Small Steps Can Help Our Planet

Beth Terry of Oakland keeps reusable bamboo utensils and a couple of glass straws in her purse and always carries a stainless steel water bottle. She brings glass jars to the grocery store to fill with dry foods like rice and coffee, puts produce in cloth bags and asks the butcher to put meat in…

Water Conservation

Water Conservation – What You Can Do In 2008, and for the first time in California since 1991, the Governor proclaimed a statewide drought and called for implementation of numerous measures to reduce water consumption. And, by most accounts, the Bay Area will continue to experience conditions that warrant a greater emphasis on water conservation.…

Rain Barrel Rebate Program

Capture Rainwater to Save Water, Prevent Pollution & Get a $50 Rebate The San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program is sponsoring a Rain Barrel Rebate Program in light of the current drought. Rain barrels are great for capturing rainwater to irrigate landscape, and they also help to prevent urban runoff pollution. 1,000 square feet…

Personal Solutions to Global Warming

The routine decisions that shape our days — what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work — may seem small, but collectively they have a big effect on global warming. Americans’ per capita emissions of heat-trapping gases is 21 tons—four times the global average and twice that of other countries with…

Bay Area Regional Energy Network

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is a coalition of the nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties implementing large scale, cross-sector energy management strategies on a regional level. BayREN was approved as a pilot by the California Public Utilities Commission in November 2012. Access the latest Dashboard here. Past reports will be archived at www.bayren.org/about. The dashboard…

CoolCalifornia City Challenge

Thanks! to Everyone Who Took the Challenge. Burlingame finished in 7th place with 373,000 points. We earned $2,851 for Green Projects in Burlingame! The CoolCalifornia City Challenge is a statewide competition engaging thousands of households in cities across California to save energy, reduce their carbon footprints and help build more vibrant and sustainable communities. Ten cities…