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The following actions are either underway or fully implemented with respect to the City of Redland’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Efforts have targeted several high-potential areas of City operations. The City has converted all traffic signals to LED standards, cutting energy consumption by 90%; the Municipal Airport has implemented “pilot-controlled lighting,” which allows the lights to be off except when activated; and the City has installed upgrades to lighting controls in City facilities resulting in huge reductions in energy costs.

The City has converted approximately two-thirds of its solid waste fleet of heavy-duty trucks to LNG/CNG (liquefied/compressed natural gas) engines. In terms of the City’s water distribution system, an automated demand response system is being implemented to maximize the use of power during non-peak periods, reducing peak load power usage and saving monies under the SCE rebate incentives.

We are actively implementing and preparing the following sustainability policies: new incentives for LEED development and transit oriented development, expanding the City’s recycling programs, new ordinances requiring proper recycling of construction materials on any new permitted construction, the adoption of the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, the formation of a Climate Protection Task Force, the development of a Municipal Financing District for energy efficiency improvements (AB 811), an augmented recycled product preference policy, and the local government partnership with Southern California Edison.

Links

City of Redlands Official Site

Contact Information

dgarcia@cityofredlands.org

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. Redlands’ self-reported progress in each challenge area is shown below.

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

Action Plan

Energy Efficiency & Conservation
Silver

Street Lighting Upgrade Program

The City will conduct phases of street lighting conversion from HPS to SSL/LED, contingent on funding availability.

Municipal Utilities and Engineering

August 2012 to August 2015 (Contingent on Funding)
Gold

Municipal Energy Tracking and Management Program

Implement utility manager software networked among City facilities for real-time reporting and management of electricity, water and gas usage.

Quality of Life

September 2011
Platinum

Clean Energy Financing District (AB 811)

This program provides financing for the installation of energy efficiency improvements, water efficiency improvements and renewable energy sources that are permanently fixed to real property within the Financing District. Property owners will repay financed improvements through an assessment levied against their property which is payable in semi-annual installments on property tax bills.

Quality of Life

2013 (Based on Congressional and Legislative support for energy loan tax assessment programs.)
Water & Wastewater Systems
Silver

Equipment and Facility Retrofit

The City will audit, test and upgrade each appropriate piece of equipment at its WWTP and Water Production Facilities.

Municipal Utilities and Engineering

January 2011
Gold

SCADA System Implementation

The purpose of this upgrade is to increase the reliability of the water delivery systems. The approach will involve installation of telemetry, two radio antennas and electrical equipment. The expected outcomes are: improved efficiency, reduced power consumption and operational flexibility.

Municipal Utilities and Engineering

January 2012
Platinum

TBA

TBA
Green Building
Silver

Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program

The City will invest in the energy efficiency of its facilities, ranging from police department buildings to community centers to the public library.

Quality of Life

January 2012
Gold

TBA

TBA
Platinum

TBA

TBA
Waste Reduction & Recycling
Silver

Multi Family Recycling Program

The City will work with individual property managers and apartment complexes to increase subscription to recycling services in multifamily housing units. Staff will provide follow up and educational materials to prevent problems endemic to multifamily recycling programs (i.e., contamination, theft, etc.)

Quality of Life

June 2011
Gold

Negotiations with Gasification Project Engineers

A gasification project would transform municipal solid waste into synthetic gas and heat by-products. The undertaking is capital intensive, with 10+million necessary to launch the process. The City is in preliminary/exploratory phases of determining feasibility. This project could divert 50,000+ tons per year of municipal solid waste, dramatically conserving the capacity and value of the California Street Landfill.

Quality of Life, Municipal Utilities and Engineering

2013
Platinum

TBA

TBA
Climate-Friendly Purchasing
Silver

The City adopted a Recycled Product Preference Policy six years ago. This policy provides for increased procurement of products and supplies by the City with a higher post-consumer, recycled content.

Current
Gold

TBA

TBA
Platinum

TBA

TBA
Renewable Energy & Low-Carbon Fuels
Silver

Marketing of LNG/CNG Fueling Station

The City will be stepping up its marketing and accessibility efforts with regard to increasing its LNG/CNG fuel sales. Efforts include adding a “pay at the pump” feature for fuel station users, which include both private alternative fuel vehicle owners as well as commercial alternative fuel vehicle fleets.

Quality of Life

December 2010
Gold

Photovoltaic Installation at the Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City will install a photovoltaic system at its wastewater treatment plant. The plant is a high-intensity energy user and this PV system will save $16,000/year and 200,000 kilowatt hours per year over an expected lifespan of 30 years.

Quality of Life, Municipal Utilities and Engineering

January 2011
Platinum

TBA

TBA
Efficient Transportation
Silver

City of Redlands Non-Motorized Connectivity Plan

The plan will identify and connect networks of non-motorized travel routes, supporting safe travel to/from schools, parks, neighborhoods, essential services and major employment centers. The routes will connect to future light rail stations to enable rail-based travel for employment and leisure.

Municipal Utilities and Engineering

February 2012 (Contingent on Funding)
Gold

Sustainable Community General Plan and Zoning Ordinance Updates

The City will update its general plan and Circulation Element to include: Plans to improve mobility while reducing car use and fuel consumption in three major ways: 1) increasing alternatives for getting around, 2) decreasing the distance between destinations (through land use decisions), and 3) offering creative transportation demand management solutions that can be implemented in the short, medium, and long term.

Development Services

February 2013
Platinum

TBA

TBA
Land Use & Community Design
Silver

Sustainable Community General Plan and Zoning Ordinance Updates

The City will update its general plan and implementing zoning ordinance in accordance with the State’s Planning Priorities, Section 65041.1 of the Government Code.

  • Promote infill development and invest in existing communities;
  • Protect, preserve and enhance environmental and agricultural lands, and natural and recreational resources; and
  • Encourage location and resource efficient development

Development Services

February 2012
Gold

TBA

TBA
Platinum

TBA

TBA
Urban Forestry & Carbon Offsets
Silver

Citrus Division: AQMD Tree Planting Partnership

The City will be working with the Air Quality Management District to plant over 1000 low-VOC citrus tree.

Quality of Life

November 2011
Gold

TBA

TBA
Platinum

TBA

TBA
Promoting Community & Individual Action
Silver

Redlands and Southern California Edison Energy Leader Partnership Program

This vital program contains an element to implement public outreach and education. The program will include outreach events and materials. Outreach will focus on CORE programs offered by SCE to residential and commercial clients.

Quality of Life

December 2012
Gold

Formal City Council Adoption of the Redlands Community Sustainability Plan

This plan will be modeled on the Institute for Local Government’s best practices for developing a sustainability plan. Plan development will be done by a group of community volunteers forming a Climate Action Task Force. The final product will serve as a guideline for the City’s policy making and will include a plan for promoting individual and community action.

March 2011
Platinum

TBA

TBA