Berkeley Climate Action – Join Us!
Berkeley residents recognize the magnitude of the climate change threat and are ready to get to work. In November 2006, 81% of Berkeley voters endorsed Measure G, which sets the goal of reducing our community’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. In Berkeley, transportation – mostly cars – are the largest source of emissions. After transportation, our emissions come from natural gas, electricity consumption, and landfill waste.
We can reduce our emissions, starting with these five things:
- Commute by foot, bike, bus, or BART train at least once a week (click here for maps);
- Schedule a free home energy audit and get free energy- and water-saving devices 981-7400;
- Cut your laundry’s energy use in half by using cold water;
- Put yard trimmings and food waste in your green bin instead of your garbage can: call 981-7270 for more information;
- Stay comfy and save money and energy with attic insulation.
To calculate your carbon footprint, take the Climate Action Pledge, or read the draft Climate Action Plan, visit www.BerkeleyClimateAction.org.
Green Programs for Residents
The City has a variety of programs available to residents and businesses that want to get a little greener, and we can refer you to many other services available to residents.
Call the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development for more details: 981-7400.
A Smaller City Footprint
Here are a few ways the City of Berkeley is reducing its own carbon footprint:
- Offering employees a free bus pass to encourage greener commuting;
- Retiring our auto fleet and replacing it with CityCarShare hybrids;
- Installing a wind turbine on one building and solar installations on three others;
- Regularly auditing energy & water use in City buildings;
- New City buildings must achieve LEED silver certification;
- To conserve water, the City is reducing the number of watering days at each park and increasing the efficiency of the irrigation systems.