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.

Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Accomplishments:

General Plan

  • Walnut Creek adopted its most recent General Plan in 2006 to guide the city through until 2025. It contained specific policies on energy conservation and meeting green building standards, waste diversion and recycling, water conservation and open space preservation. It also implemented sustainability elements related to the GHG emissions inventory.

Climate Action Planning

  • Climate Action Plan approved by council in April 2012.
  • City of Walnut Creek, Going Green Page.
  • The Walnut Creek Library, which opened in 2010, received LEED Gold certification for sustainable design and conservation of water and energy.
  • EECBG funds were used to install solar as well as LED lighting in several City parking lots.
  • Has had 5 City Departments and organizations designated as Green Businesses by ABAG including the Parks Dept, Vehicle Maintenance, Police Dept, City Hall, Chamber of Commerce and Lesher Arts Center.
  • Green Building Ordinance in progress.
  • Using EECBG funding to help install solar on the City Hall.
  • Conducted GHG Emissions Inventory. Municipal and Community wide inventory completed.
  • Walnut Creek was named the Greenest City to retire in by US News.com in 2011 and 2012.
  • Named as one of the top 10 greenest cities in June 2007 by Yahoo’s Be a Better Planet Campaign & Global Green USA
  • Joined ICLEI‘s Cities for Climate Protection Campaign

Community Support

City of Walnut Creek website.

Updated April 2019.