this site you will find convenient access to information, services and
programs that support the City’s commitment to become a sustainable
community. The City of Calabasas is committed to securing its
long-term sustainability by adopting a new green initiative to improve
the quality of the environment, reduce green house gas emissions, use
finite natural resources more efficiently, and save you money. The
green initiative is aimed at promoting environmentally responsible
development, upgrading existing city facilities, and educational
CLEAN ENERGY (PACE) PROGRAM
of Calabasas is working with Los Angeles County to provide energy
efficient retrofits to its residents:
Los Angeles County is investing approximately $11 million in federal
grant funds to build a PACE program to serve the county's 88 cities
and nearly 10 million residents. The program is designed to
encourage private property owners to invest in energy efficiency
retrofits and is key part of a broader home retrofit program for LA
County. Renewable Funding has been selected to develop and
administer the PACE program and will work in partnership with BKi,
Build It Green, Energy Coalition and South Bay Environmental Service
Centers. LA County’s initiative was developed at the request of the
Board of Supervisors.
The LA County PACE program is authorized under California’s AB 811,
which enables municipalities to provide private property owners with
the ability to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy
improvements through a voluntary property tax assessment that is
paid back over 20 years.
Information can be found at:
WHAT DOES GREEN MEAN?
”Green” means applying a holistic approach to design, demolition, construction,
and remodeling that minimizes a structure’s impact on the environment, the
occupants, and the community by creating measures to reduce impacts including
but not limited to the following: site planning, energy efficiency, water
efficiency, materials and resource efficiency, indoor air quality and
To ensure a viable
future, the City of Calabasas is taking a leadership role and
addressing the impacts placed on the environment by urbanization and a
growing populace. These impacts include air and water pollution,
climate change, and habitat loss. The City of Calabasas takes pride in
its environmental stewardship and seeks to further its stewardship
role by adopting a set of green building standards to help create high
performance new and remodeled buildings that utilize efficient site
and building design, sustainable construction practices, use of rapidly renewable, recovered or recycled building materials, and
use of operational practices which have less of an
impact on the environment than conventional methods.
to learn more about the "green" projects and programs Calabasas has in place.
WHY GO GREEN?
There are many reasons why we should
all “Go Green”. Living and building sustainably benefits residents,
the community, the economy, and helps preserve the environment for us
and future generations. Green Buildings use less energy and water,
provide healthy indoor environments, use precious resources more
efficiently, preserve and enhance natural habitat, and ultimately save
you money. Green building in practice includes designing, constructing
and/or remodeling buildings that use energy, water, and materials
efficiently; and have a reduced impact on the physical environment.
HERE to learn more about the benefits of going green.
Whether you are building a new home
or remodeling the one you live in, there are several things you can do
to build green. Compared to years past, building green has become
reasonably affordable and any added mortgage costs are usually offset
by savings on reduced building operations costs (such as savings on
water and energy bills) and avoided health claims. Plus you will enjoy
other benefits such as added comfort and a feeling of well being that
comes with living in a cleaner, healthier environment. Click
to learn about sustainable design and construction options for
remodeling your existing house or building a new one.
A green street is a natural stormwater management approach that uses
plants and soil to slow, filter, and cleanses stormwater from streets.
Traditional stormwater management directs runoff into pipes. A green
street manages stormwater at its source, where rain falls.
to learn about Green Streets Project.
GREEN REBATES AND INCENTIVES
There are a number of
rebates and incentives for going green at home and at your place of
business. Click on the links below to find out more information:
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