Long Beach to Host Environmental Awareness Events in Celebration of First Anniversary for Office of Climate Action and Sustainability
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~ The City of Long Beach is celebrating the first anniversary of the establishment of the Office of Climate Action and Sustainability (Office) and adoption of the Long Beach Climate Action Plan (LB CAP) with two days of environmental awareness and unified action. To increase awareness of the actions Long Beach residents, businesses and industries can take to contribute to greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the City is inviting the community to participate in Zero Emissions Day on Thursday, Sept. 21, and California Clean Air Day on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Mayor Rex Richardson said "The City Council passed the Long Beach Climate Action Plan to create a roadmap to reduce our city's greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. A year after its adoption, the work is underway with the staff, resources, and momentum to take action. Led by the Office of Climate Action and Sustainability, the City is now organized to centrally coordinate interdepartmental efforts for LB CAP implementation and, in the coming year, this team will be calling on our residents, businesses, and industries to take steps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions."

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Zero Emissions Day is an international day of action that promotes sustainable sources of energy for everyday activities. On Sept. 21st residents are encouraged to use a zero-emission mode of transportation such as walking or biking for their day-to-day activities or trips to local libraries or parks. The Office is also hosting a pop-up event at Willow Springs Park (2745 Orange Ave.), on Sept. 21 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., where visitors can stop by for sustainable resources and giveaways.

California Clean Air Day is a state-wide day of action that educates people about air pollution and its direct impacts on health. To amplify this message, The City has highlighted their Tree Planting Program which provides free street trees throughout Long Beach in order to mitigate negative health impacts from air pollution. On Wednesday October 4th The City will be partnering with Conservation Corps Long Beach in order plant trees along Harbor Avenue in order improve air quality along I-710 corridor . Residents are encouraged apply for tree planting in their neighborhoods by visiting https://www.longbeach.gov/sustainability/progra....

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The LB CAP includes climate action goals aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as climate change adaptation goals that focus on infrastructure services and community wellbeing . Since LB CAP adoption much work has been conducted over last year including merging with existing Office Of Sustainability , adding four new climate action positions , developing interdepartmental governance structure across all city departments , creating efficiency , accountability , education & transparency .

Climate Manager Fern Nueno said "A key objective of LB CAP is for Long Beach achieve net zero emissions by 2045 . We hope better enable residents make changes their everyday routines help us reach goal & improve health & wellbeing communities"

Sustainability Manager Larry Rich added "Our Office's Tree Planting Program aims expand urban forest improve public health & beautify neighborhoods throughout city . We look forward residents joining us work Clean Air Day beyond strive increase team's capacity planting street trees mobilizing more community based methods support program"

Residents interested participating Zero Emissions Day or California Clean Air Day may visit longbeach .gov/sustainability/ contact Office Of Climate Action & Sustainability at Sustainability@longbeach .gov more information . People may also follow Office's Facebook & Instagram pages sign up newsletter receive updates

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