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Green Initiatives in SoCal's Inland Empire: Riverside/San Bernardino

The Inland Empire strikes back with a coordinated green economic development initiative.

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The Riverside/San Bernardino communities are located east of Los Angeles and face daunting challenges such as desert conditions and earthquakes as well as the standard challenges of being near a major metropolitan center.  These communities have launched the "Green Valley Initiative" to "transform Riverside and San Bernardino counties into a region that integrates people and businesses with natural resources to create new jobs, greater opportunities and higher quality-of-life."

Inland Empire residents face some of the longest commute times in the country adding to the region's air quality concerns.  According to the American Lung Association, the Inland Empire is at th top of the list of the most air polluted regions.

Add to that equation -- high growth!  The region is a vast inland Southern California land mass with a population greater than 24 states, and an expected growth of 2 million new residents in the next 15 years.  Without local jobs to employ them, the region's already strained infrastructure will be pushed past the breaking point.

The two counties face challenges with pollution and water use.  Working stakeholder groups have been established to develop and implement strategic plans in the areas of education, policy and economic development.  Green Valley Jurisdictions are being established to incorporagte sustainable land-use and green building, business and purchasing programs.  Universities and colleges are sharing resources to establish a green brain trust.  And the region's green assets are being cataloged to identify existing resources and opportunities for expansion.

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