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Claremont’s vision of becoming a sustainable city is one where all who live and work in Claremont are enabled to live in ways that allow them to meet their needs while preserving the ability of future generations to do the same. A sustainable Claremont is a community that balances social needs, environmental health and economic prosperity while not depleting or degrading its natural resources, creating social inequities, or limiting our prospects for continued economic prosperity.

Links

City of Claremont Official Site

Contact Information

cveirs@ci.claremont.ca.us

Certification Status

Certification is awarded when cities complete at least one (Silver), two (Gold) or all three (Platinum) activities in their Action Plan in each of the 10 challenge areas and upon peer review by other participating cities. Claremont’s self-reported progress in each challenge area is shown below.

CURRENT OVERALL STATUS: SILVER

Silver Award ENERGY EFFICIENCY & CONSERVATION Gold Award WATER & WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
Gold Award GREEN BUILDING Gold Award WASTE REDUCTION & RECYCLING
Silver Award CLIMATE-FRIENDLY PURCHASING Silver Award RENEWABLE ENERGY & LOW-CARBON FUELS
Gold Award EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION Platinum Award LAND USE & COMMUNITY DESIGN
Gold Award URBAN FORESTRY & CARBON OFFSETS Gold Award PROMOTING COMMUNITY & INDIVIDUAL ACTION

Action Plan

Energy Efficiency & Conservation
Silver

City Facility Energy Efficiency Improvements and Demand Response Program

Finish making low cost energy efficiency improvements to achieve at least a 5% reduction in energy used in all major City facilities. Have at least one City Facility participate in the SCE Demand Response Program.

Department: Community Services

June 2010
Gold

Claremont Home Energy Retrofit Program (CHERP)

Educate community about importance of energy efficiency and loading order of improvements. Provide information regarding available incentives and financing to help incentivize action.

Department: Community Development

December 2011
Platinum

Solar Energy on City Facilities

Install Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems on two City facilities – Achieving a 20% reduction in grid energy used by City facilities (including EE Improvements made for Silver level (above). Have at least 50% of City facilities participate in SCE demand response program.

Department: Community Development

June 2011
Water & Wastewater Systems
Silver

Community Water Conservation Program

Implement new City water conservation and water efficient landscape ordinances. Provide education to community to help attain community goal of 20% reduction in water consumption by 2012.

Department: Community Development/Community Services

June 2011
Gold

Convert Median Planters from Turf to Water-Wise Plants

Design and implement conversion of landscaped median from turf to water-wise plants and groundcovers on at least one high profile location in the City.

Department: Community Development/Community Services

March 2011
Platinum

Develop Action Plan to Reduce Community-Wide Use of Imported Water

Develop an inter-agency action plan to reduce community-wide use of imported water by 80% by 2017 by the City and broader community.

Agency: Water purveyor/ Water Master/City Engineer

December 2012
Green Building
Silver

Construct New City Facilities to Be LEED Silver Standards

Draft and implement a City policy requiring all new City facilities to be constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver level standards or higher.

Responsible Department: Community Development

June 2011
Gold

Recognize LEED Certified and Other Green Buildings

Track and recognize local private development that is constructed in the community. Maintain a registry of green buildings. Provide City awards program to developers who achieve verifiable levels of “Green” building.

Responsible Department: Community Development

December 2010
Platinum

Green Building Education Campaign

Provide public information and technical assistance on green building methods for residents and developers.

Responsible Department: Community Development

December 2011
Waste Reduction & Recycling
Silver

City Green Waste Mulching/Composting

Continue/make permanent the mulching and composting of Citywide green waste and expand City pilot program to provide free mulch to residents.

Responsible Department: Community Services

March 2011
Gold

City Waste Audit and Enhanced Recycling Program

Conduct waste audit of City facilities to identify additional opportunities to reduce landfill waste; expand use and access to recycling collection containers in City offices, public areas, and conference rooms.

Responsible Department: Community Services

June 2011
Platinum

Community Waste Reduction Education Program

Provide public information and education through City website, City letter and Earth Day Celebration regarding available solid and hazardous waste recycling options, home composting, and local reuse, material exchange and “buy recycled” opportunities.

Responsible Department: Community Services

June 2011
Climate-Friendly Purchasing
Silver

City Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Program

Establish and implement an environmentally preferred purchasing policy for City operations that gives general direction regarding City purchases. Provide training to all affected employees.

Responsible Department: All City Departments

March 2011
Gold

Responsible Consuming Education Program

Provide educational workshops and/or classes on responsible consuming and green living.

Responsible Department: Community Development

December 2011
Platinum

Create Green-Business Recognition Program

Create a “green” business guide and recognition for Claremont businesses that implement strong green business practices and/or sell highly sustainable products and services.

Responsible Department: Community Development

June 2012
Renewable Energy & Low-Carbon Fuels
Silver

City Fleet Fuel Conversion

Complete conversion of heavy fleet vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas.

Responsible Department: Community Services

June 2011
Gold

Solar Energy on City Facilities

Install solar photovoltaic energy systems on two City facilities.

Responsible Department: Community Development

June 2011
Platinum

Track and Publicize Total Solar PV Energy

Annually publicize the total Solar PV being installed and estimated total energy generated annually citywide.

Responsible Department: Community Development

December 2010
Efficient Transportation
Silver

Claremont Bicycle Priority Zone

Install signs bike racks, “sharrows”, and bicycle loop detectors throughout the central section of the City to create a Bicycle Priority Zone where bicycling is encouraged.

Responsible Department: Engineering

May 2011
Gold

Citrus Regional Bikeway

Install on-street bicycle lanes with modified traffic signals and signage to extend the Citrus Regional Bikeway through Claremont.

Responsible Department: Engineering

June 2011
Platinum

Zip Cars at Depot Transit Center

Contract with Zipcar, Inc. or similar contractor to maintain shared vehicles (station cars) adjacent to the downtown inter-modal transit center in the Village.

Responsible Department: Community Development

December 2011
Land Use & Community Design
Silver

Reduced Parking for Colleges That Prohibit Vehicles

Pass on ordinance that reduces required student parking for colleges that prohibit residential students from bringing cars to campus.

Responsible Department: Community Development

November 2011
Gold

Support Efforts to Extend Gold Line Light Rail

Continue to develop detailed plans for Claremont station and right of way and advocate for funding for extending the Gold Line through Claremont.

Responsible Departments: City Manager/Community Development

December 2011
Platinum

Support Sustainable Neighborhood Design

Apply LEED Neighborhood Development design principles to new developments and promote mixed use and transit-oriented development where appropriate.

Responsible Department: Community Development

June 2012
Urban Forestry & Carbon Offsets
Silver

Greenhouse Gas Inventory for City and Community

Complete a greenhouse gas inventory for the City and community and publish the results widely. Inventory will include extensive review of carbon offsets generated by City trees.

Responsible Department: Community Development

December 2010
Gold

Native and Water-Wise Landscape Education

Establish community classes on native and water-wise landscaping.

Responsible Departments: Community Development and Human Services.

June 2011
Platinum

Local Foods Education and Support Program

Continue to support the local farmer’s market and work with community groups to consider locating a community garden on public land.

Responsible Department: Community Development

December 2011
Promoting Community & Individual Action
Silver

Sustainability Public Awareness Program

Continue monthly “Dialog Series” a series of public meetings on various topics sustainability related topics. Continue to release regular green articles in City letters and local paper.

Responsible Department: Community Development/Sustainable Claremont

December 2010
Gold

City Sustainability Web Pages

Add multiple pages to the City Website to emphasize sustainability. Pages will include information on the City’s goals and progress, tips related to various sustainability issues, and links to other useful web resources.

Responsible Departments: Community Information Coordinator and Community Development

March 2011
Platinum

Sustainable Living Courses

Facilitate offering six week course designed to teach interested citizens how to live more sustainably. Courses will be taught by qualified contractors or volunteers.

Responsible Department: Human Services

September 2011