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. Also mark your calendars to attend the workshop at the El Cerrito City Hall on October 15 at 6 PM.

El Cerrito SunShares Workshop

Monday, Oct. 15th
Council Chambers
10890 San Pablo Avenue

Please RSVP to attend at: sunshareselcerritoworkshop.eventbrite.com/

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.


El Cerrito E-Waste Event

Saturday, October 20, 9am to 4pm
7501 Schmidt Lane

Join the City of El Cerrito and Universal Waste Management, Inc. (UnWaste) for an electronic waste recycling event. Recycle TVs and computer monitors, computers and accessories, stereos and music equipment, VCRs and DVD players, printers, fax machines, copiers, phone equipment, cell phones, and more! For more information, contact El Cerrito City Staff at green@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or by phone at 510-215-4350.


Fall Citywide Garage Sale

Saturday, October 13
10am - 4pm
Registration Due Sept. 10

Keep waste out of the landfill while discovering your community and finding great deals. To register to host a sale, complete the Registration Form by September 10th. Visit www.el-cerrito.org/garagesale for more information and to register or call the City at 510-215-4350.


El Cerrito Fixit Clinic

Saturday, October 27, 12:30pm - 4pm
El Cerrito Public Library

Have a broken item you wish you could fix? Join Fixit coaches (and helpful neighbors) at the El Cerrito Library 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 Staff at 510-525-7622.

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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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.