Santa Clarita is Blooming with Opportunities to Go Green!
By Councilmember Bill Miranda
There has never been a better time to think green in Santa Clarita! With the most recent bout of rainfall, gallons upon gallons of rainwater will be running through the Santa Clara River, and our open space will be blooming with lush green hillsides and wildflowers.
While we reflect on our City’s natural beauty, it’s important to consider what we can do as a community to preserve it. First, let’s take a look at what we have done. Since the City’s formation, we were able to replace 846 high vapor sodium street lights resulting in an annual savings of more than $49,000. Over 91% of construction and demolition debris in Santa Clarita has been recycled, totaling over 106,000 tons of reusable materials. As a result of our efforts, the National Arbor Day Foundation has named the City “Tree City USA” 28 years in a row. The abundance of trees in our community improves air quality, reduces greenhouse gases and provides shade and habitat.
This will be another year blooming with opportunities for residents to come together and help protect the environment. Let’s take a look at all you can do!
Is your collection of old computer equipment, TV’s and other E-Waste piling up? Residents can take part in a one-day, drive-through Household Hazardous Waste (HWW) and E-Waste Round Up on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at College of the Canyons. In addition, there’s also year round access to drop off bulky items like mattresses and furniture at local drop off locations up to four times per year.
The upcoming Earth Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 27 at Central Park, is a great way for you and your family to take part in the City’s effort to go green! This fair-like atmosphere is filled with a Home and Garden Show and an Arts and Crafts fair presented by KHTS, volunteer opportunities, and of course, Arbor Day activities. One of the highlights of the event is the popular cArt aRt Contest where entrants transform a trash cart into a work of art using paint, craft supplies and recycled items. Residents can register to pick up a free trash cart, decorate it and enter to win prizes.
Another way for residents to get involved in the City’s efforts to go green is our annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 16. This friendly competition among businesses, rewards the employer with the most participants who ride their bike to their workplace. Several pit stops will be located throughout the valley ranging from City Hall all the way to Camp Plenty. Don’t have a bike? The City has you covered with the new Pace Bike share program. With 12 outdoor stations and 50 bikes throughout Santa Clarita, it is now easier than ever to take advantage of the City’s green transportation alternatives that benefit the environment.
The final stop on our Green Calendar is the highly anticipated River Rally: a large-scale effort for residents to help preserve the Santa Clara River’s natural beauty and wildlife. Thanks to your efforts over the last 24 years, we have removed more than 445,000 pounds of trash and debris from the Santa Clara River. Registration opens in July, so be sure to keep an eye out as this is an excellent volunteer opportunity for scout troops, youth groups and the entire family.
Aside from events, the City also offers additional green programs. Residents can electrify their commute by taking advantage of the Electric Vehicle Charging stations at various City locations including City Hall and the recently opened Santa Clarita Metrolink Charging Station.
As you can see, Santa Clarita is truly blooming with opportunities for residents to take part in preserving our valley’s natural beauty. From EV Charging Stations, battery recycling and our annual roster of events, Santa Clarita is the place to be part of the solution and have a positive impact on the environment. Protecting the environment is a high priority for our City, and though we have made a lot of progress since our City first formed, there is still work to be done.
You can get involved by visiting GreenSantaClarita.com for a complete list of green events and programs in Santa Clarita. Residents can also sign up for eNotify, a monthly newsletter sent right to your email!
Councilmember Bill Miranda is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org