A Model Green City
Berkeley is regularly named among the greenest and most sustainable cities in the United States.
- 10/10 #4 Biking Commute City in US (US Census
- 6/10 Berkeley Wins 1st Place NorCal Solar Award for the Most Solar Systems Installed Per Capita in Bay Area
- 5/10 City of Berkeley’s Climate Action Plan selected as the winner of The American Planning Association's 2010 Outstanding Planning Award.
- 6/09 Berkeley Wins SF Business Times Green Municipality Award
- 6/09 Berkeley City Council Adopts our Climate Action Plan
- 5/09 Greentechmedia Claims Berkeley is One of Top 12 Greenest Cities in the US
- 4/09 Berkeley Wins EPA's Highest Environmental Award - The EPA Climate Protection Award
- 3/09: Berkeley Wins 1st Place NorCal Solar Award for the Most Solar Systems Installed Per Capita in Bay Area
- 9/08: Berkeley Mayor Bates Receives United Nations “Americas Award for Excellence" 2008
- 9/08: Berkeley created the first Sustainable Energy Financing District - See NY Times Article
- In 2005, the City of Berkeley was named the third most sustainable city in the nation by SustainLane.
- The U.S. Secretary of Energy announced that Berkeley was one of 13 cities in the United States to be selected as a ‘Solar America City.’ The selection, which was based on a highly competitive national review, means Berkeley is in line for up to $200,000 in direct funding as well as technical assistance and other resources to develop and launch a comprehensive solar power and energy efficiency program in the City.
- Berkeley’s innovative partnership with City CarShare and its Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance, were highlighted in New Energy for Cities, a report released in 2006 by the Apollo Alliance.
- The City of Berkeley and transportation planner Matt Nichols were awarded innovators of the year by City Car Share for their pioneering work on their city fleet replacement project.
- Former Mayor Tom Bates was awarded the 2008 Solar Summit Award for Berkeley’s renewable energy initiatives.
- The City of Berkeley was chosen to present at the 2008 Transforming Local Government Conference on its community climate protection efforts.
City of Berkeley's Environmental Policies