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The Long Beach Sustainable City Commission and the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability are seeking public input on the prioritization of sustainability action items for the coming year (2016-2017). We invite you to engage with us in this ongoing discussion of sustainability priorities for the coming year.

We encourage you to take a look at the action items proposed in the Long Beach Sustainable City Action Plan (SCAP). Adopted by City Council in 2010, the SCAP is intended to guide operational policy and financial decisions to create a more sustainable Long Beach. The SCAP is organized by seven key focus areas with each focus area containing a list of sustainability action items. If there are specific actions you feel should be prioritized for this year, please address them in the Focus Area Topics listed below. We also welcome you to review the action items we prioritized this past year in our 2015-2016 Work Plan

In addition to your online feedback, we encourage you to attend a special public comment component of the Sustainable City Commission meeting on Thursday, August 25th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the City Council Chamber of City Hall at 333 W. Ocean Blvd. Members of the community will be able to address the Sustainable City Commission on the prioritization of sustainability action items. 

For more information about the Sustainable City Commission and the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability, please visit:

Topic: Energy

Energy use is a vital component of sustainability because the greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel use is the primary contributor to climate change. This section will focus primarily on initiatives and actions to reduce our carbon footprint and become more sustainable energy users with regard to stationary energy use, such as electricity and natural gas.

3 Responses

Jae Maior almost 8 years ago

The city needs to take the lead in the state & stop the fracking activities happening along the shore. Fracking involves undislosed chemicals, releases methane into the air which exaserbates climate change impacts, it provides a short term gain for mostly the oil companies but Degrades the ecosystem, residents within miles of the area impacted, & puts our precious potable water supply in harms way. Natural gas extraction is not sustainable. We should be promoting solar energy in the city, applying for grants, & training/employing our underemployed residents to install rooftop systems on govt, business, & residential buildings. That would be more sustainable.

Caitlin K almost 8 years ago

Many people are willing to make changes to their energy usage but think of it as inconvenient or are unsure as to how to best approach the issue. Educating and providing incentives/rebates to residents and businesses to increase their energy efficiency could be very effective. Additionally, increasing the energy efficiency of City facilities through most of the actions listed under Energy Initiative 2 (with a particular emphasis on energy accountability, interdepartmental partnerships, and aggressive application for energy grants) would serve as an example.

Scott MC almost 8 years ago

The city needs to pass an ordinance requiring any new building/construction to implement renewable energy sources. Like everywhere else in So. Cal we have a strained energy infrastructure that will only be further exhausted by new building. LB can lead the way in requiring solar for a percentage of all energy use. Additionally, I believe the city should begin to incorporate renewable energy infrastructure in city owned structures. The pay off in a house is now at around 8 years, the city could probably find a similar return even if they don't cover 100% of energy needs. LB is a popular site for new buisness and should set an example.