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Education & Information

Workshops

The CSC Education and Outreach Workgroup and Dominican University developed a free, 3-part educational workshop series open to the public.   
 
    Series 1: Stewards of our Children’s Future (presented by the CSC and Solano Community College).
          
    Series 2: Sustainable Benicia: Green Business (presented by the CSC and Dominican University).  
 
    Series 3: Sustainable Benicia:  Energy
 
The CSC Education + Outreach Work Group has partnered with Dominican University to offer a 4 part educational symposium.  
 
 
 
 
 
Past symposia and workshops can be viewed here.  For more information contact CSC Chair Constance Beutel.
 
A variety of books, magazines, and DVDs discussing various sustainability and environmental issues can be checked out at the Benicia Public Library.
 
As part of the City’s renewable energy project, it will house two informational kiosks at the Community Center and at the Benicia Public Library. These interactive kiosks will allow individuals to see real-time data from the City’s 10 solar panel sites, various information about the City’s energy efficiency efforts, and other sustainability related information including tips on how Benicians can save money while preserving the environment.  The online monitoring tool is best viewed in the Internet Explorer web browser.  
 
DECK monitoring is a third-party company that measures and reports solar energy generation to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).  As part of its contract with the City, it has developed a website where Benicia residents can track solar generation by the minute, hour, day, week, month, and year.  Please note that "tons of CO2" saved may be inflated due to DECK's use of a national electricity emissions factor; PG&E's power sources are much cleaner and less CO2 per kWh used is emitted.

Events

Farmers Market

Come support local farmers and vendors at the City’s weekly farmers market sponsored by Benicia Main Street.  The market opens the last Thursday of April and runs through October.  It is located on First Street between B and D Streets and is open from 4:00-8:00pm each Thursday.     
 
Earth Day 
The City and the CSC have hosted three Earth Day Events to raise awareness of environmental issues and City sustainability efforts as well as encourage Benicians to attend the Farmers’ Market and support local vendors.  The City handed out low-flow showerheads and compact fluorescent bulbs to encourage Benicians to save money and energy in 2011 and hosted an informational tour of the City’s solar energy sites in 2012. 
 
The CSC holds bi-monthly meetings on the third Monday at 6:00p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall (250 E. “L” Street).  For more information and for agendas and meeting minutes visit the CSC homepage.
 
The mission of the Benicia Community Gardens is to support local food security by helping local citizens establish and care for gardens throughout the city that provide fresh food, fellowship, and discovery by increasing citizens' access to sustainable, regional sources of wholesome food thereby strengthening community resilience.  To learn how you can tour the gardens visit Benicia Community Gardens.
 
 

How can you get involved?

Help spread the word about Benicia’s efforts by:

  • Like us on Facebook! Sustainable Benicia
  • Placing a link to us from your website 
  • Promoting our meetings and events
  • Mentioning our efforts in your newsletter
  • For other partnership opportunities, please email the Climate Action Plan Coordinator.

Organizations

Benicia Tree Foundation

The Mission of the Benicia Tree Foundation is to strengthen community by promoting and supporting tree planting, maintenance, and education.
 
The Foundation formed a partnership with Benicia Unified School District to plant trees at the Benicia High School campus and establish a school forestry initiative.  The Foundation also worked to identify best practices for planting and maintaining urban trees and created a special program to support tree planting and community building efforts.
As a result of its efforts, the City was designated as a Tree City USA in 2009.
 
For more information, visit the Benicia Tree Foundation.
 
The mission of Benicia Community Gardens is to support local food security - by helping local citizens establish and care for gardens throughout the city that provide fresh food, fellowship and discovery, and by increasing citizens' access to sustainable, regional sources of wholesome food - thereby strengthening community resilience.
 
Benicia Community Gardens (BCG), an independent non-profit organization created by local residents, provides free garden instruction classes and assigns raised beds for gardening on a first come, first serve basis.  If you are interested in gardening with the BCG, print and fill out an application form available here.
 
The Willis Linn Jepson Chapter of the California Native Plant Society serves Solano County. The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.
 
Benicia's Certified Farmers Market, sponsored by Benicia Main Street, opens the last Thursday of April and runs through October. It is located on First Street between B and D Streets. The market takes place every Thursday from 4:00-8:00p.m. 
 
Benicia High School’s ECH20 Academy aims to prepare students for careers in “green” technology fields.  
 
ECH2O is a three-year program for grades 10-12 that incorporates integrated academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships.
Students participate in many community projects including a Coastal Clean-up and water assessment training with WattzOn through the Benicia Home Efficiency and Water Savings Program.  
 

 Benicia Public Library

The Benicia Public Library offers a wide variety of environmental and climate change related books, videos, and other publications.  To search the Library's catalog, visit the Benicia Public Library Catalog

The CSC holds bi-monthly meetings on the third Monday at 6:00p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall (250 E. “L” Street).  For more information and for agendas and meeting minutes visit the CSC homepage.