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Beacon Award-Winner San Rafael Makes Sustainability a Priority

Beacon Award-Winner San Rafael Makes Sustainability a Priority

San Rafael has focused on sustainable land use by preserving open space, encouraging mixed-use infill development and adopting green building requirements. Now its community is actively reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

July 2014
Product Stewardship Saves Money, Creates Jobs and Reduces Waste

Product Stewardship Saves Money, Creates Jobs and Reduces Waste

The law that established California’s landmark waste hierarchy of “reduce, reuse and recycle” led to collaborative efforts and the concept of product stewardship.

July 2014
Elk Grove Rain Garden Plaza Showcases Water Conservation

Elk Grove Rain Garden Plaza Showcases Water Conservation

A public project demonstrates sustainable stormwater management practices and offers an educational, inviting space.

July 2014
Be a Beacon: The Power of Recognition

Be a Beacon: The Power of Recognition

The Beacon Award program, a catalyst for innovative and effective solutions, addresses climate change at the local level and informs the community about these activities.

July 2014
The Gatto Act Provides Cities With New Opportunities for Environmental Cleanup

The Gatto Act Provides Cities With New Opportunities for Environmental Cleanup

The Legislature’s elimination of redevelopment agencies in 2012 stripped cities of several important tools to address blight in the community. Meanwhile, contamination or the threat of contamination still serves as a blighting influence in many California communities. The Gatto Act provides local agencies with a tool to address brownfields.

June 2014
Sustainability Yields Fiscal and Economic Benefits

Sustainability Yields Fiscal and Economic Benefits

New resources offer practical tips to enhance cities’ economic prosperity and fiscal health.

May 2014
ILG Releases Updated Online Guide to Planning Healthy Neighborhoods

ILG Releases Updated Online Guide to Planning Healthy Neighborhoods

Throughout California, city and county officials make planning, policy and land-use decisions on a weekly basis. Local officials understand that such decisions affect their community’s development. Many also recognize that land-use decisions can have profound effects on residents’ health.

March 2014
Practical Advice for Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your City

Practical Advice for Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your City

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is the primary state law that requires public agencies and their decision-makers to understand and evaluate the environmental consequences of their discretionary decisions before making them. Moreover, CEQA requires that public agencies not only consider but take action to mitigate or avoid significant adverse environmental impacts where feasible.

February 2014
Malibu’s Legacy Park: A Public Works Approach to Sustainability

Malibu’s Legacy Park: A Public Works Approach to Sustainability

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Legacy Park, which was designed to showcase six regionally significant habitats, including the coastal prairie, woodlands, coastal bluffs, riparian corridor, wetland meadows and vernal pools. Perhaps most remarkable, the park was engineered to treat and beneficially reuse water that would otherwise discharge into Malibu Creek, local beaches and Santa Monica Bay.

February 2014
Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing for Commercial Building Upgrades

Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing for Commercial Building Upgrades

Efforts to achieve greater energy efficiency in commercial and industrial buildings are often hampered by substantial upfront costs. To help local businesses overcome these cost barriers, California cities and counties can take advantage of an innovative solution.

November 2013
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