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Annual Clean Air Day Lunch time bike ride to Miller Knox Park

The City of Richmond participates in the annual California Clean Air Day awareness celebrations by encouraging our businesses and residents to take the Richmond Clean Air Day Pledge: https://cleanairday.org/individual-pledge/Richmondca/.  Richmond hosts a community lunch bike ride on Clean Air Day and all are welcomed to join.  Please see below.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Location:  450 Civic Center Plaza Departure
Time:  Noon in front of City Hall (Please show up 15 mins. early and bring a friend!)
Refreshments and prize drawings will be provided.

For more information please contact Transportation Services at (510) 621-1718 or via email: Richmondparking@ci.richmond.ca.us

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Bike to Wherever Day 2020

Bike to Work Day, normally held in May, was cancelled due to COVID-19 and rebranded as Bike to Wherever Days. The event this year is a month-long celebration of bicycling in September. Celebrate Bike to Wherever Days this month by participating in some of the events listed below!

  • September 24th Lunch Time Ride: Meet in front of City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza at noon. Riding destination is TBA but will be a spot in Richmond. Bike Link cards and snacks will be provided thanks to 511 Contra Costa! Social distancing will be observed. Please bring your facemask. Consider biking conditions prior to riding. 
  • West County Greenway Challenge: Starting on September 1, banners with QR codes and specific websites for cyclists to scan and check in will be hung along the Richmond Greenway in Richmond and Ohlone Greenway in El Cerrito. Cyclists that check in to at least two stations will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. (Limit 1 per person, while funding lasts). Locations of all the stations can be found here: www.bit.ly/BTWDStations
  • Pledge to Ride: Instead of Energizer Stations and tote bags of goodies, digital goodie bags will be emailed out to all who Pledge to Celebrate
  • Bay Area Bike Challenge: Sign-up as a team or individual for the Bay Area Bike Challenge to win prizes and participate in competitions. During September, there will be random prize drawings and competitions for those who sign-up and log rides. Max of 10 per team so feel free to create or join a team. 
  • Pick-up Souvenir Bike to Work Day 2020 tote bag (empty bag): 511 Contra Costa has partnered with Richmond Library (Main Library location only), Rich City Rides, Contra Costa Library System, and The Pedaler in El Sobrante to be hubs where the community can pick up a souvenir 2020 tote bag (empty bag). Bags are estimated to be available for curbside pick-up after September 9th.
  • Gotcha Bike Promo Code– Gotcha is providing a promo code waiving the $2 unlock fee for one ride. The promo code is CALI2020.

When biking please stay safe. Consider the air quality and stay socially distanced. Follow your local health authority’s guidelines at all times. For more information and updates about Bike to Wherever Day visit, bikeeastbay.org/events/bike-wherever-day-2020

No Cost Solar For Qualifying Richmond Homes

GRID Alternatives provides NO-COST solar systems to qualifying Richmond and North Richmond homeowners, as well as assistance with EV charging infrastructure. GRID Alternatives brinda asistencia sin costo para a los sistemas solares y la infraestructura de carga de vehículos eléctricos para los propietarios de viviendas calificados de Richmond y North Richmond.

Learn if you are eligible by watching the workshop held on July 20, 2020. Para determinar si está elegible, vea el taller el 20 de Julio 2020.

To view Spanish subtitles, select Settings --> Subtitles/CC -> Spanish (United States). Para ver subtítulos en español, seleccione Settings --> Subtitles/CC --> Spanish.

You can also find the presentation slides below. También puedes encontrar las diapositivas de presentación debajo.

GRID Workshop Presentation
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Clean Cars for All Program

The City of Richmond is partnering with the non-profit solar provider GRID Alternatives and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to bring more renewable energy sources and electric vehicles to Richmond. Find out if you are eligible for an incentive of up to $9,500 from the Clean Cars for All Program to purchase or lease a low-emission vehicle.

For questions, please contact GRID Alternatives at (855) 256-3656 or email, Cleancars@gridalternatives.org.

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New! Free Mattress Drop-off Program for Residents

Richmond residents are eligible to bring three (3) mattresses per month at no cost to the West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 101 Pittsburg Ave, Richmond. Please bring proof of residency.

Not Accepted:
  • Cut mattresses or box springs
  • Excessively wet, damaged, partial or soiled mattresses or mattresses with bed bugs
  • Car beds or water beds
  • Fold out sofa beds or futons
  • Air mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, mattress toppers or other furniture
For questions, contact Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.
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Bulky Item Pick-up Program for Richmond Residents

Richmond residents are eligible for a free bulky item pickup! Collections may be scheduled for single-family homes and duplexes.

Program Guidelines:

  • Serves single-family homes and duplexes.
  • May substitute five E-waste items for one bulky item
  • No commercial-sized appliances, hazardous materials, or construction and demolition material.
To schedule a pick-up contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100. For more information about residential bulky item pick-up programs visit www.ci.richmond.ca.us/1718/Residents

Please note the CalRecycle grant funding for the multifamily program for 3-19 units has ended. 

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New! Free Compost Giveaway Program for Residents

Every first Wednesday of the month, West County households can pick-up for free 2 cubic yards of compost from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond. Close the loop on your organics recycling by using the finished compost made right here in Richmond. This is self-service only; please bring your own bag, bin or bucket, and shovel to load the material. Valid identification is required.

For questions or additional information please call Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.
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Richmond's Amended Food Ware Ordinance 

 NEW Addition Effective December 15, 2018: 

  • Food Providers, Retail Establishments, and Transient Lodging Establishments (ex: hotels, motels) cannot use, sell or distribute plastic straws and stirrers.
  • Food Providers can provided non-plastic alternative straws and stirrers to customer upon request only.
  • All Food Providers using disposable food ware to provide prepared food to customers must use disposable food ware that is either recyclable or compostable. Reusable food ware is encouraged when possible.
Effective Since 2014:

  • Retail Establishments (ex: grocery stores, hardware stores, markets, etc) cannot sell or rent products comprised entirely or primarily of polystyrene foam (Styrofoam).
  • Food Providers must use disposable food ware (ex: to-go containers, cups, bowls, plates, etc) that is recyclable or compostable. Reusable food ware encouraged when possible. 
  • A Food Provider (ex: cafes, restaurants, food trucks, etc) may charge a "take out fee" to customers to cover the cost difference.

Please visit the Food Ware Ordinance web page for more information.

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Climate Action Plan Open Data Dashboard

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The City of Richmond Environmental and Health Initiatives Division has launched a Climate Action Plan (CAP) Open Data Dashboard to report on the City's progress towards climate action goals. For additional information, please send an email to richmondopendata@ci.richmond.ca.us.

Adopted in 2016, Richmond’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) outlines goals and strategies for reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change on public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces in our community. The dashboard serves to monitor progress towards reaching the CAP goals, inform policy decisions, and provide data to the community.

Recycling Tip of the Month!

Interested in starting recycling or compost services? Questions about what is recyclable or compostable? Please contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100. For recycling and compost signs and outreach material visit, www.republicservices.com/municipality/wccc-caPlease note, paper towels and napkins are not recyclable.

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Air Pollution Complaints (BAAQMD)

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District receives over 12,000 air pollution complaints each year from members of the public. Community members are keenly aware of air pollution events and often provide the first warning of air quality problems. Satisfactory resolution of complaints is one of the most important objectives of Air District staff.

Examples of complaints include dust or chemical air pollutants emitted by industrial plants, refineries, neighborhood businesses, gas station nozzles, idling trucks, locomotives and buses; and smoke from agricultural fires, controlled burns, non-cooking backyard fires and outdoor trash burning.

To file a complaint, complete an online complaint form or call BAAQMD's 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-334-ODOR (6367).

For more information, visit BAAQMD online.

BAAQMD Complaint Page

City Launches Climate-Smart Cities Tool

On Wednesday, November 8, the Trust for Public Land, City staff, and partnering  community-based organizations celebrated the launch of the new Climate-Smart Cities Tool. The tool launch event included presentations from the Technical Advisory Committee, and a hands-on training in the Emergency Operation Center at City Hall.

The online, publicly available Climate-Smart Cities Decision Support Tool integrates detailed mapping data, climate change analytics, and community input to guide park and green infrastructure investments. The Decision Support Tool seeks to democratize resiliency data and tools by making these resources available to community leaders and community-based organizations to identify and implement multi-benefit green infrastructure projects such as parks, bio-swales, and biking or pedestrian trails.

The Trust for Public Land developed Richmond’s Climate-Smart Cities Tool in collaboration with the City of Richmond and a number of community-based organizations. Richmond is California’s second Climate-Smart City with TPL and the first in Northern California.

Climate Smart City Tool

Energize Richmond: Energy Efficiency Rebates Now Available for Local Small/Medium Businesses & Multi-family Properties

Energize Richmond is the new City program aiming to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions in the Richmond community. The City is partnering with the East Bay Energy Watch Partnership (EBEW) (an energy efficiency rebate program funded by utility ratepayers at PG&E and MCE) and MCE to provide expanded rebates and services to small and medium sized Richmond businesses and multi-family properties.  These programs provide great opportunities to control energy use, decrease energy costs, and meet climate action goals.
  1. Small Business
  2. Multi-family Property
Energize Richmond will enable business owners to take control of their energy costs by offering:

  • PG&E and MCE rebates to help Richmond businesses upgrade their lighting, refrigeration, and HVAC;
  • Free no-obligation customized analysis funded by PG&E and MCE to help your business save energy and money;
  • Additional incentives from the City of Richmond to cover out of pocket costs up to $6,000.
Contact EBEW at 800-576-6405 or eastbayenergywatch@dnvgl.com. For more information, please visit:  www.californiabestprogram.com
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About Us
The City of Richmond Environmental Initiatives team promotes systems and policy changes that support the development of healthy and sustainable neighborhoods. The Division collaborates with the community and other city departments to implement actions identified in the Climate Action Plan, Health in All Policies Strategy Document, and the Energy and Climate Change Element and Community Health and Wellness Element of the Richmond General Plan 2030. The team aims to build the City and community's capacity to improve and promote sustainability and health equity.

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