City of Palo Alto Fall Sustainability Events

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City of Palo Alto Utilities Fall Sustainability Events

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Free Webinar: Rain, Rain, Come Our Way! Learn About Rain Catchment Solutions

October 3, 10 AM-Noon   

Are you interested in conserving water, saving money, and fighting stormwater runoff pollution?

Join the City of Palo Alto as we discuss the benefits, design and maintenance of capturing rainwater on your property with rain barrels, cisterns, and rain gardens. We will also discuss the money-saving rebates the City of Palo Alto offers residents and businesses in partnership with Valley Water.

Attendees are also eligible to participate in our drawing for a free rain barrel, which will be shipped directly to the winner’s home!

Register Here

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Free Home Efficiency Genie Webinar – Preparing for Fall

October 6, 6 PM-7 PM

Join the City of Palo Alto Utilities Home Efficiency Genie for an upcoming webinar in which we will highlight ideas to help you prepare your home for fall and beyond. Many of us are spending more time than ever inside our homes, so we will provide useful tips and suggestions to help you be more comfortable, healthier, and safer, while saving energy and water.

The presentation will be provided by Tony Jung, our seasoned Genie building science professional, who has performed over 350 in-home assessments in Palo Alto. Also presenting will be a Emily Yarsinske from Valley Water with ideas for saving water. This Genie webinar will provide valuable takeaways to use now and prepare for colder winter weather ahead. The Genie is your trusted home advisor so please plan to spend an hour with the Genie expert who can help you start this season well prepared.

Register Here


Free Bay Area SunShares Webinar

October 27, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Attend this free, one-hour webinar to learn about installing solar in Palo Alto. We will share tools and resources to help you move your solar project forward. Topics will include:

  • Bay Area SunShares discounts on solar and battery storage from pre-vetted providers
  • the Federal Tax Credit before it expires at the end of 2021
  • solar rates and billing in Palo Alto
  • factors to consider when sizing your rooftop solar system
  • benefits of electrifying your home

Reserve your spot today!

SunShares is a program of the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3), a San Francisco based nonprofit dedicated to incubating, scaling, and sharing world-leading solutions to address climate change.

Calculate the Benefits of Solar & EVs

You can use the City of Palo Alto's Solar PV Calculator and EV Calculator to run a quick assessment of your home's solar potential and see the benefits of combining rooftop solar with an electric vehicle. Learn more about driving emissions-free in Palo Alto at

For the latest updates on SunShares in Palo Alto, visit the City of Palo Alto's SunShares webpage, or send your questions to

Visit the City's Solar website to learn more about solar programs in Palo Alto. 

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S/CAP-Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Webinars

Palo Alto's goal is to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. We will continue to offer various opportunities for engagement, recognizing the challenges of outreach during the current pandemic and wildfire crisis. In September 2020, we launched a webinar series to highlight various topics addressed in the 2020 S/CAP. Read more about community engagement opportunities, including how to register for future webinars and how to listen to completed webinars.

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Genie Indoor Air Quality Webinar Recording

Did you miss the Home Efficiency Genie webinar on indoor air quality? Not to worry, a recording is now available on our website. Visit our workshop archive page to learn how to improve the air quality in your home, especially during the wildfire season.


 Appliance rebate program coming to a close - Call to reserve your spot! First come first serve.

Thank you Palo Alto for recycling those old inefficient refrigerators and freezers. Not only are we keeping those old units out of the secondary market but also 95% of parts and materials are recycled, including refrigerants, which are potent greenhouse gases. Grant monies funding the program have almost run out, so call (888) 540-7756 or visit our website to reserve your spot!

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