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Daly City's Green Vision

The Daly City climate action plan titled, "The Daly City Green Vision – TEN for TWENTY," focuses on actions the City organization has already taken and can take over the next ten years to reduce its carbon footprint. While this plan focuses only on City operations, one key goal is to engage the community in the creation of a community based strategy for reducing our community’s adverse impact on the ecology of our planet.

The following programs and initiatives have been put in place to help us meet our Climate Action Plan goals:

  • Earth Day Update - Read our newly published Earth Day Update for more info on what the City has been doing to promote sustainability so far in 2016 and ways you can get involved. You’ll find stats and photos from the Earth Day Event in the article as well.

  • Citywide Composting Program - All residents and businesses now have the opportunity to participate in the new curbside collection of organic waste. Food scraps and food soiled paper products can now be diverted from the landfill and instead turned into nutrient-dense compost. Use your green compost cart and kitchen pails to collect all organic waste.

  • Peninsula Clean Energy - The City Council voted unanimously to join Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) in January 2016. Now, the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities on the peninsula will be able to use their combined electricity demand to buy and develop renewable, clean power on behalf of all residents and businesses. PCE will help accomplish the greenhouse gas reduction goals of the City's Climate Action Plan and introduce consumer choice to an energy market where none currently exists. 

  • Ordinances - The City Council has adopted key ordinances designed to protect the environment and health of the community.

  • Energy Audits for Businesses - In partnership with San Mateo County Energy Watch a citywide campaign to provide free energy audits to local businesses launched spring 2015.
  • Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade - Homeowners can improve their home's energy efficiency, increase comfort, and save money by receiving up to $6,500 in incentives and rebates, plus $300 for a home energy assessment.
  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing - PACE makes energy- and water-saving renovations affordable for property owners by providing long-term, competitive financing through an additional property tax assessment. Payments are made through the property tax bill for up to 20 years, and interest is tax-deductible.
  • Peninsula Sunshares - Daly City joined other nearby cities in an initiative called "Peninsula SunShares," to encourage more Bay Area homeowners to go solar. The Peninsula SunShares Program allowed local residents to pool their purchasing power and receive bulk discounts for installing solar systems in their homes.

The following free events are aimed at helping residents reduce their negative impacts to the environment:

  • Earth Day Event 2016 - Residents are invited to City Hall on Sat., Apr 16th from 10am - 2pm for free document shredding, e-waste drop-off, bulky item recycling, compost giveaway and more.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events - San Mateo County residents can safely dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) free of charge at a special drop-off collection event at City Hall, at 333 90th Street four times per year.
  • E-Waste Recycling Event - Electronic equipment is highly toxic to the environment. Residents may safely dispose of it at two events per year.    
  • Document Shredding Event - Two times per year, residents may protect themselves by shredding documents at the City's recycling event.