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The City of Riverside has a practical emphasis on how to implement cleaner, greener and more sustainable programs. We have developed a comprehensive Action Plan that will ensure sustainable growth while preserving the health of the local environment for generations. A first step is promoting educational awareness of sustainable living. The Action Plan provides a framework that goes beyond City Hall, envisioning Riverside as an environmental leader in the region and country. However, Riverside cannot accomplish these goals on its own. Outreach and cooperation with local schools, colleges and universities, and surrounding communities is essential.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

mbacich@riversideca.gov

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

CURRENT OVERALL STATUS: SILVER

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

Action Plan

Energy Efficiency & Conservation
Silver

Implement Whole House Rebate Program
An energy and water efficiency rebate program that is designed to encourage homeowners to implement multiple conservation methods at one time by increasing rebates based on the number and types of measures.
Riverside Public Utilities: Customer Relations

May 2010
Gold

Develop Demand Response Programs
Programs that will offer instant peak load shedding allowing the utility to avoid brown/blackouts.
Riverside Public Utilities: Customer Relations

December 2010
Platinum

Create an AB-811 Style Financing Program (E-HELP)
A program that allows homeowners to finance energy efficiency and renewable generation on their property tax bills which allows loans to be transferred with the sell of the property.
Riverside Public Utilities: Customer Relations

December 2010
Water & Wastewater Systems
Silver

Free Residential/Commercial Sprinkler Nozzle Program (20% Water Savings per Nozzle)
Toro is a Riverside based irrigation company that recently has rolled out a new technology that is very simple to replace and creates significant water reduction. RPU will create a program that provides free training, education and nozzles to change to this technology.
www.freesprinklernozzles.com
Riverside Public Utilities: Customer Relations

July 2010
Gold

Implement a City-Wide Water Conservation Ordinance by 2010
As water becomes a more visible recourse state regulation on usage will become more stringent. The City of Riverside will adopt a water conservation ordinance that will help the city address and enforce water conservation during times of drought.
Water

December 2011
Platinum

Recycled Water Master Plan
Recycled water is an under-utilized resource. RPU will develop a master plan for recycled water use within the City. This plan will lay out infrastructure and timelines for implementation of recycled water. Currently City parks and certain developments are being targeted for the first initial phases.
Water

December 2010
Green Building
Silver

Update Our CA Green Builder Program in Line with the New CAL Green Building Code
The program encourages voluntary partnerships between builders and local governments to build cost-effective, green homes that benefit homebuyers and the community at large. Builders who embrace CGB differentiate themselves in the marketplace through resource efficiency. Documentable savings is a plus for local officials who must record greenhouse gas emissions and water conservation efforts. The California Green Builder homebuyers benefit from lower energy costs while their home makes less impact on the environment.
Building and Safety

December 2011
Gold

LEED Incentives Tied to Energy and Water
LEED is widely regarded as the best known green building rating system. RPU will integrate water and energy conservation incentive into the point system.
Riverside Public Utilities: Customer Relations

December 2011
Platinum

Commercial E-HELP Program
A program that allows commercial property owners to finance energy efficiency and renewable generation on their property tax bills which allows loans to be transferred with the sell of the property. This may be one of the most cost effective ways to retrofit commercial facilities that are largely rented properties.
Riverside Public Utilities: Customer Relations

December 2011
Waste Reduction & Recycling
Silver

Expand the City’s Green Waste Program to Capture 75% of the Green Waste Generated by City Facilities Annually
Enter into partnership with Burrtec Waste, operator of Agua Mansa Transfer Station to process residential greenwaste and city contracted landscapers greenwaste into a mulch/ground cover and offer to city business, residents and non-profits for free.
Public Works Administration

Ongoing
Gold

Implement a Multi-Family Recycling Program
Single Family residents currently have the ability to recycle as they do in most cities. The City of Riverside, Public Works department will be create a pilot program for multi-family housing to recycle. This type of program will allow apartment complexes etc to participate.
Public Works Administration

December 2010
Platinum

Curbside CFL and Battery Collection
Hazardous materials can be trouble to any community if disposed of improperly. Currently the city holds collection events that allow city residents and business to drop of hazardous waste for free at convenience events. To further the effort and to increase the ease for drop off the Public Works department is looking to expand its curbside collection to include CFLs and batteries.
Public Works Administration

December 2012
Climate-Friendly Purchasing
Silver

Environmental Friendly Purchase Policy
Review the EPP for expansion possibilities regarding the City-wide purchasing policy stating that the city will always choose the environmentally preferable option when cost competitive.
Purchasing

December 2011
Gold

Pilot Solarized Trash Compactors to Reduce Trash Pick-Up
Piloting a waste receptacle that compacts garbage to reduce the number of times it has to be picked up allowing less frequent trips to the site reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled and GHG emissions. There is also a recycling bin offered in tandem to increase waste diversion. This is considered a more environmentally favorable solution opposed to the alternative.
Public Works

May 2010
Platinum

Revitalization of Foreclosed Homes by Including Energy Efficient Measures and the Option of Adding Solar Systems to Mortgage Financing Rates (Not AB-811 Program)
Working in tandem with Fannie Mae and Raymond Realty to revitalize numerous home foreclosures in the City and making them Energy Efficient. Some highlights of the program will involve taking a distress property and making it Energy efficient based on a HERS rating system, providing significant rebate funding for each house, the rebate funding will be going to the homeowner who is purchasing the property as down payment assistance. Homeowners will have the option to install a photovoltaic system and finance the cost into their home loan through the bank financing. This potentially can change the housing market to persuade homeowners to look at energy efficiency as a deciding factor between two identical properties.
Riverside Public Utilities: Customer Relations

July 2010
Renewable Energy & Low-Carbon Fuels
Silver

Raise PV Incentives from $3.00 to $4.00 Dollars a Watt
While there is widely considered to be a slight decrease in cost of PV systems it is not something yet realized in the City due to a number of factors. In order to generate green jobs and facilitate the PV market we would like to further incentivize people to go solar.
Riverside Public Utilities: Customer Relations

September 2010
Gold

Develop Incentives to Positively Persuade Development of Housing Projects with Solar Options
Create a precedent by working with home developers to add solar, partially to the project or as an option for homeowners. This will allow us as a City gauge the marketplace for solar and from an educational stand point.
Riverside Public Utilities: Customer Relations

December 2012
Platinum

Design and Build a Local Commercial (1MW) PV System
Develop a commercial grade photovoltaic project that reuses an old landfill space as its base. This reuse of land is one of the most sustainable reuses of this landscape and will ultimately provide renewable energy within the City.
Riverside Public Utilities: Customer Relations

December 2012
Efficient Transportation
Silver

Synchronize Traffic Signals along Primary City Arterials
Synchronize lights is to reduce stoppage and idle time at traffic lights throughout the city’s high traffic areas. By completing this task the City will reduce GHG emission and drive time.
Public Works

December 2012
Gold

75% Alternative Clean/Fuel Fleet Vehicles (Non-Emergency)
Use an aggressive approach to updating and replacing inefficient city fleet cars with more efficient and/or alternative fuel based vehicles.
Public Works

December 2011
Platinum

Reconstruct at Least Two Freeway Interchanges
Some freeway interchanges in the City have become slight bottlenecks for cars looking to pass over the 91 freeway that runs through the City. Riverside will work with other local agencies to address and complete the reconstruction of these interchanges. The new designs will incorporate a more sustainable design lending to walkability and bikeability while alleviating traffic reducing idle times, thereby reducing GHG emissions.
Public Works

December 2012
Land Use & Community Design
Silver

Adopt voluntary standards and programs for residential and commercial projects with incentives for excellence in sustainable design and development that encourage green building.
Community Development

December 2011
Gold

Encourage programs to establish green operations and maintenance for public and private sector businesses.
Community Development

December 2012
Platinum

Apply urban planning principles that encourage high density, mixed-use, walkable/bikeable neighborhoods, and coordinate land-use and transportation with open space systems.
Community Development

December 2012
Urban Forestry & Carbon Offsets
Silver

Plant at Least 1,000 Trees in City Parks and Right-of-Ways Annually
The first step in creating and urban forest is to have the City take a leadership role. The City will plant over 1,000 trees annually to contribute to carbon offset and urban forestry.
Parks, Recreation & Community Services; Public Works

December 2010
Gold

Complete Community-Based GHG Inventory
Project will establish a GHG baseline for the City and allow a Climate Action Plan to be developed in the future.
Riverside Public Utilities: Community Services

December 2011
Platinum

Encourage the Planting of at Least 3,000 Shade Trees on Private Property Annually
A great way help reduce energy demand, provide shade, absorb carbon and contribute to your urban forest is a tree planting program.
Riverside Public Utilities

December 2010
Promoting Community & Individual Action
Silver

Award-Winning Classroom Education Program
A recently awarded classroom program that integrates schoolroom curriculum into a presentation about electricity, water and going green.
Riverside Public Utilities

June 2010
Gold

Create a Sustainability Workbook for Residents
Frequently when people are looking at our green action plan, a city oriented document, they ask what they can do to go green. RPU will provide a workbook that outlines ways residents, small businesses and neighborhood groups can go green. It focuses on Waste, Water, Energy and Transportation.
Riverside Public Utilities

May 2010
Platinum

Redevelopment and Re-Launch Green/Blue Riverside.com
Expand and redevelop our websites to better communicate sustainability concisely and well organizes. We will make it more interactive and ultimately integrate with city programs to increase program participation.
Riverside Public Utilities

December 2011