EMERALD RIVERSIDE

Clean and Green Principles

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The Clean and Green Task Force was formed in 2005 by Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge to identify opportunities for the city to alter its practices to become more sustainable and to improve air quality.  The Task Force was comprised of city councilmembers, city staff, and community leaders from a wide range of backgrounds including academia, business, civic organizations, and community and faith organizations.  The Task Force was charged with reviewing existing city environmental programs, discussing future applications, and exploring the following broad areas of interest:

  • Public policies, regulations, guidelines and implementation programs
  • Regional sustainability issues
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Green building programs
  • Facilities operations and maintenance
  • Sustainable enterprise

The excellent work of the Task Force resulted in their adoption of the Sustainable Riverside Policy Statement, “Save Water, Keep it Clean, Make it Solar, Make it Shady, Clean the Air, Save Fuel, Make it Smart, and Build Green,” which has become the driving vision for Riverside to become a Clean and Green City. The Task Force also created a strategic blueprint with practical emphasis on how the city could implement this policy statement. The Task Force adopted recommendations to Mayor Loveridge and the city council to:

  • Endorse Sustainable Riverside as a vital and necessary civic goal;
  • Commit the resources necessary to explore each of the key areas of interest;
  • Assess Riverside’s current capabilities and policy status;
  • Develop new policies, guidelines and codes/regulations;
  • Create implementation programs that ensure sustainable action; and
  • Monitor and measure progress toward a Sustainable Riverside.

In 2006, the Clean and Green Task Force published these findings in the