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RPN Members Help Launch Green Cities California

March 31, 2008

Source: City of Santa Monica

Ten California city and county governments, including five RPN members, have joined together to form Green Cities California (GCG) to accelerate local, regional, national and international sustainability efforts.  Joining RPN members Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Jose in creating GCG are Berkeley, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sacramento, and Marin County.

GCC members will work together to promote national and state policies designed to bring about:

  • Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Extended Producer Responsibility 
  • Sustainable Land Use, Building and Development 
  • Waste Reduction 
  • Water Conservation 
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 
  • Reduction in Vehicle Miles Traveled and Single Occupancy Vehicles 
  • Equitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens

GCC will also assist other local governments throughout the state and the nation to adopt and implement sustainable policies and practices.

One of the Green Cities first acts is to pledge to purchase only 100% post-consumer recycled copy paper.  Together, GCC members annually purchase half a billion sheets of office paper, at a cost exceeding $5 million dollars.  By converting to 100% post-consumer recycled paper, the ten cities and counties will save 67,000 trees, 8.6 million pounds of CO2 emissions, 19.6 million gallons of water, and 11.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity. In addition to converting to 100% recycled paper, the cities and counties plan also to increase double-sided copying and use of multi-function machines to store documents electronically rather than print them.

Future GCC collaborative campaigns will focus on the elimination of bottled water, purchase of local foods and carbon offsets; and promoting manufacturer responsibility for solid and toxic waste.

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