80% of the people in Contra Costa believe that climate change is happening
and 71% of Contra Costans think community members can do more.*
Contra Costa at a glance
What can YOU do?
We're glad you asked!
Contra Costa can make a world of difference.
And we can all do something!
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A Zero Emission Home
Contra Costa County resident Wei-Tai Kwok challenged himself in 2019 to see how hard it would really be to replace all his natural gas appliances with high-efficiency electric versions powered by 100% renewable energy. It turns out that it only took him 45 days to replace his gas cooktop with induction electric, gas furnace with heat-pump mini-splits, gas water heater with heat pump technology and gas fireplace with an electric log insert before disconnecting permanently from the gas grid.
What inspires you? Discover your solutions here
It's always easier - and more fun - to take actions with others
Explore these groups and join those that align with your interests. This will never be a "complete list", so let us know about organizations that should be added: drop us a note at info@DrawdownBayArea.org.
local, advocacy, energy & buildings
The Sunflower Alliance fights for environmental justice, indigenous people’s rights, and basic health and safety of East Bay communities threatened by the fossil fuel industry, as well as reduce pollution from and clean-up of past contamination caused by fossil fuel industries.
Actions You Can Take Right Now
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ENERGY & BUILDINGS
What can you do?
See what's happening in your community:
Find businesses, non-profit organizations, and city & county climate action departments and agencies, all doing something to be part of the solution - then reach out and connect!
FOOD & FOOD WASTE
take the survey!
Find businesses near you that are Certified Green
Local businesses that are doing the right thing would certainly appreciate your support. Find one near you!
Are you interested in becoming a Green Business?
The Contra Costa Green Business Program helps small and medium-sized businesses find ways to minimize their impact on the environment by eliminating or reducing waste generated, finding alternatives to hazardous materials, reducing energy and water consumption, and improving the quality of air, wastewater, and storm water discharges.
Become a Certified Green Business! You're in good company: join the program that is greening California, one business at a time. Part of the statewide California Green Business Network, leading the nation in creating a vibrant green economy that makes communities healthier and more livable while conserving resources.
Local governments can make all the difference - learn what yours is doing
CITIES, TOWNS & AGENCIES:
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY:
Contra Costa County Conservation and Development is dedicated to making communities cleaner and healthier for families, children, and future generations. The County sponsors programs that save money for residents and businesses, improve health and safety, and create jobs for the people who call Contra Costa County home.
Explore countywide sustainability resources, or find your local government below.
What's Happening Around the Bay?
Explore more - there's a lot happening!
There are agencies, community organizations, and business groups that are not centered in one particular county, but serve the region, and are often connected beyond the Bay. They offer information, resources, and ways to join the larger effort to implement climate solutions. Take a look at these organizations' websites.