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City Honored for Green Transportation Initiatives

Southern California Edison and the Southern California Association of Governments recognizes Beverly Hills for being eco-conscious.

Beverly Hills is the first city in Los Angeles County to be recognized by Southern California Edison and the Southern California Association of Governments [SCAG] for being a regional leader in the use of . 

"The city of Beverly Hills worked to streamline permitting, to do public outreach, work with regional planning, work on public charging...as well as having building codes that are friendly to electric vehicles," Mark Olson, of Southern California Edison, said on behalf of the electric company and SCAG at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Olsen specifically praised the installation of public electric vehicle charging stations in . Other transportation-related green city initiatives include the use of a for Beverly Hills' maintenance vehicles and the installation of credit card parking meters that are powered by individual solar panels.

"On behalf of the city we appreciate this award and strive to continue that commitment towards being a green and sustainable city," Mayor Barry Brucker told Olson. "We also want to acknowledge Southern California Edison for helping us chart that path and being able to partner with us."

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Tom Pease March 07, 2012 at 10:17 PM
It was so great to leave that meeting and see a Chevy Volt using one of the new charging stations in the library parking lot!
Marie Cunningham (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 10:20 PM
@Tom Happy to hear they are being used!
Marie Cunningham (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 10:20 PM
What green initiatives have you noticed in Beverly Hills?
Barry Brucker March 12, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Beverly Hills has been quite proactive with respect to eco-friendly green initiatives. Here are just a few of the "green" sustainable installations in BH. 1. Solar Panels on the roof of our City owned 331 Foothill, 9400 Santa Monica and City Hall buildings. 2. Natural Gas Stations at the City Maintenance facility. 3. Electric Charging Stations at City Hall and our new public garage. 4. Use of sustainable and eco friendly & energy efficient building materials in our new construction. 5. Retrofitting our lighting systems and A/C to activate only when movement is around. Congratulations BH for "GOING GREEN!" Barry Brucker, Mayor
Beth Neaman March 13, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Beverly Hills has also blazed the trail by adopting the voluntary PEV-friendly building codes (in the 2010 CALGreen Codes) which are applicable only to residential construction. But the city has gone over and beyond the CALGreen voluntary measures and has mandated the codes to commercial application as well. Shine on, Beverly Hills!!!
Mark Elliot March 13, 2012 at 01:27 AM
The city should be congratulated for adopting a Sustainable City Plan under this Mayor’s last term, but we haven’t embraced the spirit of its recommendations. We’ve yet to translate Plan goals and policies into programs and actions (as suggested). For example, we could appoint an environmental expert and urge people to walk and ride a bicycle whenever possible (both suggested in the Plan) but we’ve not even posted the adopted plan to the city’s website. The challenge is nowhere more clear than with regard to transportation. As a cyclist-advocate with Better Bike, I know that cyclists are an answer. We produce zero emissions and for every rider we take a car off the street. Yet there are no policies in place in Beverly Hills to encourage cycling - or to provide for our safety on chaotic roads. Instead, the city has avoided making a commitment to facilities that would make cycling safer: bike lanes, signage, and ample bike parking at popular destinations. And it’s not only about ecology and safety, it makes economic sense too: we want to shop locally but we don’t feel the welcome. If we drive, though, we have the run of the roads and public parking garages too.
James Walker March 13, 2012 at 05:20 PM
In the past 4 years the use of rubberized asphalt and cold in place reclining of the street pavement was implemented and in 2011 the city received the “2010 Road and Bridges/ARRA award“ for his contribution to the environment and use of recycled materials.

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