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City of Irvine

2010 Green Team, continued ...Published: June 01, 2010

Incorporated: 1971  •  ci.irvine.ca.us
Mayor: Sukhee Kang | Chief Green Officer: Brian Fisk

Irvine aims to be the greenest city in the state – if not the nation. And if you consider all of the initiatives it has in place, there’s every reason to believe it’s a goal that’s well within reach. Irvine already is ranked No. 13 among 178 Smarter Cities by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The list recognizes communities that demonstrate environmental stewardship, sustainable growth and livability – a set of values that the city has been practicing since its early days. Take, for example, the 1988 voter initiative that resulted in the city’s current 5,200 acres of open space. It’s the foundation of the community’s interest in Irvine’s environmental stewardship. Today, the city offers a variety of free classes for residents that promote environmental awareness, including a June 5 workshop on composting. In addition, its Eco Living e-newsletter is packed full with green-living tips, and its CFL Bulb Mail-back Program provides residents with free recycling containers, so they can properly dispose of their burned-out fluorescent light bulbs. And a variety of energy-conservation and water-preservation efforts mark the city’s 39-year history, including water-reclamation and retrofitting projects. Among the most ambitious programs are the city’s Build It Green and energy plans. As part of these programs, the city strives to reduce energy use to 30 percent by the year 2015 and greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels (as required by AB 32) by the year 2020. The city also set guidelines for the green certification of new construction and home remodels.

“The city of Irvine has a long-standing history of environmental stewardship, ranging from preservation of open space to recycling and green building. Environmentalism is a cornerstone of the city’s success.”
– Brian Fisk, Director of Community Services for the city of Irvine

OC METRO'S 2010 GREEN TEAM