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.