There are so many ways that Los Gatos residents can take part in making their community more sustainable. It is up to all of us to...
Checkout the Keep Los Gatos Beautiful Month Activity E-book!
The General Plan update is a pivotal opportunity to shape the future of Los Gatos. Through this process the Town and community will consider many pertinent topics, including transportation, mobility, housing, environmental, justice, public health, and others to ensure Los Gatos is positioned to achieve its vision for the future. Visit the www.losgatos2040.com website which will serve as a platform to access all materials related to the process, including documents developed, meeting dates and times, and other information.
Want to conserve water but not sure where to start? Use the Home Water Works Calculator and discover where to begin your home water conversation efforts! Find useful tips and resources for saving water and money without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
Click here to access the DIY Home Energy Saving Toolkit User Guide
Landscape Rebate Program This program is designed to encourage residents to convert approved high water use landscape, such as lawns and pools, to low water use landscape as well as to retrofit existing irrigation equipment with approved high efficiency irrigation equipment.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District provides a Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate for properly connecting a clothes washer to a simple graywater irrigation system. Apply before proceeding on any project as rebates are not provided retroactively. Funding is limited and provided on a first come, first served basis.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District will provide a rebate of up to $150 for the NEW installation of a NEW, accepted water meter on a qualifying well. Information on acceptable meters can be found on the Private Well Meter Rebate Program Application.
that can assist residents in a variety of ways, including:
Learn about current residential rebate programs and water conservation tips!
Discover upcoming workshops and classes including Composting 101, Green Gardener Training, and more!
Watch tutorials and learn more about the Water Wise Survey Program
Stay up-to-date with current watering restrictions
Get help understanding your water bill
Report water waste
Spare the Air Days Before using any wood burning stoves, fireplaces, etc... be sure to visit Spare the Air to ensure that we are not observing a Spare the Air Day. You can also sign up for their automatic alerts and get more information on our air quality.
New Resources for Safe Pest Control Keep your home and family safe while keeping unwanted pests out. Find a store near you for quick and easy shopping for less toxic pest control here. Check out West Valley Clean Water Program's "Less Toxic Pest Control Methods for Home & Yard" sheet below for more information.
Green Gardener Program
Is your gardener a Green Gardener? Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Program trains gardeners to:
Use resources wisely, conserve water, protect the soil, and reduce waste
Improve the health, appearance and value of landscapes
Reduce urban runoff and stormwater pollution from landscape maintenance activities
To find the right person to create or maintain your garden or landscape, ask if they….
Water according to the needs of the season, the plant, and site soil conditions
Prune selectively and properly to compliment the natural form and needs of the plant
Use alternative approaches such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, before turning to pesticides and herbicides
Help protect air quality by using hand-powered equipment or fuel-efficient, low-emission equipment
Check soil for fertility, texture, and moisture
Use compost and mulch to feed the soils naturally
Install water efficient irrigation systems and regularly maintain them
Compost plant debris and grass-cycle
Use local plant varieties that are California natives or adapted to our Mediterranean climate and not invasive species
Interested in becoming a Green Gardener? Click here to learn more about the Green Gardener Program, check for upcoming classes, or find a Green Gardener near you!
The Center for the Development of Recycling (CDR) is a university-based, non-profit, environmental research and service organization. Established in 1989, CDR is committed to maintaining and distributing recycling information through its call center, RecycleStuff.org website, and social media sites. CDR is the official recycling and household hazardous waste (HHW) information service for Santa Clara County's 15 cities and unincorporated areas. Click here to view the official flyer.
Learn how to make your next event or party a green event here.
Truck & SUV Recycling!
Wheels For Wishes Offers FREE Car, do you have an old car, truck or suv that doesn't run? Wheels for Wishes will come to your home, tow it away at no cost to you! Proceeds go directly to the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. Check their donation program, Cars To Cure Breast Cancer, which accepts donated vehicles and either recycles or auctions them off and uses the earned proceeds to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.