Long Beach Green Travel

Learn how Long Beach strives to preserve its natural resources through its green practices.

Long Beach’s urban sophistication, with the atmosphere of a beach resort, offers big city amenities alongside the visitor friendly charm of a small town.  Visitors will find first-class accommodations, shopping, dining, attractions, seaside sightseeing along picturesque bays and 5 ½ miles of sandy beachfront.

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Accommodations and Convention Center

Long Beach hotels are working toward green certification using water conservation and sustainable practices.

Hotels are embracing changes in their day-to-day operations to meet green certification standards and offer their eco-minded guests an enjoyable and environmentally responsible stay.

Green initiatives at airport

The latest in solar technology shines at the Long Beach Airport with solar trees. The transition to electricity will replace less efficient energy systems for other airport services.

The Long Beach Airport is making use of solar technology with six new solar trees that track the movement of the sun to produce electricity. Considered to be one of the most advanced solar systems in the region, the light-collecting system is expected to create 15,000 kilowatt hours annually, save at least $5,000 a year and offset nearly a half-million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the system's 25-year lifespan - which is equal to planting three acres of trees!

Attractions

Long Beach attractions are leading the way in conservation with energy saving systems and business practices.

Bike Friendly

Spin your wheels in bike-friendly Long Beach.

The practice of ‘pedal power’ improves the health of both residents and their surroundings in this seaside community.

  • Wondering about those green lanes on the street? They’re dedicated to cyclists, of course! The green “sharrow” lanes and "bicycle boxes" give cyclists a designated place to ride and stop in front of cars to safely wait for the signal to change. The city has installed 750 new bike signs and resurfaced 20 miles of streets to include new bike lanes, painting and paving more than 100 miles of bike infrastructure.
  • Be sure to keep an eye out for our 200 new creative and artful bike racks spread throughout the city.
  • Ride over to the innovative Bikestation, the first of its kind in the U.S., located in the First Street Transit Mall. The facility provides attended indoor bicycle parking (free during regular business hours) as well as professional repair services.
  • Take advantage of Car-Free Fridays, a promotion offered to encourage visitors and residents to use alternative modes of transportation. The first Friday of every month enjoy “lunch break” discounts for cyclists offered at more than 20 eateries in Long Beach between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cyclists need only mention the promotion and show proof of ridership in the form of their helmet or bicycle lock key to take advantage of the discounts.
  • Get ‘spoked’ to have a  ‘wheely’ good time and rent bicycles to see the city.  Bike Rentals are available at the Bikestation in the Promenade or at Wheel Fun Rentals in Shoreline Village.
  • Join the fun for Long Beach Bicycle Grand Prix Festival! Recreational and competitive cycling takes over the streets of Downtown Long Beach for a three days every spring. The annual Long Beach Bicycle Grand Prix festival and race consists of anything and everything bicycle-related: from vendors to fashion shows, from fixed gear contests to bicycle polo, BMX competitions to criterium road races. The event represents the launch of Bike Long Beach, an innovative plan to make Long Beach "the most cycling friendly urban city in the United States."
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Restaurants

Eat well and enjoy local eateries that cook smart and sustainable.

Our eateries feed the masses while replenishing and preserving community resources.

  • Fresh Foods Café uses recyclable to-go containers, in addition to recycling all oils, boxes and glass waste. Fresh Foods makes all of its own stocks and all coffee offered is organic, fair trade rain forest alliance in support of goods grown and harvested with respect for people, wildlife and the environment. Additionally, all of the café’s lights and air conditionings are on timers and optional afterburners were installed to help clean the air.
  • Instead of using glass bottles or aluminum cans, Yard House opted to create one of the world’s largest draft beer systems utilizing reusable kegs that, once emptied, can be returned to the distributor where they are sanitized, refilled and redistributed eliminating the need for disposable containers..
  • The Aquarium of the Pacific created a ‘Seafood for the Future’ program for restaurants dedicated to offering healthy seafood choices that have originated from both sustainable wild stocks and sustainable aquaculture operations. These menu items have been selected based on a variety of environmental factors that include sustainable fishing practices, which help protect our ocean’s habitat. Long Beach Restaurant Partners include:

• Renaissance Long Beach

• Nino’s Restaurant

• Parker’s Lighthouse

• Gladstone’s Long Beach

• McKenna’s on the Bay

• Chelsea Chowder House

• Sir Winston’s On the Queen Mary

• SAVOR… At the Aquarium of the Pacific

• AVIA Hotel Long Beach

• The Reef Restaurant

• Fuego at the Maya

• The Sky Room

• Kavikas

  • Several downtown Long Beach-based restaurants, including George’s Greek Café and Jersey Mike's Subs, use bicycles instead of cars to deliver food to businesses and residences with a 1-2 mile radius.
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Transportation

Get green on the go with low to zero emission hybrid or alternative transportation.

From taxis to bikes to busses, Long Beach has reinvented the wheel.  Advancements in transportation help everyone breathe a little easier.

  • Long Beach Yellow Cab has a fleet of 31 taxis equipped with hybrid technology or operating on clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG).  The models consist of hybrid Toyota Prius, the standard-bearer of all “green” vehicles, the hybrid Ford Escape and the CNG-powered Ford Crown Victoria.
  • Long Beach Transit super-sized the hybrid revolution with its brightly decaled
  • “E-Power” Hybrid Busses. The 40-foot vehicles are the first production hybrid gasoline-electric buses to be introduced into regular transit service in the world.
  • Now there’s no chance of missing the bus with Long Beach Transit’s TranSmart, a satellite controlled computerized tracking system used to alert passengers of exact arrival of the next bus; it almost anticipates your next move.
  • Long Beach Transit has installed high-quality bike racks on all of its standard buses. Now riders can help reduce air pollution by biking to the nearest bus stop and bring their bikes at no additional cost.
  • Ditch the car and hop aboard a Metro train to travel to/from the greater LA area, including: downtown Los Angeles, Union Station, Pasadena, Hollywood and Universal Studios. There are several Metro stops throughout the city.
  • And don’t forget to Bike Metro! Increase your mobility by riding your bike to and from Metro Rail and Bus stations. Whether you decide to take your bike on board or park it at the station, Metro has many solutions to assist cyclists to where they need to go.

Walkability

Walk your way around one of the top ten “Most Walkable” cities in America.

The local waterfront is more than sand and sun.  Walk along the beach or through parks and neighborhoods to local attractions and other points of interest.

With its seaside walkways and waterfront marinas, Long Beach was recently rated one of the top “Most Walkable” cities in America by Walkscore.com. Enjoy our colorful landscape while indulging in world-class accommodations, shopping, numerous entertainment options and more than 100 restaurants within an eight-block area.
Along the waterfront, visitors and locals alike can enjoy the 5.5 mile beach path while walking, jogging, biking or rollerblading.

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Other Long Beach Green Efforts

The City of Long Beach and the Port of Long Beach move forward to become a green gateway.

City of Long Beach

The City of Long Beach makes great use of its many assets.  Emission control, restoration and desalination projects are taking place all over the city.

  • Long Beach has invented its own, patented seawater desalination process, known as the Long Beach Method. This process is 20 percent to 30 percent more energy efficient than traditional desalination processes, making the process less expensive and more environmentally friendly. Although seawater desalination will not immediately alleviate our water shortage, the Long Beach Water Department is continuing to research and improve the technology as part of the long-term water supply.
  • Encouraging green buildings and construction/demolition recycling is an opportunity to better use our resources while creating buildings that improve human health, build a better environment and provide cost savings. Long Beach has adopted a Green Building Policy for city buildings and is working to create a Green Building Policy for private development in the City. The City of Long Beach also has implemented a Construction and Demolition Recycling program that requires certain demolition and/or construction projects to divert at least 60 percent of waste from landfills through recycling, salvage or deconstruction.
  • Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project-- The ecosystem around East Long Beach’s Colorado Lagoon 36-acre site soon could return to its once thriving habitat.  $5.6 million of the $15 million needed for the complete project has been secured by the City of Long Beach.  The Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project would restore the estuarine habitat by cleaning underground water courses that connect the lagoon to Alamitos Bay and the Pacific Ocean by way of Marine Stadium.  The project would repair and upgrade the tidal drainage system and reinstate native vegetation to nourish and shelter wildlife.
  • In its ongoing efforts to reduce harmful emissions, the City of Long Beach has joined The Climate Registry (TCR) and the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR), the first city to be a member of both organizations.  Participation in the two registries will help the city move toward sustainability by quantifying greenhouse gas emissions in Long Beach and by using that data to reduce future emissions.
  • Several colorful fixtures were added throughout downtown Long Beach using cutting-edge LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, aiming to reduce energy costs while bringing buildings to life and encouraging pedestrian traffic to notable downtown locations. Each light fixture is navigated by a light control system that produces a colorful spectrum of more than 16 million different colors.
  • Lustrous additions in downtown include:

•A striking water feature at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre Fountain
• Multi-colored lighting to illuminate the Long Beach Convention Center lobby’s glass atrium and glass palm trees at the steps of the Pine Avenue entrance
• Rich hues to enlighten the palm trees at the Pine Avenue Circle
• Waterfront ‘bird cage’ near Shoreline Village to glow up Promenade walkway with vivid rays
•Lively lighting displays added to several buildings on Pine Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and Third Street

  • The City has committed to the use of alternative fuels by increasing the use of LNG, CNG, propane, electrical and hybrid vehicles in its fleet, maintaining a LNG fleet of approximately 70 vehicles ranging from sweepers, dump trucks to asphalt patch trucks and by launching a new biodiesel program with ten vehicles, including skip loaders, tractors and dump trucks for daily beach maintenance.

Port of Long Beach

With trade valued annually at more than $100 billion, The Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest seaport in the United States. The Port of Long Beach also has a strong interest in the fitness of the community. Special ecological programs have been implemented to demonstrate their commitment to the area.

The Port of Long Beach has committed to improving the environment by creating a Green Port Policy which serves as a guide for decision making and established a framework for environmentally friendly Port operations.

The Green Port Policy includes six basic program elements, each with an overall goal:

  • Wildlife – Protect, maintain or restore aquatic ecosystems and marine habitats.
  • Air – Reduce harmful air emissions from Port activities.
  • Water – Improve the quality of Long Beach Harbor waters.
  • Soils/Sediments – Remove, treat, or render suitable for beneficial reuse contaminated soils and sediments in the Harbor District.
  • Community Engagement – Interact with and educate the community regarding Port operations and environmental programs.
  • Sustainability – Implement sustainable practices in design and construction, operations, and administrative practices throughout the Port.
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