Contra Costa County is dedicated to making our 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.
Read our latest Sustainability Newsletter (link) to learn more about the County’s work on environmental sustainability.
Help Update the County’s Climate Action Plan
Contra Costa County is updating its Climate Action Plan, which outlines the actions the County will take to address our changing climate. The public review draft of the 2024 Climate Action Plan Update is now available on the Envision Contra Costa 2040 website!
We had originally set a comment period end date of January 31, 2024. However, this comment period is being extended to align with the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which assesses the potential impacts on the environment that could result from adopting and implementing the 2045 General Plan and 2024 CAP. The comment period for the Draft Climate Action Plan 2024 Update has been extended to Monday, April 8, 2024 at 5:00 pm.
In the meantime, we'll be focusing our work in a few key areas. Learn more by reading our Interim Climate Action Work Plan for 2023-2024 (PDF).
We held several meetings in September and October, 2019 to learn about community goals and strategies to reduce pollution emissions in our County and be more resilient. Visit the Envision Contra Costa 2040 webpage to find presentations, information for the Climate Action Plan update, and to submit your ideas.
Catch up on the latest in our Sustainability Newsletter
The Sustainability Newsletter highlights and celebrates the on-going programs and initiatives undertaken by the County to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Review Draft Climate Action Plan 2024 Update and Contra Costa County 2045 General Plan * Check Out the Library's New All-Electric Rolling Reader * County Identifies Carbon Sequestration Strategies in Healthy Lands, Healthy People Study * County Staff Spread the Word About Sustainability * BayREN Introduces Four New Energy Efficiency Programs for 2024 * County Sustainability Efforts Highlighted in County Employee Newsletter
Board Approves Updated Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy * First Contra Costa Resilient Shoreline Ad Hoc Committee Meeting on October 12, 2023 * County Saves Over 7,500 kWh with Demand Response Program * Free Online Worm Composting Workshop on October 14, 2023 * California Public Utilities Commission Approves $171 Million BayREN Budget * 2023 Contra Costa County Creek and Watershed Symposium on October 26, 2023 * SunShares Offers Discounts on Home Solar and Battery Storage * Sustainable Contra Costa Fall Zero Waste Checklist
Find Out How to Finance Your Clean Energy Upgrade on July 11, 2023 * County Educates and Empowers Employees with its First EV and E-Bike Show * Explore Sustainability with the Contra Costa County Library * County Establishes Contra Costa Resilient Shoreline Ad Hoc Committee * BayREN Multifamily Program Offers $500-$5,000+ Per-Unit Rebates * County-Sponsored Bill Would Provide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories for Local Governments * Enter the Summer 2023 Energy Checklist Challenge * County Sustainability Team Attends CCEC 2023
Apply to Join the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy Public Advisory Committee by April 5, 2023 * All-Electric Trucks Join Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fleet * Mark Your Calendars: Bike to Work Day is May 18, 2023 * Check Out the County's 2023-2024 Interim Climate Action Work Plan * North Richmond Mobile Tool Library Celebrates Grand Opening * Reflecting on 10 Years of BayREN * Switch to a Sustainable Commute with 511 Contra Costa Incentives
Apply to Join the County's Sustainability Commission by January 15, 2023 * Department of Agriculture Collects 5,400 Pounds of Recyclable Pesticide Containers * County Receives Grant to Support Clean Indoor Air * Child Support Services Staff Share Sustainability Stories Through Poetry * Solar Overlay Zone Spurs Investment in Renewables * Over 800 Households Sign Up for Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge * Business FLEXmarket Launched by BayREN * BayREN Spanish Language Induction Cooking Webinar * Register for 511 Contra Costa's Winter Walk Challenge
SunShares Solar + Storage * New County Satellite Administration Building Pursues Zero Waste Certification * G3 (Green Government Group) Champions Create a Water Wise Workplace * Join the Cleaner Contra Costa Fall Challenge - Now through November 30, 2022 * Increased Rebate for Induction Cooktops
Welcome Back * Project Spotlight: Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project * Workplace Sustainability: The G3 Champion Program * Contra Costa County Library of Things * Healthy Lands, Healthy People * BayREN Update: New Outreach Strategy Hits the Ground!
Welcome Back * County Adopts New Building Electrification Reach Code * Green Government Group Champions Program Launch * Water Sustainability in the County * Free Home Energy & Water Efficiency Kits * Climate Action Plan Update
Welcome Back * Department Spotlight: Health Services * BayREN Home Upgrade Energy Efficiency Workshops * Interdepartmental Climate Action Task Force * Greenspace and Health: What's the connection?
Welcome to the Newsletter * Free Energy and Water Efficiency Kits * Sustainability Tip: Layering Rebates * BayREN Business is Open for Business * Topics to Track: Active Transportation * North Richmond Non-Profit Awarded Community Compost Grant * County Building Spotlight
Welcome Back * Who is the Sustainability Commission? * Sustainability Tip: Sign up for MCE * Interim Climate Action Plan Work Plan * County Awarded Grant from California Strategic Growth Council * Interdepartmental Climate Action Task Force First Report to the Board * Department Spotlight
Introduction to Sustainability * Climate Emergency Resolution * How energy efficient is your home? * Contra Costa Asthma Initiative * Community & Environment * Department Spotlight