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Santa Clarita lists pro-environment accomplishments

Posted: August 19, 2009 2:28 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2009 5:04 p.m.
 
Protecting the environment is a high priority for the city of Santa Clarita.

The city's efforts began shortly after cityhood in December 1987 and have yielded tremendous results.

Here are a few of the actions the city has taken over the last two decades to support and protect the environment in and around the community:

* Began a city-wide curbside recycling and greenwaste collection program for residents and businesses

* Created the region's first Open Space and Preservation District for the purchase of land that will be forever preserved

* Helped prevent a landfill in beautiful Elsmere Canyon and are working to ensure its continued protection

* Built the LEED-certified Transit Maintenance Facility using many "green building" features (check it out at santa-clarita.com/cityhall/pw/cip/tmf)

* Nearly tripled the number of trees planted since cityhood

* Named as the "Environmental Project of the Year" for the Arundo Removal Program from the American Public Works Association northern desert region

* Won two Clean Air "Model Community" awards from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in 1999 and 2008

* Designated as a national Tree City USA for 18 years

* Received two Water Quality Awards from the Regional Water Quality Control Board

* Received Rideshare Diamond Awards for our annual Bike to Work Day and Rideshare Participation

* Received a Metropolitan Transportation (MTA) Award for Bike to Work Day

* Created the annual River Rally community event which has resulted in 285,000 pounds of trash cleaned out of the Santa Clara Rver

* Received the League of American Bicyclists - Bicycle Friendly Community certification through 2011 (four year certification)

* The city's Landscape Maintenance District implemented several water conservation measures that help the city to achieve a 10 percent use reduction, or 90 million gallons of water!

* City residents, business community worked to successfully divert 54 percent of waste from landfills over the last decade

* City facilities have undergone significant energy retrofitting to include heating, ventilating, air conditioning [HVAC] regulators, and lighting changes. The city's facilities energy conservation retrofitting resulted in 439,000 kilowatt hours of reduction annually and a reduction of 350,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

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