May is National Bike Month! Here are a list of events that everyone can get involved in:
Wednesday Lunch Time Bike Rides
Open to everyone! Come ride to some of Richmond’s beautiful parks and learn the bike routes in Richmond. Meet in front of City Hall at noon ready to go with a bike, helmet, lunch, and water. For more information please contact Abigail Carlstad, (510) 621-1504.
Bike to Work Day- Thursday, May 9th from 7AM to 9AM
On Thursday, May 9th, the City of Richmond in collaboration with Bike East Bay, 511 Contra Costa, Richmond Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), Rich City Rides, Columbia Sportswear Company, and SunPower, will be hosting five Energizer Stations across the Richmond community. Stop by on your way to work for refreshments and a Bike to Work Day bag filled with promotional materials from local businesses.
The Energizer Stations will be located along key bicycle routes and open from 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M.:
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-ca. Please note, paper towels and napkins are not recyclable.
Richmond residents are eligible for free bulky item pickup! Collections may be scheduled for single-family homes, duplexes, and multi-family properties with up to 19 units
For more information about residential bulky item pick-up programs visit www.ci.richmond.ca.us/1718/Residents
The City Manager’s Office, Community Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives Division is pleased to announce that Republic Services has teamed up with Bye Bye Mattress, a program of the Mattress Recycling Council, to provide a collection site for old unwanted mattresses and box springs. Starting February 1, 2019, households in the cities of Richmond, Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, El Cerrito and unincorporated communities are eligible to bring 3 items per month to be recycled at no cost. Mattresses can be dropped off Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond. Please bring proper identification or utility bill with address of household generating the item(s).
Items not accepted:
For a fee, businesses can dispose of mattresses at the Golden Bear Transfer Station. For questions or additional information please call Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Richmond homeowners can qualify for a free solar program funded by the City of Richmond and State of California, through the non-profit GRID Alternatives. The City of Richmond and GRID Alternatives are excited to provide free solar systems to income-qualifying homes in Richmond and North Richmond, funded by the City of Richmond and State of California. GRID Alternatives is a national non-profit organization that makes solar energy accessible to homeowners who need the savings the most, while providing hands-on solar installation training. You could save 60-90% on your electric bill and help our community reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by participating in the program.
To be eligible, Richmond and North Richmond residents must live in their own home and make less than 80% of area median income (income limits are included in the flyer below).
More information about the program can be found at www.gridalternatives.org/ or by calling GRID Alternatives at (510) 731-1333. Residents may also contact the City of Richmond at (510) 621-1541.
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.
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.
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.