SantaMonica1999 - SUSTAINABLE CITY PROGRESS REPORT UPDATE...

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SUSTAINABLE CITY PROGRESS REPORT UPDATE Updated Progress Report on Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Program October 1999 City of Santa Monica Task Force on the Environment Document Printed on Tree-Free Paper
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City of Santa Monica i Table of Contents Sustainable City Progress Report Update October 1999 Table of Contents Page Executive Summary ES1 Introduction 1 General Findings 3 Sustainability Indicators 7 Program Implementation 12 Policy Areas: Solid Waste and Recycling 17 Water 22 Energy 27 Purchasing 32 Construction and Development 36 Transportation 40 Hazardous Materials 46 Stormwater, Wastewater and Santa Monica Bay 55 Education 61 Housing 65 Community and Economic Development 70
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City of Santa Monica ES1 Executive Summary Sustainable City Progress Report Update October 1999 SUSTAINABLE CITY PROGRESS REPORT UPDATE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Introduction The implementation plan for the Sustainable City Program calls for periodic assessment of the program to determine its effectiveness. In December 1996, City staff and the Task Force completed the first such assessment with the publication of the Sustainable City Progress Report. This report is an update of the December 1996 progress report and assesses progress made by the City towards meeting the program goals between December 1996 and September 1999, the fifth anniversary of program adoption. Summary of Findings During the first five years of program implementation, significant progress has been made towards meeting the program’s goals. This progress is summarized below: Resource Conservation The total percentage of solid waste diverted from the landfill has increased from 13.8% in 1990 to 35.7% in 1998. Citywide water usage was reduced by 13.3% between 1990 and 1998. Citywide greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 5.2% between 1990 and 1997. In June 1999 the City began purchasing 100% renewable electricity for all city facilities. In addition, all facilities have been retrofitted to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. Santa Monica has developed one of the most successful and comprehensive environmentally preferable purchasing programs in the United States. Transportation Annual ridership on Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus increased by 9.5% between 1990 and 1998. Average vehicle ridership for employees of companies in Santa Monica with more than 50 employees increased from 1.13 persons per vehicle in 1993 to 1.37 in 1997. The percentage of City fleet vehicles operating on reduced emission fuels (natural gas and electricity) has increased from 10% in 1993 to 34% in 1999.
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City of Santa Monica ES2 Executive Summary Sustainable City Progress Report Update October 1999 Pollution Prevention and Public Health Protection Santa Monica has developed a Toxics Use Reduction program for City operations that has significantly reduced environmental and human health impacts due to the use of hazardous chemicals in all areas of City operations. The program has become a nationwide model for use in other state and local
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