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Title: Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan

Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan
  • Purpose
  • The Sustainable City Plan was created to enhance
    our resources, prevent harm to the natural
    environment and human health, and benefit the
    social and economic well-being of the community
    for the sake of current and future generations

Sustainable City Plan Overview
  • Proposed by City staff and the Task Force on the
    Environment in 1992
  • Municipal operations
  • Environmental sustainability
  • 20 indicators

Sustainable City Plan Overview
  • Comprehensive Update in 2001-2002
  • Municipal Community
  • Environmental, Economic Equity approach to
  • 80 indicators

Sustainable City Plan Details
  • ? Long-Term City Council Adopted Policy
  • ? Developed Separately From General Plan
  • Used to Inform Update of General Plan Elements
  • Housed in Public Works
  • Funded by Enterprise Funds

Sustainable City Plan Structure
  • ? Guiding Principles (10) Statement of
  • Goals Areas (8) Areas of focus for both
    municipal operations and the community as a whole
  • Goals Provide detailed vision for community
    sustainability in that area
  • Indicators Measure progress toward goals
  • Indicator Targets Help drive implementation

Examples Goal, Indicator and Target
  • Guiding Principle- Environmental quality,
    economic health and social equity are mutually
  • Goal Area Resource Conservation
  • Goals Decrease consumption of materials, water,
    energy and fuels. Encourage the use of local,
    renewable resources.
  • Indicators Total citywide water use percent
    local vs. imported.
  • Targets Reduce overall water use by 20 by 2010
    increase percentage of locally obtained water to
    70 of total by 2010.

Sustainable City Plan Goal Areas
  • Resource Conservation
  • Environmental and Public Health
  • Transportation
  • Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Open Space and Land Use
  • Community Education and Civic Participation
  • Human Dignity

SCP Oversight / Plan of Action
  • Sustainable City Task Force
  • 11 member community panel
  • Develop community implementation plan
  • Assist with outreach to various community
  • Promote community action

SCP Oversight / Plan of Action
  • Sustainability Advisory Team
  • Interdepartmental staff team
  • Develop municipal implementation plan
  • Promote internal consistency
  • Promote staff action, program and policy

Resource Conservation Goals Decrease
consumption of non-local, non-renewable,
non-recyclable energy, water, materials and fuels
/ Promote renewable resource use
  • 100 green power
  • 3 million pounds of restaurant food waste
  • 1 new LEED project/ year
  • Energy use remains stable, but higher than
    target levels
  • Leads to Community Energy Independence Initiative

Transportation Goals Maximize mobility and
access / Reduce traffic and pollution associated
with transportation
  • AVR for business exceeds regional levels and the
    sustainable city plan target!
  • Over 82 of fleet uses alternative fuels
  • Free bike valet program parked more than 16,000
  • Bus rider ship is stable, but not increasing
  • Leads to Mini Blue

Economic Development Goals Nurture a diverse,
stable local economy that supports the basic
needs of community members / Increase sustainable
business practices
  • Santa Monica has a strong and diverse economy
  • No single sector represent more than 25 of total
    economic activity
  • Attractive businesses environment, but, limited
    green business practices
  • BGP
  • SQA
  • GBC

Open Space and Land Use Goals Develop and
maintain a diverse open space system that
supports the community and the natural
  • Size and diversity of community forest has
    increased 17 since 1995
  • 90 of residents live within ½ mile of park/open
  • Target is 100 within ¼ miles
  • Leads to an additional 9.3 acres of new open
    space added this year

Why a Sustainable City Plan?
  • We ignore the things we dont track
  • Create a prioritized Plan for action
  • Educate and inform decision making

Sustainable City Progress Report
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Remember The Basics
  1. Start small
  2. Create boundaries
  3. Have a coordinated plan
  4. Measure and track progress
  5. Communicate your message
  6. Refine focus, measurement and message
  7. Repeat when necessary

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