The City of Culver City has achieved “Silver” status as a California Green Community for its commitment to sustainability, making it only the sixth city to be honored by California Green Communities for its efforts.
Representatives from USA Green Communities, the Environmental Media Association (EMA), Green Seal and Southern California Edison – founding partners in California Green Communities – presented the award at Monday night's Culver City Council meeting.
“We created California Green Communities to show how cities are improving the quality of life for their residents through smart planning and sustainable practices,” said USA Green Communities President Hal Conklin. “Culver City is setting an example for other cities in the region to follow.”
California Green Communities is a community-based effort that encourages cities to adopt environmentally sound practices involving energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable and alternative fuels, efficient transportation and other activities. Cities develop unique action plans to identify projects and activities they will implement to reach Silver, Gold and Platinum status in the program.
To attain its Silver status, Culver City achieved significant energy savings – an estimated 1.1 million kilowatt-hours yearly – by changing the City’s computer operations, converting street lights to more efficient induction lighting and installing more efficient HVAC equipment and lighting at the Veteran’s Memorial Building and in City garages.
Created in November 2009, California Green Communities is an environmental recognition program that fosters innovative ways for participating cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while building vibrant, sustainable communities.