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Riverside, Calif. – The City of Riverside unveiled its latest Green Action Plan (GAP) this week, designed to continue to solidify the community’s efforts to implement clean and green practices and create an innovative and sustainable urban center along the way.

The roots of this latest GAP go back to 2005, when Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge established the Clean and Green Task Force, made up from area business leaders, city representatives, and volunteers. Their first policy statement that encouraged development and implementation of clean, green, and sustainable city programs was adopted by the City Council in 2007.

“In a very short time, we started seeing changes throughout the city,” said Riverside’s Sustainability Officer Mike Bacich. “Changes that came from implementing small things, like a more environmentally responsible purchasing system, increasing the city’s use of alternative fuel vehicles, and partnering with the Riverside Transit Authority to offer free services for area students.”

With that change, the initial GAP was later revised in 2009 to meet the city’s growing needs as the first community named to participate in the California Department of Conservation’s Emerald City program. With its participation in that program wrapping up after three years, the GAP’s latest updates will continue to foster continued growth and policies that help the city meet its goals.

At its core, Riverside’s GAPs have included key categories that encompass all aspects of city life, including: alternative energy, greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction and recycling, urban design, urban nature, water conservation and recycling, and the promotion of a healthy community.

“It is our goal that Riverside’s Green Action Plan continues to evolve with the city,” Bacich said. “As we continue to meet and surpass the benchmarks we set, we will continue to set new standards to achieve.”

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