What's New? Green Happenings in El Cerrito

El Cerrito's "Deep Green" Campaign To Go 100% Renewable!

Sign up for 100% Renewable Energy

The City of El Cerrito created a an initiative 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.

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 Opt-up page, or contact City staff at
(510) 525-7622.

El Cerrito Declares a Climate Emergency

On August 20, 2019, the City of El Cerrito's City Council approved of a resolution and joined hundreds of jurisdictions across the globe in declaring a climate emergency. Among other commitments, the City of El Cerrito's resolution calls for the City to strive for zero GHG emissions citywide in the forthcoming Climate Action Plan update.

The City of El Cerrito has been actively working to address climate change for more than a decade. In 2006, the El Cerrito City Council adopted Resolution 2006-61 endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, in which local governments agreed to implement greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures and Resolution 2006-93 endorsing the reduction targets of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). In 2011, the City passed Resolution 2011-12 adopting GHG emissions reduction targets of 15% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 30% below 2005 levels by 2035, and Resolution 2011-26 approving the City's participation in the Institute for Local Government's Beacon Award Program for "Local Leadership toward Solving Climate Change”. In 2013, the City Council passed Resolution 2013-27 to adopt the El Cerrito Climate Action Plan, and in 2017, Resolution 2017-50 in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. For these efforts and the implementation of associated initiatives, the City is anticipated to receive a prestigious Beacon Award in 2019 from the Institute for Local Government, recognizing the City’s demonstrated achievements in addressing climate change.

A brochure highlighting El Cerrito's Sustainability Best Practices can be found here


City staff is currently continuing to monitor and evaluate implementation of the Climate Action Plan and anticipates beginning the update to the Plan beginning in Spring 2020 to incorporate an increased emissions reduction rate. For more information, please contact City Staff at wprovost@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or (510) 525-7622.



Mark your calendars. Please join us for the following events!
To get monthly updates on environmental events in El Cerrito, 
subscribe to our email list.


Saturday, September 14 or Thursday, September 19
National Drive Electric Week
Interested in buying an electric car? Learn all about the benefits, savings and fun of driving an electric vehicle during National Drive Electric Week, September 14-22. Join the City of El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee in supporting the National Drive Electric Week Event in Berkeley on September 14 or join the Cities of El Cerrito and Richmond for a Drive Electric Week Event on September 19. Find out more information at driveelectricweek.org/events.php.

Berkeley Event
3rd Annual Ride Electric at The Farmer's Market
When: September 14, 11 AM – 3PM
Where: Berkeley Civic Center Park,
1940 Allston Way, Berkeley

Richmond National Drive Electric Week Event
When: September 19, 12 PM – 3PM
Where: Richmond Civic Center,
450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond

Saturday, October 5
Fall Citywide Garage Sale

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 9th. Visit www.el-cerrito.org/garagesale for more information or to register.
When: Register by September 9 at 4 p.m.
Garage Sale, October 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Various locations in El Cerrito

Compost Giveaway: Gardeners, get free compost made from your yard waste and food scraps. The giveaway is for El Cerrito residents and businesses only, so bring proof of residency. Limit of 5 cubic feet per household. Available while supplies last.
Where: El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center, 7501 Schmidt Lane
When: August 24 – August 30 (while supplies last)

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.

  • Saturday, September 21
  • Coastal Clean Up - El Cerrito Green Teams
    On Coastal Cleanup Day, join the El Cerrito Green Teams in removing trash along Cerrito Creek. Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, at the south end of Santa Clara Ave. All ages welcome; there's a play structure for very young children. Tools, gloves, bags, snacks, and water supplied. For more information about Coastal Cleanup Day, visit http://www.coastal.ca.gov, or contact City Staff at 510-215-4350 or green@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.
    When: 10 AM – 12PM
    Where: 3499 Santa Clara Avenue, El Cerrito

  • October date TBD, tree planting with Urban Forest Committee
  • Nov. 2, Saturday, Baxter Creek

Participate in SunShares 2019!

The City of El Cerrito has teamed up with other Bay Area cities to provide a solar and electric vehicle group-buying program, making it easier and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar or to purchase an electric vehicle. Learn more about how you can receive discounts and take advantage of the Federal Tax Credit incentivizing clean energy upgrades.

SunShares offers special discounts from pre-vetted solar providers who were evaluated for the quality of their products, level of customer service, longevity in the industry, financing options, and more
Receive a FREE solar proposal after you sign up on the SunShares website
Take advantage of the Federal Solar Tax Credit

Sign up today at bayareasunshares.org and attend an informational workshop:

East Bay SunShares Workshop at El Cerrito City Hall
Co-hosted by: City of Albany, City of Richmond
Thursday, October 3, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
El Cerrito City Hall, Council Chambers

Reserve your seat at: https://elcerritosunsharesworkshop.eventbrite.com
For more information, contact sunshares@bc3sfbay.org or the City of El Cerrito’s
Environmental Analyst, Will Provost, 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.

* * * * *

Baxter Creek Work Party

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

* * * * *

Urban Forest Committee

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

* * * * *

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.