Go Green

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PLAN UPDATE IN PROGRESS:

The City of Alameda's Climate Action Plan (2008) is in the midst of a fresh update via community input and staff evaluation.

Climate Action and Resiliency

Alameda’s new Climate Action and Resiliency Plan, to be completed mid-2019, will lay out strategies for reducing Alameda’s greenhouse gas emissions, increasing quality of life, and adapting to climate change impacts such as increased flooding.

The City is looking for your input! We encourage you to attend one of our three kickoff events for the new Climate Action and Resiliency Plan: the Harrison Center (in Lincoln Park) on High Street on September 24, Community of Harbor Bay Isle Owners’ Association on September 25, and the O’ Club on Alameda Point (on Alameda Point) on September 26. The three kickoff events each run from 6:30-8pm; feel free to attend the one that is most convenient for you.

BREAKING NEWS:

As of January 1, 2018, single-use plastic straws are banned in Alameda!

After a second reading on October 3, 2017, the City Council passed an ordinance requiring commercial food vendors to only provide drinking straws upon a customer’s request, and clarifying that all to-go food ware must be either reusable, fiber-based compostable (paper, bamboo), and in some cases, recyclable. Read more here.

Zero Waste Implementation Plan - UPDATE, July, 2018

Read the final draft of the 2018 ZWIP Update here, which details how close to "Zero" we are now, and what Alamedans still need to do to reduce waste further.  This updated plan is packed with 5 ambitious stratetegies and the City Council believes we'll reach our Zero Waste goals by 2020. The City partnered with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA) and presented the original Zero Waste Implementation Plan (ZWIP), which was adopted by City Council in 2010. 

GREEN LIVING TIPS: When creating and fostering a cleaner and greener home or multifamily property, check out Good Housekeeping's Ways to Live Greener and property managers can find some useful ideas in the Green & Eco-Friendly Property Guide. It just takes small changes to tweak your daily routines, reuse common items, greening your car and wasting less - creating a better environment for all of us.

RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING REQUIRED: The City of Alameda is a fully opted-in jurisdiction of the County's Mandatory Recycling Ordinance. Businesses, and multifamily properties of 5 units or more, must have adequate recycling and composting service. 

 

 

 

Questions about Mandatory Recycling and Composting?  Learn about Alameda County Waste Management Authority's recent ordinances by going to http://recyclingrulesac.org.

If you would like help making sure your property or business is in compliance with the County ordinance, please contact Alameda County Insdustries (ACI) by calling 510-483-1400, or emailfor a free assessment of your collection needs.

Trees connect people to nature even in an urbanized environment. Trees also provide shade, contribute fresh air, absorb carbon dioxide, and release oxygen. Trees block winds, slow erosion, provide sound barriers, and settle irritating particles in the air.

The City has 19,500 City street trees. To make the best use of our water resources, in February 2010, the City updated its Master Street Tree Plan Matrix, Master Street Tree Vol. 1 and Master Street Tree Plan Vol. 2.1 which was collaboratively developed over a three-year period with the assistance of a certified arborist, community volunteers and City staff.  This plan identifies specific species of trees to be planted  within the City of Alameda.

Normally, there are three to four types of trees which are available to be planted in front of a particular residence. The City of Alameda's urban forest is given a high priority and it is the City's ultimate goal to have a tree planted at every identified site.

DEAD TREE REMOVALS

Tree planting list: Tree Replacement

The following dead trees are scheduled to be removed, but NOT replaced.

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The following trees are scheduled to be removed, replacement will be determined at a later date.  See below for arborist reports.

  • 1400 Central Avenue
  • 1918 Pacific Avenue
  • 17 Moss Pointe
  • 5 Steuben Bay
  • 46 Cove Road
  • 3251 Liberty Avenue
  • 1500 Fountain Street
  • 184 Sea Bridge
  • 20 Beaufort Harbor
  • 15 Beaufort Harbor
  • 2629 Santa Clara Avenue
  • 206 Puddingstone Road
  • 5 Steuben Bay
  • 1 Avondale Landing
  • 131 Oyster Pond Road
  • 125 Oyster Pond Road
  • 121 Clipper Drive
  • 52 Captains Drive
  • 160 Basinside Way

URGENT REMOVALS

The following tree is being removed, but NOT replaced, as it is a potential safety concern to the general public or property.

The following trees are being removed and replaced as they are a potential safety concern to the general public or property.

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The following trees are being removed, replacement of the tree will be determined at a later date.  See below for arborist reports.

  • 3009 Adams Street
  • 2500 Central Avenue
  • 3009 Fountain Street (2nd)
  • 1162 Island Drive
  • 1618 8th Street
  • 1726 Walnut Street
  • 1324 Mound Street
  • 1815 Buena Vista Ave.
  • 1700 Santa Clara Ave.

STORM DAMAGED TREE REMOVALS

The following trees have been removed due to storm damage.

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OTHER REMOVALS

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Arborist Reports:

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Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is the oldest municipal utility in California, but is among the most advanced when it comes to providing clean, renewable power. AMP has a power mix that is the envy of communities around the globe and was honored in 2010 with the American Public Power Association's 2010 Energy Innovator Award.

Typically, more than 80% of the power provided to residents and businesses is from clean and renewable sources -- which is the primary reason the City of Alameda has the lowest greenhouse gas emission rates per person in Alameda County, and one of the lowest rates in California. As the chart indicates, AMP uses more renewable power, as defined by the California Energy Commission, than all other utilities in the state!

Alameda Municipal Power serves the entire City of Alameda, and is a member of Northern California Power Agency, which operates under a joint powers agreement comprised of 18 agencies.

Clean Water Program: Protecting San Francisco Bay

The discharge of pollutants to the storm drain system (stormwater pollution) is the leading source of water pollution in local creeks and San Francisco Bay. To maintain the health of the Bay, federal and state laws require Bay Area cities to reduce stormwater pollution.

Through the implementation of its Clean Water Program, the City of Alameda is committed to performing appropriate municipal services and to providing Alameda residents and businesses practical solutions to help reduce stormwater pollution. We need everyone's help. If you see a spill or illegal dumping, report it!

The Clean Water Program is using a multi-faceted approach to prevent stormwater pollution.

Program elements include:

  • Street Sweeping
  • Public Outreach and Education
  • New Development Design Review
  • Industrial and Commercial Facility Inspections
  • Construction Site Inspections
  • Illicit Discharge Inspections and Response/Enforcement
  • Trash Load Reduction
  • Heavy Metals and Legacy Pollutant Controls
  • Storm Drain System Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Storm Drain System Improvements and Upgrades (e.g. pump stations, storm mains)
  • Participation in the Alameda County Clean Water Program
  • Contributions to a Regional Water Quality Monitoring Program

Anything other that rainwater that enters storm drains may be harmful to people and the environment.
So remember:  Only Rain Down the Storm Drain!

For more information, call (510) 747-7930, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. - 6 p.m. or email us.

Read more about the steps Alameda is taking toward lowering our carbon footprint in the Local Action Plan for Climate Protection, which was adopted by City Council in 2008.

For more information about Green Building click here.

Alameda's Disposable Food Ware Ordinance

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On September 19, 2017, the Alameda City Council took a giant step toward reducing plastic litter in our environment by passing the  Alameda Disposable Food Service Ware Reduction Law.

This ordinance revision occurred as a result of an overwhelming public request of City Council, especially from the students of the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), to reduce the number of single-use plastics generated within the City of Alameda.  These plastics are rapidly polluting the San Francisco Bay, the ocean, and are destroying precious marine life as tiny plastics mimic food in the natural environment. 

Beginning January 1, 2018:

  • Straws-on-request: Single-use plastic straws must be replaced with compostable fiber (paper/bamboo) straws, and these straws should be provided only upon request of the customer.
  • Encouraging businesses, customers and friends to go reusable will always be better for the environment.
  • When a reusable option is not available nor convenient, Alameda food vendors will begin providing compostable, fiber-based packaging for to-go items.

By finding new ways to reduce to-go packaging, Alamedans are ensuring fewer straws and other single-use disposable items will become litter on our beaches and streets and are reducing tons going to the landfill.

Other items of note:

  • If it looks like plastic - it is not compostable in Alameda's system. 
  • If the disposable food ware is clean aluminum, like the foil wrapper on your burrito, that material is easily recyclable and exempt under the new law.

Need tips for how to be in compliance?  Please call 510-747-7900 for assistance. The downloadable materials below include more details about the ordinance.

Report the use of Straws and Plastic Food Service Ware in a business or agency in the City of Alameda here.

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Food Ware Revolution(PDF, 1MB)

Window Cling:  Easy Signage for Your Business(PDF, 203KB)

Food Ware Postcard(PDF, 534KB) (Front)
Food Ware Postcard(PDF, 322KB) (Back)

Table Topper:  Readable Signage with Details(PDF, 737KB)

Report A Spill

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A) On-Going Emergency Incidents such as:

  • Any discharge of hazardous materials, unknown materials
  • Incidents where pollutant materials are already discharging into a storm drain inlet, the estuary channel, a lagoon, or the Bay
  • Issues with life and health-safety implications

Call 9-1-1

B) Reports of Sewer Over Flow Emergencies

During normal business hours call Public Works Maintenance Service Center: 510-747-7900 After hours &  weekends call the City’s 24-hour dispatch line: 510-337-8340

C) Reports of ILLEGAL DUMPING (other than emergencies described above) of non-hazardous material to the public right-of way (i.e. sidewalk or the street) such as incidents described below:

  • washwater (i.e., from floors, paint brushes, carpet cleaning, or dog groomer)
  • cement slurry
  • construction debris
  • landscaping debris etc.

Online - please select Illegal Dumping to Storm Drain or other applicable category

During normal business hours call Alameda Fire Prevention Bureau Inspector staff: 510-337-2120.
After hours & weekends call the City’s 24-hour dispatch line: 510-337-8340

Abandoned waste within the public right of way (i.e. garbage, electronics, furniture, appliances)

Online

Please select Illegal Dumping to Garbage or other applicable category

During normal business hours please call Public Works Maintenance Service Center510-747-7900. After hours & weekends please call the City’s 24-hour dispatch line: 510-337-8340.

Calls/reports about a non-immediate incident (e.g., "Last week, I observed....")

Online

Please select Storm Drain Maintenance Non Emergency or other applicable category

During normal business hours please call Public Works Clean Water Program staff510-747-7930. After hours & weekends please call the City’s 24-hour dispatch line: 510-337-8340.

The rules vary for different types of businesses.
Check out  http://reusablebagsac.org/ for more details.

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   Click here for Eating Establishments.

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Click here for Retail Establishments.

Announcement:

Please complete the survey on the Alameda Loop Shuttle and the Discount Taxi Program by Friday, December 21.

Walking and Biking to School

International Walk and Roll to School Day on October 10, 2018, was a huge success! Keep on walking and rolling throughout the year, Alameda!

School Route Maps and Safety Tips

Find your school Suggested Routes map below, and review the best route for your child to walk or bike to school. Print out the tips for getting to school safely, no matter how your family gets to school.

Let's Get to School Safely! Tips

Academy of Alameda Map

Alameda Community Learning Center Map

Amelia Earhart Map

Bay Farm Map

Edison Map

Franklin Map + Tips

Haight Map + Tips

Lincoln Map + Tips

Maya Lin Map + Tips

Nea Map

Otis Map

Paden Map

Ruby Bridges Map

Wood Map

School Bus Routes

Line 631: Serves Bay Farm School, Amelia Earhart School, Lincoln Middle School, Alameda High School, St. Joseph, Nea, Academy Middle School, Alameda Learning Center and Encinal High School.

Line 663: Serves Wood Middle School, Nea, Academy Middle School, Alameda Learning Center and Encinal High School.

Bike Share and Carshare - Now in Alameda!

Read more about LimeBike, Alameda's dock-less bike share program.

For carshare, read more about the Gig Car Share launch for one-way carshare as well as the dedicated space and peer-to-peer with Getaround.

Transit

Alameda is served by AC Transit (including express bus service to and from San Francisco), BART shuttle service and the San Francisco Bay Ferry, via two terminals: Main Street (with direct service to Jack London Square in Oakland; and in San Francisco: the Ferry Building, Pier 41, AT&T Park and South San Francisco), and Harbor Bay (with direct service to the San Fransico Ferry Building).

Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal - Four Fast Ways to the Ferry - Infographic - FAQ

  • AC Transit Line 21 - free for ferry riders - map/schedule
  • Automated/smart carpooling services: Lyft Line, uberPOOL, Scoop and Waze
  • Bike/pedestrian access - map
  • Parking at the ferry terminal, North Loop Rd, Harbor Bay Parkway and the Park & Ride lot on Island Drive at Doolittle Drive

Main Street Ferry Terminal (coming soon!)

Shuttles

The City of Alameda operates one free shuttle that is open to the public:

  • Alameda Loop Shuttle targeted for Alameda seniors and for individuals with disabilities, and also open to the public.

The Harbor Bay Business Park Association also operates the free Harbor Bay Business Park Shuttle to BART.  Alameda Landing operates a Target-BART shuttle between Target and downtown Oakland BART.

Programs

For a public transit trip planner, please refer to 511.org.

Seniors and people with disabilities who live in Alameda have specialized transportation options as well.

For Alameda County employees using transit or walking, bicycling, carpooling or vanpooling to work, you can register for the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program.  The GRH program guarantees a free ride home for employees working in the event of unexpected circumstances such as illness, family crisis or unscheduled overtime.

Another option is the Getaround car share program, which allows members to reserve and use shared cars.  There are four cars located in the City of Alameda - two in the Park Street area and two in the Webster Street area.

Bicycling

Bicycle Safety Classes: Through a two-year Active Transportation Program grant, the City has expanded the bicycle safety classes offered in Alameda by Bike East Bay, starting in Fall 2017 through Summer 2019. Classes in Alameda / All Classes in East Bay

Bicycle Parking: To request that a bike rack be installed at your business or favorite locale, please email transportation@alamedaca.gov, and the location will be added to a rolling list. For secure bicycle parking, on-demand bicycle lockers are available at the Alameda Civic Center Parking Structure, Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal, Main Street Ferry Terminal and Alameda Landing. The electronic bicycle lockers use the BikeLink system, which allows bicyclists to park their bicycles in a secure, on-demand bicycle locker using a BikeLink card.  At the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, secure parking can be found at the Fruitvale Bike Station, adjacent to the station and featuring free, secure bike storage and a full-service bike repair shop.

Maps: Bike Walk Alameda  regularly prints and updates the Bicycle and Walking Map of Alameda.  The Bay Farm Island Loop Trail map shows the mile markers for this five-mile loop, and also provides a way to record your exercise progress.

Educational Info:  Shore Line / Westline Bikeway Path  Bicyclist Educational Brochure for Shoreline

Email Updates

Sign-up for email alerts and updates on transportation-related topics and projects by emailing transportation@alamedaca.gov   

Sign-up for citywide alerts via the Fire Department on Nixle

Funding

The City's transportation planning and programming funding is largely supported by Alameda County's Measure B and BB.