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Spread the Word! Electric Tool Demo & Discount Voucher Info Event

The City of Glendale’s Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with American Green Zone Alliance, will present a free event from 8 am to 12 pm on Thursday, February 23 behind Glendale City Hall, for independent gardeners and  landscape companies to learn about the new CORE voucher incentives to buy electric landscaping equipment and test out equipment!

Support the Plastic Waste Reduction Ordinance!

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 @ 6PM Glendale City Council will vote to adopt the Plastic Waste Reduction Ordinance, which we consider to be an excellent collection of the best practices from around the state that will help us to finally combat the scourge of plastic pollution in our city.

Point-of-sale vouchers now available to purchase discounted zero-emission landscaping equipment

Spread the word! Small businesses and sole proprietors can purchase discounted zero-emission lawn mowers, blowers and more through funding from the CARB’s Clean Off-Road Equipment (CORE). There are $27 million of voucher funds available, but funding will go fast.

GWP Launches Off-Peak EV Charging Rebate Program

If you own an EV (or EVs), consider signing up for GWP’s new Off-Peak EV Charging Rebate program! Help Glendale shave peak loads and avoid investments in gas. Charge from 9pm-12noon weekdays (all day on weekends) and receive $8/monthly as an incentive!

Glendale’s NEW Curbside Organics Recycling Program 101

The City of Glendale’s Organics Recycling Program has officially begun! Read our post to learn more, get some questions answered and consider the various other ways you can most sustainably manage your organic waste.

GEC Co-Sponsors SB 1255 (Portantino)

GEC is proud to have helped initiate and to co-sponsor Senator Portantino’s SB 1255: Grant Funding for Dishwashers for K-12 Schools and Community Colleges, to reduce single-use waste and related costs

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—Bill McKibben

City Council Watch – May 23, 2023

City Council, 6 PM: Lease Agreement between the City of Glendale and Southern California Edison Company for use of real properties for the purpose of constructing a passive park, City of Glendale Zero-Emission Bus Rollout Plan

City Council Watch – March 28, 2023

City Council, 6 PM: Update on the State of the Urban Forest & Greater Enforcement Mechanisms for Public and Indigenous Tree Protection

City Council Watch – March 7, 2023

City Council has TWO sessions this Tuesday. 2 PM: Dog Park at Parking Lot 11; 6 PM: Community Beautification Project, Fremont Park, Solar PV at 8 City-owned Sites

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Elise Kalfayan
Thank you to our District 25 State Senator Anthony Portantino for co-authoring CA SB252 to support divesting CA State Pensions from Fossil Fuels! The bill has passed through the CA Senate and goes to the Assembly for approval Divesting @CalPERS ~$9.4 billion @CalSTRS ~ $5.4 ! The bill will prohibit new investments in fossil fuel companies and provide they divest any current holdings in these companies by 2030, with an additional 5-year off-ramp should the funds encounter specified market conditions. ... See MoreSee Less
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Elise Kalfayan
Thank you to both of our Glendale State Assembly representatives, AD 52 Wendy Carrillo and AD 44 Laura Friedman, for supporting Assembly Bill 1423. This bill will prohibit the installation of any more artificial turf playing fields that have the toxic chemical PFAS in them starting on January 1, 2025. Let's continue to oppose artificial turf and advocate for natural, cooler, and environmentally sustainable surfaces for our schools, playgrounds, parks, and sports fields! ... See MoreSee Less
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In case you're interested in kicking May (bike month) into high gear but need some tips on how to bike safely, our friends at Go Glendale are hosting a workshop just for you on Thursday! ... See MoreSee Less
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Summer Educational Series
GEC Outreach invites you to 4 Unique Workshops this Summer

GEC Outreach Educational Series: Transform Your Yard to a Residential Green Zone

Learn about the health and environmental dangers of gas-powered maintenance equipment, how to find a list of green landscapers or transition your landscapers away from gas to electric maintenance equipment, how to find rebates for transitioning to electric powered equipment, and more from American Green Zone Alliance.

GEC Educational Series: 4 Approaches to Composting, Which Works Best for You?!

In this webinar, recorded June, 27, 2021, guest speakers from City of Glendale Integrated Waste, along with GEC Moderator and Vermicomposter Monica Campagna, talk about ways to manage organic waste, whether you live in an apartment, condo, or house.

GEC Educational Series: Landscaping for Wildfire Prevention & Home Hardening

In this webinar, recorded July 14, 2021, Guest Speaker Jeff Ragusa, Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal for the City of Glendale discusses vegetation management and how to better protect your home and property from wildfires.

GEC Educational Series: Go Green With Greywater

In this webinar, recorded August 1, 2021, Guest speaker Laura Allen of Greywater Action speaks about simple, affordable, and popular home greywater systems and how you can install one in your own yard.

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