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City of Claremont earns green award

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Steven Cuevas

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

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."