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Redwood City Public Works has been dedicated to preserving environment for decades. Our environmental programs, developed as part of our Climate Action Plan process, are designed to improve the sustainability of our community and to reduce our citywide greenhouse gas emissions.

The Redwood City Climate Action Plan addresses the major emissions areas: Energy, Transportation, Water, and Waste. Adopted by the City Council on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, this plan is a roadmap to meeting our environmental goals for 2020.

In addition, Redwood City has been a member of Tree City USA for over 35 years for its dedication to the urban forest. Together as a community, we can take positive action to promote sustainability in our community. One way you can be aware of your environmental impact is by using our Carbon Footprint Calculator, and using the links above to see how you can improve your sustainability habits.

Latest Updates

The City Council adopted a resolution in support of the Paris agreement, joining the Climate Mayors Network. The City has established policies that align with the objectives of the Network, including achieving emissions reductions, developing five community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories, setting a target of reducing GHG emissions 15% below 2005 levels by 2020, and adopting a Climate Action Plan. Click here for the June 26 staff report where the resolution was adopted.

FREE Green Business Program Volunteer Training

  • Volunteer training on the San Mateo County Green Business Program offered by the County Office of Sustainability
  • Learn how to reduce your community's environmental impacts by informing small businesses about the Green Business Program, develop a strategy to canvass businesses in your area, and sign up for a one hour canvassing shift
  • RSVP to Jackie Nunez, janunez@smcgov.org before January 13th, 2018
  • Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 10 AM - 12 PM, 455 County Center, Room 101, Redwood City

FREE Exploring Sustainability Lunch-time Webinar Series

  • Wednesday, January 24, 12 PM - 1 PM, Virtual Tour of an Energy Efficient Smart Home, Register here
  • Wednesday, February 28, 12 PM - 1 PM, Composting Made Easy, Register here
  • Wednesday, March 28, 12 PM - 1 PM, Water Conservation 101, Register here

FREE  Small Electronics Drop-Off Event for San Mateo County Residents

  • Saturday, January 27, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Two locations, rain or shine:
    • San Mateo Superior Court (Northern Branch), parking lot, 1050 Mission Road, South San Francisco
    • Ox Mountain Landfill, 12310 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay
  • Residents must provide proof of residency in San Mateo County (e.g., driver's license, utility bill, garbage collection bill, etc.)

FREE Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off

  • Make an appointment to safely dispose of your Household Hazardous Waste!
  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24, April 28, June 30, July 28, September 22, and November 10, 2018

FREE Master Resource Conservation Course

  • Thursdays, 6 PM - 8:30 PM, February 8 - March 29, 2018, 455 County Center, 4th floor, Redwood City
  • The Sustainability Academy's Master Resource Conservation Course is a no-cost 8-week, in-class course that will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of a variety of sustainability topics.
  • Register here or call 1-888-442-2666

Beacon Awards

In 2016, the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Redwood City with a Beacon Spotlight Award. Along with reducing agency natural gas usage by 8%, the City qualified for the following award:

  • Gold Spotlight Award for 11% agency energy savings

In addition, the City still holds a Silver Level Beacon Award for its 2015 achievements:

  • Platinum Spotlight Award for Sustainability Best Practices
  • Platinum Spotlight Award for 20% agency GHG reduction
  • Silver Spotlight Award for 8% community GHG reduction
  • Silver Spotlight Award for 8% agency energy savings
  • Silver Spotlight Award for 7% natural gas savings

Find more information about the City’s Sustainability Best Practices at the Institute for Local Government.