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* see the Contra Costa Climate Opinion Fact Sheet

  from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Contra Costa County

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Contra Costa at a glance

80%* of the people in Contra Costa believe that climate change is happening

and 71% of Contra Costa people think community members should do more.

What can YOU do? We're glad you asked!

Find businesses, non-profit organizations, and city & county sustainability offices,

all doing something to be part of the climate solution - then reach out & get involved!

CLICK ON THE ARROWS TO WATCH VIDEOS & HEAR PODCASTS 

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

Click on these images to take the next step

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ENERGY & BUILDINGS

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TRANSPORTATION

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FOOD & FOOD WASTE

Green Businesses

Find businesses near you that are Certified Green

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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. 

Community Actions

It's always easier - and more fun - to take actions with others 

Find local nonprofits, networks, coalitions, community action groups and more! All of these organizations are doing something to be a part of the climate solution. Reach out to one or all of them! 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.

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Contra Costa County Climate Leaders

local, advocacy, education

The network for local governments sharing, publicizing and facilitating greenhouse gas emission policies and education in Contra Costa County.

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350 Contra Costa

local, advocacy

350 Contra Costa is a local affiliate of 350 Bay area and a grassroots climate crisis group taking action in our home community. We are a welcoming front door for all people concerned about a healthy, safe and equitable environment.

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Richmond Our Power Coalition

local, advocacy, energy & buildings

Our mission is to advance a Just Transition in Richmond to a regenerative, non-extractive economy, democratically governed by frontline community leadership, and grounded in racial justice.

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Sunflower Alliance

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.

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Richmond Progressive Alliance

local, advocacy

The RPA has this explicit goal: to take political decision-making back from corporations and put power in the hands of the people.

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Citizens' Climate Lobby - Contra Costa

local, advocacy

We are a chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, a non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

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Rich City Rides

local, advocacy, lifestyle, transportation

Our mission is to: 1) Create opportunities for the most vulnerable members of society through cycling. 2) Increase cycling among all community members. 3) Promote cycling as a social, sustainable, and green mode of transportation.

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Sunrise Movement - Contra Costa Hub

local, advocacy

This is one of the Sunrise Movements +270 hubs all around the United States. A movement of young people mobilizing to combat climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

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Sustainable Contra Costa

local, advocacy, education

Sustainable Contra Costa is a community of citizens, educators, innovators, and organizations designing and building pathways to ecologically sustainable, economically vibrant, and socially just communities for all.

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Interfaith Climate Action Network of Contra Costa

local, advocacy, lifestyle

ICAN Contra Costa is a regional organizing group of California Interfaith Power and Light.

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Protect the Bay

local, advocacy, energy & buildings

Our coalition is determined to prevent the expansion of the Phillips 66 refinery and marine terminal in Rodeo that would allow it to import toxic crude oils like tar sands from Canada.

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Sunrise Movement - San Ramon Hub

local, advocacy

This is one of the Sunrise Movements +270 hubs all around the United States. A movement of young people mobilizing to combat climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

Government Engagement 

Local governments can make all the difference - learn what yours is doing

CITIES & TOWNS:

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY:

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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.

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Antioch

Community Development- Environmental Resources Division
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Danville

Live Locally- Environment & Sustainability
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Martinez

Government- Sustainability Resources
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Brentwood

NO SUSTAINABILITY/CLIMATE INITIATIVES CURRENTLY
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El Cerrito

Operations & Environmental Services Division(OESD)- Green El Cerrito
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Moraga

Planning- Climate Action Plan (CAP)
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Clayton

City Development- Green Building and Financing
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Hercules

NO SUSTAINABILITY/CLIMATE INITIATIVES CURRENTLY
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Oakley

Planning and Zoning- Environmental Programs
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Concord

Our Community- Environment and Sustainability
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Lafayette

Why Lafayette?- Green Lafayette
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Orinda

Public Works and Engineering- Green Infrastructure

What's Happening Around the Bay?

Explore - 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. 

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