City of Concord, California

Environment and Sustainability

Concord makes Sustainable Choices

The City of Concord is committed to the safety, environment, sustainability, and quality of life of the community.

It is estimated that the focus on daily sustainability could reduce direct household greenhouse gas emissions by 20% or 123 million metric tons annually nationwide. The City of Concord has established and supported a number of programs to help residents and business owners to lessen their carbon footprint, as well as to shrink the city footprint. The City hopes to surpass the state-mandated levels by increasing margins over time by implementing the Climate Action Plan and to be transparent about city wide progress.


City Highlights

On September 23, 2015, Sustainable Contra Costa held the 2015 annual Contra Costa Leadership in Sustainability and Green Building Awards Gala. Leadership awards were given in five categories: Sustainable Communities, Food System Innovation, Sustainable Resource Management, Green Building and youth service. The City of Concord is proud to announce one of the seven winners as the Markham Regional Arboretum Society. The Markham Nature Park and Arboretum is located at 1202 La Vista Avenue, in the heart of Concord. The City of Concord is a proud partner of the Markham Regional Arboretum Society and together we have developed Markham Nature Park into the unique educational garden that stands today. The park holds classes and events along with plant sales every Tuesday. Click below for more details.
www.markhamarboretum.org



Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation Financing Programs

Multiple organizations offer financial incentives for completing energy efficiency and water conservation upgrades to your home or business. For information on available programs, please review the Government Funding Programs.

Government Funding Programs

Following are notable government funding programs and incentives for completing energy efficiency and water conservation upgrades to your home or business:

Bay Area Regional Energy Network: Single-Family Home Upgrades
Take the Whole-House Approach to Energy Efficiency! New programs and updates are now available for homeowners of single-family homes and 2-4 unit buildings in the Bay Area who make energy-efficient home improvements. Eligible improvements include air sealing; duct sealing; attic insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems; wall insulation; cool roof; interior and exterior lighting; whole-house fan; windows; and more. Homeowners are eligible for incentives from $1,500 to $3,000, plus a $150 incentive towards a combustion appliance safety test with an Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade. Alternatively, homeowners are eligible for incentives up to $6,500 in rebates, plus a $300 home energy assessment rebate, with an Advanced Home Upgrade. In addition, Home Upgrade Advisors, who are Building Performance Institute-certified energy-efficiency professionals, can provide free direct one-to-one assistance to help homeowners through every step of the upgrade. Homeowners can contact a Home Upgrade Advisor by calling (866) 878-6008 or by submitting a brief form on the Bay Area Energy Upgrade website. The website also features a list of participating contractors in the Bay Area. Homeowners who are ready to begin their upgrade can contact a participating contractor directly.

Home and Business Energy Financing Programs

  1. The HERO Program can help make energy efficient upgrades affordable for homeowners.
  2. AllianceNRG offers affordable financing for residential and commercial energy retrofits.
  3. Get inspired by the hundreds of eligible home upgrades through California First.
  4. OnDemandPACE™ allows up to 20% of a property's value to be financed for energy and water improvements..
  5. See how the Ygrene Energy Fund can help you finance making your home more energy efficient.

Sources

City of Concord Citywide Climate Action Plan
From www.pnas.org: Household actions can provide a behavioral wedge to rapidly reduce US carbon emissions

 
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