The Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge Fall Campaign is here! Create your Challenge account, then commit to as many actions as possible to earn points for a chance to win prizes and be recognized for your efforts. The Challenge started September 23, 2019 and goes until March 19, 2020! Join now and take advantage of this incredible resource. Set up your profile to see your household footprint and explore the many great ways you can reduce your impact and save money.  All the action steps you need are right there along with the local resources to help! 

Compete as an individual!  The first 100 individuals to reach 5,000 points will receive a Tread Lightly Toolkit, which includes a reusable bamboo utensil set, a reusable stainless steel straw, and more! 

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Compete as part of a Clean Team! The top team in each region East, Central, and West Contra Costa County will be recognized by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors  and each team member will receive a Tread Lightly Toolkit.  

What's a big action you can take (2,000 points!), which takes advantage of all our Contra Costa sunshine? Install solar panels, of course. Contra Costa ranks in the top-10 in California residential solar installations. But don’t take our word for it. We reached out to our neighbors in Concord (via Nextdoor) to find out why they decided to take the plunge and get onboard the solar express.

The top three reasons the informal survey respondents gave for installing solar panels were:

  • Rising Energy Costs

  • Environmental Benefits

  • Government Incentives/Affordability

Those are all great motives for going solar, but there is one that is even more important: our future. According to the Contra Costa County Climate Action Plan, residential energy consumption accounts for about 20-percent of our county’s greenhouse gas emissions. That is the second highest pollution source, only after transportation. And over the last few years we have all seen the results from climate change related greenhouse gas emissions: extreme wildfires, droughts and flooding. These circumstances pose serious risks to our communities’ health and welfare.

Because of the significant amount of greenhouse gases related to residential energy consumption, using alternative renewable sources becomes imperative. So, consider taking action for your future and our communities by getting on the solar train. For more information about solar installation opportunities visit EnergySage.

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