Harmony is CenterStone Communities’ first solar community in the San Bernardino County. CenterStone Communities is committed to designing homes that are increasingly healthy for homeowners, more efficient, and gentler on the environment. Harmony solar homes typically out perform California’s Title 24 Energy Codes by 17% to 42%. Each home operates with a reduction of power plant pollutants and dependence on non-renewable energy resources.
Chartwell School, an independent day school serving grades K through 12, has demonstrated its dedication to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through its leadership in high performance school design and operations. Chartwell is committed to creating the best possible learning environment for students by providing exceptional daylighting, outdoor views, good indoor air quality, and thermal comfort. The campus is energy efficient, conserves water, is healthy, comfortable, well lit, and contains the features needed for quality education.
Demonstrating their commitment to sustainability, Chavez Trucking, replaced old, heavy diesel trucks with new ones to reduce their carbon footprint and increase fuel efficiency.
Through the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air Transportation Program, a program that provided incentives for owners of heavy-duty vehicles to replace them with more efficient ones, Chavez Trucking replaced 16 old trucks with new ones, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel use. These actions increase fuel efficiency by 1.5 miles per gallon, saving them over $80,000 per year!
Cheri has taken many actions to reduce her climate impact over the years, some were simple like choosing to compost and others were more complex like home improvement projects. Together with her husband, they have chosen to drive less and drive clean. "My husband and I both bike to work whenever possible, using the bus on occasion and driving in only when necessary. By doing so, we’ve been able to get by with only one car!" Cheri also notes, "We save many thousands of dollars a year in avoided insurance, car maintenance, gas, and parking costs!
Choice Lunch, a school lunch delivery service, is dedicated to providing school-age children with healthy, sustainable and delicious meals. Meals are ordered and paid for by parents and delivered to the child’s school just in time for lunch. Choice Lunch also seeks to educate parents and kids on healthy eating options and encourages a nutritionally balanced diet. Choice Lunch is committed to sustainable practices. All food containers and lunch bags are compostable to help reduce unnecessary trash sent to the landfill.
Cibola Systems is an audiovisual design firm specializing in creating business meeting environments while integrating AV technologies that inspire team communication.
Since 1971, Cibola Systems has embraced the accelerating changes in audiovisual and multimedia technology while remaining committed to the environment. They are recognized for their record in sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy, material and resource management, indoor environmental quality and innovation in the design process.
Citadel Environmental, an eco-friendly health and safety firm, is green inside and out. Not only is a sustainable lifestyle promoted, but its environmentally friendly office spaces feature innovative ecological design solutions that reduce operating costs, energy use, water consumption, and it’s carbon footprint. Citadel’s office building has been fully remodeled into a first-class, sustainable office with the goal of achieving a LEED® Platinum rating, as well as becoming the first privately held LEED® certified building in Glendale.
The City of Arcata, home to Humboldt State University, includes one of the only municipally owned forests in the nation. The Arcata Community Forest was certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council in 1998 and is a model for sustained yield forestry. The City has long been a supporter of environmental consciousness and again took action on climate change in 2001 when the mayor signed onto the “Cities for Climate Protection” campaign.
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 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.
A large metropolitan area centered in the San Joaquin Valley, the city of Fresno is dedicated to lowering green house gas (GHG) emissions and preserving the surrounding natural landscape. Through the Fresno Green 2025 General Plan, Fresno is committed to making a positive impact upon the environment by encouraging the use of clean energy and alternative fuels for vehicles.
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 Irvine has found its calling and become an innovative urban metropolis focused on reducing the carbon footprint of both its residents and its municipal operations. The city plans to achieve significant carbon reductions through a few key strategies: green building standards, energy efficiency retrofits, and a zero waste future.
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.
The City of Monterey, known for its aquarium and Fisherman’s Wharf, has long been committed to preserving and protecting the natural environment. In July 2007, Mayor Chuck Della Sala signed the Urban Environmental Accords and the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
As a large urban community known for its chic lifestyle, Pasadena is committed to going green through massive energy and water use overhauls, along with encouraging the use of alternative transportation methods like improved bus lines and bike paths.
Redding is California's largest city north of Sacramento. It’s the northernmost designated metropolitan area with a population of over 100,000 people. The City’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7% below 1990 levels by 2012.
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.
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.