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Registration Now Open for Earth Arbor Day’s ‘cArt aRt’ Competition

March 6, 2014

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Local artists are invited to transform an everyday curbside recycling cart into a work of art for the City’s cArt aRt Competition. Residents, families, school groups, clubs, teams, church groups and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the competition, which is open now through Monday, March 24.

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All cArt aRt submissions will be on display at Earth Arbor Day on Saturday, April 12.  Winners will receive cash prizes in the following categories:

  1. Grand Prize $200
  2. Most Creative $100
  3. Best Local Flair $100
  4. Best Green Theme $100
  5. Fan Favorite $50.

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Artists must provide everything used in the art project, with the exception of the recycling cart, which can be painted or left natural.

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Participants must complete an entry form before receiving a FREE container from Waste Management.   Containers that once held hazardous waste products cannot be used in the competition, including used containers of paint, oil pesticides, cleaning products and chemicals.

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All entries must be submitted between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Environmental Services booth at the City’s Earth Arbor Day event. The 2014 Earth Arbor Day celebration will be hosted at Central Park on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

EA Day 2014 Cart Art Entry Form

Click here for entry form.

For more information on the cArt aRt Competition or to obtain an entry form, please contact Laura Jardine in the City’s Environmental Services Division at (661) 255-4376.  

City Receives Top Honors on Bouquet Canyon Creek Restoration Project

December 27, 2013

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The City of Santa Clarita is committed to preserving its natural spaces and resources.  These efforts were recently recognized by the American Public Works Association (APWA), which named the Bouquet Canyon Creek Restoration Project the “best environmental project of the year.”

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Before

The Bouquet Canyon Creek Restoration Project was initiated in 2001 to preserve a portion of the Creek that runs along the outer perimeter of Central Park, and is the last natural stretch of the Creek in the City.  During storms, the Creek flow caused severe bank erosion, so the Restoration Project was designed to stabilize the bank, slow erosion, and preserve the Creek’s natural flow, in addition to adding native plants to the area.

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After

In 2010, the City purchased 3.6 acres of property surrounding the Creek and began the project, which was completed in June 2013 by City staff.  This included planting native Sycamore, Elderberry, and Toyon plants and installing a temporary, solar-powered irrigation system to help water the plants until they mature and can survive on rainfall alone.  Plaques were also installed along the trail lining the Creek to provide information about the project to the public.

For more information about the Bouquet Canyon Creek Restoration Project and its recognition as the APWA’s “best environmental project of the year,” contact the City of Santa Clarita’s Environmental Services Division at (661) 286-4098.

Green/Energy Efficient Businesses Encouraged to Sign Up for ‘Whac-a-Watt, Save-a-Lot’ Energy Challenge

November 12, 2013
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The City of Santa Clarita and the Community Energy Partnership invite local businesses with tracked energy savings to sign up for the Whac-A-Watt, Save-A-Lot Business Energy Challenge by November 30.  Eligible businesses must have tracked their energy use in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for one year before the energy improvement and one year after to demonstrate savings.

Click to visit Community Energy Partnership website.

The challenge will be broken down into two categories, including small to medium sized businesses with two to 100 employees, and large businesses with more than 100 employees.  One business from each category will be recognized for the largest percentage of energy savings and the most improved energy savings, and credit can be received for both electricity and natural gas saved.  The winning businesses will be recognized by the Santa Clarita City Council at one of the bi-monthly Council Meetings as well as on the City’s green website.

To sign up, complete the following steps by November 30:

  • Identify the month and year when your business completed the energy improvement measure(s) and confirm that your business has ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager data from the previous year.
  • Visit GreenSantaClarita.com for directions on how to generate two ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Statement of Energy Performance Reports, which will be used to evaluate energy savings.
  • Follow the directions and either save digital copies or print out hard copies of the report.
  • Complete the online entry form.
  • Email the reports to Environmental Services Program Coordinator Heather Merenda at HMerenda@santa-clarita.com with the subject line reading: “Submission-Energy Challenge” or mail the reports to:

City of Santa Clarita

Attn:  Heather Merenda

23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 225

Santa Clarita, CA 91355

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Gas Company and Southern California Edison supported by the California Public Utilities Commission.

For more information on the Whac-A-Watt, Save-A-Lot Business Energy Challenge or to sign up, visit GreenSantaClarita.com or contact the Environmental Services Division at (661) 286-4098. 

1,500 Residents Collect 10,400 Pounds of Trash at the 19th Annual Santa Clarita River Rally

September 25, 2013

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On Saturday, September 21, over 1,500 community members participated in the 19th Annual Santa Clarita River Rally held at the Newhall Community Center.

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There was also the Environmental Expo at the event, with over 20 vendors sharing environmental tips to residents.

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Participants went through a safety and training course before heading to the river.

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Roughly 10,400 pounds of trash and recyclable were collected by volunteers.

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Click to view the full gallery at the City’s Flickr page.

For more information about future green events, visit GreenSantaClarita.com.

Register Today for the 19th Annual Santa Clarita River Rally

September 13, 2013

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This year’s Annual River Rally event will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Newhall Community Center and the today is the last day to register for the event.

In addition to this year’s River Rally event, an Environmental Expo will be held the same day featuring different ways to preserve the environment. Attendees can gather information about recycling, air quality, pollution prevention, water quality, open space preservation, and wildlife conservation programs in Santa Clarita. Check out the Signal’s article on the event.

*Pre-registration is required to participate in this year’s River Rally event*

For more information about the 19th Annual River Rally, call the River Rally hotline at (661) 284-1415 or visit GreenSantaClarita.com.

19th Annual River Rally to be held Saturday, September 21: VIDEO

August 22, 2013

This Week in Santa Clarita previews the 19th Annual River Rally held on Saturday, September 21, from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Newhall Community Center.

*Pre-registration is required to participate in this year’s River Rally event*

For more information about the 19th Annual River Rally, call the River Rally hotline at (661) 284-1415 or visit GreenSantaClarita.com.

Donate Used Clothes to the Salvation Army at Waste Management Facility

June 7, 2013

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Waste Management (WM), the City of Santa Clarita, and the Salvation Army have partnered to offer a clothing recycling program to provide residents the opportunity to donate their gently used clothing & shoes where they can still be put to good use. This is an easy way to help those in need while diverting thousands of pounds of clothing from landfills.

To donate clothing, visit the Salvation Army Drop Box at the WM yard, located at 25772 Springbrook Road, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and Saturdays until noon.

For more recycling opportunities, visit GreenSantaClarita.com. Residents with WM trash service can also call customer service at (661) 259-2398 to schedule a free pick-up.

Around Town: 10th Annual Bike to Work Day Challenge

May 23, 2013

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On Thursday, May 16, the City of Santa Clarita held the 2013 Bike to Work Day Challenge in conjunction with LA Metro’s Bike to Work Week.

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Overall, 28 business teams, totaling 210 employees, participated in this year’s event.

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The winners for this year’s Bike to Work Day were:

  • Small Business – Bryson Martin Racing with 75% participation – prize of $75 gift certificate to restaurant of choice and Golden Spoon gift certificates.
  • Medium Business – Christ Lutheran Preschool – 25% participation- prize of $150 gift certificate to restaurant of choice and Golden Spoon gift certificates.
  • Large Business - City of Santa Clarita – 11% participation – prize of $250 gift certificate to restaurant of choice and Golden Spoon gift certificates.

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Chik-Fil-A helped out at the City Hall pit stop by providing water and healthy snacks to cyclists.

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For more information about future green events and fun activities in Santa Clarita, visit GreenSantaClarita.com.

 

Santa Clarita’s Annual Bike to Work Day Coming May 16: VIDEO

May 3, 2013

This Week in Santa Clarita previews the upcoming Bike to Work Day happening Thursday, May 16.

Residents and local businesses can pledge to ride their bikes on Bike to Work Day and register online to automatically be entered in drawings for some cool prizes. Click here.

For business looking to participate or help sponsor the event, call Environmental Services at (661) 286-4098 or visit GreenSantaClarita.com.

Around Town: 2013 Earth Arbor Day Festival cArt aRt Winners

April 26, 2013
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Grand Prize Winner “Recycle Robot”

On Saturday, April 13, several community members helped judge in the City’s cArt aRt contest at the annual Earth Arbor Day Festival. The contest involved transforming recycling carts into vibrant pieces of art using paint, art supplies, recycled items, and creativity to increase awareness of reusing and recycling household items.

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Most Creative and Best Green Theme Winner “My Home is Not a Recycling Bin”

All submissions were on display at the festival and received cash prizes, here are the winners in the following categories:

  1. Grand Prize – “Recycle Robot” by Green Convergence
  2. Most Creative – “My Home is Not a Recycling Bin” by Funakoshi Family
  3. Best Local Flare – “Honoring Creation’s Blessings” by Family Community Church
  4. Best Green Theme – “My Home is Not a Recycling Bin” by Funakoshi Family
  5. Fan Favorite – Beautiful Artwork Bin by Irina Previtire
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Best Local Flare Winner “Honoring Creation’s Blessing”

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Fan Favorite Winner “Beautiful Artwork Bin”

For more information about future green events happening in the City of Santa Clarita, visit GreenSantaClarita.com.


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