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Cover Photo Contest - Your Photo Could Win!

Friends, once again we are inviting YOU to submit a photo that will grace…


Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on August 12, 2019 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Workshop THIS Thursday: Curious About Cannabis

The health benefits of medical marijuana and other Cannabis products are being discussed everywhere, and this ancient plant has the potential to be a natural home-grown remedy. But what are the facts, and what is hype? Our expert from the Rossmoor Medical Marijuana Club will provide an overview of the health benefits of cannabis products,THC vs. CBD,…


Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on June 18, 2019 at 7:01pm — No Comments

May 20 - World Bee Day

Today is World Bee Day. Appreciate and celebrate these hard working insects. Threatened by herbicides and other human blunders, we need them more than ever. More than 75% of the world's food crops depend on these and other pollinators, either wholly or in part, as do 90% of wild flowering plants. In the past 50 years, there's been a 300% increase in the volume of crops being produced that are dependent on pollination.

Please use only carefully vetted (ex: glyphosate and flupyradifurone… Continue

Added by Janette Drew on May 20, 2019 at 9:53am — No Comments

Seeking volunteer and paid positions for sustainability outreach

Sustainable Contra Costa has an immediate need for outreach volunteers to help promote the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge in the months of April and May

The Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge is a collaborative initiative helping students,…


Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on April 10, 2019 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Seeking host home in Pittsburg for laundry-to-landscape greywater workshop

Save water and irrigate your landscape every time you do laundry! Greywater systems sustainably irrigate your yard without consuming precious potable water.

We are looking for a home to install a simple “laundry-to-landscape” greywater system as part of a hands-on workshop offered on March 2nd by Sustainable Contra Costa, the City of Pittsburg, and Contra Costa Water District. If your home meets these requirements and you’re interested in participating in our program, please get in…


Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on January 14, 2019 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Support SCOCO and Take 20% Off at Sports Basement! 12/13 - 15 ONLY

Head to any Sports Basement for your holiday shopping and support Sustainable Contra Costa at the same time.

ONLY between December 13th and 15th, Basementeers received 20% off your entire purchase! You can become a Basementeer here, or in any store. Make sure to designate Sustainable Contra Costa as your…


Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on December 12, 2018 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Support SCOCO on #Giving Tuesday!

 #Giving Tuesday is November 27th! Facebook and PayPal are matching donations on Facebook for a total of up to $7 million dollars.

Donate to help us launch a Countywide program that will engage thousands of residents of Contra Costa in new and exciting ways to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable Contra Costa's committed…


Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on November 9, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

In case you plan to make an Amazon purchase any time soon, this week is 10x the normal donation rate - spread the word! Remember to always go to (hopefully Sustainable Contra Costa i…

In case you plan to make an Amazon purchase any time soon, this week is 10x the normal donation rate - spread the word! Remember to always go to (hopefully Sustainable Contra Costa is your beneficiary already!) when you check out so that a portion of your purchase goes to SCOCO!

AmazonSmile is increasing…


Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on October 29, 2018 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment

Save Money and Bike Safer with a DIY Smart Phone Bicycle Camera

Cycling is a great benefit in more ways than one. Not only are bicycles more eco-friendly and cost-effective, but they keep you much more active than other forms of transportation. Unfortunately, cycling also puts you at risk for a variety of hazards. In fact, according to the US DoT, an average of 45,000 bicyclists are injured in traffic each year.

One of the best ways to keep yourself safe while cycling is to review…


Added by Deanna Power on September 13, 2018 at 7:40am — 1 Comment

Your photo could be on the cover of the awards program!

Friends, once again we are inviting YOU to submit a photo that will grace the cover of our program booklet at this year's Leadership In Sustainability Awards Gala on September 20th. Take a look at last year's booklet so you can see what we're talking about.

The rules are simple:…


Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on July 26, 2018 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Sustainability Awards: Last Chance to Nominate!

The deadline is almost here! You have only one more week, until July 15th to nominate a sustainability leader.  On September 20th, our community will come together at the 10th Annual Leadership in Sustainability & Green Building Awards Gala to celebrate and honor those who demonstrate outstanding…

Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on July 9, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments



Do you know a high school junior and senior interested in energy and water efficiency, receiving valuable job training, and earning $14 an hour?

They can become a CONSERVATION COACH and help residents achieve their sustainability goals. They will assist with the home consultations, develop skills that will prepare you for future jobs, and get paid for making a difference!

How to Apply:

Send a statement of interest…


Added by Staci Givens on August 28, 2017 at 12:02pm — No Comments

July Raffle from Walnut Creek Saves!

If you're on Nextdoor you may have seen this post from one of our student Conservation Coaches! 

Walnut Creek Saves has a raffle for the month of July - If you sign up for a FREE home consultation, you will be entered to win a solar bluetooth speaker! Our home consultations are completely free, we just take up your time. The consultations last an hour to an hour and a half, and we conduct a complete evaluation, indoors and outdoors, of your energy and water usage,…


Added by Staci Givens on July 10, 2017 at 9:21am — No Comments

Our New Shopping Guides are Here!

Our new shopping guides are hot off the press! Are you looking to upgrade your washer and dryer or install a new irrigation controller to better manage your outdoor water use, but you don’t know where to start? Look no further than our shopping guides!

We’ve done the tough work for you! We researched the best washers, dryers, and irrigation controllers on the market…


Added by Staci Givens on July 6, 2017 at 7:21pm — No Comments

What it's Like Being a Conservation Coach

Written by: Evan Enos

I am truly blessed to have the amazing job that I have. At this point in time, I have only conducted two home consultations. The reason I have only been able to conduct two so far is because most appointments are scheduled when I am in school. Over the summer, I will be able to sign up for many more home consultations. Nonetheless, the two I have conducted have been super fun and very eye opening for me. I have stepped foot in the homes of some amazing Walnut…


Added by Staci Givens on July 6, 2017 at 7:18pm — No Comments

My Awesome Experience with Walnut Creek Saves

Written by: Anna Meehan

As of February, I’ve had the privilege of being a Conservation Coach for the Walnut Creek Saves program. Our mission is to help Walnut Creek Residents save electricity, water and natural gas, in hopes of ultimately saving residents money. There are many facets to the job that are enjoyable, and I’m here to tell you the ways Walnut Creek Saves has changed my perspective on the environment and my work with conservation.

The first place you will see Walnut…


Added by Staci Givens on July 6, 2017 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Bring your harvest and swap for other wonderful home-grown things this Wednesday in Pacheco!

Martinez Crop Swap community celebrating 5 years of trading and community building!

Wednesday, May 24th …

Added by Tina King Neuhausel on May 23, 2017 at 2:06pm — No Comments


Written by: Lola Bamberger, Conservation Coach

Walnut Creek Saves is such a new program to our community that most residents don’t know or fully understand what it entails and what services we can provide. Since our program is extremely resident focused it is our highest priority to get the information needed out there, and in this article I will describe what Walnut Creek Saves can do for you (and what it already does for me).…


Added by Staci Givens on May 10, 2017 at 7:18pm — No Comments


Do you have an exceedingly high water and/or electric bill? If so, Walnut Creek Saves is the program for you! Walnut Creek Saves works to help the residents of Walnut Creek become more efficient. Local Walnut Creek high school students are the main working force of the program and our goals is to not only save the environment but also save you money!

How this works is you sign up to receive a completely free home consultation. You pick a day and time that is convenient for you based…


Added by Staci Givens on May 10, 2017 at 7:14pm — No Comments

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