Sustainability Blog

On Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 12, Environmental Services staff hosted an Energizer Station at the South Hayward BART station. There has been an Energizer Station at the downtown BART station for several years, but this was the first time ever for the South Hayward station.

During two and a half hours, we counted 84 cyclists coming and going to/from the BART station. Riders were happy to stop at our table for a coffee donated by Starbucks, treats donated by Sugar Bowl Bakery, and goodie bags provided by Bike East Bay. We hope to see you at Bike to Work Day next year!

Biker

Other Energizer Stations in Hayward recorded the following numbers of riders:
CSU East Bay (Carlos Bee Blvd at West Loop Rd) : 13
CSU East Bay (Harder Road at West Loop Rd) : 17
CyclePath Hayward (Hayward BART) : 139
Life Chiropractic College West : 50

Thanks to all of our attendees! It was a packed house at City Hall on Tuesday, May 10. Approximately 60 Hayward residents participated in an evening workshop to learn about programs that will help them increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Free dinner, childcare, and LED lightbulbs were provided to thank community members for taking the time to improve their homes and help reduce Hayward’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Workshop

The workshop included a presentation from the Bay Area’s Home Energy Upgrade Incentive program, which provides free home advisor consultations and rebates for homeowners who complete energy retrofits. In addition, Rising Sun Energy gave a presentation on their California Youth Energy Services Program, which employs young adults to conduct free Green House Calls during the summer. At each Green House Call, energy specialists install free energy and water-saving equipment and provide personalized recommendations for further savings. By the end of the evening, over 35 households had signed up to participate in one or both of the programs.

Workshop Attendees

The Unite2Green Leaders recently conducted a waste audit at one of Hayward's apartment complexes. This means they sorted through a sample of the trashcans to find out what was inside.

Waste Audit

What did they find? Only 1.5% of the stuff in the trashcans was actually trash that should be landfilled. The remaining 98.5% of stuff were items that could be recycled, reused or composted. The Unite2Green Leaders found that 80% of the items could have been composted, including 30% that was edible food. Food waste and food scraps are green gold in Hayward because they can be turned into certified compost that we return to Hayward residents - for Free!

Unfortunately, all of the items in the trashcans will be sent to the landfill because they weren't sorted corrected. Learn about how to sort your trash in Hayward

One of the issues at this apartment complex was that they did not yet have organics (green cart) service. The Unite2Green Program helped them get their green carts and conducted an outreach event to train the residents on how to compost. Over 40 residents and staff attended the workshop. The Unite2Green Leaders led a sorting game to teach everyone which items go in which carts. As a thank you for participating, all residents received lunch and a free compost pail to take back to their kitchen.

The Unite2Green Leaders will be doing another waste audit at the same apartments in a month to see if their efforts have made an impact. Stay tuned!

Waste Workshop

Waste Workshop

On World Water Day here in Hayward we celebrate the heroes who work around the clock to ensure that our wastewater is treated to the highest standards. All of our wastewater eventually ends up in the bay. 

Wastewater Treatment Staff

This year the United Nation's World Water Day is focused on the connection between water and jobs. According to the UN, "Today, almost half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery."

At the Wastewater Treatment Facility, Hayward employees take pride in treating the wastewater to levels that well exceed the State standards, doing their part to keep the SF Bay healthy to enjoy, live, and cherish for generations to come. 

In 2015 the hard work resulted by being awarded California Water Environment Association Plant of the Year, SF Bay Section award. See some of the amazing work that is done at your Facility:

 

The second of five Unite2Green Hayward outreach activities was held during Light Up the Season on Thursday, December 3, 2015.

Unite2Green Leaders

The Unite2Green Leaders provided information in English and Spanish about energy efficiency, including demonstrations of LED bulbs and smart power strips, and information about home energy upgrade rebates. Leaders gave away 150 LED light bulbs and more than fifty people registered to win a “smart” power strip.

Unite2Green Leaders

Hayward hosted a free water efficient landscape class at the Main Library on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Cosponsored with the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, these classes provide residents with practical information and ideas for designing, installing and maintaining landscapes that are colorful, attractive, and water efficient.

Class Members

The Water Wise Edible Gardening class was attended by about thirty people and focused on reducing water needs for seasonable vegetable gardening. Along with a traditional class lecture, participants each received a “cool season” vegetable to plant in their own pots to take home. The instructor, Frank Niccoli, has written the curriculum for numerous classes at Foothill College.

Having the class held in the Main Library was also an excellent opportunity to promote the Seed Lending Library, which operates as a community seed exchange in which borrowers are able to “check out” a wide variety of vegetable and flower seeds to plant in their gardens.

Additional landscape classes are expected to be held in the spring. The dates and topics will be announced as soon as the information is available. Customers will be notified with an insert in their water bill, as well as through other means such as the City’s website and Nextdoor, a neighborhood social network.