Glendale is Green
Our City has had a long standing commitment to the environment. From promoting green building materials to developers to bringing fresh organic produce to our residents with any of our three Farmer’s Markets, the City of Glendale (CA) is always committed towards responsible living and working.
We throw out more than 400 million electronic units every year; almost 88% of that waste is incinerated or added to landfills. If your old electronics work, pass them on via Freecycle.org or Craigslist.com. If they are kaput, find reputable e-waste recyclers in your area at E-stewards.org.
We're Doing Our Part
Environmental responsibility requires us all to work together in making our communities, and our planet a better place to live. The City of Glendale (CA) is committed to doing our part to promote sustainable living through eco-friendly programs and projects. We also are committed to the betterment of our community through sustainability outreach and education to our residents.
Greener Glendale Plan
In March 2012, the City completed its now award winning Greener Glendale Plan, composed of the following documents:
Energy & Water
Glendale Water & Power is committed to providing low cost water and electricity in an environmentally sustainable manner by:
- Increasing local investments in water conservation and energy efficiency
- Developing renewable energy resources
- Tracking green house gas emissions
GWP offers numerous energy and water saving incentives and rebates. Click here to find out more.
Green Building code
On Jan 1, 2011, the new CAL-Green Building Code went into effect for all California cities.
On June 7, 2011, Glendale went a step further by adopting additional green building standards [PDF].
We take LEED certified buildings seriously here in Glendale. What's the big deal about LEED you ask? Simple. LEED certification means that instead of just building up to code, we go above and beyond to build facilities which provide healthier work and living conditions. We did just that with two of our Glendale Water and Power facilities.
GWP provides incentives to the community to build to LEED standards.
For four years, the City Housing Division has developed numerous affordable housing projects exceeding energy efficiency requirements by at least 15%.
The City adopted a Zero Waste Plan on Dec 6, 2011.
In addition, we offer the following:
- Recycling services for homes, multi-unit residences and businesses
- Free one-day composting workshops
- Free recycling of electronic waste for homes, businesses and schools
- Brag About Your Bag Campaign – promoting reusable shopping bags
- Refrigerator Recycling Program
- Cool Care refrigerator replacement and recycling program for low-income GWP customers
- Glendale’s Household Waste Exchange Program
- Household battery collection and recycling
Learn more about the City of Glendale's recycling efforts.
We require demolition and/or construction projects to divert at least 50% of waste (by recycling, salvage or deconstruction) from going to landfills. Contractors are expected to implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent sediment and other materials from flowing into storm drains. These BMPs include dust control measures, sandbags, concrete washout areas and street sweeping.
Urban Nature and Local Food
- Monterey East
- Monterey West
- Downtown Glendale
- Americana at Brand
- Montrose Shopping Park
Regional air quality is regulated by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The City of Glendale reports air quality to SCAQMD and complies with their regulations. Glendale has received an "A" rating from the American Lung Association.
Breath of Fresh Air Program
Glendale's Breath of Fresh Air smoking ordiance is an example of Glendale's commitment to clean air and healthy residents alike! To limit the impact of secondhand tobacco smoke on non-smokers, the City has adopted regulations to provide smoke-free air in public places and areas where smokers and nonsmokers might interact.
Ten regional routes, provided by Los Angeles Metro, operate along major Glendale corridors, linking Glendale to Downtown Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Valley.
The City offers the affordable Beeline Transit System which provides roughly 3 million passenger trips per year on buses using compressed natural gas (CNG) engines. Real time bus service information is available online. We also encourage our employees to participate in Ridesharing Programs to reduce traffic and improve air quality.
Glendale's Dial-a-Ride program offers affordable transportation to seniors and the disabled of any age.
Downtown Mobility Plan
Glendale is the second most densely populated City in all of California. With a daytime population of over 700,000 residents, workers, and students, the ability to easily and quickly move about the city is a priority for our staff. The Downtown Mobility Study addresses how to best accommodate expected population growth in downtown Glendale, which is essential to achieving Glendale's vision of a vibrant multi-use downtown, without significantly increasing auto congestion or impacting Glendale's quality of life.
In the past three years, Glendale has added five miles of bicycle lanes and 4.7 miles of shared roadway markings. The Bicycle Transportation Plan is currently being updated.
Glendale Safe & Healthy Streets Plan
The Glendale Safe & Healthy Streets Plan is a collaboration of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the City of Glendale. Our goal is to make Glendale a better, safer place to walk or ride a bike.
Every Little Bit Helps
Seemingly small changes can go a long way towards improving our environment and general quality of life. Below are just a few examples of day-to-day changes we have made in our city.
- No Drugs Down The Drain!
- LED Traffic Signals
- Alternative Fueled Vehicles and Facilities
- Summary of Environmental Effects and Project Requirements/Mitigation Measures
- Report on the Acquisition of Alternative Fuel Vehicle for the Street Sweeping Operation (12-13-2005)
- Landfill Gas to Energy Project
- Facilities Services Use of Green Cleaning Products
- Reclaimed Water Dual Plumbing in Large Commercial and Multi-Family Structures
Plastic Bag Ban
Glendale adopted a plastic bag ban and fee for paper carryout bags.
Read more (Press Release)
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Discount
GWP offers a discount off the electric bill for residents who install an electric vehicle charging station.
Zero Waste Plan
Glendale adopted a Zero Waste Plan to promote the highest and best use of materials and eliminate waste and pollution.
Free Printable Environmental Game for Kids
Electronic Waste Recycling
Don't throw that old computer in the trash bin! The City offers a number of free options for e-waste recycling.