About the City*
Richmond is a city with a population of one hundred and three thousand residents located within the San Francisco Bay Area. The City is actively addressing and working to improve community health and helping lead a transition to a more sustainable and equitable city.
The City is committed to implementing programs that achieve “triple bottom line” opportunities – solutions that create social, economic, and environmental returns. The City is currently undergoing a transition from an economy rooted in urban industrialism to an economy that is more diversified with green businesses, sustainable development and research and science firms. The City was recently selected as the preferred site of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Second Campus and is already home to many green energy businesses including SunPower, Sonnen Systems, and Heliodyne. Richmond was recognized by the Bay Area Solar Initiative as having the most watts of solar photovoltaics installed per capita in the large cities category. Richmond also holds the distinction of being the largest City in the country with a green party mayor – Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.
Richmond Best Practices
- Waste Reduction: Non Recyclable Food Ware Ban
Climate Action Plan
Last updated October 31, 2012
GCC policies have resulted in...
- Conversion of over 665 million sheets of paper to 100% recycled content each year, which saves:
- 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions
- Almost 80,000 trees
- More than 23 million gallons of water
- More than 6,600 barrels of oil
- 1,633,302 plastic water bottles from being landfilled, which saves:
- GCC member cities over
- California Bag Ban Infographic
- San Francisco Sets Example by Publishing Energy Consumption Data for Over 300 City Buildings
- Climate Action Plans
- GCC Welcomes New Members Chula Vista and Palo Alto
- GCC Member San Jose Ranks #1 on Clean Tech Index! SF & LA in top ten.
- Green Cities Congratulates San Diego for Electric Vehicle Project
- Green Cities Congratulates Santa Monica for Community Sustainability Goal
- Judge Upholds San Francisco's Bag Ordinance
- Mitigating Climate Change Through Food and Land Use
- The Carbon We Consume
- Single Use Bag Reduction Efforts
- GCC Policy Positions
- Mayoral Executive Orders and City Manager Directives
- Urban Environmental Accords
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