Sustainability Blog

By Ciaran Gallagher

You’ve heard about the houses that are completely powered by their own rooftop solar energy, right? What about powering all of a city’s operations with renewable energy? That’s exactly what Hayward committed to when the City Council established a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goal for the municipal operations by 2025. This means that City-owned renewable energy will power or offset the City’s total electricity and natural gas demand. So, when you walk around Hayward, even the streetlights will be powered by local, clean energy.

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by Ciaran Gallagher, CivicSpark Fellow

“If we’re doing our job right, you don’t notice us because it doesn’t smell.” David, the Manager of Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) explained the key to the facilities’ success to us. Us being two CivicSpark Fellows working for the City of Hayward for the next year and the Solid Waste Program Manager, Jeff Krump, on a tour of the wastewater treatment plant in Hayward’s backyard. But as we walked across the expansive site, we quickly realized that wastewater treatment is much more complicated than that. Chemicals, microorganisms, maintaining equipment, and physics of water flow – these are daily concerns at the WPCF.

By Ciaran Gallagher, CivicSpark Fellow

What will the high tide look like in 2050 considering the rising seas? Looking at GIS maps or making a visual estimate from a normal high tide is nothing like seeing the actual water inundation. When the moon is closest to the earth, it is called a supermoon and its gravitational pull creates high tides known as King Tides. These typically occur in December and January and give us a glimpse of what a normal high tide in 2050 will look like.

By Ciaran Gallagher, Civic Spark Fellow