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Green Action

Find out about our Green Action Plan.

Green House Gas Emissions

Riverside is situated in a semi-arid region of Southern California where water resources are dependent on local snow pack and rainfall. As regional temperatures rise and the threat of reduced local precipitation exists, Riversiders are reminded that doing their part to reduce global warming is a local issue.


Riverside experiences an above-average level of air pollution given its proximity east of Los Angeles and west of the San Bernardino Mountains that essentially “locks in” smog in the region’s basin. While the City continues to make efforts to reduce pollution through emission reduction measures, additional steps must be created and implemented to improve air quality. Electric Utility greenhouse gas emission targets will meet those jointly developed at state and federal levels as resources cover much of the Western United States.

Goal 4

Establish the GHG emissions baseline for the City of Riverside.

  1. Establish the 1990 GHG emission baseline on a per capita basis, utilizing the City of Riverside, as a geographical locale, by the end of 2010 and every 5 years after.
  2. Develop and incorporate mitigation measures in the Green Action Plan that provide verifiable GHG savings by 2010.
  3. Begin an audit of the existing inventories to determine their adequacy for implementing a Climate Action Plan.
  4. Work with Western Riverside Council of Government’s (WRCOG) Climate Action Plan (CAP) Team to begin updating the inventories in compliance with the audit leveraging off the WRCOG Regional CAP Grant.

Goal 5

Create a climate action plan to reduce GHG emissions to 7% below the 1990 City baseline utilizing the City boundaries as defined in 2008.

  1. Establish programs that comply with South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and the City’s General Plan 2025 to improve the quality of air in Riverside.
  2. Aggressively support programs at the AQMD that reduce GHG and particulate matter generation in the Los Angeles and Orange County regions to improve air quality and reduce pollution in Riverside.
  3. Monitor relevant organizations and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research as they begin to explore setting thresholds for GHG reduction over the next six months.
  4. Identify mitigation measures completed in GAP and GAP2.
  5. Assess mitigation impacts of completed GAP goals.
  6. Create a list of CAP mitigation to meet GHG reduction goal.
  7. Integrate CAP mitigation measures with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for compliance with SB-375.
  8. Create a tier structure of most cost effective mitigation measures and implementation timeline.
  9. Identify staff committee dedicated to CAP implementation from Planning, Public Utilities, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works.