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Consultant Agreement for CARP Update to City Council Nov 21

Next Tuesday Nov 21, the City Council will be asked to approve execution of an agreement with Raimi & Associates to conduct a mid-cycle update of the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan. The update will include a greenhouse gas inventory and serve as a mid-cycle update and blueprint for the next phase of the City's climate work from 2025-2030. The plan will focus on implementation steps needed to address the remaining tasks before 2030 and achieve net zero emissions. The update will also revise and align CARP planning cycles with the City's 2022 Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plan (Item 5-C staff report).

City Council Meeting Details (Agenda)

  • Tuesday, November 21, 7:00 pm
  • Zoom registration
  • Phone: 669-900-9128; enter Meeting ID: 875 3960 0763
  • Email written comments to
  • Speak during public comment (read instructions)

Shop Locally For Gifts This Holiday Season!

Holiday gifts show

Shop locally this holiday season and support local small businesses while reducing your carbon footprint and giving money back to the community!

Other ways to go green this holiday season are to buy from thrift stores, wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper or newspaper, reduce the number of bags you use, donate unused toys, and buy mindfully. 

At the Rhythmix Cultural Works Mini Masterpieces Holiday Gifts Show you can shop locally for hand-made, unique holiday gifts. The gallery is open on Wednesdays from November 8 - December 20 from 6-9pm, and Friday December 8th from 6-8pm during the Second Friday Art Walk.

Save with California's New TECH Rebate

New Rebate on Heat Pump Water Heaters

These rebates cover between $3,100 to $3,800 of the cost of upgrading to a new, highly efficient, all-electric heat pump water heater. 

When this rebate is combined with local incentives and federal tax credits, you can save a total of $7,000 - $8,000 on your new heat pump water heater, covering most or all of your costs.

Your gas water heater is your home's largest source of CO2 pollution, and there's never been a better time to upgrade.

Visit the SwitchIsOn to find which incentives you qualify for here.

Electric Vehicles and E-bikes: Discounts, Webinars, and More

New Fall 2023 EV and E-bike Discounts

The Ride and Drive Clean Fall 2023 EV and E-bike Discount Campaigns help Bay Area residents save money and reduce emissions when they switch to an EV or E-bike. Enjoy $400 in savings on the complete line of Rad Power Bikes, with 9 models priced under $1,999! Save anywhere from $9,100 to $20,500 on four models of 2023 EVs.

AMP also has rebates up to $300 for new e-bikes for AMP residential customers, and up to $600 for income-qualified AMP residential customers. AMP also has a rebate for used electric vehicle purchases ranging from $4,000 for a standard rebate to $6,000 for income-qualified customers. Learn more about these rebates here.

2023 has been a great year for EVs and E-bikes - let's keep the momentum going by going electric and reducing our collective emissions!

Ebike Discount Campaign Through December 31, 2023

E-motorcycle Discounts

For those interested in zero-emission motorcycles (ZEM), there are new incentives at both the federal and state levels. You can receive a 10% federal tax credit, up to $2,500 for new ZEM purchases.

Learn more about the ZEM incentives here.

Attend a Free Webinar to Learn More about Owning an Electric Vehicle

Ride and Drive Clean and Acterra are holding webinars educating the public on the basics and benefits of switching to an electric vehicle. The virtual events explore topics from Electric Vehicles 101, the basics of EV charging, to planning road trips in EVs (discussed in EV 102: New Driver Workshop).

Feel free to drop in for one of these free webinars!

Consider a Low-Speed Vehicle or Golf Cart

Photo of an enclosed low-speed vehicle (LSV)

Did you know that a properly equipped golf cart can be driven legally on most Alameda streets? Golf carts, low-speed vehicles (LEVs), and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) are significantly slower and lighter than regular cars, and therefore less likely to injure the people walking, biking, and driving around them.

To be legal on streets, they must be registered and have equipment like a headlamp, tail lamp, turn signals, and more. They are not allowed on our bike lanes or walking/biking paths, unless they are golf carts in the golf course area. Please consult the CA DMV for more information before you hit the streets in your new vehicle.

OKAPI Reusable Coffee Cups

Okapi cup

Love cafe coffee but hate waste? OKAPI Reusables has launched a reusable cup network in Alameda! OKAPI Reusables is a simple, convenient cup borrowing service that makes it easy to skip disposable cups at your favorite cafes. 

Just added! New to the reusable cup network are Island Savoy Market, Cafe Jolie, and Cafe Jolie Petit (Bay Farm).

For a one-time $10 fee, users can borrow, return and repeat as many times as they want. Get started borrowing by downloading the OKAPI Reusables app. Borrow two cups at a time and return them to any cafe in the network within two weeks. 

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