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  • Bay-Friendly Coalition logo
    News  |  12/18/2014

    Author and landscape architect Robert Perry will be giving a talk about the water needs of landscape plants and how to successfully combine good aesthetic expression and sound water conservation practices. Event dates: San Francisco on February 11, 2015 and Oakland on February 12, 2015.

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  • News  |  11/17/2014

    As a result of Reusable Bag Ordinance 2012-2, people are bringing their own bags in larger quantities than expected. Data collected has shown that the ordinance not only has had a positive impact on litter reduction but on waste prevention as well.

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  • Using sheet mulch to remove the lawn at Pleasanton City Hall
    News  |  09/24/2014

    Heeding the Governor's call to cut back on water use, in June the city of Pleasanton replaced the lawn around its administration buildings with new landscaping designed to reduce water consumption by as much as 93 percent.

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  • When in Drought ad
    News  |  09/24/2014

    California is in the midst of an extreme drought, and we're all doing our share to save water. But that doesn't mean our yards and gardens have to be barren landscapes.

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  • News  |  09/10/2014

    Since the ordinance began in January, 2013, overall bag purchases by affected retail stores in Alameda County have declined by 85 percent.

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    News  |  07/14/2014

    Composting reduces waste and builds healthy soil to support local food production and protect against the impacts of extreme weather, from droughts to heavy rainfall.

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    "Adding Up the Climate Benefits of C&D Recycling" from the July/August 2009 issue of "C&D World" highlights use of the GreenPoint Rated Climate Calculator to account for recycling's role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • The Value of Green Labels report
    News  |  07/21/2012

    A study by researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA found that homes in California labeled with Energy Star, GreenPoint Rated or LEED sell for a premium of nine percent compared to comparable, non-labeled homes. This is the first rigorous, large-scale independent economic analysis of the value of green home labels in California.

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  • worker looking in garbage bin
    News  |  01/27/2014

    Most of us say that recycling is important, but are we good at it? StopWaste spent the past year taking a look at garbage carts to find out. A report being mailed this week shows that residents and businesses in Alameda County dumped as much as $70 million of recyclable and compostable items in the garbage last year. The report is part of a new Benchmark Service from StopWaste, a public agency responsible for reducing waste in Alameda County.

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  • Sheet mulch sign
    News  |  06/25/2014

    As part of a pilot program, StopWaste is offering technical assistance and grants for using sheet mulch to convert lawns to water-saving landscapes. These incentives are available to public agencies and a limited number of commercial properties in Alameda County.

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