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Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
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Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) - BESO Overview: BESO requires building owners and homeowners to complete and publicly report comprehensive energy assessments to uncover energy saving opportunities. The assessments are conducted by registered energy assessors who provide tailored recommendations on how to save energy and link building owners to incentive programs for energy efficiency upgrade projects, such as Energy Upgrade California. Energy efficiency improvements are voluntary and encouraged. BESO is required prior to sale of a house or whole building under 25,000 square feet, and on a phased-in schedule for multifamily and commercial buildings. [more...]

Energy Rebate & Incentive Programs - The City of Berkeley is committed to helping residents and businesses save energy and lower utility costs. Energy efficiency upgrades can make your home or building healthier and more comfortable. See how Berkeley is working to meet its Climate Action Plan goals for Building Energy. The links below include energy-saving rebates and assistance. See a list of energy efficiency incentives here and below:      [more...]

Solar  - The sun produces an abundance of free, clean, renewable energy. In fact, in just one hour, the sun generates more energy than the entire world uses in a year. Solar power harnesses this energy. Increasing the amount of clean renewable energy is a critical component of Berkeley community efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and grow the green economy. sun drawing [more...]

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Stations   - This page contains information about charging an EV at home in a garage or on an existing driveway. If you lack an off-street parking space, but are interested in home charging, please see our Residential Curbside EV Charging Pilot [more...]

Green Building Guides  - The City of Berkeley aims to remove barriers to green construction, and to promote policies and practices that encourage building green. Berkeley is committed to help green building become business as usual.  [more...]

PACE - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing [more...]

Green Building Requirements - Building Sustainably Green buildings provide healthy, comfortable building interiors that maximize savings through the efficient use of energy and water and limit construction impacts on the natural environment. The City of Berkeley requires that new buildings, alterations, and additions meet the requirements of the California State Green Building Code (CALGreen). Documentation of compliance with CALGreen must be provided with plans submitted for building permits and can be provided with these customized City of Berkeley CALGreen checklists: [more...]

Sustainability News: - Recharge Your Lunch: National Drive Electric Event 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

11am - 3pm

Civic Center Parking Lot

1980 Allston Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

(Between Allston Way and Center St, adjacent to the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market)



Stop paying for gas.  Start saving with an electric vehicle!

Reduce your driving costs and your carbon footprint!


New to electric vehicles? Experts and EV owners will be on-hand to answer questions. Learn about discounts on EVs through SunShares, and federal, state and utility rebates and credits.  Test drive popular EV models like Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt, Ford C-MAX, and more.


Already own an EV?  Register to showcase your vehicle and share your EV experience. To display your vehicle or offer rides, you must register in advance. Please visit:


Grab lunch at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers' Market.


Co-hosted by the Ecology Center, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, and the cities of Berkeley, Albany, and El Cerrito.



Energy Upgrade California Workshop

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

6pm - 8pm

Albany Community Center

1249 Marin Ave, Albany 94706


Join the Cities of Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito, in coordination with StopWaste, for thisEnergy Upgrade Workshop.  The workshop will offer information to residents on current rebates and opportunities to make their homes more energy efficient. Light refreshments.

Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD) Earns Recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)


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