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Monrovia’s City Council adopted its Environmental Accords (MEA), establishing goals and policies to make our community more environmentally friendly and sustainable. The MEA covers 21 long-term goals and objectives, from waste diversion to new transportation systems. A Green Team, with representatives from every department, participates in the development of the Accords and Action Strategies.

Most of the goals are long-term (2015-2030) and will require new policies, programs and technologies. Several are dependant on other agencies and resources, such as utility companies. Monrovia is committed to working with these agencies, businesses and residents to create a more sustainable community for those who live and work in the city.

Links

City of Monrovia Official Site

Contact Information

hmaloney@ci.monrovia.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. Monrovia’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
Platinum Award GREEN BUILDING Gold Award WASTE REDUCTION & RECYCLING
Gold Award CLIMATE-FRIENDLY PURCHASING Gold 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
Project to install energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors in City buildings.
Public Works

Complete
Gold

Energy Management System
Implement an Energy Management System to integrate and track city facilities utility usage.
Public Works

June 2012
Platinum

Climate Action Plan
Working with San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments to develop an Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan.
Administration, Public Works, Community Development, Community Services, Police and Fire Departments

July 2010
Water & Wastewater Systems
Silver

Reduce trash discharged to LA River by 80%
Prevent litter from entering into the stormdrain system to reduce the amount of trash discharged to the LA River by 80%.
Public Works

Complete
Gold

Commercial Water Conservation Audits
Implement a program to provide water conservation audits to businesses.
Public Works

Summer 2011
Platinum

“Water 4 Life” Water Conservation Program
Create and implement a rate restructuring and public awareness campaign to promote the City’s goal to reduce per capital demand by 10% by 2015.
Public Works

Complete
Green Building
Silver

LEEDs Student Training
Host, in partnership with USGBC, LEEDs training for college students.
Community Development

Complete
Gold

Green Building Workshop
Host a Green Building Workshop with USGBC.
Community Development

Complete
Platinum

Green Building Ordinance and Education
Develop and implement Green Building Ordinance and educate public and developers about new standards.
Community Development

Complete
Waste Reduction & Recycling
Silver

Composting Workshop
City to host a Smart gardening/Composting workshop and sell compost bins at discounted prices to incentivize program participation.
Community Services

Complete
Gold

Expand Residential Waste Reduction Education
Host a Residential Waste Reduction Event.
Public Works and Community Development

Complete
Platinum

Mandatory Commercial Recycling Program
Develop a commercial recycling program based on stakeholder feedback and educational outreach materials as required by AB32.
Public Works

December 2012
Climate-Friendly Purchasing
Silver

Green Cleaning Products
Amend janitorial contract to require the use of green cleaning products.
Public Works

Complete
Gold

Re-Refined Oil Program
Transition City’s fleet to use re-refined oil.
Public Works

September 2012
Platinum

Purchase Promotional Items with Recycle Content
Purchase recycled-content promotional items for distribution at community-facing events.
All Departments

Complete
Renewable Energy & Low-Carbon Fuels
Silver

Alternative Fuel Street Sweepers
Require new street sweeping contractor to use alternative fuel powered street sweepers.
Public Works

Complete
Gold

Alternative Fuel Solid Waste Services Vehicles
Require all solid waste services vehicles to be powered by alternative fuels.
Public Works

July 2013
Platinum

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Display
Host a Low Emissions/Alternative Fuel Auto Display for the public to learn more about alternative fueled passenger vehicles and public fleet.
Public Works, Community Development

Complete
Efficient Transportation
Silver

Alternative Transportation for Patrols
Train additional officers to use T3 and bike patrols for special events and downtown patrol.
Police, Public Works

Complete
Gold

Local Transit Review
Review the Old Town Trolley Route to evaluate the possibility of expanding the service route to serve additional locations in the western half of the City.
Community Development

Complete
Platinum

Multi–Use Trail along Gold Line
Site a multi-use trail along the Gold Line tracks which connect to include stormwater filtering/infiltration, native plants and educational signage along the trail. The trail is planned to connect area foot and bike traffic to the Monrovia Multi Modal Transportation Depot (Gold Line, bus station, carpool parking).
Community Development, Public Works

June 2013
Land Use & Community Design
Silver

Require Green House Gas Assessment in Environmental Reviews
Update the Initial Study Review requirements to include assessment of Green House Gasses.
Community Development

Complete
Gold

Increase Wilderness Preserve Area
Increase the land area included as open space in the Hillside Wilderness Preserve area to encourage open space preservation and higher density growth in existing developed areas.
Community Services, Community Development

Complete
Platinum

Promote Walking Paths
Promote walkability of the City by developing and advertising walking trails/paths
Community Development, Public Works

Complete
Urban Forestry & Carbon Offsets
Silver

Recycle Tree Trimmings
Work with tree trimming contractor to provide mulched trimming for free to City residents. City Staff to develop and advertise “Free Mulch Days.”
Public Works

Complete
Gold

Street Tree Planting
Plant 111 street trees per year to meet the City’s goal of 50% tree canopy by 2015.
Environmental Services

June 2011, June 2012, and June 2013
Platinum

Landscaping Ordinance
Implement State regulations for landscaping Ordinance and educate public and landscapers on requirements.
Public Works, Community Development

Complete
Promoting Community & Individual Action
Silver

Living with Wildlife Policy
Conduct research and recommendation for a program(s) to live more harmoniously with the foothill wildlife (ex. bears and trash cans).
Police Department

June 2011
Gold

Provide Education on Energy Upgrade California Rebates and Incentives
Provide education on energy efficiency.
Community Development, Public Works

June 2012
Platinum

Community Sustainability Fair
City of Monrovia to host a Community Sustainability Fair at Library Park. Event will include Composting, Green Building and Energy Efficiency workshops, booths and exhibits, Green Library Tour, Reuse Area, Reuse Fashion Show, Children Eco-play area, and Low Emission Auto Display. This is a zero-waste event so vendors and participants are encouraged to recycle and prevent waste. Alternative forms of transportation to the event are encouraged (bicycling and trolley).
All Departments

Complete