

Register by November 15th to receive a no-cost, no-obligation solar proposal or EV discount code, as well as financing options. To register for the program, visit bayareasunshares.org.

For more information, please contact BC3 at sunshares@bc3sfbay.org or the City of El Cerrito at (510) 525-7622.

Bike Share is HERE IN EL Cerrito

On Tuesday January 30th, the dock-less bike sharing company LimeBike launched in El Cerrito! LimeBike, which operates in nearby Albany, Alameda, and South San Francisco, brought 100 bicycles to El Cerrito’s streets for public use. The bicycles provide residents, businesses, and visitors with an affordable, reliable, and sustainable option for traveling throughout El Cerrito and Albany.

LimeBike’s rides cost just $1.00 for 30 minutes, or 50 cents for students. Adults are encouraged to bring their own helmet, and everyone under 18 is required by law to wear a helmet. To celebrate the launch, new riders can use the code “EASTBAYLIME” to receive their first five LimeBike rides for free.

More information about LimeBike is available on LimeBike’s website and on the City’s LimeBike education and FAQ page.

El Cerrito's "Living Lightly" Campaign Go 100% Renewable!

Sign up for 100% Renewable Energy

The City of El Cerrito created a Living Lightly team to encourage our community to opt-up to Deep Green 100% renewable energy through our local electricity provider, MCE.

Deep Green costs just a penny more per kilowatt-hour, or less than $5/month for the average household. And, it's easy to sign up using this online form. Select El Cerrito under "Team Name" to help El Cerrito meet it's goals for the Living Lightly challenge.

If you are already a Deep Green customer, consider signing up again on the Living Lightly webpage and your sign up will be counted toward our team's progress.

This campaign follows upon the City of El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee's 2017 100x100 campaign, asking residents and businesses to shift to 100% renewable energy for the City's 100th Anniversary. In 2017, the City also opted up all of its municipal accounts to Deep Green. Please join the City and help El Cerrito meet its goal to increase the share of the community using 100% renewable energy! Sign up today!

For more information, visit MCE's Living Lightly page, or contact City staff at
(510) 525-7622.

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Mark your calendars. Please join us for the following events!
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El Cerrito green Team Cleanups 2018:

  • November 18, 10 AM - 12:30 PM – Northern GATEWAYS-bAXTER CREEK

    Work party co-sponsored by Genysys. Meet at Baxter Creek Park, Key Blvd. & Conlon Ave. All ages welcome (under 18 with guardian). Wear a hat and bring water. The creek is beautiful but needs some care. Sign up to volunteer or simply show up. Interested in co-sponsoring a future cleanup? Let us know! Contact City staff at (510) 215-4350 or green@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

Recycling Center Summer Hours

February 2, 2017 through October 31, 2017
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:45 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM

The El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Office is open from 9 am and closes at 5 pm.


El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee (EQC)

Meets every 2nd Tuesday | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
El Cerrito City Hall Council Chambers, 10890  San Pablo Avenue
The EQC is a Council-appointed body of residents and business representatives who work to involve the community directly in understanding and reducing our impact on the environment. Regular meetings of the EQC often host informative presentations on environmental issues and policies. Visit www.el-cerrito.org/eqc for more information on the Environmental Quality Committee.

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Baxter Creek Work Party

First Saturday of the Month
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
email for additional information

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Urban Forest Committee

Second Monday of the Month
7:00 PM
City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue
email for additional information

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El Cerrito Green Teams

Semi-regular events organized by the Environmental Quality Committee and the Public Works Department.
Help keep El Cerrito Green by volunteering at a Green Team event. For more details about the Green Teams or to volunteer for future events, visit: www.el-cerrito.org/greenteams. Or, please contact the Operations + Environmental Services Division for more information about volunteer projects: email or phone at 510-215-4350.