Climate Action Committee

Mission Statement:

To serve as an OBAR resource, to educate and facilitate activities in support of energy efficiency and green-house gas reduction for a sustainable low-carbon future, as defined by California state law. We will raise awareness, mobilize community action, and facilitate local programs to help our members, their clients and other homeowners take actions that will allow our communities to be in compliance with SB350, AB 32 and AB 197.

To that end:

We provide information to our members about a range of topics including sustainable building and retrofitting practices, efficient use of all natural resources and appropriate recycling.

We will assist the CEO in achieving Green Business Status for our association, and serve as ambassadors to brokerages within OBAR to also become Green Businesses, thus serving as role models within our community.

We help develop educational programs for our members, their clients and other homeowners about how they can most effectively be part of efforts to meet local and regional Climate Action goals, while conforming to newly enacted State law.

We support energy efficiency evaluations, and reporting such information on the MLS. Through education we seek to encourage homeowners to take the key action steps recommended in the evaluations to achieve lower emissions and greater comfort.  We encourage other homeowners not selling their homes to make similar efficiency improvements as well.

We will engage with local governments, non-profit organizations and other experts within the greater Bay Area to further educate our members, their clients and other homeowners.

A GUIDE TO KEY CLIMATE ACTION RESOURCES

Resources by Specific Topic

Air Quality:

  • Bay Area Air Quality
    The Bay Area Air Quality District provides extensive information about Climate management. They also issue Spare the Air alerts.

Building Energy Evaluations:

  • energyupgradeCA
    California-wide site for making homes more comfortable and energy-efficient.
  • Home Energy Saver
    The Home Energy Saver site can assist with a do-it-yourself energy audit, and calculations of the amount of energy to be saved through various improvements.

Climate Action Expertise:

  • Climate Wise Women
    Climate Wise Women is a global platform for the promotion of women’s leadership on climate change.
  • Earth Justice
    The nation’s original and largest nonprofit environmental law organization.
  • NRDC.org
    Natural Resources Defense Council site with specific action items to help reduce global warming.
    NRDC works to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water and the wild, and to prevent special interests from undermining public interests.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
    UCS scientists and analysts develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems.

Recycling resources:

  • Best Buy Recycling
    Since our local electronics recycling shop closed, this is an option through Best Buy to recycle electronics for free, and large appliances for a small fee.
  • Calrecycle.ca
    The California Recycle site, where you can find information on all types of recycling, including Hazardous Waste.
  • El Cerrito recycling center
    The best local recycling center, impressive for the vast variety of materials it accepts. A joy to visit!
  • StopWaste.org
    An Alameda County resource that includes a “recycle where” guide.

Solar Resources:

  • energysage.com
    Get competing quotes from mulitple solar providers. But be prepared that they are using Google maps, and most providers will not look at your actual roof until well into the process.
    A US Dept. of Energy resource.
  • norcalsolar
    Northern CA Solar Energy Association provides online resources and a great printed guide to solar.
  • A1 Sun Inc.
    Local solar installers for PV, solar thermal and car charging. A Bay Area Green Business located in Berkeley.

Water Conservation:

  • www.h2ouse.net
    Shows details about how to save water in different areas of the home. Presented by the California Urban Water Conservation Council.
  • Stop Waste.org/drought
    Tips for sheet mulching, and other water saving information within the house and garden.

General Green Building and Remodeling Resources

  • Build it Green
    A non-profit membership organization promoting healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California.
    Within this site you’ll find guides for green new construction and remodels, and links to local contractors.
  • Energy Upgrade CA
    California-wide site for making homes more comfortable and energy-efficient.
  • StopWaste.org
    An Alameda County resource with lots of information to help consumers reduce, reuse and recycle all natural resources.
  • EnergyStar.gov
    Includes description of products, as well as tips for saving in each space of a typical home.
  • Forest Stewardship Council
    Site of the Forest Stewardship Council, promoting sustainable wood products, and forest preservation.
  • Green home guide
    A thorough guide to greening not-so-new homes, from the U.S. Green Building Council
  • www.USGBC.org
    Site of the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization that certifies sustainable buildings, and developer of the LEED standards.

Green Living and Products info

  • Buy Green
    Site for sustainable and eco-friendly home products
  • thedailygreen
    The Good Housekeeping FB site for green consumer tips, articles, and links to eco-friendly living.
  • ecologue.com
    HGTV site with popular tips for energy savings and green remodeling/redecorating ideas