To further Riverside’s commitment to an environmentally stable future, the Clean and Green Sustainable Riverside Action Plan was developed. Successful implementation of the Action Plan will ensure sustainable growth while preserving the health of the local environment for generations.
Hayward is known as the “Heart of the Bay” because of its central and convenient location in Alameda County – 25 miles southeast of San Francisco and 26 miles north of San Jose. With its central location, it’s not suprising that 62% of the City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from transportation sources.
The City worked over a year to prepare a community-wide Climate Action Plan. The Plan aims to reduce GHG emissions by 6% below 2005 levels by 2013, 12.5% below 2005 levels by 2020, and 82.5% below 2005 levels by 2050.
The City of Los Angeles is home to 4 million people living within 470 square miles. With that number of people constantly on the move, it’s not surprising that nearly half of L.A.’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from transportation sources. But the City’s geographic area and large population also offer opportunities for environmental benefits.
In 2001 Marin County became the first local government to calculate its ecological footprint. With a population of 248,000 people, the footprint measured at 27 global acres per person. This is slightly higher than that of the average American’s footprint at 24 acres.
Sonoma County is the first county in the nation to approach climate protection comprehensively. For the past seven years, all nine cities in the County have been working together with the County to protect the climate. In October 2008, the Sonoma County Community Climate Action Plan was released and includes strengthening General Plans and Environmental Impact Reports to promote climate protection.
In this City, the largest in Butte County, over 86,000 people live within the City limits and over 105,000 people reside in the Greater Chico Area. In October 2006, the Chico City Council authorized the Mayor to sign the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
Brentwood Royal Cleaners first opened its doors in 1948 and since 2003 has offered environmentally-friendly dry cleaning. Traditional dry cleaners use a chemical called Perchloroethylene, which is a known carcinogen and ground contaminant. Brentwood Royal Cleaners uses a CO2 cleaning process that does not harm the environment. Brentwood Royal Cleaners has approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air-Resource Board (CARB) as well as South Coast Air Quality District Management (SCAQMD) to use liquid CO2 to dry clean clothes.
Santa Monica is committed to protecting, preserving and restoring the natural environment. In 1994 the Santa Monica City Council took steps to address sustainability by adopting the Santa Monica Sustainable City Program. The City’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 1990 levels by 2015 for City operations and to reduce emissions 15% below 1990 levels by 2015 for the City as a whole.
On January 29, 2002, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved the San Diego Sustainable Community Program- its Climate Protection Action Plan.
On January 27, 2009, Sacramento’s Mayor and Council adopted the 2009 Sustainability Implementation Plan. This plan identifies key initiatives that will move the City to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.
Since 1992, over 110 energy efficiency projects have been installed in City facilities. Due to these measures, energy consumption is 9% lower than otherwise would have been projected.
In November 2006, Berkeley voters issued a bold call to action on global warming– reduce the entire community’s year 2000 greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
In 2002, the City of San Francisco passed a resolution committing the city to an emissions reduction goal that goes beyond the Kyoto Protocol objectives. The resultingClimate Action Plan focuses the City's efforts on transportation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and solid waste management as the key areas that will have the greatest impact on climate change.
iBank is a small, private company that has been paperless since 1999. One of iBank’s primary business goals is to help reduce the usage of paper products. iBank helps other businesses obtain funding, equipment leases and other business services online with an application process that goes to hundreds of lenders, insurers, coaches and consultants online.
The Seven4One Hotel was built with the purpose of creating an environmentally sustainable hotel and reducing the carbon footprint of each guest. The management and staff at Seven4One are dedicated to improving their environmental performance by establishing precise "green" hotel and general business operational policies and procedures. Seven4one is a proud member of the EPA Waste-Wise Partnership and the Green Hotel Association of America. To create a “green” hotel, every aspect from building and infrastructure to hotel operations had to be carefully evaluated.
MAK Design+Build, Inc. is an environmentally conscious business that emphasizes sustainable building practices. The steps MAK has taken to become green significantly reduce their bills and conserve valuable resources.
Dos Coyotes Border Café took steps to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at two locations in Davis, making Dos Coyotes an even more popular place to eat. Owner Bobby Coyote decided to help the environment by changing the way he runs his businesses.
To save money and achieve greenhouse gas reductions, Dos Coyotes implemented the use of formaldehyde free building products, installed high efficiency HVAC systems, installed AC economizers and recycled paint instead of throwing it away. They use compostable dinnerware in the restaraunt to reduce waste.
Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery is literally growing money on trees with energy-efficiency improvements. Like many small businesses, Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery relied on high bay metal halide lighting fixtures and outdated T-12 fluorescent lights that consumed large amounts of energy. Business owner David Henry wondered what he could do to reduce energy costs. He contacted the Small Business Energy Alliance (SBEA), an organization that used energy efficiency funds from the California Public Utilities Commission to help small business owners save energy and money.
"The Lobster" Restaurant in Santa Monica has long been an unofficial historical landmark, almost as recognizable as the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier.
Seton Medical Center Coastside lost tons of waste, earning the Center a State Waste Reduction Award in 2006. Reducing waste translated into cost-savings and environmental benefits.
In this small but cozy corner café, drinking coffee is good for both you and the environment. Nomad’s owner, Christopher Waters, set out to create “a community center where people can come together, practice whatever it is that they do” with sustainability as a core value. Since the business opened in May 2003, Nomad implemented environmentally-friendly product and material uses as well as solid waste reduction strategies, energy efficiency measures, operation conservation measures, and vehicle pollution prevention policies.