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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

High School Conservation Coaches are Here to Help you Save!

Walnut Creek Saves has a new team of high school students that are ready to help you use less and save more! Recently, ten juniors and seniors from Northgate and Las Lomas High Schools completed three days of energy and water efficiency training to become Conservation Coaches. Walnut Creek Saves is proud to not only educate residents on how to save energy, water, and money, but give back to the local youth and prepare them for the workforce.

Conservation Coaches receive hand-on…


Added by Staci Givens on April 3, 2017 at 5:21pm — No Comments

New City Program: Walnut Creek Saves

The City of Walnut Creek is proud to introduce Walnut Creek Saves, a new community program designed to save residents energy and water and lower monthly bills. Walnut Creek Saves is offered as a part of the City’s efforts to address climate change and reach sustainability goals.

Walnut Creek Saves is a free program available to all residents, homeowners or renters, which offers the following benefits: free home consultations where residents learn how to save energy, water and money…


Added by Staci Givens on February 28, 2017 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Job Opening: Community Organizer with Bike East Bay

Bike East Bay is looking for a talented individual to join our team. If you love working with a diverse and engaged group of volunteers, this is your chance to train and organize grassroots bike advocacy leaders in communities across the East Bay.

Bike East Bay (formerly the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) was established in 1972 to promote the interests of bicyclists in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Our 4,000 member organization is bolstered by numerous work of local advocacy…


Added by Cynthia Armour on April 14, 2016 at 1:28pm — 1 Comment

SCOCO Volunteer Opportunity Now Open - Business Outreach Specialist

Sustainable Contra Costa Volunteer Position

Position TitleBusiness Outreach Specialist

Objective:  The Business Outreach Specialist serves as the first point of contact to businesses for the East Bay Energy Watch (EBEW) Program. Through their partnership with local governments, Sustainable Contra Costa aims to expand participation of Contra Costa businesses. The EBEW program offers customized services to small and medium-sized…


Added by Tina King Neuhausel on April 12, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Job Opening - Regional Manager with Rising Sun Energy

Rising Sun is hiring for a full-time Regional Manager with our California Youth Energy Services program. This position plays a key leadership role on the Youth Programs team, supervising a Regional Outreach Manager and overseeing program implementation and success in Oakland, Richmond, Santa Rosa, and Marin County. 


The job description is online …


Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on February 23, 2016 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Job Opening: Green Team Assistant

We have an opportunity to work for a non-profit implementing a district wide recycling program in Martinez Unified Schools.  We are looking for a person interested in working with elementary school children and at-risk high school students to run a Recycling Education initiative program.  The job was designed for college-age students who are looking for part time work and are also interested in careers in sustainable education.  

Here is the job…


Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on December 18, 2015 at 10:54am — No Comments

Small Business Saturday

It's Small Business Saturday! Support your community by shopping local today.

Starting today I am offering a special discount to my friends and family on vintage jewelry and more at my Etsy site. Just visit and get a 20% discount by entering FSANDFM20 at checkout. The offer is good through the end of the year, but if you make your purchase before December 18, you will be sure to receive it in…


Added by Laurie Prindle on November 28, 2015 at 6:23pm — No Comments

SCOCO awarding $500 in Seeds of Change Contest

Sustainable Contra Costa announces the Seeds of Change Innovation Contest. This contest will showcase great ideas, fund innovative projects and recognize creative thinkers in our community.
We're looking for creative projects and innovative ideas that have the potential for broad use and wide impact.…

Added by Tyler Snortum-Phelps on July 23, 2015 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Martinez Water Expo August 1st

Come Out and Beat the Drought. An event organized by 6 volunteer Martinez residents to help us all cope with drought-induced water restrictions.

Water Expo Martinez August 1st

Stop by Water Expo in downtown Martinez on Saturday, August 1st, 8am-4pm. Find us on Estudillo -- the street joining Main right in front of Starbucks. Water Expo is part of the Peddlers Faire/Vintage Market.  

Come learn how to save money and reduce…


Added by Martha & Peter Dragovich on July 20, 2015 at 7:46am — No Comments

My Quick Permie Chat with Geoff Lawton, Permaculture Educator and Businessman by Willi Paul, Magazine

My Quick Permie Chat with Geoff Lawton, Permaculture Educator and Businessman by Willi Paul,…


Added by Willi Paul on March 8, 2015 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Transition Palo Alto’s Spring Share Faire, March 15; Interview with deep nature gardens by Willi Paul

Transition Palo Alto’s Spring Share Faire is March 15 at …


Added by Willi Paul on March 2, 2015 at 9:07am — No Comments

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