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Sustainability Award Winners
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Westside Neighborhood Business - 1140 E. Willow Street
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At the City Council meeting held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, Mayor Lori Woods presented the Sustainability Award in the category of Water Efficient Landscapes to the property owner of the commercial building at 1140 E. Willow Street, Mark McGuire. The Sustainable City Committee nominated and selected this property for the award.

Mr. McGuire recently replaced the parking lot turf with mulch and colorful, drought tolerant plants. This property is also selected for a Beautification Award by the Planning Commission for renovating the building with new glass windows and doors, new metal awnings, and new paint color for the exterior walls.

Thank you Mr. McGuire for setting an example of a sustainable and beautiful landscape in the Westside Neighborhood!

Southeast Neighborhood Residence - 1843 Junipero Avenue

At the City Council meeting held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Mayor Larry Forester presented the Sustainability Award in the category of Water Efficient Landscapes to the owner of 1843 Junipero Avenue. Daritza Gonzalez accepted the award on behalf of her father, Manuel Gonzalez. The Sustainable City Committee had selected this residence for the 1st quarter Sustainability Award.

Mr. Gonzalez brought changes to the Southeast neighborhood when he began to improve his front yard about three years ago by replacing turf with sand, decorative rocks, cactus and other drought tolerant plants to create a one-of-a-kind desert-like landscape. The plants are hand watered and Mr. Gonzalez stated that his water bill has been reduced by half since the replacement of turf.

Congratulations to Mr. Gonzalez and his family for creating a front yard that is both sustainable and unique in design.

Southeast Neighborhood Residence
2001 Obispo
The Sustainable City Committee had selected the residence at 2001 Obispo Avenue for the 3rd quarter Sustainability Award, and Mayor Larry Forester presented the award in September, 2015.

Two years ago they began to improve their property by creating a rock mosaic along the walls at the side of the property and front yard. They have replaced turf with a “silver-carpet” ground cover and created unique flowerbeds surrounded by rock groupings and stepping stones. New plantings include a variety of succulents and native California plants including Spanish lavender, Mexican heather, and bottlebrush.

The plants are hand watered only once a week. Mary and Nick estimate their water usage has been cut in half. They have on-going plans for additional plantings, so we’ll be keeping an eye on this outstanding residence in the Signal Hill community. This one-of-a-kind garden is not only beautiful, but exemplifies sustainability and water efficiency.

Dawson Avenue Residence
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On May 5, 2015, Mayor Forester presented the Sustainability Award to the owner of the residence at 2060 Dawson Avenue, Manuel Tollini.

Mr. Tollini moved from France to make Southern California his home and started with a sketch of vision of a desertscape that would complement his Southwestern style home. He removed his turf lawn and replaced it with low maintenance plants and granite sand. A low separation wall was built along the north side of the property line. He installed a brick border blocks at the edge of the front yard and sidewalk and created a path of decorative paving stones. He removed traditional sprinklers and replaced them with a new drip system, and then planted a variety of succulents and desert plantings to complete the desertscape.

Thank you, Mr. Tollini, for modeling water efficient landscaping and adding to the quality of life of the community.

Raymond Avenue Residence
2070 Raymond
At the City Council meeting held on Thursday, March 5, 2015, Mayor Edward H.J. Wilson presented the Sustainability Award to Michael and Estelle Ashworth, owners of 2070 Raymond Avenue. Their residence was selected as the recipient of the award by the Sustainable City Committee for setting an example of landscaping that is both sustainable and well designed.

Over the course of 3 years, in addition to improvements to the interior of their home the Ashworths have completely renovated the landscaping of their residence. With the assistance of their friend Charles Johnson, they have created 3 additional outdoor living areas.

Together they removed about 25 yards of concrete, block walls and bricks, along with overgrown succulents and cacti which made the yard inaccessible and unfriendly to their small children. Those plants were donated to friends and landscape architects for replanting. The front yard now includes decorative fencing, artificial turf, pavers and stones along with feather grass and succulents plantings, a rock garden, and drip line irrigation and automated timers. The paved portion of the parkway has also been cleared and planted with low lying grasses and shrubs which allow for water percolation and help to create a healthy environment for street trees.

EDCO Household Hazardous Waste Program
At the City Council meeting held on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Mayor Edward H.J. Wilson presented the 2014 Sustainability Award to Steve South, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Efrain Ramirez, Vice President and General Manager. EDCO was selected as the recipient of the award by the Sustainable City Committee for its state-of-the-art Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. A newly produced short video about the program designed for public outreach was shown at the meeting and can be seen here.

The program was established in 2013 in partnership with the County of Los Angeles and serves for the proper disposal of harmful waste products and household toxic items including e-waste, medicines, batteries, used motor oil, paints and other chemicals.  The Household Hazardous Waste program is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and is located at California Avenue and 28th Street.

Seeds of Change Environmental Club
Environmental Club
In October 2014, Mayor Wilson presented the award to the Seeds of Change Environmental Club from the Jessie Elwin Nelson Academy. The Club has made a positive impact on the school campus, the community and environment. Their Garden Club has transformed marginal grounds into fruitful and flower-filled gardens. The student Club members daily sort cafeteria waste for composting, recycling, and garbage bins; utilize food waste and shredded paper for composting; collect uneaten food for donation; recycle bottles and cans; and model healthy eating habits.

Promontory Crest Homeowners Association
Mayor Edward H.J. Wilson presented the Sustainability Award to Larry Blunden on behalf of the Promontory Crest Homeowners Association (HOA) at the May 20, 2014 City Council meeting. The HOA on Skyline Drive contains over 90-single-family dwellings, common area parkways and connections to public trails. The Sustainable City Committee selected this development to receive the award based on its sustainable mentality and recent improvements.

The HOA has worked with their landscape vendor, ValleyCrest, and the Metropolitan Water District to upgrade their landscape irrigation including changing regular sprinkler lines to drip irrigation, use of low flow precision heads and rotator sprinklers, adjusting flow lines, and trimming shrubs.

The HOA has modified the exterior perimeter lighting by changing to LED bulbs and eliminated redundant fixtures. Overall, the water and electric costs have decreased by approximately 40% and the equipment paid for itself over approximately seven months.

Previous award winners include ...
  • Office Depot for its recycling and energy practices, offering green products, use of reusable bags for online order deliveries
  • Costco for reducing waste to near zero levels, participating in cardboard, waste and food recycling programs
  • MBK Homes for construction of Aragon townhomes which were crafted using state-of-the-art construction methods and energy saving materials that meet or exceed all current building codes

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