Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

Sustainability News:

BESO: Updating RECO/CECO to Reach Berkeley's Greenhouse Gas Emission Goals

The Berkeley Energy Commission and staff of the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development are developing a draft ordinance to replace RECO and CECO with an updated Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO). Staff is currently re-drafting the ordinance language for BESO to reflect changes to single-family building requirements. Based on feedback from the community, Council elected to revise the original proposal for residential properties of 4 units or less. See the supplemental report that was considered at the Tuesday, January 27 City Council meeting.

With nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in Berkeley coming from buildings, it is critical that we continue to advance innovative and smart energy efficiency strategies for our homes and businesses. On September 10, 2013, City Council adopted a resolution directing staff to initiate a public process to update the City's existing Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (CECO) laws. 

The public is welcome to attend to hear the current proposal and provide comments. For more information, see:

The Rockefeller Foundation Names Berkeley as an Inaugural City of the 100 Resilient Cities Network
Berkeley to be among the first group of cities selected to benefit from innovative resilience planning tools and resources

The Rockefeller Foundation announced that Berkeley was selected as an inaugural member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. Berkeley was one of nearly 400 cities across six continents to apply for The Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, and one of only 33 cities to be selected. 

The Rockefeller Foundation defines resilience as "the ability of a community to withstand shocks while still maintaining its essential functions and to recover quickly and effectively." 100 Resilient Cities enables cities around the world to develop and implement resilience plans, provides city leaders a forum to share and learn from others' experiences, and connects them with suppliers, thinkers, and stakeholders who can help them improve their city's resilience. 

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Announcing the Home Energy Analyzer

Check out the new, free online tool, Home Energy Analyzer. It's available to all Alameda County residents with a PG&E Smart Meter. The Home Energy Analyzer uses advanced analytics to monitor your home's energy use. It then offers specific tips to help you save money on your energy bill and make your home more comfortable.

  • Visit
  • Enter your PG&E account information
  • Receive a customized report for your home with tips for saving energy and money

For more information and to find out about rebates for energy upgrades visit Bay Area Regional Energy Network / call (866) 878-6008 or attend an upcoming workshop. 

Be the Action in the Climate Action Plan: Join the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition

The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition works to accelerate implementation of the Berkeley Climate Action Plan. Your leadership and expertise can more fully turn this plan into action. 

Join the Coalition and a working group! The Coalition has six active working groups, each focused on carrying out at least one action from the Climate Action Plan within a year. The working groups are:

  • Land Use and Urban Gardening
  • Water
  • Community Choice Energy
  • Walking, Cycling and Public Transportation

 Get involved! Join one of the working groups of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition

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