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The meaning of “green” can’t be easily captured because it encompasses a wide range of experience. It’s an approach to life – home, family, community and business – that centers on an awareness of our impact on the planet and its people. Think of it as the natural next step from traditional environmentalism to a holistic approach to business, community and lifestyle. Protecting the environment is a high priority for the City of Santa Clarita. Our efforts began shortly after cityhood and have yielded tremendous results.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

hmerenda@santa-clarita.com

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. Santa Clarita’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
Silver Award GREEN BUILDING Silver Award WASTE REDUCTION & RECYCLING
Silver Award CLIMATE-FRIENDLY PURCHASING Silver Award RENEWABLE ENERGY & LOW-CARBON FUELS
Silver Award EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION Silver Award LAND USE & COMMUNITY DESIGN
Silver Award URBAN FORESTRY & CARBON OFFSETS Gold Award PROMOTING COMMUNITY & INDIVIDUAL ACTION

Action Plan

Energy Efficiency & Conservation
Silver

Benchmark City Facilities
Work with Community Energy Partnership and benchmark and audit up to 10 City facilities.
Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Community Services

December 2011
Gold

Business Energy Competition
Encourage businesses to participate in an energy competition that requires benchmarking for participation, annual award program.
Public Works Department and Economic Development Division

First Annual Award August 2011
Platinum

City Facility Energy Policy
Establish facility energy efficiency policy that provides employees with guidelines, instructions, and requirements for efficient use of the facility such as by turning lights and computers off, thermostat use, etc.
Purchasing, Public Works, Community Development, City Manager’s Office and PR&CS

December 2011
Water & Wastewater Systems
Silver

Smart Irrigation
Install 430 smart irrigation controllers to replace inefficient irrigation controllers.
Landscape Maintenance Districts

December 2010
Gold

Methane Heat for Water Reclamation Plant
Encourage Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District to recapture methane for heat production at their Valencia Water Reclamation Plant.
Environmental Services and City Manager

December 2012
Platinum

Low Impact Development in City Code
Implement low impact development storm water concepts into the Uniform Development Code.
Environmental Services, Development Services, Community Development

December 2012
Green Building
Silver

Sustainable Landscape Standards
Develop and implement sustainable landscaping standards for new commercial construction and renovation of reduce water consumption.
Community Development

December 2012
Gold

Green Building Training for City Staff
Train appropriate agency staff (such as planners, inspectors, and plan checkers) in green building standards and technologies to facilitate approval and inspection processes.
Community Development and Public Works

December 2012
Platinum

Regional Green Building Standard
Work with neighboring Los Angeles County to adopt a region wide green building standard.
Community Development, Building and Safety

December 2012
Waste Reduction & Recycling
Silver

Buy Recycled Campaign
Educate community about “Buy Recycled” opportunities.
Environmental Services, Economic Development

June 2011
Gold

Incentives for Green Waste Recycling
Establish incentives for residents to participate in green waste recycling programs.
Environmental Services

December 2011
Platinum

Waste Exchange for Reuse
Partner with the state and others to encourage businesses and residents to participate in waste exchanges and similar opportunities to reuse items.
Environmental Services, Economic Development

December 2011
Climate-Friendly Purchasing
Silver

Interdepartmental Green Team
Create an interdepartmental green team to 1) promote policy implementation, 2) track policy adherence, and 3) suggest additional items to be included in the agency’s climate-friendly purchasing program, including such tasks as:

  • Reviewing and analyzing current (baseline) purchasing by major product categories.
  • Prioritizing product categories in terms of greenhouse gas emissions implications and improvement potential.
  • Reviewing policies, procedures, organization/staffing for implementation barriers.
  • Developing multi-year implementation schedule based on priorities, difficulty, upcoming solicitations.
  • Reporting achievements under the policy to policy makers and the public annually

Purchasing, Public Works, Community Development, City Manager’s Office and PR&CS

December 2010
Gold

Climate-Friendly Purchasing
Require service providers to follow climate-friendly practices, or provide a preference in selecting and contracting with service providers to those that follow climate-friendly practices.
Purchasing, Public Works, Community Development, City Manager’s Office and PR&CS

December 2012
Platinum

Climate-Friendly Purchasing Education
Educate the public about climate friendly procurement opportunities.
Purchasing, Public Works, Community Development, City Manager’s Office and PR&CS

December 2012
Renewable Energy & Low-Carbon Fuels
Silver

Landfill Methane Emissions
For jurisdictions that do not own or operate landfills, calculate the methane emissions associated with the disposal of waste generated within the community.
Community Development

December 2012
Gold

Transit Maintenance Facility Solar Panels Expansion
Install photovoltaic systems at the Transit Maintenance Facility that will meet the majority of its electrical energy requirements.
Public Works, Transit Division

December 2011
Platinum

PACE Program Participation
Participate in the Los Angeles County AB 811/PACE program.
Public Works, Community Development and City Manager

October 2010
Efficient Transportation
Silver

Vehicle Miles Traveled Evaluation
Make reductions in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) a highpriority criteria in evaluation of policy, program, and project alternatives.
Community Development and Public Works

December 2012
Gold

Public Transportation Infrastructure
Develop infrastructure improvements such as HOV/HOT lanes and dedicated bus rapid transit right-of-ways.
Community Development

December 2012
Platinum

Climate Action Plan
Analyze impact of greenhouse gas emissions from land use and transportation sectors in the EIR prepared in connection with general plan updates.
Community Development

December 2012
Land Use & Community Design
Silver

Mixed Use Development
Provide incentives and remove zoning and other barriers to mixed-use and higher intensity development at transit nodes and along transit corridors (existing and planned).
Community Development

December 2012
Gold

One Valley One Vision Greenhouse Gas Plan
Include a greenhouse gas reduction plan in the General Plan, or include within the General Plan a requirement for development and adoption of a greenhouse gas reduction plan.
Community Development

December 2012
Platinum

Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Community
Consider public health benefits of designing communities that encourage alternatives to single occupant-vehicle travel, such as by being more
bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
Community Development, PR&CS, Public Works

December 2012
Urban Forestry & Carbon Offsets
Silver

Local Food Purchasing Policy
Enact a local food purchase policy for agency food purchases.
Purchasing, Public Works, Community Development, City Manager’s Office and PR&CS

December 2012
Gold

Event Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Audit agency sponsored events and activities to determine greenhouse gas emissions associated with the event/activity.
Purchasing, Public Works, Community Development, City Manager’s Office and PR&CS

December 2012
Platinum

Event Greenhouse Gas Neutrality
Achieve carbon neutrality at agency sponsored events and activities through conservation, efficiency, alternative transportation, and the purchase of third party verified emission reductions to offset carbon emissions.
Purchasing, Public Works, Community Development, City Manager’s Office and PR&CS

December 2012
Promoting Community & Individual Action
Silver

Regional Blueprint
Participate in the development of a regional blueprint or other long-range planning process to assess the climate impacts of future growth and develop a preferred climate-friendly growth scenario.
Community Development

December 2012
Gold

Public Involvement in Climate Action Plan
Use public involvement processes to develop recommendations from residents and businesses about the city or county’s climate change action plan and actions the agency is taking to respond to climate change, such as through green building, energy conservation, efficient transportation, and other actions.
Community Development

December 2012
Platinum

Ongoing Community Involvement
Provide opportunities for interested residents to stay engaged after the initial planning to help monitor and assess ongoing efforts and recommend plan adaptations as needed.
Community Development

December 2012