Goleta Goes Green

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PublicCEO.com
October 14, 2013

Editor’s note: Cindy Moore, Sustainability Director for the City of Goleta, describes her city’s efforts to implement more environmentally-friendly practices.

As a coastal town surrounded by the ocean and the mountains, preserving our natural resources is one of Goleta’s core values. The City Council has made being “green” a priority with our “Go Green Goleta” initiative, the hiring of a sustainability coordinator and most recently applying for the California Green Communities certification.

The California Green Communities (GSC) is a statewide environmental recognition program that fosters innovative ways for participating cities and counties to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability.

The program requires the completion of activities in ten sustainable best practice areas based on guidelines in the Institute for Local Government’s (ILG) Sustainability Best Practices Framework. A community is publicly recognized for its achievements as it meets certain requirements to reach Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels. Award levels are granted based on the progress made in each area.

The best practice areas are listed below:

  • Energy Efficiency & Conservation
  • Water & Wastewater Systems
  • Green Building
  • Waste Reduction & Recycling
  • Climate-Friendly Purchasing
  • Renewable Energy & Low Carbon Fuels
  • Efficient Transportation
  • Land Use & Community Design
  • Urban Forestry & Carbon Offsets
  • Promoting Community & Individual Action

A distinguishing characteristic of the California Green Communities program is the participation of CGC’s partners, who are available to provide considerable expertise and guidance to participating cities seeking to meet their individual goals.

The first step toward achieving the California Green Community designation is to create and submit an Action Plan addressing the ten key sustainable best practice areas listed above.

To this end, staff from a variety of City departments worked together on an initial inventory to consider each subject area and identify actions already undertaken, current programs and those which are planned for and new initiatives that could be pursued. The program is designed to be linked to existing or planned efforts, with no additional fiscal impact (unless so desired by the participating jurisdictions).

With formal Council support given at the September 3 City Council meeting, the next step will be to finalize the Action Plan tailoring it to Goleta’s individual community needs and resources. The City will then submit the Action Plan for peer review by other participating jurisdictions. It will also complete the various activities identified in the Action Plan.

Certification as a California Green Community is awarded when at least one (Silver), two (Gold), or all three activities, with at least one having community-wide impact (Platinum), are completed in the Action Plan in each of the ten sustainable best practice areas, and upon peer review by the other participating cities.

The City’s participation in the Program is important for a number of reasons. First, from a practical standpoint, the Program provides a framework or structure around which to organize most of the City’s “green” activities. It also showcases the City’s existing efforts to save energy and promote sustainability while recognizing the efforts of numerous City staff who are implementing a multitude of environmental programs. It provides opportunities for the City to learn and share best practices from jurisdictions throughout Southern California and allows Goleta to lead by example. Goleta’s environmental leadership demonstrates that it is contributing to larger efforts to create a sustainable community. Finally, participation may also have the added benefit over time of increasing the City’s competitiveness for future state or other grant funding.

Goleta is pleased to be a city dedicated to creating a sustainable community and looks forward to receiving the California Green Communities designation in recognition of our efforts.

View the ILG’s Best Practices Framework here.

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Goleta to Join CGC

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Santa Barbara News Press

Elizabeth Hamilton/September 6, 2013 6:04 AM

  

Gary Petersen, left, board chairman of Green Seal, a sponsoring partner of California Green Communities, with Goleta Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Moore.

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Officials in Goleta say they are ready to join community-based environmental program California Green Communities. The program encourages cities to adopt environmentally friendly policies like water conservation, waste reduction and development of renewable fuels.

Goleta could enter the Silver level of the program, which requires completion of one major change in each of 10 so-called “sustainability challenge” areas.

Other member cities will evaluate Goleta’s progress and decide whether to accept the city into the program. Upon acceptance, Goleta officials hope to adopt enough environmentally sustainable practices to move into Gold and, eventually, Platinum levels.

To follow Goleta’s progress, go to www.cagreencom.org.

Goleta Joins California Green Communities Program

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The City of Goleta confirmed this week its intention to become the ninth city in California to qualify for Silver status as a California Green Community. Only eight other cities have achieved this recognition to date: Ventura, Claremont, Monrovia, Riverside, Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, Culver City, and Santa Monica.

Representatives from USA Green Communities, Green Seal and Southern California Edison – founding partners in California Green Communities – officially welcomed the City to the program at its regular City Council meeting.

“We created California Green Communities to show how cities are improving the quality of life for their residents through smart planning and sustainable practices,” said USA Green Communities President Hal Conklin. “Goleta is setting an example for other cities in the region to follow.”

Mayor Roger Aceves said, “The City of Goleta’s Staff and City Council prides itself in taking a leadership role in creating a Green Community. We have incorporated many policies and believe our transportation and green building practices are probably the best in the area!”

California Green Communities is a community-based effort that encourages cities to adopt environmentally sound practices involving energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable and alternative fuels, efficient transportation and other measures. Cities develop unique action plans to identify projects and activities they will implement to reach Silver, Gold and Platinum status in the program.

To achieve the Silver level, Goleta will need to accomplish at least one major change in each of 10 sustainability challenge areas. Their achievements will be evaluated by other member cities in a peer review. Once they arrive at the Silver level, they will be able to move on to the Gold and Platinum levels, with the achievement of two and eventually three activities in each of the 10 sustainability challenge areas, respectively.

Created in November 2009, California Green Communities is an environmental recognition program that fosters innovative ways for participating cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while building vibrant, sustainable communities.

You can follow Goleta’s and other cities’ achievements and the program at www.CaGreenCom.org.

Numerous companies and organizations, such as Toyota, the Alliance for Climate Education, Agromin, Clean Environment Company, e-Recycling of California, CalRecycle, The Cadmus Group, Inc., The Energy Coalition, Kellogg Garden Products, and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps have joined SCE as California Green Communities partners to support participating cities with a variety of discounts, incentives and consulting services. For example, Southern California Edison provides advanced incentives for energy efficiency measures to cities – including Goleta – that participate in SCE’s Energy Leader Partnership program.

City of Ventura Honored with CGC Silver Award

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Mayor Mike Tracy and Ventura City Council Members accept California Green Community Silver Award

The City of Ventura has achieved “Silver” status as a California Green Community for its commitment to sustainability.  Ventura is only the seventh city to be honored by California Green Communities for its efforts.

Representatives from USA Green Communities, the Environmental Media Association (EMA), Green Seal and Southern California Edison – founding partners in California Green Communities – presented the honor to the Ventura City Council at its meeting on April 8, 2013.

“Ventura is showing by its example how a city can improve the quality of life for their residents through smart planning and sustainable practices,” said USA Green Communities President Hal Conklin.  “We want to congratulate Ventura and to encourage other cities to follow their lead.”

California Green Communities (CGC) is a community-based effort that encourages cities to adopt environmentally sound practices involving energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable and alternative fuels, efficient transportation and other activities.  Cities develop unique action plans to identify projects and activities they will implement to reach Silver, Gold and Platinum status in the program.

As a part of its CGC Action Plan, Ventura has implemented numerous programs that reduce its environmental impact and promote environmental sustainability throughout the community.  For example, Ventura recently replaced 500 high-pressure sodium street lights with energy efficient LED lights, which use 40% less electricity and save over $30,000 each year.  Last year, Ventura also upgraded the heating and air-conditioning at City Hall and installed energy efficient lights in many City facilities saving an additional $52,000 each year.  Over the last four years, these efficiency measures and other efforts have helped the City reduce its electricity use by 15% and its vehicle fuel use by 20%, saving over $2.1 million.  These conservation measures have also cut the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 16% since 2007, equivalent to removing 1,100 vehicles from the road.

Created in November 2009, California Green Communities is an environmental recognition program that fosters innovative ways for participating cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while building vibrant, sustainable communities.

In addition to Ventura, the cities of Culver City, Claremont, Monrovia, Riverside, Santa Clarita and Simi Valley have reached California Green Community Silver status.  Learn more about the cities’ achievements and the program at www.CaGreenCom.org.   

Numerous other companies and organizations, such as Toyota, the Alliance for Climate Education, Agromin, Clean Environment Company, e-Recycling of California, CalRecycle, The Cadmus Group, Inc., The Energy Coalition, Kellogg Garden Products, Lifecycle Global and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps have joined SCE as California Green Communities partners to support participating cities. Southern California Edison provides advanced incentives for energy efficiency measures to cities – including Ventura – that participate in SCE’s Energy Leader Partnership program.

Culver City Council Accepts Silver Certification

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Mayor Andrew Weissman with Culver City Council and staff accept California Green Community Silver Award

The City of Culver City has achieved “Silver” status as a California Green Community for its commitment to sustainability.  Culver City is only the sixth city to be honored by California Green Communities for its efforts.

Representatives from USA Green Communities, the Environmental Media Association (EMA), Green Seal and Southern California Edison – founding partners in California Green Communities – presented the honor to the Culver City Council at regular meeting on January 14, 2013.

“We created California Green Communities to show how cities are improving the quality of life for their residents through smart planning and sustainable practices,” said USA Green Communities President Hal Conklin.  “Culver City is setting an example for other cities in the region to follow.”

California Green Communities is a community-based effort that encourages cities to adopt environmentally sound practices involving energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable and alternative fuels, efficient transportation and other activities.  Cities develop unique action plans to identify projects and activities they will implement to reach Silver, Gold and Platinum status in the program.

Among the many efforts it took to reach the Silver level, Culver City has achieved significant energy savings – an estimated 1.1 million kilowatt-hours yearly – by changing the City’s computer operations, converting streetlights to more efficient induction lighting, and installing more efficient HVAC equipment and lighting at the Veteran’s Memorial Building and in City garages.

Created in November 2009, California Green Communities is an environmental recognition program that fosters innovative ways for participating cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while building vibrant, sustainable communities.

In addition to Culver City, the cities of Claremont, Monrovia, Riverside, Santa Clarita and Simi Valley have reached California Green Community Silver status.  Learn more about the cities’ achievements and the program at www.CaGreenCom.org.   

Numerous other companies and organizations, such as Toyota, the Alliance for Climate Education, Agromin, Clean Environment Company, e-Recycling of California, CalRecycle, The Cadmus Group, Inc., The Energy Coalition, Kellogg Garden Products, Lifecycle Global and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps have joined SCE as California Green Communities partners to support participating cities. Southern California Edison provides advanced incentives for energy efficiency measures to cities – including Culver City – that participate in SCE’s Energy Leader Partnership program.