What's New? Green Happenings in El Cerrito

Bike Share is Coming to EL Cerrito

On Tuesday January 30th, the dock-less bike sharing company LimeBike will be launching in El Cerrito! LimeBike, which is already operating in nearby Albany, Alameda, and South San Francisco, will bring 100 bicycles to El Cerrito’s streets for public use. The bicycles will provide El Cerrito 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.

Celebrate El Cerrito's 100th Anniversary!
Go 100% Renewable!

For its 100th anniversary, El Cerrito has a lot to celebrate.

As an El Cerrito business or resident, you can celebrate your energy options and celebrate taking action toward a cleaner, greener planet for future generations.  For just a penny more per kilowatt hour, MCE customers can get 100% Deep Green renewable electricity sourced from solar and wind power.  Sign up today!



Mark your calendars. Please join us for the following events!
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El Cerrito green Team Cleanups 2018:

  • May 26 – Northern Entryways

    Join the El Cerrito Green Teams for a cleanup of the city's Northern Gateways from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday May 26. Keep trash from polluting our creeks and the bay, and present visitors with a positive first impression of our city. Wear a hat and bring water. All ages welcome (under 18 with guardian). Meet on Knott Avenue at the Parking Lot East of San Pablo Avenue.
  • July 8 – Cleanup TBD

  • September 15. – Cleanup TBD

  • November 18 – Northern Gateways-Baxter Creek

More details to be provided closer to the events. Sign up to volunteer or simply show up. For more information contact (510) 215-4350 or email green@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.


Butterfly Pollinator Workshop

Tuesday, March 27 at 7pm
El Cerrito City Hall, Council Chamber
10890 San Pablo Avenue

Are you concerned about declining pollinator populations and interested in learning more about them? Join the City of El Cerrito's

Environmental Quality Committee (EQC) on March 27 for a butterfly pollinator workshop with Dr. Peter Oboyski from the UC Berkeley Essig Museum of Entomology. Dr. Oboyski will speak about butterfly biology and provide some tips about how you can support local populations in your own backyard. There will be an opportunity to view some beautiful and exotic butterflies from the Essig Museum collection, and local garden clubs will be on hand to provide seeds, seedlings, and information about how you can support pollinators in your own backyard.

For more information contact El Cerrito City Staff by Email or (510) 525-7622.


Earth Day

  • April 21, 2018 - Work parties

El Cerrito Hillside Festival 2018

  • MAy 4, 2018 - May 6, 2018

    The Fifth Annual Hillside Festival will be May 4-6, with hikes, talks, and other activities throughout the Hillside Natural Area. Choose events in advance at the Trail Trekkers website, or by picking up a map-schedule at City Hall, the Community Center, or Library.
Friday, May 4:
  • 12 p.m., Hillside Nature Area history and natural history hike
  • 3 p.m. to 4:30, Open House at Madera Elementary School Community Garden
  • 6:30 p.m., Family-friendly ramble through the Hillside
Saturday, May 5:
  • 10 a.m. Young persons’ Nature Hike
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dog Scouts of America — Merit Badges, Community Service and Therapy Work
  • 11 a.m., Geology Walk
  • 1 p.m. All-ages nature hike and work party to remove invasive plants co-sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 104
  • 2 p.m. Early California Indian Life in the El Cerrito area, talk by historian and author Richard Schwartz
  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Native Plant Walk.
Sunday, May 6:
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m: Wildlife Bingo game introduces children to plants and animals
  • 11 a.m. How El Cerrito Saved the Madera Open Space, a hike
  • Mid-morning to early afternoon, Metal detecting for fun and education
  • 2:30 p.m., Wildflower and Tree Hike
  • 7 p.m., Meditation in Nature

Visit www.ectrailtrekkers.org for a full schedule of events.


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.