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Public Transit’s Additional Benefits Besides providing more transportation options to residents and commuters, access to public transit helps seniors maintain their independence even after losing the ability to drive, thus decreasing the isolation that they may otherwise experience.

number of stops at signals. This reduces idling and makes the trips faster.

investment in the local economy and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with shipping or travel from outside the city. Several cities use recycled materials in community upgrades. La Mesa uses recycled tires or wood chips for playground upgrades and replacement. Chula Vista completed a pilot project that incorporated recycled asphalt roof shingles into roadway pavement projects.

Apple Valley adopted a multi-use trail plan and a bicycle system that include more than 31 miles of trails. New developments incorporate adjacent bike paths that pedestrians can also use.

Efficient Transportation

Pleasanton teamed up with the Livermore-Amador Valley Transportation Authority to launch a new electric-hybrid bus service that connects riders to busy employment and shopping centers and mass transit stations. The limited-stop service uses innovative technology, such as bus signal priority, that reduces the

Community Design

Simi Valley’s Affordable Housing Standards include incentives for projects that demonstrate strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Simi Valley also continued on page 26

Looking for Savings?

Sonoma County’s purchasing surplus program has reused 952 surplus office supplies and pieces of furniture since 2010, saving about $103,000. The county has also donated more than 1,200 surplus items to local nonprofit organizations.

1. Early Retirement Incentives - facilitate downsizing

Renewable Energy

2. 115 OPEB Trust - reduce liabilities by pre-funding for GASB 45

San Rafael and Chula Vista require new construction to be solar ready by being pre-plumbed for solar hot water or prewired for solar photovoltaic systems.

3. FICA Alternative - savings of 79% for part-time employee plan

Yolo County adopted an ordinance that sets criteria for siting and approving solar photovoltaic systems on agricultural and other open space lands in the county.

League of Cities Conference in San Diego!

PARS has 3 ways to help:

Visit with PARS in booth 606 at this year’s

800.540.6369 x 116 mbarker@pars.org

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Western City July 2012  

The Environment & Energy Issue

Western City July 2012  

The Environment & Energy Issue

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