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Sustainable City Committee
Mission and Responsibilities
The City of Signal Hill is committed to striking a balance between economic growth, social responsibility, and environmental well-being by partnering with our neighbors, businesses, and the community to provide a healthy and enduring environment for future generations. The City Council has charged the Sustainable City Committee (SCC) with developing and recommending a sustainability framework to the council that promotes environmentally sound and financially practical objectives.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every other month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The public is welcome to attend. The schedule for 2017 is:

                 February 7, 2017                 August 1, 2017
                        April 4, 2017               October 3, 2017
                       June 6, 2017
       
Members - The Committee holds regular noticed meetings and includes community members as well as representatives of the City Council, Civil Service Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Planning Commission.  Two members of the City Council who serve on the Committee are appointed by a majority vote of the City Council.

Compensation - A Sustainable City Committee Member receives no compensation.

Resources - The City of Signal Hill became a signatory city to the Urban Environmental Accords on February 3, 2009 when the City Council approved an Action Plan for the Sustainable City Committee and authorized the Mayor to sign the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The Accords provide a set of 21 actions for cities to take as first steps toward addressing urban sustainability and providing a clean, healthy and safe environment for all members of society.

In 2012, the City adopted the Green City Report which highlights the nine local goals crafted by the SCC using the Urban Environmental Accords established by the United Nations as a framework. The achievement of these goals qualifies Signal Hill to self-certify as a One-Leaf Green City. The City Council requested that the Sustainable City Committee continue to promote the City's sustainable efforts and document the local efforts on an annual basis. Click here for the Green City Annual Progress Report.

U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement In this Agreement, supporting mayors pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

Sustainability Award Program
The Sustainable City Committee’s Sustainability Award recognizes those who employ sustainable practices and have a positive environmental mentality.  Awards have presented to organizations for accomplishments such as:
  • landscaping/irrigation upgrades, lighting upgrades, eliminating redundant lighting
  • reducing the amount of waste the school site produces annually by recycling, composting and donating uneaten food
  • offering green products, recycling practices, reusable bags for online order delivery and energy efficiency
  • reducing to almost zero waste and participating in cardboards, waste and food recycling programs
  • using state-of-the-art construction methods and energy saving materials that meet or exceed all current building codes

Take a look at the Award Winners page.


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