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Goleta Joins California Green Communities Program

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The City of Goleta confirmed this week its intention to become the ninth city in California to qualify for Silver status as a California Green Community. Only eight other cities have achieved this recognition to date: Ventura, Claremont, Monrovia, Riverside, Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, Culver City, and Santa Monica.

Representatives from USA Green Communities, Green Seal and Southern California Edison – founding partners in California Green Communities – officially welcomed the City to the program at its regular City Council meeting.

“We created California Green Communities to show how cities are improving the quality of life for their residents through smart planning and sustainable practices,” said USA Green Communities President Hal Conklin. “Goleta is setting an example for other cities in the region to follow.”

Mayor Roger Aceves said, “The City of Goleta’s Staff and City Council prides itself in taking a leadership role in creating a Green Community. We have incorporated many policies and believe our transportation and green building practices are probably the best in the area!”

California Green Communities is a community-based effort that encourages cities to adopt environmentally sound practices involving energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable and alternative fuels, efficient transportation and other measures. Cities develop unique action plans to identify projects and activities they will implement to reach Silver, Gold and Platinum status in the program.

To achieve the Silver level, Goleta will need to accomplish at least one major change in each of 10 sustainability challenge areas. Their achievements will be evaluated by other member cities in a peer review. Once they arrive at the Silver level, they will be able to move on to the Gold and Platinum levels, with the achievement of two and eventually three activities in each of the 10 sustainability challenge areas, respectively.

Created in November 2009, California Green Communities is an environmental recognition program that fosters innovative ways for participating cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while building vibrant, sustainable communities.

You can follow Goleta’s and other cities’ achievements and the program at www.CaGreenCom.org.

Numerous companies and organizations, such as Toyota, the Alliance for Climate Education, Agromin, Clean Environment Company, e-Recycling of California, CalRecycle, The Cadmus Group, Inc., The Energy Coalition, Kellogg Garden Products, and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps have joined SCE as California Green Communities partners to support participating cities with a variety of discounts, incentives and consulting services. For example, Southern California Edison provides advanced incentives for energy efficiency measures to cities – including Goleta – that participate in SCE’s Energy Leader Partnership program.

City of Ventura Honored with CGC Silver Award

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Mayor Mike Tracy and Ventura City Council Members accept California Green Community Silver Award

The City of Ventura has achieved “Silver” status as a California Green Community for its commitment to sustainability.  Ventura is only the seventh city to be honored by California Green Communities for its efforts.

Representatives from USA Green Communities, the Environmental Media Association (EMA), Green Seal and Southern California Edison – founding partners in California Green Communities – presented the honor to the Ventura City Council at its meeting on April 8, 2013.

“Ventura is showing by its example how a city can improve the quality of life for their residents through smart planning and sustainable practices,” said USA Green Communities President Hal Conklin.  “We want to congratulate Ventura and to encourage other cities to follow their lead.”

California Green Communities (CGC) is a community-based effort that encourages cities to adopt environmentally sound practices involving energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable and alternative fuels, efficient transportation and other activities.  Cities develop unique action plans to identify projects and activities they will implement to reach Silver, Gold and Platinum status in the program.

As a part of its CGC Action Plan, Ventura has implemented numerous programs that reduce its environmental impact and promote environmental sustainability throughout the community.  For example, Ventura recently replaced 500 high-pressure sodium street lights with energy efficient LED lights, which use 40% less electricity and save over $30,000 each year.  Last year, Ventura also upgraded the heating and air-conditioning at City Hall and installed energy efficient lights in many City facilities saving an additional $52,000 each year.  Over the last four years, these efficiency measures and other efforts have helped the City reduce its electricity use by 15% and its vehicle fuel use by 20%, saving over $2.1 million.  These conservation measures have also cut the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 16% since 2007, equivalent to removing 1,100 vehicles from the road.

Created in November 2009, California Green Communities is an environmental recognition program that fosters innovative ways for participating cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while building vibrant, sustainable communities.

In addition to Ventura, the cities of Culver City, Claremont, Monrovia, Riverside, Santa Clarita and Simi Valley have reached California Green Community Silver status.  Learn more about the cities’ achievements and the program at www.CaGreenCom.org.   

Numerous other companies and organizations, such as Toyota, the Alliance for Climate Education, Agromin, Clean Environment Company, e-Recycling of California, CalRecycle, The Cadmus Group, Inc., The Energy Coalition, Kellogg Garden Products, Lifecycle Global and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps have joined SCE as California Green Communities partners to support participating cities. Southern California Edison provides advanced incentives for energy efficiency measures to cities – including Ventura – that participate in SCE’s Energy Leader Partnership program.

Culver City Council Accepts Silver Certification

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Mayor Andrew Weissman with Culver City Council and staff accept California Green Community Silver Award

The City of Culver City has achieved “Silver” status as a California Green Community for its commitment to sustainability.  Culver City is only the sixth city to be honored by California Green Communities for its efforts.

Representatives from USA Green Communities, the Environmental Media Association (EMA), Green Seal and Southern California Edison – founding partners in California Green Communities – presented the honor to the Culver City Council at regular meeting on January 14, 2013.

“We created California Green Communities to show how cities are improving the quality of life for their residents through smart planning and sustainable practices,” said USA Green Communities President Hal Conklin.  “Culver City is setting an example for other cities in the region to follow.”

California Green Communities is a community-based effort that encourages cities to adopt environmentally sound practices involving energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable and alternative fuels, efficient transportation and other activities.  Cities develop unique action plans to identify projects and activities they will implement to reach Silver, Gold and Platinum status in the program.

Among the many efforts it took to reach the Silver level, Culver City has achieved significant energy savings – an estimated 1.1 million kilowatt-hours yearly – by changing the City’s computer operations, converting streetlights to more efficient induction lighting, and installing more efficient HVAC equipment and lighting at the Veteran’s Memorial Building and in City garages.

Created in November 2009, California Green Communities is an environmental recognition program that fosters innovative ways for participating cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while building vibrant, sustainable communities.

In addition to Culver City, the cities of Claremont, Monrovia, Riverside, Santa Clarita and Simi Valley have reached California Green Community Silver status.  Learn more about the cities’ achievements and the program at www.CaGreenCom.org.   

Numerous other companies and organizations, such as Toyota, the Alliance for Climate Education, Agromin, Clean Environment Company, e-Recycling of California, CalRecycle, The Cadmus Group, Inc., The Energy Coalition, Kellogg Garden Products, Lifecycle Global and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps have joined SCE as California Green Communities partners to support participating cities. Southern California Edison provides advanced incentives for energy efficiency measures to cities – including Culver City – that participate in SCE’s Energy Leader Partnership program.

Simi Valley Honored for Sustainable Activities

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Mayor Bob Huber and the Simi Valley City Council accept California Green Community Silver plaque

The City of Simi Valley has achieved “Silver” status as a California Green Community for its commitment to sustainability.  Simi Valley is only the fifth city – the first and only city in Ventura County – to be honored by California Green Communities for its efforts.

Representatives from the Environmental Media Association (EMA), Southern California Edison (SCE) and Green Seal – founding partners in California Green Communities – presented the Simi Valley City Council with a plaque and a “California Green Community” flag at the Council meeting on July 16, 2012.

“We created California Green Communities to show how cities are improving the quality of life for their residents through smart planning and sustainable practices,” said EMA President Debbie Levin.  “Simi Valley is setting an example for other cities in the region to follow.”

Founded in November 2009, California Green Communities is a community-based effort that encourages cities to adopt innovative and environmentally sound practices involving energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable and alternative fuels, efficient transportation and other activities. Cities develop unique action plans to identify projects and activities they will implement to reach Silver, Gold and Platinum status in the program.   The goal is to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption while building vibrant, sustainable communities.

Among the many efforts it took to reach the Silver level, Simi Valley installed energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors in City buildings, adopted an energy efficiency reach code as a part of its Green Building Ordinance, and implemented an Affordable Housing Ordinance that creates incentives for affordable housing projects to incorporate climate friendly and green building techniques.  The City also received its first LEED Gold certification for its Transit Maintenance Facility expansion and modernization project that was completed in the fall of 2011. 

Additionally, Simi Valley community members played an important role in the City’s advancement to Silver status through their overwhelming support and participation in the City’s water conservation campaign and annual Living Green Expo.

In addition to Simi Valley, the cities of Claremont, Monrovia, Riverside and Santa Clarita have reached California Green Community Silver status.  Other participating cities are making progress as well.  City action plans can be viewed at www.CaGreenCom.org.  More cities in Southern California are expected to join the program in 2012. 

Numerous other companies and organizations, such as Toyota, the Alliance for Climate Education, Clean Environment Company, e-Recycling of California, The Energy Coalition, Kellogg Garden Products, Lifecycle Global and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps have joined SCE as California Green Communities partners to support participating cities. Southern California Edison provides advanced incentives for energy efficiency measures to cities – including Simi Valley – that participate in SCE’s Energy Leader Partnership program.

Santa Clarita Honored for Sustainable Activities

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The City of Santa Clarita has achieved “Silver” status as a California Green Community for its commitment to sustainability. Santa Clarita is one of only four cities to be honored by California Green Communities for its efforts.

Representatives from the Environmental Media Association (EMA), Southern California Edison (SCE) and Green Seal – founding partners in California Green Communities – will present the honor to the Santa Clarita City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 PM.

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