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City launches green store with local green businesses

Posted: August 24, 2009 6:42 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2009 1:18 p.m.
This week, the city of Santa Clarita launches the second phase of its popular new Web site, offering a "green city store" for residents and businesses to locate goods and services with an environmentally friendly twist.

The new additions to will include local solar retailers and installers, a green vehicle finder, Energy Star products as well as an online buss pass purchasing option.

Information on the city's Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ), part of the city's 21-Point Business Plan for Progress, will also be included in the second phase of the Web site.

The city of Santa Clarita has led the way for numerous environmentally conscious policies and programs, which are integrated throughout every city department.

"For more than 20 years the city of Santa Clarita has worked hard to maintain a ‘green' and healthy community, and has been recognized regionally and nationally for its efforts," Mayor Frank Ferry said. "Recently, Santa Clarita was presented with the Model Community Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District in 2008 for Santa Clarita's innovative and progressive approach to improving air quality in our region."

The city also makes it easier for its residents to adopt green practices. The Holiday Tree Recycling Program, for example, collected more than 125 tons of trees to be recycled into wood chips or mulch.

Santa Clarita's agreement with its contracted commercial waste hauler, Burrtec, Inc., also benefits the community by allowing businesses to receive recycling bins at no cost.

To further protect the environment, the city implemented an annual Household Hazardous Waste curbside pick-up program to keep harmful substances out of the environment. Through this program, the city collected nearly 35,000 pounds of hazardous waste materials last year.

Water conservation is also a large part of what makes Santa Clarita one of the leading environmentally conscious cities. The city reduced indoor water use at its Transit Maintenance Facility by 41 percent, saving 132,000 gallons a year.

Currently, Santa Clarita's Landscape Maintenance District is completing modernization and beautification work along the road median on Wiley Canyon Road. When complete, the project will incorporate plant material requiring less irrigation, replace the 40-year-old existing irrigation system with state of the art equipment and ultimately reduce the city's water usage along Wiley Canyon by more than 1,000,000 gallons a year.

City facilities also underwent significant energy retrofitting, resulting in 439,000 kilowatt hours of energy reduction annually and a 350,000 pound reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The city's Energy Coalition partnership also significantly reduced pollution in the area, saving community members nearly 710,000 kilowatts of energy over the last four years. The combination of city and community reductions also resulted in the prevention of over 570,000 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution.

"Since the city incorporated two decades ago, we have worked in tandem with business and community leaders to make our community a clean, safe and environmentally sensitive place to live," Ferry said. "With the current plans already in place that will continue to make their mark, as well as many more to follow, Santa Clarita will continue to lead the way for environmentally conscious leadership in 2009 and beyond."



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