The Contra Costa County Climate Leaders (4CL) program is a network assisting the county and its 19 cities to inform, support and encourage the measurement and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Through education and sharing of best practices we will ensure sustainable, healthy and livable cities.

Pittsburg

Pittsburg Accomplishments:

General Plan Update

  • The General Plan was last updated in 2001 with a housing update in 2010 and includes information on preserving open space, removing invasive species and introducing stricter water conservation measures.

Climate Action Planning

Energy

  • Has the Blue Marble Challenge to help residents who wish to reduce their energy usage.
  • Participates in Energy Star Benchmarking program and Time-of Use Rates program sponsored by PG&E.
  • Participates in GreenTraks, an energy platform system that monitors City energy use and GHG emissions.
  • Entitlement EECBG application for LED lights for residential areas and the community areas as well as green workforce training.
  • Retrofitting 1,192 streetlights with LED lights.
  • Converted all of Pittsburg’s red and green traffic lights to LED technology.

Waste Reduction

Water Conservation

Transportation

Open Space

Community Support

  • Hosts an Adopt-A-Spot program in which residents and businesses can “adopt” parks, creeks, streets, trails and plazas and perform maintenance and beautification projects with the help of the City and are which are recognized on the Pittsburg website.
  • Pittsburg High School competes in the Green Campus Challenge—Battle  of the Classes, raising awareness of the importance to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Students compete as a class to be the best recyclers, have the best green rally cry, make the best green video, create the best recycled material fashion show pieces, participate in the best green community service project, and more.  The City partners with Mount Diablo Recycling, and winners of each sub-competition collect prizes for their class.
  • Adopted a partnership with local schools (K-12th grade and ESL students) for waste reduction and recycling: Eco-Education for Fun and Future. The partnership creates field trip opportunities for students at the Mt. Diablo Recycling Facility and Recycling Center & Transfer Station.
  • After passing its Plastic Bag Ordinance, the City of Pittsburg launched a plastic bag pledge with Pittsburg junior high schools.  Providing 3,000 reusable bags to middle schoolers, the pledge encourages students and their families to swap out their plastic bag habit for reusable bags.
  • The City of Pittsburg’s Delta Waters Program, hosted at the DOW wetlands in Pittsburg, educates hundreds of PSU third and fourth graders each year about the importance of clean water resources for humans, animals, and local water bodies.  The program is a collaborative effort between City staff,  the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and local high school and community college professors.
  • Launched a Facebook Page for public communication and involvement regarding environmental issues.
  • Joined nine other cities to compete in the Cool California Challenge.
  • Pittsburg encourages residents to take the Blue Marble Challenge and offers strategies on how to reduce their impact.

City of Pittsburg Website

Last updated June 2014