Sustainable Riverside Action Plan

Following adoption of its principles for achieving a Clean and Green Riverside, the Clean and Green Task Force then set out to develop a roadmap for becoming a Clean and Green city.  Over two years, the Task Force developed the Clean and Green Sustainable Riverside Action Plan (Green Action Plan), which provides a framework for implementing Riverside’s policy vision.  The Green Action Plan highlights seven vital areas of city life: energy, greenhouse gas emissions, waste, urban design, urban nature, transportation, and water.

After development of the Green Action Plan, the Clean and Green Task Force was reformed as the Green Accountability Performance Committee.  This Committee was charged with tracking progress towards the Green Action Plan goals, and by the first Green Action Plan Update in February 2009, the city was already on target for or had completed 34 of the 38 goals.

Following the release of the Green Action Plan Update, Riverside joined the Emerald California program.  As part of this initiative, the California Sustainability Alliance and California Department of Conservation have collaborated with city staff to revise the Action Plan goals,  stretching the city to adopt best in class yet still achievable sustainability measures.  These “stretch goals” were adopted by the City Council in the Clean and Green Riverside Action Plan - Emerald City Update in September 2009.   As a result of the unique partnership between the city, the Alliance, and the Department of Conservation, Riverside has created the policy impetus for becoming a model of local government sustainability and helping the State of California achieve its resource and environmental goals.

Riverside's Sustainability Goals

Sustainability AreaGreen Action Plan (2007)Emerald City Update (2009)
Energy33% Renewables by 202070% Non-GHG emitting by 2020
3 MW solar by 202020 MW of local solar by 2020
Reduce peak load 10% by 2016Reduce peak load by 20% by 2020
GHG EmissionsReduce 7% below 1990 levels by 2012Reduce 15% below 1990 levels by 2020
Waste2% increase in diversion by 200875% diversion by 2020
WaterReduce water use by 15% by 2025Reduce water usage 20% by 2020
Urban NatureConserve 150 acres by 2009Create 200 acres of parks by 2015
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