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Santa Clarita could get a bit greener

Environmental service centers would provide one-stop shopping for residents, small-business owners

Posted: May 12, 2009 7:57 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2009 6:00 a.m.
 
een initiative to educate residents and small businesses about eco-friendly development may soon come to the Santa Clarita Valley, a county supervisor's spokesman said.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion Tuesday sponsored by Supervisor Michael Antonovich to provide one-stop Environmental Service Centers to residents, businesses and contractors.

If approved, the environmental centers, which would be paid for through a $15 million Energy Efficiency and Conversation Block Grant Program, will disperse information on water conservation to homeowners and small business owners, said Paul Novak, planning deputy for County Supervisor Antonovich.

The initiative would also help home builders comply with "green" building standards and promote eco-friendly business, he said.

The centers would provide information for eco-friendly businesses seeking grants or trying to navigate through L.A. County's competitive-bid process, said Tony Bell, Supervisor Antonovich's spokesman.

If the centers are built, one may come to the Santa Clarita Valley.

"We would like to get this service provided for our residents and businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley," Bell said.

Before the Environmental Service Centers are built, William Fujioka, L.A. County chief executive officer, will report back with an update on the plan's feasibility, Bell said. Fujioka will update the Board of Supervisors at its June 23 meeting.

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