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 elements 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

Energy

  • Supports the adoption of California Green Building Standards.
  • Converted traffic lights to LEDs which has cut energy costs in half
  • Was awarded funding from EECBG to conduct a solar feasibility study with the goal of installing solar panels on several City owned buildings. The study predicted City Hall energy consumption would be cut by 7% saving over $625,000 over 25 years.
  • Adopted low permit fee for solar installation
  • Sustainable and affordable Senior HousingUnits built with solar energy and water heating.

Waste Reduction

  • Passed ordinance requiring the recycling of construction debris
  • Offering curbside pick-up of residential compostable food scraps in starting in October 2010.

Water Conservation

Transportation

Open Space

  • Worked with the City of Lafayette, Muir Heritage Land Trust and East Bay Regional Park District to purchase acreage on Acalanes Ridge! This property can be seen from 12 cities and adjoins thousands of acres of land already preserved as open space.

Community Support

  • Former Mayor of Walnut Creek, Gwen Regalia won the ABAG Award for Distinguished Leadership in promoting sustainability communities and Smart Growth.
  • City shares individual’s inspirational stories to show sustainability in Walnut Creek

 

City of Walnut Creek website

 

 
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