Environment and Sustainability

How can the City shape policies and develop programs to be a leader in sustainability and environmental innovations?

THE FOLLOWING INITIATIVES ARE MOVING THE CITY TOWARDS IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

  • Full time staff position in the Community Development Department

    The City’s first sustainability planner is preparing the City for the climate of the future.

  • Introduce Solar Technical Assistance Program

    Working with EnergySage, the City will establish an online service for interested property owners to receive technical assistance on the selection of solar installers for their projects. The City will also pair an on-call Solar Advisor with this service to help facilitate question and provide solar education for properties with unique conditions.

  • Join Clean Energy Funding Program

    The City will opt-in to the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, thereby allowing multiple vetted, PACE providers to service the community by funding energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy, and seismic retrofit projects with little or no upfront costs.

  • Receive SolSmart Designation

    The Sunshot Initiative’s SolSmart designation measures the solar friendliness of a city and receiving the designation will allow the City to apply for grant funds not available without the designation.

  • Model Water-Efficient Landscaping Ordinance

    The City will update landscaping ordinances after California’s ordinance, creating language more appropriate for West Hollywood built environment and preferred water efficiency goals.

  • Prepare Comprehensive Water Updates

    A comprehensive water program update will go to City Council in Fall 2016.

  • Update the Green Building Program

    The City will release a Request for Proposals for a consultant team to assess and establish a comprehensive sustainable building and infrastructure design program that maintains West Hollywood as a leader in green best practices of the built environment.

  • Form a Sustainability Inside City Hall Working Group

    Staff inside City Hall have formed a working group to research and develop programs to reduce waste, water and electricity usage in City Hall through signage, new technology, and purchasing ordinances.

PHOTO: JON VISCOTT

While the inaugural Innovations Annual Report included a number of recommendations in five focus areas, this year’s report includes a new category dedicated entirely to the City’s Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives.