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California has long been on the forefront or cutting edge of green policies and initiatives. Not to say other cities and states aren't making a difference, but on sheer population alone California has a major impact on the rest of the nation and the globe based on what it decides to do. Smaller cities and towns trying to do what major Californian cities do often have a hard time because they don't have the staff or resources. Green Cities California aims to change all of that by providing everything a small (or large) town needs to get environmental regulations passed.Want to implement mandatory composting for your city? Think it's too difficult? Well, before you throw that baby out with the bathwater, at least take a look at some of the regulations, scientific research, legal issues, public outreach methods utilized and many other resources available. 10 of California's most environmental cities each agreed to work on GCC and provide information and documents on how they created their own green city policies. Member cities have also agreed to adopt similar practices, like not using city funds to purchase bottled water, or only purchase 100% post-consumer recycled paper with city funds.
For each of the categories, Green Cities California then includes a list of current regulations along the right-hand side, along with the city that implemented the regulation. When you click on a specific city regulation, the page opens up to quick bullet points that answer subjects like costs involved, measurable outcomes, public outreach, among other items. Then the right hand column has a long list of documents that you can open and download, including ordinances, press releases, post cards, event invite samples and of course links to the city office pages.
Green Cities California puts the power back in the citizen's hands because it provides fact sheets and answers on each initiative. Before a municipality can just reject an idea, the community members already have the facts and figures to prove why an idea can (and will) work. Green Cities California also works on new and member communities to try and get them to adopt some of the easier items. For example, if Riverside, CA (pop: 300,000 people) switched to post-consumer recycled paper, they could save $100,000 USD and over 2,100 trees. Knowledge is power and in this case, it can also save your city money.
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