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City of Riverside 2011 Sustainability Showcase Grand Prize Winner
“The City of Riverside: Leadership in Sustainability” highlights the unique local government leadership qualities that led the City of Riverside to win the Grand Prize of the Alliance’s 2011 Sustainability Showcase Awards. This video showcases several sustainability initiatives within the following areas: energy, water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, and alternative fuels and transportation. These initiatives include Riverside’s Free Sprinkler Nozzle Program, which provides efficient sprinkler nozzles to residents, and the City’s Grease-to-Gas program, which generates 1.6 MW electricity per day and saves Riverside more than $1 million annually in operating costs.

City of Santa Monica 2009 Sustainability Showcase Grand Prize Winner
Check out the Alliance’s video series highlighting Santa Monica's Leadership in Sustainability, including the following three videos:

Net Zero Energy

Net Zero Energy from Sustainca on Vimeo.

Net Zero Energy showcases Solar Santa Monica, a city agency serving as a “one-stop shop” for energy efficiency and solar energy information for local residents, businesses and municipal buildings since 2006. The agency provides free technical support to residents and businesses, which has resulted in more than 300 installations generating over 2.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity, moving Santa Monica toward its goal of becoming a net zero energy city.

The Value of Trees

The Value of Trees from Sustainca on Vimeo.

The Value of Trees spotlights the City of Santa Monica’s urban forestry management and explains how their trees are worth $138 million by their replacement value alone. When environmental benefits are also considered, the Santa Monica urban forest is worth $300 million. These benefits include valuable energy savings through shading, air filtration, reduction of stormwater runoff, carbon sequestration, and more.

A Tale of Two Carrots

A Tale of Two Carrots from Sustainca on Vimeo.

A Tale of Two Carrots features the City of Santa Monica’s Farmers Markets support of sustainable agriculture and local economic development through the voices of local residents, restaurateurs and school children. Eighty-five percent of residents and more than 80 local restaurants patronize the City’s four weekly farmers markets which keeps dollars in the local economy and allows residents an opportunity to obtain produce that uses less fuel for transportation than produce from the grocery store.

More Videos

The California Sustainability Alliance works in concert with its Advisory Committees, Partners, and other key stakeholders to create and share best practices geared towards helping California meet its aggressive energy, climate, and environmental goals. The videos below feature insights from members of the Alliance Advisory Committees, as well as excerpts from speeches and presentations given at the Alliance's annual Sustainability Showcase Awards ceremony, which highlights organizations that excel in implementing sustainability programs, practices and technologies. Stay tuned for more videos to come!

The Competitive Edge: Commercial Green Building in California.

California Sustainability Alliance Advisors

The Alliance has assembled several panels of experts to assist in conducting pilot programs and research. In addition to the Alliance's Steering Committee, advisors from the Sustainable Communities Committee, Green Building Committee, and Water Energy Committee discuss the Alliance's work in advancing key sustainability initiatives in California.

Alliance Overview

Water Energy Nexus

First Cost Barriers

Green Building

Green building

The Alliance's Green Building Advisory Committee brings together an expert group of professionals to create toolkits and resources to accelerate green building within California. In the video below, viewers will learn what “Green Building” is and what types of green building measures are most effective in California. The Thomas Properties Group shows benefits of “The Green Building Value Proposition” experienced in leading green buildings managed in Sacramento and Los Angeles, California. In 2004 Governor Schwarzenegger issued an Executive Order known as the Green Building Initiative, which directs state agencies to reduce energy use in state facilities by 20% by 2015.

green building in california video
The Competitive Edge

2009 Sustainability Showcase Awards

At the second annual Sustainability Showcase Awards Luncheon, Advisory Committee members and award recipients shared their perspectives on successful approaches that drive and advance sustainability outcomes within their organizations. The winning organizations included Jones Lang Lasalle, Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Town of Los Gatos, City of Santa Monica, County of San Diego, Sonoma County Water Agency, and the Los Angeles Community College District.

Select from the thumbnails below to view speeches from the 2009 Awards Luncheon:

Jones Lang LaSalle


Los Gatos

Santa Monica

San Diego



2008 Sustainability Showcase Awards

At the first annual Sustainability Showcase Awards Luncheon, guest speakers and award recipients gave their insights and perspectives on drivers for successful sustainability outcomes. Recipients included Thomas Properties, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, and the University of California. Guest speakers included Rosario Marin, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and Bridgett Luther, California Department of Conservation.

Select from the thumbnails below to view speeches from the 2008 Awards Luncheon:

Keynote Speech

Emerald California

Thomas Properties


University of California

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