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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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Celebrate National Bike Month in Richmond & the East Bay

Spring is the time to get bicycling again and to enjoy the many benefits of riding including:
  • Saving money on gas, parking, and transit
  • Bypassing congested traffic or transit schedules
  • Reveling in the convenience of the door to door commute and hassle free parking
  • Getting 40 minutes of exercise (the average commute) directly improves physical and mental health
There are many great options to celebrate National Bike Month in Richmond and in the greater East Bay.
  1. Bay Area Bike to Work Day
  2. Richmond's Bike to Work Day Block Party
  3. Bike to Work Month Team Richmond

Bike to Work Day 2017 is Thursday, May 11th

The City is collaborating with Bike East Bay, 511 Contra Costa, Rich City Rides, Richmond BPAC, and SunPower to host four Energizer Stations across the Richmond community. Stop by on your way to work for refreshments and a Bike to Work Day bag with all kinds of swag and goodies from local Richmond businesses, including Paragon Machine Works, The Pedaler Bike Shop, Visit Richmond, Nutiva, and more. Energizer Stations will be open 7:00 am-9:00 am along key bicycle routes:
  •  Richmond BART (open from 6:30am- 8:30am)
  • Macdonald Avenue & Key Blvd
  • Richmond Greenway (Ohio Avenue & Harbour Way)
  • Marina Bay Park (along the Bay Trail)
Other Energizer Stations happening in the area include:
  • Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center
  • The Pedaler Bike Shop
  • UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station
  • Native American Health Center
Visit the interactive Energizer Station maps at youcanbikethere.com/energizer/.

If you are a Richmond businesses interested in donating promotional items for the Richmond Bike to Work Day Bags, please email Patrick Phelan at Patrick_phelan@ci.richmond.ca.us.

Richmond Climate Action Plan Now Available

The Richmond Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a roadmap for how the City will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change on public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces in our community. The CAP will support the community’s goals and policies identified in the City’s General Plan 2030. The CAP  also features health equity and climate justice as important aspects of the document framework, consistent with City’s Health in All Policies Strategy.

The Final CAP and all appendices can be accessed on the City's Climate Action webpage.

Richmond Climate Action Plan News Release

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HERO and CaliforniaFIRST - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs Now Available for Richmond Homeowners

Richmond homeowners are now eligible to participate in two Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs: HERO and CaliforniaFIRST. PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over 5 to 20 years and the interest is tax-deductible. Homeowners can use PACE financing to renovate projects that can increase their property values, lower their monthly utility bills, and contribute to making our community more energy independent.

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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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