Free Landscape Workshop - Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels and Cisterns


Free Landscape Workshop this Weekend!

Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels and Cisterns

Rain Barrel

Saturday, December 7, 9am-noon 

Mitchell Park Community Center

El Palo Alto Room

3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

Seasoned landscape professional, Sherri Osaka, will teach you about capturing rainwater on your property with rain gardens, rain barrels, and cisterns to help conserve water and reduce runoff volume. We'll also discuss design and maintenance of these systems, rebate offers, and other resources available for use of rain barrels and cisterns. 

We are excited to announce we will be giving away one free rain barrel, courtesy of the City of Palo Alto Public Works department, and adapter kits, thanks to the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, to a few lucky workshop attendees! 

Instructor: Sherri Osaka

Register Here

*Workshop is subject to cancellation due to low number of registered attendees. Please sign up by Friday, December 6th at noon so we can decide whether to continue with the class.

Save the Date for Earth Day 2020

Great Race for Saving Water & Earth Day

Save the date for the City of Palo Alto's 2020 Earth Day and Great Race for Saving Water, which will be held on Saturday, April 25th, 2020. Keep an eye out for more event details coming soon at

Interested in seeing presentations and videos from past workshops and events? Visit our workshop archive page to learn about water conservation, solar, EVs, and more!

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Additional Offers

Newest EV Chargers For Your Property

EV Charging Technical Assistance Program

Have you thought about switching to an Electric Vehicle?

Do you live in an apartment or condo?

We now have a free EV Charging Technical Assistance Program to help multifamily properties install EV Chargers and get access to State and local funds to pay for the projects.

Email for more information.

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Home Efficiency Genie Electrification Assessment

Assess your home's readiness for an EV, heat pump water heater, and other electric appliances.

The assessment includes:

  • An evaluation of your home's electric panel
  • Examination of existing appliances and equipment
  • Provide a Home Electrification Readiness Report

For $49 the Genie will help residents determine if their old appliances and equipment are ready to be replaced, and if their electric panel is able to support new, efficient, electric alternatives.

Contact the Genie today 

(650) 713-3411

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APPA Nissan Leaf Rebate Deadline Extended to

January 2nd, 2020

Thinking about getting a new electric vehicle this holiday season? The City of Palo Alto Utilities has partnered up with the American Public Power Association and Nissan to offer rebates up to $3,500 as an effort to accelerate clean, reliable, and domestically-produced transportation options. 

To learn more, visit APPA's rebate offer. 

Drive Clean Bay Area

Drive Clean Bay Area has negotiated a group discount on several EV and hybrid models through Cartelligent, an online broker whose mission is to make car buying "simple and enjoyable." Catelligent provides a smooth purchase process where the buyer avoids haggling with - or even entering - the dealership. Select models from Audi, BMW, Kia, Nissan, and Volkswagen. This discount program is available until December 31, 2019. 

To learn more, visit Drive Clean Bay Area's website.

For more information about City of Palo Alto events and workshops, visit us online.


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