Green Task Force

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Mission & Goals

The mission of the Green Task Force is to educate and inform the City of Downey 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:

  • Improve public and business community knowledge of environmental issues and priorities
  • Encourage more sustainable practices to protect the environment and public health
  • Address community environmental concerns and advise City Council on potential courses of action
  • Focus on both short-term and long-term approaches to greater sustainability in the Downey community


The Green Task Force meets every fourth Monday of each month at 5 pm at Downey City Hall, 2nd Floor Training Room. For more information, please call the City Manager's office at 562-904-7284.

View the Green Task Force Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Energy Conservation & Production

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, 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:

Recycling & Waste Reduction

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.

Water Conservation

The City relies on groundwater pumped 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 can 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:

Green Building

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:

Green Space: Landscaping & Nature

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-tolerant landscaping.  Drought-tolerant landscaping is desirable not only because the region is semi-arid to begin with, but because imported water supplies are always in jeopardy. Aesthetics are important when considering sustainable practices in both public and private green spaces.  Finally, conserving the beauty and integrity of natural spaces, such as parks, forests, and perhaps most important 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:


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:

Environmental Health

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:

Environmental Links

Green Task Force Report over City of Downy logoThe Green Task Force recommends the following websites in an effort to promote environmental awareness and resources for the community.

Task Force Report

2010 Green Task Force Report (PDF)

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