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Sustainability

Atherton looks to work with local residents, regional agencies, and private organizations in order to build a more sustainable future. Initiatives working towards this goal include education and outreach to the community on sustainable practices, providing a category of programs aimed at reducing the carbon footprint and saving energy at home, and the adoption of a Climate Action Plan.

The Town would like to share the following programs and resources that our residents can avail themselves of in an effort to join the Town in meeting and exceeding its sustainability targets. These include:

  • Home Intel: A FREE online Smart Audit of your home's smart meter data to pinpoint areas of energy waste and custom recommendations and simple fixes to control your home's "Energy Hogs" and lower your bill. https://hi.hea.com
  • HERO Program: Home Energy Renovation Opportunity program provides homeowners with financing for energy efficient, renewable, and water conserving home improvements. https://www.renovateamerica.com/financing/hero
  • California Solar Initiative: CSI offers cash rebates for installing solar energy on homes and businesses. http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/csi/index.php
  • PG&E Energy Audit: Free energy audit by PG&E, helps homeowners save money on bills by identifying energy consumption sources. After answering a few questions about your home and habits, the results will show you how much of your household's energy goes to heating, hot water, appliances, lighting and other uses. You'll also receive a customized list of changes you can make to boost your home's energy efficiency, along with estimates of how much money you'll save. https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/save-energy-money/analyze-your-usage/home-energy-checkup/home-energy-checkup.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_homeenergycheckup
  • San Mateo County Energy Watch: Energy efficiency services and incentives for homes and businesses, as well as Greenhouse Gas Emissions incentives and Climate Action Plan implementation services for government organizations.  http://www.smcenergywatch.com/
  • Peninsula Clean Energy: The official electricity provider for San Mateo County. Provides clean energy to meet local climate action goals. https://www.peninsulacleanenergy.com/
  • California Water Service Rebates and Programs: CalWater offers a variety of rebates for residential accounts in Atherton (Bear Gulch District). https://www.calwater.com/conservation/rebates-and-programs/
  • Rethink Waste: Innovative waste reduction and recycling programs in San Mateo County. http://www.rethinkwaste.org/
  • FlowsToBay Challenge: Campaign from FlowsToBay to encourage San Mateo Residents to make changes at home to reduce pollutants. http://www.flowstobay.org/
  • Rain Barrel Rebate Program: Up to $100 in rebates available for San Mateo County residents that use a rain barrel in their homes to collect rainwater that reduces rainwater runoff and provides a sustainable source of water. http://www.flowstobay.org/rainbarrel
  • Solar Tribune: Website for solar news, education and advocacy. The website also provides resources and tools for people considering using solar power. https://solartribune.com/
  • SEEC: The State Energy Efficiency Collaborative is an alliance between three non-profit organizations and California’s four Investor-Owned utility companies providing tools and resources for cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. http://californiaseec.org/
  • PG&E Home Energy Checkup: After answering a few basic questions about your home and habits, the results will show you how much of your household's energy goes to heating, hot water, appliances, lighting and other uses. You'll also receive a customized list of changes you can make to boost your home's energy efficiency, along with estimates of how much money you'll save. https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/save-energy-money/analyze-your-usage/home-energy-checkup/home-energy-checkup.page
  • Save Our Water Rebates (State of California Department of Water Resources): The State of California offers various rebates for residential upgrades, depending on funds availability.  Turf Replacement Rebate- a rebate program for removing turf and replacing it with landscapes that require little water. http://saveourwaterrebates.com/
  • Free Sprinkler Nozzles: To help you save water around your home, Cal Water is partnering with FreeSprinklerNozzles.com to make water-saving Toro Precision Series Spray Nozzles available at no charge. https://www.freesprinklernozzles.com/Index.asp

Climate Action Plan

The City Council, through a Climate Action Plan, establishes a framework designed to enhance the Town’s sustainable footprint. To the extent feasible and practical, the Town considers the long-term sustainability impacts of all governmental decisions; makes the protection and preservation of our natural environment a high priority in decision-making; recognizes that community education and participation are key to reaching sustainable goals; and seeks to work collaboratively with regional strategic partners to achieve sustainability targets. 

Track our progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout Atherton here!

Provided via the Town’s Sustainability website are programs and resources that our residents can avail themselves of in an effort to join the Town in meeting and exceeding its sustainability targets. These include:

Information about Energy Audits and Professional Providers
• Educational materials related to energy conservation, water conservation,
  waste reduction, green building, and more.
• Links to the Town’s Climate Action Plan 
• Links to online tools and calculators to assist you in assessing your climate impact



Environmental Programs Committee

Staff Liaison to the Committee

Lisa Costa Sanders

Town Planner
Email

93 Station Lane
Atherton, CA 94027

Ph: 650-752-0544
Fx: 650-688-6528

Hours
Monday - Friday
8 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 4 p.m.

Theresa DellaSanta
Assistant to the City Manager/City Clerk
Email
91 Ashfield Road
Atherton, CA 94027

Ph: 650-752-0529