Community Action

Some actions take a Village!  Find out about community wide projects on climate change and sustainability and how you can help below.

Three City of Fremont Fire Stations are benefiting from a microgrid energy demonstration project that pairs solar photovoltaic (PV) carports with large battery systems to allow the facilities to generate and store their own energy, acting like mini power plants. The project is a public-private partnership between the City of Fremont, the Fremont-based clean technology firm Gridscape Solutions (Gridscape), and the California Energy Commission (CEC).

Calendar of Events

Date Event Info
Monday, December 18, 2017 High School Competition Kick-Off Planning Session

Attention parents of high school students! We want high school students to be a part of the City's upcoming meeting on Monday, December 18, from 4-5 p.m. in

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Friday, February 2, 2018 FIERCE's Kick-Off Sustainability Dinner

Is your high school student interested in sustainability?

02-18 02 18
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Tour Recology's Transfer Station and...

Please join Zero Waste Youth USA for a Saturday tour of Recology's transfer station, artist in residence studio, and the sculpture garden.

02-18 02 18
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 EcoCareers Conference 2018: Focus on the Future...

Join the National Wildlife Federation and their partners for this virtual conference, which will prepare students and young professionals for wildlife and sustainability careers by providing inform

02-18 02 18
Saturday, February 24, 2018 Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES...

Students! Participate in a jam-packed day of fun and interactive sessions with youth from all over the nine Bay Area counties with the Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES).

02-18 02 18
Sunday, February 25, 2018 LEAF Fundraiser Film Series: Queen of the Sun -...

Want to know what all the fuss is about for saving the bees and how that relates to your food source?! Join LEAF on Sunday, February 25, from 4 p.m.

02-18 02 18
Monday, February 26, 2018 LEAF Workshop: Bulbs for Brisk Days

Learn all about growing onions and garlic with LEAF at the Fremont Main Library from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

02-18 02 18
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Rising Sun Energy Specialist Summer Job

Rising Sun Energy Center is hiring individuals between the ages of 15 and 22 for the Energy Specialist position with their summer job program, California Youth Energy Services (CYES).

02-18 02 18
Monday, March 5, 2018 FIERCE Fremont Green Challenge High School...

Calling all high schoolers!

03-18 03 18
Monday, March 12, 2018 High School Competition Meeting 1

If you are participating in the Fremont Green Challenge High School Competition come to FIERCE's first meeting on Monday, March 12, to discuss best strategies for signing up households, receive inf

03-18 03 18
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Electrify America - Discover and Drive SF (3/13...

On the fence about purchasing an EV or Plug-in Hybrid? Experience first hand the beauty of driving a Zero Emissions Vehicle at Electrify America's Discover and Drive tour. 

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Friday, March 16, 2018 Electrify America - Discover and Drive SJ (3/16...

On the fence about purchasing an EV or Plug-in Hybrid? Experience first hand the beauty of driving a Zero Emissions Vehicle at Electrify America's Discover and Drive tour. 

03-18 03 18
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Sixth Annual Zero Waste Youth USA Convergence

Hey Students!

03-18 03 18
Sunday, March 18, 2018 Sixth Annual Zero Waste Youth USA Convergence

Hey Students!

03-18 03 18
Sunday, March 25, 2018 LEAF Fundraiser Film Series: Edible City - Grow...

Join LEAF on Sunday, March 25, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Historic Niles Essanay Silent Film Theater to watch Edible City. 

03-18 03 18
Saturday, March 31, 2018 LEAF Workshop: Bees for Brighter Days

Learn all about pollinator plants and honey bees on Saturday, March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

03-18 03 18
Sunday, April 8, 2018 Martin and the Green Guitar Show

Bring the kids to see Martin and the Green Guitar on Sunday, April 8 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

04-18 04 18
Sunday, April 8, 2018 Annual Compost Giveaway Event

Make your garden happy and pick up two free bags of compost at the Fremont Recycling and Transfer Station located at 41149 Boyce Road on Sunday, April 8 from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 Let's Go Green Together 2018!

Celebrate Earth Day with Fremont and Washington Hospital at the "Let's Go Green Together" Earth Day Fair. 

Saturday, April 21

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 LEAF Earth Day Event

Join LEAF for their first Earth Day Event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.

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Monday, May 7, 2018 City Council/FUSD Committee Meeting

For students who participated in the Fremont Green Challenge High School Competition, please attend the City Council/FUSD Committee Meeting to be recognized for your sustainability efforts!

05-18 05 18
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Bike to Work Day

Thursday, May 10, marks the Bay Area’s 24th Bike to Work Day, an annual celebration to encourage bicycling as a healthy and enjoyable form of transportation to work.

05-18 05 18
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Bike to School Day

Bike to School Day is on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 LEAF Bee Keeping Classes

Get hands-on experience in learning how to take care of honey bees. Classes are taught by LEAF’s Beekeeper, Syndee Kuhlmann and held at LEAF C.R. Stone Garden, Fremont.  Cost is $25 per class.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018 Energy Saving Workshop for Mandarin Speaking...

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), in partnership with the City of Fremont, is pleased to provide Mandarin speaking homeowners the opportunity to learn about the rebate programs availab

05-18 05 18
Saturday, May 19, 2018 LEAF Drip Irrigation and Ollas

Learn about the importance and ease of installing drip irrigation in your raised planters.

05-18 05 18
Saturday, May 26, 2018 LEAF Bee Keeping Classes

Get hands on experience in learning how to take care of honey bees. Classes are taught by LEAF’s Beekeeper, Syndee Kuhlmann and held at LEAF C.R. Stone Garden, Fremont.  Cost is $25 per class.

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Friday, June 1, 2018 Fremont Green Challenge Competition Celebration

Come celebrate, receive prizes, debrief the Competition and discuss the future of FIERCE on June 1, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fremon

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Saturday, June 9, 2018 Bike East Bay Skills Class

Free Bicycle Skills Classes

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Saturday, June 9, 2018 LEAF Bee Keeping Classes Series

Get hands-on experience in learning how to take care of honey bees. Classes are taught by LEAF’s Beekeeper, Syndee Kuhlmann and held at LEAF C.R. Stone Garden, Fremont.  Cost is $25 per class.

06-18 06 18
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Bike East Bay Skills Class

Free Bicycle Skills Classes

06-18 06 18
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Volunteer Solar Installer Orientation with SunWork

SunWork volunteers participate in an orientation session training covering the basics of solar, electricity, and construction safety.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018 Going Solar Workshop

Learn about solar photovoltaic (PV) for your home. Understand the basics of solar PV, the economics benefits of going solar, the options you have and purchasing tips.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018 LEAF Bee Keeping Classes Series

Get hands-on experience in learning how to take care of honey bees. Classes are taught by LEAF’s Beekeeper, Syndee Kuhlmann and held at LEAF C.R. Stone Garden, Fremont.  Cost is $25 per class.

06-18 06 18
Friday, July 6, 2018 Summer High School Student Course on Energy and...

The City of Fremont is pleased to announce a summer course for local high school students on energy and sustainability.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 LEAF Bee Keeping Classes Series

Get hands-on experience in learning how to take care of honey bees. Classes are taught by LEAF’s Beekeeper, Syndee Kuhlmann and held at LEAF C.R. Stone Garden, Fremont.  Cost is $25 per class.

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Looking for the perfect present for a loved one, co-worker, or neighbor? Get into the holiday spirit with these eco-friendly gifts!

Download the full guide at Fremont.gov/GreenGiftGuide.

Recent News & Updates (Blog)

In the 7 weeks leading up to Earth Day 2018, more than 50 youth across all five Fremont high schools competed in teams to sign up new households to the Fremont Green Challenge platform. Collectively, the students earned 200+ service learning hours and signed up 1,427 households! The top two teams, Green Go Getters from American High and Ex-Static for Change from Mission San Jose High, are being awarded first place prizes, and all participating teams are receiving zero waste kits. 

Supported by the City of Fremont and the Fremont Unified School District, the competition was organized by FIERCE, a District-wide environmental club led by Fremont high school students with the goal of fostering interest in sustainability and the environment for youth and the Fremont community. Students first met at the kick-off Sustainability Dinner, hosted in partnership with StopWaste, where they learned the importance of educated consumption habits while they prepared and enjoyed a delicious vegetarian meal with food from Imperfect Produce.

Students organized and hit the pavement from there – beating their own goal of signing up 1,000 households. Students went door to door and sent emails to engage residents on the many ways households can reduce their impact without sacrificing their lifestyles or wallets. You may have caught some of these students in action at the Fremont Earth Day Fair hosted by the City of Fremont and Washington Hospital.

Students were recognized for their efforts at the recent Joint City Council/Fremont Unified School District Meeting on May 7 and will be celebrated on Friday, June 1 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at City offices. RSVP to join. 

Fremont is proud to be home to such climate motivated youth activists! With their help, Fremont will become a healthier and greener community. Thank you, students!

On Friday, February 2, the City and StopWaste hosted a Sustainability Dinner at the Fremont Teen Center in an effort to kick off FIERCE, a District-wide environmental club led by Fremont high school students. Students and FUSD staff enjoyed an evening of cooking (and eating) a healthy and sustainable meal, learned about the importance of food waste reduction efforts, and discussed FIERCE's Fremont Green Challenge High School Competition, a local initiative that will help Fremont residents reduce their environmental impact.  Students also learned about small actions such as eating local, eating lower down on the food chain, and compost and recycling that have big impacts!

At this year’s League of Cities Annual Conference in Sacramento, the City of Fremont was presented with the “Silver Level” Beacon Award for its work to create a healthier, more efficient, vibrant, and prosperous community. Created by the Institute for Local Government (ILG) in 2009, the Beacon Program honors local governments for their voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, and adopt policies that promote sustainability. Fremont was one of only eight cities to receive the ILG’s prestigious Beacon Award this year. Other 2017 awardees included Sacramento, Scotts Valley, Foster City, Hayward, San Carlos, Palo Alto, and Claremont.

Fremont’s “Silver Level” Beacon Award recognizes the City’s achievements for reducing community greenhouse gas emissions by 11 percent, municipal greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent, electricity use reductions of 28 percent, and natural gas use reductions of 6 percent. Fremont also received “Gold Level” recognition for achievements in each of the ten best practice areas highlighted in the ILG’s Sustainability Best Practices Framework. One major Fremont achievement is the comprehensive energy and water efficiency upgrade of City facilities, which includes the citywide upgrade to LED streetlights. This project will result in annual savings of 4.1 million kWh of electricity, 12,000 therms of natural gas, 9.1 million gallons of water, and 976 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Other notable projects include the implementation of a solar plus energy storage “Microgrid” demonstration project on City of Fremont fire stations, the adoption of green building reach codes requiring mandatory solar on new residential developments and electric vehicle charging in 10 percent of all new parking spaces, and the launch of the online Fremont Green Challenge residential climate action engagement platform.

For more information on the City of Fremont’s sustainability initiatives, please contact Sustainability Manager Rachel DiFranco at 510-494-4451 or by email.