Environmental Initiatives

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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.

National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation! (April 1 - April 30)

  • Make your pledge to conserve water and energy on behalf of our city this Earth Month! Over $50,000 in prizes!

Commuter Challenge! (April 1 - May 31)

  • Join the 2018 Commuter Challenge (April 1 - May 31) by using commute alternative options like carpool, vanpool, telework, bicycle, walk, shuttle or public transit to, from or through San Mateo County to work. Register to win prizes!

 FREE Environmental Film Series

  • Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m. - Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution at Daly City Council Chamber
    • Light refreshments provided
  • Thursday, May 3, 6 p.m. - Of the Sea at Ted Adcock Community Center in Half Moon Bay
    • Light refreshments provided

FREE Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off

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

South County Transportation Forum

  • Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
  • Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
  • One of four County-wide transportation forums coordinated by the Transportation Equity Allied Movement Coalition
  • Contact Montzerrat Garcia-Bedolla at mbedolla@yli.org or 714-579-9070

Bike to Work Day

  • Thursday, May 10
  • Bike by an energizer station for some swag!

Electric Vehicles for EVeryone 

  • Thursday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City 
  • One of four transportation events in the Connecting Communities series presented by TransForm and the Silicon Valley Climate Action Alliance

FREE Water Efficient Landscape Classes

  • Double-Duty Plants - Integrating Edibles into Your Existing Garden, Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. - 1p.m.
  • Registration required - go to bawsca.org or call 650-349-3000

Beacon Awards

In 2017, the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Redwood City with a Beacon Spotlight Award for reducing agency natural gas usage by 10%.

  • Gold Spotlight Award for 10% agency natural gas savings

In 2016, 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.