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May 13, 2014 > Fremont News Briefs

Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

No-Cost Energy and Water Assessments
This summer, the City of Fremont will offer no-cost energy and water conservation services to its residents through a partnership with Rising Sun Energy CenterÕs California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program. Since 2009, the City of Fremont has partnered with Rising Sun Energy Center to train and employ local youth ages 15 to 22 to become Youth Energy Specialists. Teamed with an adult, Youth Energy Specialists offer Green House Calls to Fremont residents to assess energy- and water-saving opportunities.

A Green House Call can last 30 minutes to two hours depending on the size of the home. At each Green House Call, Youth Energy Specialists will:
* Perform an energy- and water-efficiency assessment.
* Install energy-efficient lighting, water-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators.
* Perform a toilet leak detection test.
* Inspect attic insulation.
* Provide e-waste pick-up and disposal.
* Offer tips on recycling and energy and water conservation to save money on utility bills.
Each resident will receive a customized follow-up report by email that documents work completed during the Green House Call and lists ways to capture additional water and energy savings through rebates and other programs such as bill discounts, weatherization, and attic insulation.

Appointments are available for both homeowners and renters in Fremont between July 1 and August 7, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents can sign up now at or by calling (510) 665-1501 ext. 5.

For questions about this summerÕs no-cost energy and water assessments program in Fremont, contact the CityÕs Sustainability Coordinator Rachel DiFranco at or (510) 494-4451. This program is supported in part by the City of Fremont, the Alameda County Water District, and the East Bay Energy Watch Partnership.

Landmark Trees of the City of Fremont
We have recently completed a major overhaul and upgrade to one of the CityÕs significant historical documents: The Landmark Tree List. Originally hand-typed in 1973, the list is now an easy to use photographic reference guide to the CityÕs Landmark Tree locations, condition, and history. The Landmark Trees can be accessed at

Landmark trees support FremontÕs urbanized landscape with history and beauty. If youÕve ever visited the Shinn Historical Park and Arboretum, youÕve seen the large buttress roots of the Moreton Bay Fig tree and the wide Boulevard past rows of towering Mexican Fan Palms. Have you taken a walk around Niles Community Park lately? If so, youÕve most likely seen a group of large Bald Cypress trees thriving in the pondÕs waters. Or maybe youÕve wondered why the Mission San Jose community has so many Olive trees lining its streets.

Fremont is home to numerous Landmark trees that decorate the city with heritage. The location of landmark trees in Fremont often coincide with historical farms, ranches, nurseries, orchards and wineries that were once owned by early pioneer families such as Shinn, Rock, Stanford, Chadbourne, Vallejo, and Patterson. Despite changing landscapes and urban development, landmark trees are easily accessible since many are located on historical parks and public areas.

The first effort to create a landmark tree list was in 1970 by the City Beautiful Committee and the City of Fremont, following the adoption of the Tree Preservation Ordinance (FMC 4-5112) in 1966 to promote and encourage the preservation of trees. In 1972, 60 trees were surveyed and preserved by City Council Resolution. Almost 40 years later, in August 2010, the CityÕs landmark trees were revisited, re-surveyed and its findings were published in an updated booklet made available to the public. Several of the original 60 trees did not survive the test of time, but the remaining continues to thrive and tower over FremontÕs transformed landscape. On June 19, 2012, the Fremont City Council approved 23 trees to be newly designated with landmark status.

As of today, there are 85 landmark tree specimens within the City of Fremont. Information about the ordinance and criteria for landmark trees can be found at

Trees play a major role in providing and maintaining future identity with the community. Are you curious to learn more about landmark trees or to find out if there are any in your neighborhood? Check out the Landmark Trees of the City of Fremont publication at:

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