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City Embarks on Plan to Green the City; Hosts Earth Day Event

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The City of San Bernardino is creating a plan to help residents and businesses live and work in a more sustainable way. The plan will include community sustainability strategies to assist residents and businesses save money through energy and water efficiency and increased opportunities to bicycle, walk and take transi t while also improving air quality and ultimately create a better quality of life within the city.

On Thursday, April 21 from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. , the City will host a community sustainability open house to celebrate Earth Day and to share preliminary ideas for the plan. All San Bernardino residents and businesses are invited to attend and provide input.

Representat ives from Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, the Community Energy Partnership, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and others will be present to showcase sustainability activities currently underway – including energy efficiency rebates and grants residents can take advantage of to make improvements to their homes, the new smart meter program, Plug-In Hybrids (PHEV) and Electric Vehicles (EV) and more.

“The development of the Sustainability Master Plan (SMP) provides the roadmap and path forward towards achieving the City’s energy reduct ion targets,” said Mayor Pat Morris. “The SMP is not just a document to reduce energy consumption, it addresses a variety of topic including water, transportation, land use and waste – all of which are designed to make San Bernardino a better community. Using the SMP as a guide, the City of San Bernardino will become a more environmentally sustainable and healthier community for people to live, work and play.”

This meeting is the first workshop on the Sustainability Master Plan. A second public workshop will be held in late summer or early fall after the draft plan is complete.

For additional information about the Sustainability Master Plan, please visit our website at www.sustainablesanbernardino.org or call (909) 384-5133.

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