Sustainability Blog

My name is Chris and I am Hayward’s 2016/7 CivicSpark Fellow. One of my responsibilities is to stay up to date on climate news. Here’s something new:

By Gilee Corral, Hayward GivicSpark Fellow
Original story posted in June, 2016 at CivicSpark 

The Hayward Utilities & Environmental Services and Maintenance Services Departments teamed to host the City’s summer Compost Giveaway Event on Saturday, August 27. Nearly 400 residents visited the Corporation Yard at 16 Barnes Court and each household received four bags of organic-certified compost.  Maintenance Services staff worked efficiently and promptly to load cars, keeping the line moving quickly and pleasing residents. 

Compost Giveaway

The City is taking a leadership role in training the next generation of wastewater treatment operators. A few years ago Hayward's Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF), among many Bay Area plants, realized an acute shortage of qualified candidates to operate its technologically advanced treatment plant. To address this need, the City decided to re-instate the Operator-In-Training (OIT) program. Re-instating the OIT program has proven to be an effective way for the WPCF to develop its own qualified plant staff.

Fun for one and all was had at the annual Arbor Day Celebration, held on May 26 at Eldridge Elementary School.  The event was a successful example of how our Hayward local agencies come together to celebrate and recognize the community we live in - this time focusing on trees and our local Urban Forest. 

Class planting tree