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maintains a citywide database of vacant and underutilized infill sites to monitor the city’s growth and change, including annual reporting on the number of infill sites that were developed during the previous year. J
Palo Alto allows mixed use on commercially zoned parcels and small retail services in residential projects, thus making walking and biking to and from retail services more feasible for residents.
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.
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Conserving and maintaining open space provides multiple community benefits. Parks and open spaces offer community members places to walk, sit or play, as well as aesthetic beauty. Over the past decade, Riverside planted more than 110,000 trees through its Tree Power Program, increasing its urban forest and community shade cover. These additional trees resulted in saving more than 16.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 24.6 million pounds, or 12.3 tons, and directing $500,000 in economic investment to local nurseries. Using community open space for gardens can provide additional health benefits. Palm Springs and Palo Alto promote healthy eating by allowing residents to grow and harvest their own vegetables and herbs in city-provided community gardens. Glendale offers its residents four community gardens and three farmers markets, which help provide locally grown food. Conclusion
The achievements highlighted here reflect the diversity of California communities, as well as local officials’ leadership in creating policies and programs tailored to local needs. Their creativity serves as an inspiration. To learn more about these and other accomplishments of Beacon Award program participants, visit www.ca-ilg.org/BeaconAward/ParticipantAccomplishments.
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