What's New? Green Happenings in El Cerrito

Celebrate El Cerrito's 100th Anniversary!
Go 100% Renewable!



For its 100th anniversary, El Cerrito has a lot to celebrate.

As an El Cerrito business or resident, you can celebrate your energy options and celebrate taking action toward a cleaner, greener planet for future generations.  For just a penny more per kilowatt hour, MCE customers can get 100% Deep Green renewable electricity sourced from solar and wind power.  Sign up today!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your calendars. Please join us for the following events!
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Mission Eclipse: Flex Your (Conservation) Power!


During the Solar Eclipse
Monday, August 21st
9:02am to 11:54am

Do your part to reduce the strain on the state's solar power resources during the upcoming solar eclipse. This celestial event will take place on Monday, August 21st from 9:02am - 11:54am. MCE Clean Energy is urging all California residents and businesses to reduce electricity use during the upcoming eclipse by taking part in at least one of the following actions:
  • Replace your light bulbs with LED light bulbs
  • Turn off unneeded lights
  • Get smart power strips that automatically turn your appliances completely off when they're in standby mode
  • Charge your EV the night before, so it won't need to be charged during the eclipse
  • Unplug appliances that are off or in standby mode
  • Turn up the temperature on your air conditioner, or turn it off completely
Click here for more information. And, Enjoy the Solar Eclipse!

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Get Ready for Coastal
Cleanup Week!


Tuesday, September 12:
7:00pm to 9:00pm
El Cerrito City Hall - Creekside Conference Room
10890 San Pablo Avenue

Join the El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee (EQC) for a presentation on local watersheds and the global importance of keeping them clean at the Committee's next regular meeting! Martha Berthelsen from The Watershed Project will provide a presentation and open up a discussion about watersheds, pollution, and Coastal Cleanup Week.

For more information about the EQC, click here or contact the Staff Liaison, Will Provost, at wprovost@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

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Drive Electric at the
Farmers' Market


National Drive Electric Week Event
Saturday, September 9:
11:00am to 3:00pm
Berkeley Civic Center Parking Lot
1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA


It's time to make the switch to zero emission cars. Electric Vehicles (EVs) are more affordable than ever! Test drive the latest EV models, talk to local EV owners, and find resources on purchasing and leasing, including rebates, tax credits and SunShares discounts.

Already own an EV?
Register to showcase your vehicle and share your EV experience. To display your vehicle or offer rides, you must register in advance.

CO-HOSTED BY Ecology Center and East Bay Clean Cities Coalition. SUPPORTED BY Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, 350 Bay Area, League of Women Voters, and the cities of Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and Oakland. Click here to learn more.

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Green Team Clean Up - Cerrito Creek


Saturday, September 23:
9:00am to 1:00pm
Cerrito Creek / Creekside Park
3499 Santa Clara Avenue

Join El Cerrito Green Teams, Friends of Five Creeks, Friends of Albany Parks, and Friends of Albany Hill by sprucing up and helping restore the beautiful urban oasis of Cerrito Creek and Albany Hill. Meet at Creekside Park, 3499 Santa Clara Avenue, El Cerrito, California 94530.

All ages welcome (under 18 with guardian). Wear a hat and bring water. Lunch and Friends of Albany Parks T-shirts will be provided.

Sign up to volunteer today by emailing green@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us! Or simply show up. For more information contact (510) 215-4350 or visit the El Cerrito Green Teams website.

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Fall Citywide Garage Sale


Register to Host a Garage Sale by September 8th
Saturday, October 14:
9:00am to 3:00pm
Locations around El Cerrito

Find great deals while keeping waste out of the landfill and getting to know your neighbors. Host your own garage sale or visit other yard sales throughout the community. The finalized map of locations and listings will be available online and in hard copy on Thursday, October 5th. Visit www.el-cerrito.org/garagesale or call City staff at 510-559-7686 for more information or to register a garage sale.

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East Bay Green
Home Workshop


Tuesday, October 17:
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Albany Community Center
1249 Marin Ave, Albany, CA

Join the cities of El Cerrito, Albany, and Berkeley, in coordination with StopWaste, for this Energy Upgrade Workshop. The workshop will offer information to residents on current rebates and opportunities to make their homes more energy efficient. Learn how you can get up to $5,500 in rebates for home energy improvements.

Refreshments will be served and all attendees will receive an LED tote bag. For more information contact Will Provost in the City of El Cerrito's Operations + Environmental Services Division at wprovost@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us

Register to reserve your space here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/berkeley-albany-el-cerrito-green-home-workshop-tickets-35467468152

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.

ON-GOING EVENTS, MEETINGS, VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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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Tree Committee


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

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Vegetable Gardening in El Cerrito


4th Saturdays, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


 
The El Cerrito Community Garden Network and El Cerrito Library are teaming up to provide a series of monthly introductory vegetable gardening workshops running April through November, no workshop in August.  The workshop format will be a 30-minute presentation at the Library and then a hands-on project (30-60 minutes) at the nearby Community Demonstration Garden in Fairmont Park.
Free event.  For required registration, visit: Vegetable Gardening Workshops
Seed Library locations: Library and Recycling Center's Administration Building.

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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.