USGBC Orange County Announces Anaheim as Most Sustainable City

Thu Feb 2, 2012 4:45pm EST

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USGBC Orange County Announces Anaheim as Most Sustainable City 

Anaheim, Irvine and Huntington Beach Presented at October 26, 2012  Eco-City Ceremony

The Orange County Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has announced that Anaheim has won the award for the 2011-2012 top “Eco City” in Orange County. The Advocacy Committee’s inaugural Eco City Award, highlighting the most sustainable cities in Orange County, was presented at Hurley International Headquarters last Thursday evening in front of hundreds of sustainable/ green building professionals, agencies and organizations.

Anaheim was honored for the City’s Strategic/Long Term Plans, Alternative Transportation, Green Building Incentives, Green Space/Open Space, Schools, Landscape/Water Use, Internal Building and Public Facilities, Renewables, Recycling/Composting and Innovation. Knowledge of City staff and leaders on the sustainability within their regions was key in addition to the above-referenced topics which the three finalists presented on Thursday.

The program, initiated in 2011, has involved research and investigation into the practices and programs of Orange County Cities. After reviewing public information available in all Orange County cities, the top ten cities competing for the award included:

  • Aliso Viejo
  • Anaheim
  • Costa Mesa
  • Dana Point
  • Huntington Beach
  • Irvine
  • Newport Beach
  • Orange
  • San Clemente
  • Santa Ana

The three Grand City Finalists, Anaheim, Irvine and Huntington Beach, presented an overview of their sustainability and programs that have factored into their selection.

Evaluations for the award included: Website for Green Building/Sustainability, City incentives or assistance in green development, staff knowledge of LEED Building and planning or public works, LEED Certified buildings in the city, and City Council Sustainable goals, among other criteria. Initial research was done via online research and anonymous visits to the city. The top ten cities were narrowed down to the top three via a detailed questionnaire and interviews with a formal scoring system.

In addition, Hurley’s H2O program coordinator, Ben Edwards, presented a program detailing the history, purpose and philosophy of Hurley’s mission to provide clean water worldwide as a part of H2O initiative.

The future vision of the USGBC-OC Sustainable cities award program is to include a sustainable cities round table for Orange County, which each city within the county will be invited to attend to encourage and foster collaboration between the cities within the region and share information about programs and practices.

The USGBC’s OC Chapter is a non-profit organization made up of Building Industry Professionals, facility managers and property owners in Orange County and surrounding communities whose mission is to be advocates for a sustainable Orange County. The members of the organizing group work together to provide education and networking opportunities for individuals who are passionate about sustainable building. The chapter holds events throughout the month for both members and non-members.

USGBC Contact:
Vicki Phillipy, 714-832-3616
Press Contact:
Barbara Eljenholm, 949-855-3660