Sustainability News

Fremont Residents Charged Up About Their Cars

5-26-16 Fremont accounts for 32% of electric vehicles purchased in Alameda County. This is nearly 4,000 electric cars. No other ZIP code in California can boast as many electric cars purchased through rebates than Fremont's 94539.
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Fremont Adds Eight New Public EV Chargers to Meet Growing Demand


5-12-16 Fremont, home of Tesla Motors, installs two Delta DC Quick Chargers and six Level 2 Dual Chargers within Bayside Business Park.
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2015: A Landmark Year for Sustainability in Fremont

2-20-16 In 2015 alone, Fremont took significant steps toward protecting the environment and acting on climate change.
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Look for More Sun-Powered Cities in 2016

12-23-15 Following the model of Fremont, cities can take a leadership role in the solar revolution through solar outreach and educational activities, residential and commercial solar incentive programs, solar-friendly practices and policies, and the procurement of solar for their own facilities. 

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The Compact of Mayors and the Importance of Global Climate Action


12-3-15 Mayor Bill Harrison: "By signing onto the Compact of Mayors, I am reinforcing our commitment to make Fremont a community where people want to live, where businesses want to invest, and where jobs will grow. As we better our city, we will be helping to better the world for our generation and for those to come."
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East Bay SunShares: Let's Go Solar Together!

10-16-15 In celebration of October as Energy Awareness month, the City of Fremont invites residents to explore opportunities to purchase or lease solar panels through the East Bay SunShares program.
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WalletHub Names Fremont 10th Greenest City in America


10-16-15 We all have a responsibility to protect our planet. The City of Fremont is clearly doing its part as it was recently ranked the 10th greenest city in America!
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SunEdison and City of Fremont Unveil City's New Solar Canopy Structures

9-28-15 SunEdison, Inc., the largest global renewable energy development company, today announced the completion of three solar canopy systems for the City of Fremont. The systems are expected to generate 1.2 megawatts (MW) DC of clean, reliable electricity for the city.
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Solar Permitting Process Streamlined

9-18-15 With more and more residents choosing to install solar, the City recently adopted an ordinance streamlining solar permitting for small residential systems, and also updated the webpage related to solar permits.
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Alameda, Contra Costa Solar Discount Program Gathering Customers

9-10-15 East Bay homeowners have been joining a nonprofit discount solar power purchase program set up to take advantage of an expiring federal tax credit, and Piedmont this week joined the other four participating cities, Fremont, Concord, Lafayette and Walnut Creek.
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Urbanizing Town Wants to Elevate Public Transit


8-5-15 The Bay Area city of Fremont straddles two counties and, in some ways, two very different worlds. With plans underway for a new downtown built on the principles of green transportation and transit-oriented development, Fremont’s split identity is coming into focus. 
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​East Bay Cities Aiding Homeowners in Adopting Solar

8-5-15 Walnut Creek, Concord, Fremont, and Lafayette are partnering in running the East Bay SunShares program, which aims to promote utilizing solar power at home by allowing local residents to receive bulk discounts for installing solar systems.
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F.I.E.R.C.E. Students Organize "Fremont Green Summit" 


6-1-15 On May 24, 2015, Fremont students learned about new developments in Energy and Sustainability and participated in workshops around Career & Opportunities led by subject matter experts and leaders in innovative green tech companies and nonprofits based out of Fremont and surrounding areas.
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California Drought: Woodside, Fremont on Opposite Ends of Water-Saving Spectrum


4-6-15 Faced with tough new state water restrictions, lush towns like Woodside are going to have to start behaving a lot more like golden-hued Fremont. 
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PG&E Supports Northern California Cities in $5 Million Georgetown University Energy Prize

1-14-15 Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will provide technical support and up to $20,000 in funding for each of five cities within its service territory named as semifinalists in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a nationwide energy efficiency competition for small-to-midsized communities.
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Fremont Selected as a Semifinalist for $5 Million Georgetown University Energy Prize

1-14-15 Fremont is competing against Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Mateo and Sunnyvale for the win.
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Fremont Among Elite Communities Across the Nation Leading the Charge in Energy Efficiency

1-14-15 At a press event in Washington, D.C., today, Fremont was recognized as one of the top 50 communities that is setting the standards in energy efficiency.  
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Fire Station No. 11 is Leading the City to a More Sustainable Future


1-9-15 On Friday, January 2, 2015 the City of Fremont officially opened Fire Station No. 11, the City’s first LEED building to achieve the Gold Level of compliance. 
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City Competes for $5 Million Environmental Prize, Motivating Residents to Save Energy


11-21-14 As the city competes in a $5 million environmental contest, it has begun spurring residents to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reach other goals in its Climate Action Plan.
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​How Can Fremont Rethink Community-wide Energy Use and Increase Energy Efficiency?

10-12-14 Help us rethink our community-wide energy use and weigh in on how we can implement creative strategies to increase efficiency. Your feedback will assist the City as we develop an Energy Plan that will represent the needs, interests, and desires of the Fremont community as a whole.
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Recap of Experience Electric - The Better Ride Event at Pacific Commons


8-20-14 Fremont is proud to have hosted a very successful electric vehicle ride-and-drive event on Saturday, August 9 at the Pacific Commons Shopping Center, with nearly 300 electric vehicle test drives and more than 500 event attendees.
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Fremont to Reduce Carbon Footprint by Installing Solar Photovoltaic Systems


7-21-14 The City is contracting with SunEdison, a nationwide solar firm, to purchase power that will be produced by solar systems mounted on new carport structures in existing parking lots at the Police Building complex, the Aqua Adventure Waterpark, and the Irvington Community Center.  
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Fremont to Double its Publicly Accessible EV Charging Infrastructure

7-15-14 Under the Bay Area Charge Ahead Project (BayCAP)—a consortium led by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative in collaboration with ChargePoint, ABM, the EV Communities Alliance—the City of Fremont will receive a total of eight publicly accessible, dual-port Level 2 electric vehicle chargers.
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Fleet of Plug-in Cars Rolls Out to Bay Area Governments


7-8-14 As one of ten Bay Area agencies awarded a $2.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to purchase a total of 90 EV’s in the Bay Area, Fremont welcomes two new EV’s to our fleet! 
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​With PG&E Employee’s Help, Cities Vie for $5 Million Energy Efficiency Prize

5-21-14 Cities across the United States are competing for a chance to win a $5 million energy efficiency contest. Will Davis win the prize? Or will it be Berkeley, Fremont or Sunnyvale?
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Mapping Fremont's Journey To Sustainability (Infographic)


5-21-14 The City has just put out a cool infographic, mapping Fremont's journey to sustainability back to mandatory recycling in 1985. It was released with a legislative event celebrating Fremont's accomplishments in "Regional Transportation, Sustainability and Infrastructure." 
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The Sun Is Shining On This Solar Suburb


4-17-14 It is not mere chance that more than 30 clean and green tech firms have found themselves residing in Fremont. The City of Fremont has been successful in attracting a number of clean technology businesses.
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Silicon Valley City Drives Down The Road Toward Sustainability


3-20-14 The City of Fremont has made a number of local headlines this month for reports on the high number of electric vehicle owners living within its boundaries.
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Fremont Leads Bay Area in Number of Electric Car Drivers


2-27-14 The city that’s home to the Tesla electric car factory is also leading by example in the use of electric vehicles. Fremont is home to one-third of the people in all of Alameda County who drive electric cars.
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Fremont District Urges Conservation, Offers Water-Saving Program as Drought Persists

2-4-2014 Uncertain about its traditional water sources, southern Alameda County's water district has urged residents to conserve and is offering some homeowners free plumbing service to help save.
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Fremont Evolving from a Suburban Community to a Sustainable Urban Center

12-15-13 The City of Fremont, the fourth largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, has quietly made strides in transforming itself from a typical suburban community to a sustainable urban center by adopting renewable energy goals, streamlining solar permitting, and participating in regional efforts to deploy solar.
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Meet Fremont's New Sustainability Coordinator

11-14-13 The City has hired Rachel DiFranco, a Fremont native, as its new Sustainability Coordinator.
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Got Sun? Alameda County Issues RFP for Largest Multi-Agency Renewable Energy Buy

11-4-13 Nineteen Bay Area public agencies, including the City of Fremont, are joining together to request proposals for bringing clean, renewable energy to up to 187 publicly owned buildings and spaces in the Bay Area, with construction beginning in late 2014.
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Energy Expert Positions Fremont as Leader in Clean Energy


8-2-13 The City of Fremont recently announced an ambitious clean technology report to spearhead California and the rest of the nation in powering communities with next-generation energy solutions. Renowned energy expert Christine Hertzog of Smart Grid Library created the report and named Fremont the frontrunner.
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