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A Citizens’ Sustainability Commission for Glendale PLUS Sustainability Officer Update

Establishing the Glendale Sustainability Commission City staff are looking at how to set up a new Sustainability Commission for Glendale, after Councilmember Dan Brotman made the proposal and it was seconded at City Council. The staff report will be presented at the August 25 Council meeting. GEC is concurrently doing its own research so it can make recommendations for robust…

Glendale City Council Approves Funding for Verdugo Wash Study

THE ARROYO VERDUGO is the region’s main tributary to the Los Angeles River. It carries water from portions of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Verdugo Mountains, and the San Rafael Hills to join the LA River at Griffith Park. It was channelized as the Verdugo Wash over 50 years ago to protect the area from historic flooding. THE VISION is…

GEC Supports California’s Participation in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

GEC is proud to sign on to a letter to California Secretary for Natural Resources, Wade Crowfoot, requesting that California participate in the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity as an official observer and member of the Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments. This letter, sent by over 30 local, regional, national, and international environmental organizations and leaders, supports a request…

GEC Panel Discussion: Reducing Plastic Use and Plastic Waste in Glendale

On April 19th, 2020 – the Glendale Environmental Coalition held an online PANEL DISCUSSION with focus on: Reducing Plastic Use and Plastic Waste in Glendale plus updates from state and local officials and employees on the current state of environmental legislation in Los Angeles County and CA. Below is the agenda, followed by a meeting summary and links to presentations offered…

Glendale Office of Sustainability

Now Hiring! Glendale’s first Sustainability Officer! GEC thanks the Glendale City Council and City Staff for supporting this new position. In order to be effective, it is our hope that all city contracts and agreements go through an environmental review before execution. It is our further hope that the office have the authority to set goals to which the individual city departments will…

Glendale enters into a 25-year contract with Open Mountain for Geothermal Energy

GEC congratulates Glendale Water & Power on taking another step forward to meet our city’s clean energy goals. Glendale entered into two new contracts for geothermal energy, Whitegrass (3 megawatts annually beginning April, 2020) and Star Peak (12.5 megawatts annually beginning April, 2021). Both projects are located in Nevada. The 25-year contract with Open Mountain Energy will eventually provide the city…

GEC Endorsed Candidates on Environmental Issues in Glendale

In order to select our endorsements, Glendale Environmental Coalition's endorsement committee requested each candidate complete a survey of questions focused on sustainability issues in Glendale. Here are the responses by the three candidates endorsed by GEC: Dan Brotman, Paula Devine and Ardy Kassakhian. 1. What is your position on whether Glendale should install new gas-generating capacity at the Grayson Power…

Verdugo Wash Project Update

PROJECT UPDATE: Committee and partners plan to meet with Glendale City staff shortly to set a timeline to go before City Council to request authorization of a feasibility study. We will be reaching out to GEC members to participate in encouraging Council to support this effort through a rally, speaking at city council, emails, etc. READY TO SUPPORT NOW? Sign…

“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

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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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In observance of Juneteenth, Glendale Environmental Coalition is sharing an event hosted by two other local groups, Black in Glendale & Glendale YWCA, happening tomorrow, Sat 6/20.
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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

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

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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