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.

El Cerrito

El Cerrito Accomplishments:

General Plan Update

  • General Plan will be updated in the coming years to incorporate climate, active transportation, urban greening, healthy living and sustainable community strategies.
  • Housing Element will be updated to create a diverse mix of equitable housing types and incentivize innovative urban infill development, in response to Plan Bay Area and Regional Housing Needs Allocations.

Climate Action Planning


Waste Reduction

Water Conservation

  • Retrofitted 400 feet of San Pablo Ave. storm drain system with low impact storm water rain gardens.
  • In partnership with East Bay Municipal Utility District the city replaced median landscaping along San Pablo Avenue with water efficient landscaping and awarded WaterSmart certification for reducing irrigation needs by 7 million gallons.
  • Planted almost 200 trees and water wise landscaping along San Pablo Ave.


  • Developing a San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Plan to catalyze mode shift away from the private automobile.
  • Updating the 2007 Circulation Plan for Bicyclists and Pedestrians into an Active Transportation Plan.
  • Installed Electronic Bike Lockers and Bike Racks near transit.
  • Constructed bike lanes on Moeser Avenue and Central Avenue and bicycle routes on Ashbury Avenue and Fairmount Avenue.
  • Constructed Ohlone Greenway improvements in coordination with BART to improve circulation conditions and safety.
  •  Hosts an Energizer Station on the annual “Bike to Work Day”.
  • Held a “No Car Challenge’ for city workers and residents in 2010 to reduce reliance on vehicle transportation.

Open Space

  • Established an Urban Forest Plan to manage public trees in the city.
  • Developing an Urban Greening Plan to evaluate and redesign existing open spaces and incentivize new, privately-owned spaces designed to maximize environmental and community development benefits.
  • Developed and adopted the Ohlone Greenway Urban Greening Project, to improve open space amenities along El Cerrito’s 2.7 mile stretch of the Ohlone Greenway.  Also includes vision and goals of the Ohlone Green Master Plan.

Community Support

City of El Cerrito Website

Last updated June 2014

 As elected officials we must do our part to protect the environment. It’s past the time to debate whether climate change is occurring. It’s time to act.  As elected officials we need to develop programs to change our practices to reduce the activities that have a negative impact on our local community and to increase practices that have a position impact. We can make a difference.

Janet Abelson, Councilmember, City of El Cerrito, CA