What's New? Green Happenings in El Cerrito

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.



Mark your calendars. Please join us for the following events!
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City Nature Challenge (April 27, 2019)

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Hillside Natural Area
Meet at Schmidt Lane Entrance

Are you interesting in learning about the plants and animals around you? Join your neighbors for the 2019 City Nature Challenge! On April 26-29 people around the world will participate in this friendly competition to record the most local flora and fauna. Here in El Cerrito, UC Berkeley scientists will be available 10am-noon on April 27 to provide training and help you get started on a nature walk in the Hillside Natural Area. Meet at the trailhead for the Memorial Grove on Schmidt Lane between Navellier St. and the Recycling Center.

You can also participate on your own by downloading the iNaturalist app and taking photos of the plants, animals, and fungi around you. Ants in your backyard? That weed in the sidewalk? These all count toward our Bay Area score. More details at http://citynaturechallenge.org/participate-2/

For more information contact the City of El Cerrito at (510) 525-7622.

Madera Broom Pull (April 28, 2019)

The EQC and Trail Trekkers hosted two Madera Broom Pulls that were so successful they are doing it a third time. In mid-February and then March volunteers from both the city’s Green Teams and Trekkers gathered at Madera Open Space to remove invasive broom. It’s a fast spreading invader. Besides crowding out native plants, broom also makes trails impassable. It almost made one trail impassable right at this spot! The volunteers have made good progress but come help finish the job – at least for this season. Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the end of the cul-de-sac trailhead next to 1591 Regency Court above the Hillside Natural Area

Bike to Work Day (May 9, 2019)

The City of El Cerrito will host an energizer station on Ohlone Greenway near the bike lockers at El Cerrito Plaza BART Station

Each year, the City participates in the regional "Bike to Work Day" by hosting an Energizer Station and other events. Energizer Stations are a big part of Bike to Work Day-Located along many commute routes during morning commute hours, bicyclists can stop by for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information or simply to be 'cheered on' by fellow participants.

For more information about Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area, visit
el-cerrito.org/703/Bike-to-Work-Day or contact City staff at (510) 215-4362.

6th Annual Hillside Festival (May 3-5)

The sixth annual Hillside Festival will feature a wide variety of activities, with events throughout the 100-acre Hillside Natural Area: nature hikes for young people; a geological hike and shorter geological stroll; the Dog Scouts; a young persons’ hike led by Boy Scouts; walks to learn about native plants, birds, insects and wildflowers; a walk with a city firefighter focusing on preventing wild land fires; a hidden poetry-geocaching walk; a history hike; meditation in nature, and more.
HNA Geology Walk (19)

Hikes range from strenuous to easy.

Click here for a full schedule and map.

For more information, please contact Dave Weinstein, 510-529-5432, davidsweinstein@yahoo.com.

El Cerrito Fixit Clinic

Saturday, May 11, 1pm - 4pm
El Cerrito Community Center - Garden Room

Have a broken item you wish you could fix? Join Fixit coaches (and helpful neighbors) at the El Cerrito Community Center (Garden Room) and they will guide you through the repair process. Fixit clinics celebrate the power of repair to reduce waste through fun, do-it-together, hands-on, fix-n-learn, community-based exploration and discovery. Fixit Coaches share their time, tools and expertise to consult with you on the disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair of items.

To participate, register here, then:

• Bring a broken item with all parts necessary to recreate the symptoms
• Bring any parts and tools you already own that might be helpful
• Come ready to clearly describe what’s wrong and what you’ve tried (Tip: advance web research about your item is especially helpful)
• Come eager to learn and to share your skills and knowledge with others

For more information please visit Fixit Clinic's website or contact City of El Cerrito Environmental Staff at 510-525-7622.

El Cerrito green Team Cleanups 2019:

Join the Green Teams for a bi-monthly clean-up at locations throughout the City. For more information about specific events, please contact the Operations + Environmental Services Division at 510-215-4350 or green@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

  • April 13, Saturday, Earth Day, Cerrito and/or Baxter Creek
  • June 1, Saturday, Northern Entries and San Pablo Avenue
  • Aug. 17, Saturday, Central Park and Cerrito Creek or Ohlone Greenway
  • September 21, Saturday, Coastal Cleanup Event
  • October date TBD, tree planting with Urban Forest Committee
  • Nov. 2, Saturday, Baxter Creek

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.