Alameda Sustainability and Resilience News - January

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Alameda Home Electrification Fair - March 16, 2024

Electrification fair March 16

Are you thinking about electrifying your home? Maybe you’ve looked into it but weren’t sure if it was worth it, what you’d need to install, or just how to get started. 

Look no further. Join us at the Alameda Electrification Fair on Saturday, March 16 from 1-4 pm to talk with electrification professionals, residents, nonprofits, and government agencies all working to electrify homes across Alameda and the greater Bay Area.

Win prizes!

We will be raffling climate-friendly gifts, free drinks, and two countertop induction burners, and more.

Watch Mayor Ezzy Aschcraft Speak on Alameda's Climate Efforts

Climate Mayors Video

Alameda High student Christine Choi recently created a YouTube video of Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft speaking on Alameda’s efforts to become more sustainable and resilient for the Climate Mayor's #OurCityOurFuture initiative.

Mayor Ashcraft was interviewed in front of the City Hall’s new drought tolerant landscape. She highlighted some of the ways Alameda is leading the way to become greener: building a more extensive bike network to promote greener transportation, promoting building electrification in new construction, striving to become carbon-neutral as soon as possible, and hiring the City’s first Sustainability and Resiliency Manager, Danielle Mieler. 

Danielle spoke on the importance of engaging the community in meaningful conversations about our climate goals and strategies. She highlighted the City’s upcoming plans to update the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan, sea level rise adaptation efforts, expanding the city’s network of EV chargers, helping existing buildings transition to clean energy, continuing our zero waste efforts, and implementing an urban forest plan.

Converting a Gas Water Heater to an Electric Heat Pump: An Alameda Case Study

Are you looking for ways to save money on your utility bills, improve your indoor air quality or make your home more environmentally friendly? Consider replacing your gas furnace or water heater with a heat pump HVAC or water heater. Not only will you save money, but you’ll be helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and running on 100% clean electricity from AMP.

In one case study, an Alameda resident who recently switched to an electric heat pump water heater saved an average of $15/month on gas bills, and a 70% decrease in gas usage. Residents can utilize AMP rebates and the IRA tax credit on heat pump water heater and HVAC installation to assist them in the switch to go green. Find rebates at

68% of Alamedans’ homes are currently heated by natural gas. Every step we can take towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions makes a difference!

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Exploring ways to keep your home warm this winter?

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BayREN rebates can save Alameda homeowners hundreds on insulation, air sealing and duct sealing or replacement.

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With BayREN’s insulation rebate, not only will you save up to $1,000 on installation costs, but you’ll be saving each month on electricity and gas bills. You can save up to an additional $500 for duct sealing or replacement and $150 on air sealing.

Proper insulation will help you save on utility bills and make your home greener and more efficient. Insulation and proper air sealing can help keep the heat in your home in the cold months and keep the heat out in the warmer months. Heating and cooling account for 50% to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. You can save hundreds of dollars annually by making your home’s insulation more efficient.

“Even when you don’t feel a draft, air leaks may be letting heated or cooled air out of your home — and letting unwanted pollutants inside. Sealing leaks is an inexpensive, effective way to lower heating and cooling costs, increase comfort, improve durability and create a healthier home.” Invest in the future of your house as well as the environment by making your home more energy efficient.

Looking to Save on Seismic Retrofits? Apply for an Earthquake Brace and Bolt grant


Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) helps homeowners lessen the potential for damage during an earthquake. EBB offers a grant of up to $3,000 toward a seismic retrofit for qualifying older houses. Qualifying low-income residents, can save even more with a separate grant found here.

Apply today to help protect your home in an earthquake. Reconstruction after an earthquake not only hurts your wallet but greatly increases your carbon footprint. Seismic retrofits will fortify your home and provide you piece of mind when an earthquake strikes.

AMP EV Charging Programs for Multifamily Housing - Up to $48,000 in Savings

EV Chargers

AMP has new technical assistance program to assist in planning and designing EV charging projects at no cost to multi-family properties, including help with site review, meeting ADA requirements, estimating project costs, installation, and contractor referrals.

AMP provides a Multi-family EV charger rebate of $8,000 for each level 2 charging station that can be used toward the cost of the charging station(s), the cost of installation (including any necessary electrical upgrades) and the cost of a city permit. Multi-family residences can save up to $48,000 for six level 2 charging stations. 

Visit AMP’s webpage to learn more and help Alameda expand its EV charging network to more interested residents.

King Tide Project: Join us in Documenting the Highest Tides of the Year

Crown Beach on January 11, 2024 King Tide

East Bay Regional Park District is hosting a King Tide event in Alameda on February 9th. Stop by during your lunch or morning break and watch as the king tide flows into the marine protected area. Participate in community science and take photos to help document this tidal event!

If you can’t make it to this event, you can still help document this annual phenomenon by uploading your own photos to the King Tide Project. It helps scientists create a record of the history of changes to our coastline and estuaries. This map found on the King Tide Project page is a record of King Tide photos spanning across California’s entire coastline from 2018.

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