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These innovative projects convinced city leaders and residents that more could be done to make Riverside a greener place, and as word of our success spread, local support poured in.
A few years - and a few major green achievements - later, Mayor Ron Loveridge asked community members Bill Warkentin and Jane Block to head the city’s new Clean & Green Taskforce and develop a policy statement that would highlight Riverside’s need for sustainable practices. The task force responded with the 2007 Sustainability Policy Statement (SPS), a seminal document with eight categories: Save Water, Keep it Clean, Make it Solar, Make it Shady, Clean the Air, Save Fuel, Make it Smart and Build Green. Later that year, the SPS was officially adopted by Riverside’s city council.
The SPS gave way to the task force’s Green Action Plan, a robust strategy designed to show city officials and residents how go green in the areas of: Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Waste, Urban Design, Urban Nature, Transportation and Water.
This impressive work led to the formation of the Green Accountability Performance (GAP) Committee, a group of dedicated volunteers that together ensure the successful implementation of the Green Action Plan.