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City of Claremont earns green award

Noridan troupe member in rehearsal for Claremont's
Noridan troupe member in rehearsal for Claremont's "eco-parade".
Steven Cuevas

Claremont is the first city in California to be honored with the “Silver” award in recognition of sustainability efforts in the community. It’s one of only four cities — Monrovia, Riverside and Santa Clarita — to be recognized by the California Green Communities for their commitment.

Among Claremont’s green initiatives include improving energy efficiency and water conservation at city buildings and promoting physical activity through public education and environmental upgrading. The city was also responsible for a unique homeowner assistance program for instigating energy-conserving retrofits such as HVAC optimization and converting to solar panels.

"Our City takes its commitment to sustainability seriously," remarked Mayor Sam Pedroza in a press release. "It is a priority for the City Council and it is a consideration in every project and program we provide. Achieving the Silver level status validates the tremendous work this community has done."

Claremont received the award at a recent State of the City luncheon where California Green Communities, the Environmental Media Association and Southern California Edison even rolled out actress and noted “leader in young Hollywood environmental circles,” Amy Smart, best known for roles in movies like “Road Trip” and “Starsky & Hutch” to present it.

"Claremont is showcasing what a city can do to improve its residents' quality of life," Smart said in the same press release. "California Green Communities fosters and recognizes innovative ways for participating cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while building vibrant, sustainable communities…Claremont is a leader among southern California cities who are modeling sustainable practices for others."