Richmond to Consider Single-Use Bag Ordinance
The City of Richmond will propose a Single-Use Bag Ordinance that will 1) prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic bags at point of sale, and 2) require retail establishments to charge 5-10 cents to customers for each paper bag distributed at point of sale. The ordinance will apply to all retail establishments except restaurants. Richmond’s ordinance first reading is scheduled for the June 18, 2013, City Council meeting. The proposed effective date of the ordinance is January 1, 2014. Find out more .
2013 Crop Swap is back!
Every Monday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Richmond Public Library – Main Branch – 325 Civic Center Plaza, in the courtyard
Hey all you gardeners and urban farmers – it’s time to start up the Crop Swaps again! Come and bring your excess garden produce to swap with your neighbors – lemons for chard, lettuce for herbs etc. You don’t need to have a lot of excess produce to come and you can also bring plant starts, gardening books and tools - anything related to gardening. Come and meet with your
neighbors, trade gardening tips, recipes and help out your community. Excess produce can be donated to a local food pantry.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)
Major Taylor Bike Fiesta
Hundreds of community members came out to the third annual Major Taylor Bike Fiesta at Lincoln Elementary! The bike fiesta featured free food, bike repairs and tune ups, bike raffles, helmets, bike rodeos, a health sanctuary and plenty of interactive family activities. The Bike Fiesta is held every year to promote bike safety and accessibility for all Richmond children and community members. The Major Taylor Bike Fiesta is named in honor of Major Taylor, the first African-American to become a world champion - a feat he would go on to accomplish six more times in the cycling world. Click the photos to view more pictures!
Bike To Work Day 2013
Nearly efficient 5 00 Richmond riders took to their bikes to participate in Bike To Work Day 2013! The City of Richmond partnered with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBCC), Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative (BBK), SunPower, the Richmond Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) , Urban Tilth and Rich City RIDES to celebrate biking as an , viable and cost effective form of transportation. Between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM , Energizer Stations provided riders with water, coffee, snacks, prizes, a Bike To Work tote bag and more!
This year, Richmond led the entire East Bay with an 19% increase in riders!
Thank you to Catahoula Coffee and Safeway for their support and generous donations.
Richmond Ride of Silence
Approximately 30 community members joined the third annual Richmond Ride of Silence from Civic Center to Point Richmond. The Richmond Ride of Silence, part of a worldwide effort, is a slow, quiet ride to honor those who have been seriously hurt or killed while bicycling in Richmond. Held the week following Bike to Work Day during National Bike Month, the Ride of Silence aims to raise community awareness that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways, promote bicycle safety and ask that we all share the road. The Richmond Ride of Silence was organized by Rich City RIDES, the Richmond Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), and the City of Richmond.
MCE and the City of Richmond co-hosted a presentation, discussion, and Q&A about Richmond's new electricity options. Please check back for more information on future meetings. Discussion topics included: MCE Clean Energy Richmond Community Meeting
MCE background and Richmond partnership
Public noticing and enrollment process
Opt out and opt up process
Richmond City Council voted to
participate in MCE , California’s first—and currently only—operating Community Choice Aggregation program.
MCE offers Richmond residents and businesses a choice of affordable, renewable energy as an alternative to PG&E. As a public agency and not-for-profit electricity provider, MCE gives the Richmond community more local control as to how and where its ratepayer dollars are spent. To this end, MCE’s priorities include reinvesting revenues toward maintaining competitive rates and supporting local sustainable development programs, such as energy efficiency and renewable generation projects.
To learn more about Richmond's membership, visit our MCE page or hear directly from MCE at:
Did you know that all your food leftovers can go into your green cart along with leaves and yard trimmings! Everything you put in the green bin will be turned into compost instead of going into the landfill. Pick up a free food scrap pail at City Hall. Compost Your Food Scraps
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