Santa Monica wins sustainable community award

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Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica

Earlier this month, we reported that California cities Riverside and Santa Monica were both up for one of three 2012 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards. It was announced just last night at a reception in Atlanta that Santa Monica took the midsize community award over Riverside and Jersey City, NJ. Chicago won for large community, while Purcellville, Virginia, took home the prize for small community.

"The awards show just how much the concept of sustainability has evolved for U.S. municipalities," said U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center founder and executive director Stephen Jordan in a press release. "Chicago, Santa Monica, and Purcellville show that getting sustainability right improves quality of life, the efficient use of resources, competitiveness, and attractiveness for residents and visitors."


Two California cities among finalists for sustainable community awards

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A Metrolink passenger train car arrives at the downtown Riverside station.

Santa Monica and Riverside are among the nine finalists vying for the 2012 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards. Chosen by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center and Siemens Corporation, the finalists were selected from a pool of over 130 applicants, and judged by a panel of sustainability experts.

Both Riverside and Santa Monica are competing in the Midsize Community category against Jersey City, NJ. Boston, Chicago and Las Vegas are the Large Community finalists, with Middleton, WI, Purcellville, VA and River Falls, WI in the Small Community category.

"In Riverside, we see sustainability as more than a program or a destination but as a way of life that is integrated with economic success and inherent in quality of life," said the city’s Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge in a press release. Riverside was chosen for the Green Action Plan, a 38-point strategy for improving sustainability across eight categories. "We are honored to be recognized as a finalist by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Siemens Corporation for our sustainability accomplishments, and we are delighted to share our best practices with other cities through the Sustainable Community Awards program."