Benicia, Corte Madera, El Cerrito, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Richmond, San Pablo and Sausalito are participating in the CoolCalifornia challenge, a statewide competition that encourages residents to collectively lower their community’s carbon footprint. This competition to cut carbon emissions runs from October 1, 2015 – March 30, 2016.

Residents sign up and track their energy use through the My Energy Tool to start earning points for their community. Small steps, like hanging clothes instead of using the dryer, can lead to big carbon reductions! All communities in the challenge will receive prize money based on how many points they earn at the end of the contest.

MCE’s Role

MCE is helping administer the challenge for its participating member communities. The CoolCalifornia Challenge is a program of Energy Upgrade California® and is a collaboration between California government, university and non-profit organizations.

Resilient Neighborhoods

Sign up for a Resilient Neighborhoods EcoTeam to get the most out of the Challenge. You’ll have fun getting together with others, learn to calculate your household carbon emissions, and go on a “low-carbon diet” to reduce 5,000 pounds!

Actions include simple ways to trim energy and waste, conserve water, drive ecologically, and prepare your home and neighborhood for emergencies. This free program has helped 550 Marin residents save money, make their families safer, and cut over 2.6 million pounds of carbon emissions.