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Hermosa Beach granted $410,000 to reduce carbon footprint

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California’s Strategic Growth Council has awarded Hermosa Beach over $400,000 to be committed towards making the city more sustainable, with the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality.

“Winning this grant will enable the city to create a needed legal framework to guide and sustain us in making the transformative changes necessary to fulfill the city’s commitment to be carbon neutral,” said Hermosa Beach Mayor Jeff Duclos in the Hermosa Beach Patch. “The plan elements the city will develop with this funding will ensure a comprehensive and unified approach to implementing our vision of the future.”

Among the initiatives the grant will fund include assembling a team of experts that will update the city’s General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan, finding ways to reduce the school district’s reliance on external energy and protecting against a sea level rise. Developing new public transportation strategies is a paramount issue, since a majority of the area’s carbon output is due to traffic.

Hermosa Beach is one of 93 cities, counties and other public agencies awarded grants by the Strategic Growth Council, funded by the Proposition 84 bond allocations.