Going Green in Calabasas
Welcome! Within 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 outreach.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program
City 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.
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 environmental quality.
Calabasas Green Stewardship
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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