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Green Lease Addendum

In order to encourage green, resilient and sustainable practices, the Berkeley Rent Board has drafted a Model Green Lease Addendum. This was done with valuable input from the Ecology Center and the Berkeley Rental Housing Coalition and addresses one of the goals of Berkeley's 2011 Building Energy Efficiency Solutions Report.

The Board encourages landlords and tenants to voluntarily work together in incorporating all or parts of the Green Lease Addendum into their existing leases and for owners to consider using all or parts of the Green Lease Addendum in future leases. For information about implementing the Green Lease Addendum into your lease and your rights and obligations please contact a housing counselor at (510) 981-RENT.

Green Lease Addendum

Resources and Helpful Links

  1. By the end of 2017, Berkeley residents will be able to purchase their power through East Bay Community Energy (www.ebce.org), the Alameda County community choice energy program (CCE). The CCE is likely to offer an energy portfolio that exceeds PG&Es in terms of renewable energy, as well as a 100% renewal option. PG&E's webpage for "Electric Service Alternatives" lists various options to source energy from more renewable sources
  1. EBMUD's water conservation page.
  1. Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing may help owners finance improvements to enhance energy efficiency and save water
  1. For recycling questions, tenants may call the Ecology Center hotline at 510- 548-2220 x233 or email erc@ecologycenter.org. Stopwaste's webpage "Recycle Where?" helps tenants find out where to recycle or safely dispose of various household items: www.recyclewhere.org. There is also a free monthly compost giveaway at the Berkeley Marina.
  1. Cleaning products advertised as "green" or "natural" may be neither. Environmental Working Group's Guide to Healthy Cleaning http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners contains reliable information on the toxicity of cleaning products. Other useful links include Ecology Center fact sheet on Indoor Air Quality: http://ecologycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Air-Quality.pdf and Rodale's list of indoor plants that purify indoor air: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/7-plants-purify-indoor-air
  1. Rising Sun Energy Center, offers free Green House Calls to renters.
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