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What's New? Green Happenings in El Cerrito
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars. Please join us for the following events!
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MCE Clean Energy Community Meetings
  • Tuesday, March 24, 6:30-8:00 PM, El Cerrito City Hall, City Council Chambers, 10890 San Pablo Avenue
  • Wednesday, April 15, 7:00-8:30 PM, Community Center, Garden Room, 7007 Moeser Avenue
  • Wednesday, April 22, 1:15-2:15 PM, Open House Senior Center, 6500 Stockton Avenue
  • Thursday, June 18, 6:00-8:00 PM, El Cerrito City Hall, City Council Chambers, 10890 San Pablo Avenue

El Cerrito now has more energy choices. On January 6, 2015 the City joined Marin Clean Energy (MCE) in order to provide electricity customers with competitively priced clean electricity.  All electricity account holders in El Cerrito will be automatically enrolled in MCE, unless they choose to opt-out and stay with PG&E. The City will be hosting several informational meetings explaining these new electricity choices, rate comparisons, and the clean energy programs available through MCE. Spanish and Chinese translators available. Please request a translator by calling 510-205-4305 at least 24 hours in advance.

MCE provides electricity to customers in Marin County, Napa County, and the cities of Richmond, San Pablo and Benicia.  Visit MCE website for additional information about El Cerrito energy choices.

You may also visit City staff or call Maria Sanders at 510-559-7684.
To see results from CCA Online Forum from El Cerrito residents:

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EQC Eco-Film Presentation 
"The Future of Energy"
Tuesday, April 28 |  7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

Join the City of El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee for a FREE SHOWING of the award-winning film "The Future of Energy," a series of documentary vignettes that capture the movement across the United States to transition to renewable energy and what everyday people are doing to help foster that shift.  There will be an introductory presentation by a representative of MCE Clean Energy to discuss and answer questions about the new clean energy choices now available in El Cerrito.  To learn more about the film and see a trailer, visit:

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Vegetable Gardening in El Cerrito
4th Saturdays, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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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Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
Sunday, May 3 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Through Out the East Bay

A free, self-guided tour of 38 Alameda and Contra Costa County gardens and nurseries, sponsored by the Clean Water Program.  For additional information visit:

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Hillside Festival
Sunday, May 17 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hillside Natural Area Trail Head, Schmidt Lane and Navellier 

Celebrate El Cerrito's Hillside Natural Area.  This free event will include activities for old and young, hikes, native plant tours, a temporary pop-up bike park demonstration, historical talks and tours, habitat restoration demonstrations, free garden club plants, kids' events and more in a 90-acre wilderness area in the middle of the city.  See Calendar listing for additional information visit:

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Music Festival for Madera Open Space
Sunday, September 20 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane in El Cerrito

The festival will present wonderful and varied local performers while drawing attention to El Cerrito's Hillside Natural Area and recently added Madera Open Space.  Hear music, learn about nature, enjoy food and drink, take part in our silent auction, and bring your friends!  $15 admission benefits habitat restoration in the Hillside Area.

See Calendar listing for additional information visit:

On-Going Events, Meetings, Volunteer Opportunities

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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 for more information on the Environmental Quality Committee.

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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: Or, please contact the Operations + Environmental Services Division for more information about volunteer projects: email or phone at 510-215-4350.