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Green Cities California

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Green Cities California (GCC) is a coalition of ten local governments that have implemented groundbreaking environmental policies. Their mission is to take collaborative action to accelerate the implementation of sustainability policies and programs.

The Best Practices website of Green Cities California (GCC)provides easily accessible, ground breaking environmental policies, or "Best Practices," that you can immediately download and modify for your jurisdiction.

Best Practices are organized under the categories of the United Nations Urban Environmental Accords.

Green Cities California
promotes eco-initiatives like:

a) Eliminating bottled water; b) Promoting manufacturer responsibility for solid and toxic waste and c) Purchasing local foods

Initiatives include:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Nature
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Health
  • Water

Some of the California cities involved include Berkeley, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and the County of Marin which represent over 8 million residents of the State of California, along with their associated environmental impacts and responsibilities.

Green Cities California members work to influence State and National policy to promote:

  • Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Sustainable Land Use, Building and Development
  • Waste Reduction
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Reduction in Vehicle Miles Traveled and Single Occupancy Vehicles
  • Equitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens
and to secure State and Federal funding to enhance the ability of local governments to accomplish these goals.

Green Cities California members work to achieve the actions listed below for municipal operations:

  • Purchase of “100% post-consumer recycled” paper for all City operations
  • Elimination of the purchase of bottled water for City operations and City sponsored events
  • Develop and adopt:
    • A campaign for the municipal purchase of local California foods
    • A carbon offset plan for municipal air travel
    • Fuel efficiency standards for municipal vehicle fleets
Green Cities California

Publication Date: 10/19/2008

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