San Francisco, CA— This year, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will celebrate Earth Day by joining the Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 at Civic Center Plaza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and sharing how San Francisco residents and businesses can take part in the SFPUC’s various programs aimed at fighting climate change.
Choose 100% Renewable Energy
San Francisco residents can help save the environment right from the comfort of their own homes by choosing CleanPowerSF to power their homes with 100% renewable energy. CleanPowerSF reinvests ratepayer funds back into our community through energy efficiency programs and new renewable energy facilities that address climate change and support the local economy.
Starting in July, commercial electricity customers in San Francisco will be enrolled in the clean energy program, which currently offers two options for cleaner energy at lower generation rates than PG&E. Customers already committed to CleanPowerSF’s 100% renewable option include Salesforce and Linkedin.
Enroll today at www.cleanpowersf.org/enroll
Protect Our Sewers- and the Environment
The City’s sewer system is undergoing a multi-billion dollar upgrade through the SFPUC’s Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP). The 20-year project includes a major overhaul to the City’s treatment plants as well as the installation of new green infrastructure and innovative technology that will ensure a safe and reliable system for generations to come.
Residents can do their part by joining our Adopt-a-Drain and SFGreasecycle programs. Residents that commit to maintaining their local catch basins ensure a system free of trash and debris and reduce the risk of flooding in heavy rain. To date, over 2,300 drain adopters have taken the pledge.
Adopt a Drain today at https://adoptadrain.sfwater.org
To further prevent harm to the system, many local restaurants and residents have collected used cooking oil and grease and deposited them at one of the City’s many SFGreasecycle stations throughout the City, where the oil is converted into biodiesel. Last month, about 35,000 gallons of oil were collected, amounting to a reduction of over 520,000 pounds of C02 emissions.
Find the closest used cooking oil collection site near you at: http://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=465
Save Water and Money at Home
Finally, San Franciscans can celebrate Earth Day by taking advantage of the SFPUC’s various rebates and incentive programs to increase water conservation. One program, the Plumbing Fixture Replacement Program, or PREP- provides free low-water use toilets to eligible households. Residents can also work with the SFPUC to set-up a Water-Wise Evaluation at their home, or install rainwater harvesting and graywater systems onsite.
Sign up for a free inspection today at: https://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=1092
SFPUC staff will be available for the full duration of the Earth Day festivities at Civic Center Plaza to discuss CleanPowerSF, SSIP, and other pollution prevention programs and tips.