April 2019
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga
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City Recognized for Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Efforts

Multiple agencies agree that Rancho Cucamonga is a leader in building a sustainable community.


The City of Rancho Cucamonga received 6 awards in 2018 for its Sustainable Community Action Plan (Plan) and robust energy efficiency efforts. Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael stated, "Being a recipient of these awards truly authenticates the City’s holistic approach to sustainability that encompasses a collaborative community input process."

The list of awards includes the Cool Planet Award from The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison (SCE), Green Region Award from Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Innovation in Green Community Award from American Planning Association Inland Empire Section and California Chapter, Platinum Level Beacon Spotlight Award for achieving a 23 percent energy savings from the Institute for Local Government, and the Red Tape to Red Carpet Award for Sustainable and Green Development from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.

These impressive accomplishments were achieved by implementing an increasing amount of sustainability initiatives such as retrofitting 15,000 streetlights to LED, expanding the electric vehicle charging infrastructure, partnering with GRID Alternatives to install no-cost solar powered systems on 10 homes for low-income families and installing green bike lanes at key intersections throughout the city.

Recognitions like these reinforce that the Plan is truly the vision and roadmap for Rancho Cucamonga’s sustainable future. Key areas of the Plan include energy and water efficiency, land use and open space, transportation and mobility, green building and waste reduction while addressing economy and community health and equity throughout. This approach utilizes a unique triple-bottom line analysis to drive holistic and comprehensive sustainable change throughout the community. The City’s participation in all of these award programs aligns with the Healthy RC initiative program, which strives towards a healthy and sustainable Rancho Cucamonga by adopting policies and implementing programs and strategies that advance health and environmental sustainability in the community.

For more information, please contact Deborah Allen, Management Aide-Sustainability, at (909) 774-2047 or by email at Deborah.Allen@CityofRC.us. For more information on the green programs, energy efficiency, and solar programs available please visit HealthyRC.com.

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