The mission of the Green Task Force is be to educate and inform the City of Downey in order to foster greater environmental awareness and to ensure the continued implementation of sustainable practices throughout the City.
The goals of the Green Task Force are to:
The Green Task Force meets every 4th Monday of the each month at 5pm - Downey City Hall, 2nd Floor Training Room. For more information, please call the City Manager's Office at 562-904-7284.
The Green Task Force agendas & minutes can be found in the City’s online document repository under “Committees, Commissions, Boards – Agendas & Minutes"
Primary sources of energy in the Downey community are electricity, provided chiefly by Southern California Edison, and natural gas, provided by Southern California Gas Company. As regulated utilities, both are mandated to provide services and information to the community. Therefore, many money and energy saving tips and services are available through both companies and can be found on their websites. Below are links to energy and money saving web pages:
California Energy Commission - Saving Energy
U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Saving Tips
Southern California Edison - Rebates and Savings
SoCal Gas Company - Energy Efficiency, Residential Rebates and Multifamily Rebates
The City of Downey, through CalMet Services, Inc., provides the community with one of the longest established curbside recycling services in the United States. In addition to weekly trash, recycling, and green waste pickup, CalMet offers numerous recycling services to the residential and business community. There are also many other online resources with money-saving tips designed to help residents and businesses REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE. Links to some of these sites are provided below.
U.S. EPA - Wastes
CalRecycle - Ways to Cut Your Trash in Half and Publications and Tips
Tree Hugger - Recycling Tips
Future Friendly - Waste Reduction Advice
The City relies on groundwater pupmed from groundwater wells owned and operated by the City of Downey to meet 100% of its potable water demands with the balance of its overall water demands met with eco-friendly recycled water. Consequently, Downey is able to provide low-cost water to its residents and businesses at better rates than many surrounding communities. Nevertheless, the multi-year drought conditions and diminishing water access, as well as the California Statewide 20x2020 Water Conservation Plan (with goals of 20% per capita decrease in water use by the year 2020), have made water conservation an ongoing priority for Southern California residents. Below are links designed to help customers conserve water:
City of Downey - Water Conservation Tips
Central Basin Municipal Water District - Shut Your Tap!
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - Water Saving Tips
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Are You Ready?
As sustainable building standards gain importance in the global and local community, the City of Downey looks to update its building codes in accordance with these evolving standards of sustainable practice. Here are links to sites that offer information regarding Green Building:
City of Downey - Green Building Code Requirements
Build It Green - Checklists, Guidelines and Manuals
Landscaping for public spaces, businesses, and residences is a vital part of the total panorama of sustainable living. Did you know that 60 to 70% of water use in Southern California is for landscaping irrigation?
One of the fastest developing and most desirable southern California trends is drought-resistant landscaping. Drought-resistant landscapign is desirable not only because the region is semi-arid to begin with, but because imported water supplies are always in jeopardy. Aesthetics is important when considering sustainable practices in both public and private green space. Finally, conserving the beauty and integrity of natural spaces, such as parks, forests, and, perhaps most importantly, bodies of water, is a high priority for all who want to live sustainably in Southern California. Here are links to green landscaping and conservation ideas for open spaces:
U.S. EPA - Greenacres: Landscaping with Native Plants
Los Angeles County Public Works - Smart Gardening
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - The Garden Spot
CalReycle - Landscaping Waste Prevention
The cost and environmental impact of fuels for transportation, both public and private, has gained perhaps the highest profile of all sustainability issues on the global stage. Public interest requires both fuel economy and decreasing emissions in transportation. Owners of older vehicles also seek to maximize fuel efficiency and minimize emissions. Links to sustainable transportation-related sites are provided below:
U.S. Department of Energy - Fuel Economy
City of Downey - Downey Transit Services
Metropolitan Transportation Authority - Getting Started on Metro, Bike Metro and Commute Services
Tree Hugger - Top Green Car Tips
Environmental Transportation Options - Tips
A clean environment is critical to the health and well-being of a community's citizens. Of interest are air and water quality, pollution control, toxic cleanup, and containment of communicable diseases. Following are links that relate to environmental health:
U.S. EPA - Air and Radiation
U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Public Health Focus
South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) - Smog and Climate Change
Los Angeles County Public Health - Environmental Health
Please view the 2010 Green Task Force Report below or click on the arrow box to the right to see it full screen.
The Green Task Force recommends the following websites in an effort to promote environmental awareness and resources for the community.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Recycle City (U.S. EPA)
California Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Toxic Substance Control
California Recycling Market Development Zone
Solid Waste Information Management System
L.A. County Ocean Water Monitoring Program
California Resource Recovery Association
The Environment Directory
Environment News Service
Natural Resources Defense Council
U.S. Department of Energy
California Energy Commission
E-waste Recycling Locator
List of Recycling Coordinators in Los Angeles County
Earth's 911 Recycling Center Locator
The Internet Consumer Recycling Guide
County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
California Air Resources Board
Keep Downey Beautiful
Downey Thinks Green
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California