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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 Sustainability Academy Master Compost and Solid Waste Course

  • An 8-week Master Class in backyard and vermi (worm) composting
  • Hosted by the County Office of Sustainability at the Shoreway Environmental Center, 333 Shoreway Rd.
  • 5:45 pm - 9:15 pm, Mondays, October 16 - December 11, 2017 (excluding Thanksgiving week)

FREE Bay Area Sunshares Webinars and Workshop 

  • October 12th, 12 PM - 1 PM, SunShares webinar, RSVP here
  • October 17th, 12 PM - 1 PM, SunShares webinar, RSVP here
  • October 17th, 6 PM - 7:30 PM, SunShares workshop, RSVP here, San Mateo Library Oak Room, 55 W. 3rd. Ave., San Mateo

FREE Fixit Clinic

  • Bring broken electronics, appliances, computers, toys, sewing machines, bicycles, fabric items, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. 
  • 455 County Center, 1st Fl, Rm 101, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 28th, 2017

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, October 28, 2017

 FREE Water-Efficient Landscape Classes

  • Gardening with Succulents, Thursday, October 19th, 6 PM - 9 PM, Public Works
  • What to Do With That Difficult Planting Area, Saturday, October 28th, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Converting Spray Irrigation to Drip, Saturday, November 18th, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Classes are at Public Works Services, 1400 Broadway - Register online at www.bawsca.org or call 650-349-3000

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.