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Riverside, Calif. – The City of Riverside was recognized as one of the world’s most livable communities by an international panel of judges at the 2010 International Awards for Livable Communities (LivCom) finals competition held recently in Chicago.

Riverside received a Silver LivCom Award in the competition, which focuses on environmental management and the creation of sustainable cities. The honor places Riverside on the international stage as a leader in the areas of environmental best practices and sustainability.

“Our city has long been recognized across the state of California and the nation as being a leader for our green initiatives,” said Riverside’s Mayor Ron Loveridge. “We are now known around the world for our policies, and our commitments to renewable energy and sustainable living practices.”

Launched in 1997, and endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program, the LivCom Awards are the world’s only awards competition that focuses on the best procedures regarding management of the local environment and the creation of livable communities. The objective of the annual awards is to encourage best practice, innovation, and leadership in providing a vibrant, environmentally stable community that improves the quality of life.

Riverside was one of eight finalists competing for the Whole City Award ) along side communities from China, Denmark, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United States. Finalists were judged on several categories including: Enhancement of the Natural and Built Landscapes; Arts, Culture, and Heritage; Environmental Best Practices; Community Participation and Empowerment, Healthy Lifestyle; and Strategic Planning.

Representatives from the City of Riverside shared with the LivCom judges why their city was known as the “City of Arts and Innovation” as a result of its commitments to arts and culture and its achievements reached in those areas, as well as how Riverside takes a holistic approach to environmental management by forming partnerships among community members, government, and local businesses.

“It is very gratifying to have our sustainability efforts recognized by such a distinguished panel of experts from around the world,” said Riverside’s Sustainability Officer Michael Bacich. “We are thrilled to have done so well at such a prestigious event.”

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