This summer, residents can receive a no-cost energy and water conservation service from Rising Sun Energy Center, thanks to partnerships with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the East Bay Energy Water, and the City of Martinez, with partial funding from Tesoro and Republic Services. Since 2000, Rising Sun Energy Center’s California Youth Energy Services program has provided no-cost energy and water conservation services to over 38,000 residents throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley. CYES provides jobs for local youth by training and employing young adults ages 15 to 22 as Energy Specialists, who provide their community’s residents with Green House Calls (GHC).
At your GHC, Energy Specialists:
GHCs happen July 5 through August 10, and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserve your spot now! Call 510.665.1501 ext. 5 to schedule your Green House Call, or sign up online! For more information about Rising Sun and its programs, visit www.risingsunenergy.org
The Summer Bike Challenge provides fun, healthy, no cost summer recreation that challenges participants to explore their hometown from the seat of a bicycle.
Free and open to everyone, destinations include local parks, schools, City Hall, Downtown, Rankin Pool, the library, and more. Bike around town and cross off destination squares to complete the Challenge - like BINGO! Free treats and a Grand Prize drawing add to the fun. Challenge Cards are available at the library, City Hall, Rankin Pool, Boys & Girls Club, Main Street Sweets, Barrelista, and online at 511ContraCosta.org/SBC.
The Community Resilience Challenge is an annual mobilization campaign conducted by Sustainable Contra Costa designed to inspire thousands of citizens and groups to take action to save water, grow food, conserve energy, reduce waste pollution, and build community.
The Community Resilience Challenge is off to a great start this year. Hundreds of people have been pledging their actions at John Muir Earth Day Birthday and other public events. Pledgers are choosing a new activity that they will do this year to build more sustainable homes, families, and communities. No matter where you are on your sustainability journey, there’s something for YOU. Last year we had 9,415 actions and projects registered, and our goal is to exceed that!
Between now and the first weekend in June the
The City of Martinez, in collaboration with Civic Spark, an AmeriCorps Program, recently organized a community garden volunteering event at Hidden Valley Community Garden. The March 17th event was intended to increase awareness about the ability of these small plots of land to create social capital, community well-being, and civic engagement with an available food-producing ecosystem. The City partnered with Alhambra High school through two Spanish classes led by Yadira Zapata and Jessica Upton and the Environmental Science class led by Clark Smith. The event also correlated to the high school’s class curriculum emphasizing project-based learning, a method that encourages students to learn from hands-on experiences.
The City would like to thank everyone who participated, especially Robert Rust, the garden supervisor who led the garden clean up and spoke enthusiastically with the students about sustainable gardening methods.