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Diverting Organic Waste from Landfilling—Reducing Food Waste—Composting—Supporting Public Transit—Banning Styrofoam—Reducing Plastic Generation & Use—Planting Native Trees & Plants—Building the Soil—Cleaning Up Our Parks & Rivers—Practicing the 5 R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, & Recycle Right—Building & Driving Electric—Going Solar

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GEC Updates & Glendale Environmental News

Sustainability Commission Seeking STUDENTS!

Glendale’s Sustainability Office is seeking students to serve on the Sustainability Commission. Application deadline is 5/14 at 5:00pm

GEC Statement on U.S. Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

We are thankful for President Joe Biden’s April 24 statement from the White House officially and properly recognizing the Armenian genocide.

GWP Launches New Peak Savings Program

The Peak Savings program is a demand response program for residential and commercial customers. By reducing electric demand, you reduce GWP’s need to potentially use additional non-renewable energy resources to provide power to its customers.

Going Electric at Eight Glendale Parks & Properties

Congratulations to Glendale’s Parks Department for the certification of eight of our parks to Certified Green Zones! Learn about programs that can help you make the switch from gas to electric landscape equipment too!

Take the Verdugo Wash Study SURVEY

The City of Glendale has launched a website to promote the Verdugo Wash study. We hope that GEC members will explore the website to learn a bit more about this exciting project and then TAKE THE SURVEY to offer your input!

Parks Commission Recommends Natural Grass Sports Fields

The Glendale Community Services & Parks Commission is recommending natural grass instead of artificial turf for five fields on Glendale’s near-term capital improvement list, the first two being Fremont Park and Pacific Park.

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“Climate change is the single biggest thing that humans have ever done on this planet. The one thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it.”

—Bill McKibben

City Council Watch – May 18, 2021

This week at City Council: SB 1383, Fireworks and Report on Glendale’s Urban Forest

City Council Recap – April 27, 2021

Sustainability Director David Jones offered a presentation on the “Race to Zero” campaign.

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Projects, Solutions, Participation

Be Part of the Solution!
Join the Virtual Power Plant

A VIRTUAL POWER PLANT is a network of residential solar panels + high-capacity batteries that generates and stores excess clean energy to be accessed by Glendale’s power grid during peak energy needs.

This is a Clean Energy Solution for Glendale that not only helps our community avoid a polluting gas plant—but may also save you money!

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Wildfire season is upon us and it is projected to be worse than last season due to the drought.-The city of Glendale has some good resources on their website where you can see which fire severity zone you are in, tips on vegetation management, and hardening your home.-ReadyforWildfire.gov also has an app with checklists for hardening your home and preparedness.-Even though we are in a drought, don't let your trees and shrubs dry out, as that is fuel for fires! ... See MoreSee Less
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GEC SPOTLIGHTSeveral Glendale Environmental Coalition members called in during the May 4, 2021 City Council Budget Study Session. The annual budget study sessions are held ahead of the city budget being adopted for the following year. The May 4 meeting was the second of seven meetings, and it focused specifically on Measure S funding proposals.The original proposed budget for Measure S offered just 1.5% of these funds for sustainability projects and programs, including a bike plan and amenities for city parks. GEC members asked that the city incorporate its previously drafted Pedestrian Plan into already budgeted repaving projects, consider fully funding electric landscaping equipment used to maintain city properties, and put money aside for increased recycling education and projects that address urban heat island effects. GEC advocated for setting aside $1M in this year’s Measure S funds to $1M already set aside from last year’s budget for acquisition of new park space in South Glendale. The city council agreed to all requests.The GEC Steering Committee followed up on May 6 with an email to Glendale City Council thanking them for the strong commitment to sustainability. The email suggested funding for a consultant to create a 10-year fleet electrification plan. The committee also advocated for the regular operating budget beginning July 1, 2021 to include additional city staff:- A full-time associate in the Sustainability Office- Added staff in Public Works to run the state-mandated recycling and organics programs, to promote the green business program, and manage new waste reduction initiatives- New staffing at GWP as needed to give the clean energy programs priority attention- Additional staff for the Community Services and Parks Department, to increase their ability to properly care for grass athletic fields and tend young tree plantings.The budget study sessions wrap up with a summary presentation on Thursday, May 20, and the next fiscal year’s budget adoption on June 8, 2021. As updates come to light we will post updates.To listen to the calls during the May 4th proposed Measure S funding meeting, go to 1:39 in the time count: www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3QlJQdDheY ... See MoreSee Less
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GLENDALE ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION
In The News

Glendale News Press Let's Go All In On Clean Energy

Letter to Editor: Let’s Go “All In” on Clean Economy – READ
Glendale News Press

Planetizen - Article - Grayson - Clean Energy

Repowered Southern California Natural Gas Power Plant Will Have Lots of Green – READ
Planetizen.com

Nearly 400 rally against burning fossil fuels in aging electricity plant in Glendale –  READ
Pasadena Star-News

Hundreds protest plan to continue burning fossil fuels at Glendale power plant – READ
Los Angeles Times

Commentary: The time has come to say ‘no’ to Grayson plan and ‘yes’ to renewable energy – READ
Los Angeles Times

State’s last gas-powered electric plant proposal pits Glendale utility against resident activists – READ
Los Angeles Daily News

Rally Precedes Council Meeting – READ
Crescenta Valley Weekly

Protests in Glendale Over the Grayson Power Plant Hold Lessons for NELA on Scholl Canyon – READ
Boulevard Sentinel

Concern Growing Over Glendale’s Air Quality – READ
Spectrum News1

Activists turn from protesting to collaborating, like Glendale Environmental Coalition and Grayson Power Plant plans – READ
Los Angeles Daily News

GEC in Action

Working for a Sustainable Glendale!
“Adults keep saying: ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.” —Greta Thunberg