The City of Culver City recognizes the impact of greenhouse gases on our environment and has adopted many green initiatives over the years to ensure sustainability within our City. In a commitment to sustainability, the City aims to achieve a solid waste diversion goal of 75% by 2020.
This feat can't be met without the support of our community, which is why we've compiled a list of official City green initiatives that all are welcome to participate in or learn more about. In addition to the listed programs, the City hosts compost giveaway events, community clean-ups and similar events. Keep an eye on the Culver City Community Calendar or subscribe for email updates to learn about upcoming events.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Electric vehicles produce fewer emissions and less smog. In 2016, the City of Culver City partnered with the NRG’s EVGO program to add three electric vehicle charging stations to the public parking structure downtown and 15 charging stations at City Hall for public and employee use.
Energy Upgrade California
Energy Upgrade California is a statewide initiative that is committed to encouraging and helping Californians be more energy efficient and use more sustainable natural resources. As a part of this initiative, the City of Culver City encourages residents and businesses help California "Keep it Golden" by taking on at least one energy-saving action everyday (i.e. lowering the thermostat or washing clothes on the cold cycle).
The Sustainability Committee was established in 2006 and addresses matters related to environmental sustainability, resource conservation along with economic viability, public health, and educational engagement needs of the community.
Sustainable Business Certification Program (CCSBCP)
The CCSBCP was established to recognize and encourage businesses within Culver City to take steps to be more sustainable in the City. The program helps participating businesses save money on their energy, water, and waste bills while protecting the environment.
If you are a sustainable business in Culver City, complete the CCSBCP Registration form.
City Hall Zero Waste Program
In an effort to set an example, the City launched the City Hall Zero Waste Program, which aims to encourage the Culver City community to reduce, recycle and compost to preserve energy and natural resources. Since the program's implementation, City Hall's garbage collection has been reduced by 33 percent.
If City Hall can accomplish zero waste, you can too! Start wasting less by starting a 31-Day Zero Waste Challenge. At the end of your challenge, you'll see where you can make improvements and have a lasting impact.
Bye Bye Mattress
In July 2017, the City of Culver City partnered with Bye Bye Mattress to provide a pickup service of mattresses and box springs to reduce solid waste in landfills. Culver City staff collects unwanted mattresses and box spring foundations and sorts and loads them into trailers. Once loaded, a member from Bye Bye mattress picks up the items and recycles it into new products.
Recycle Coach is a mobile app that provides residents with a full range of information that is normally on the website or in the collection schedule that Culver City distributes. Once residents have downloaded the app, they can set it up to give them regular reminders for any of the collection programs. The app also includes a special “Report-a-Problem” function that allows residents to report non-emergency municipal problems like missed collections, illegal dumping, overflowing public garbage or recycling bins, potholes, burned out traffic or street lights and more.
Clean Power Alliance
The Clean Power Alliance is Culver City's electricity provider, offering our community the advantages of clean, renewable power at competitive rates. As part of our commitment to protecting the environment and building resiliency, Culver City has chosen 100% Green Power as the default option for our community, which provides 100% renewable energy content and gives residents and businesses the opportunity to join us in being environmental champions leading the way to a greener future.
The City of Culver City is committed to reducing pollutants in local watersheds. Due to the density of development in the Ballona Creek and Marina del Rey watersheds and the minimal open space, pollutants build up. In order to reduce the level of pollutants, the City of Culver City is taking part in stormwater programs, including:
Transfer Station Rain Garden: Rain gardens and cisterns were installed at the Transfer Station to capture rainwater from the Transfer Station roof to supplement the irrigation needs of the rain gardens. The overflow from the rain gardens discharges to storm drains as clean runoff.
Transfer Station Stormwater Diversion Project: An on-site urban and stormwater runoff diversion system was installed to prevent pollutants from discharging to the Ballona creek by sending the first flush of stormwater into underground storage tanks.
Culver Boulevard Realignment and Stormwater Treatment Project: This project proposes construction of an underground urban and stormwater runoff treatment that diverts, captures, and treats urban and stormwater from major storm drains at Sepulveda Boulevard and Harter Avenue. A portion of the runoff will be used to supplement irrigation needs and the remaining will be discharged into the storm drain system as clean runoff.
Washington Boulevard Stormwater and Urban Runoff Diversion Project: Located in the Marina del Rey watershed, this will capture urban and stormwater runoff from approximately 40 acres in Culver City. The runoff will be stored in underground storage chambers and will be pumped to the sanitary sewer system and will be sent to Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant for treatment.
CalRecycle Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
The City of Culver City received grant funding from the CalRecycleGreenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to launch the City's Food Rescue Program. The goal of this program is to divert food waste from the landfill to feed hungry people. Food will be placed into a refrigerated truck and transported to food pantries or other organizations.
Food service businesses that are interested in being food donors and local organizations that would like to be recipients can contact Catherine Vargas, Environmental Coordinator.
Organics Composting Program
In an effort to get food waste out of landfills, the City of Culver City launched the Organics Composting Program. The green "Organics" containers (formerly known as "Yard Waste") accepts compostable take out containers and utensils, meats, dairy, vegetable peels, and much more. Composting will help reduce our carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gases.
On May 8, 2017, City Council passed an ordinance that bans the sale and use of certain polystyrene products that end up in landfills. Visit the City Ban on Polystyrene Foodware webpage for more information.
Public Works Team
For questions regarding the City of Culver City's green initiatives, please contact:
Cathi Vargas, Public Works Environmental Coordinator
310-253-6414 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Chin, Public Works Management Analyst
310-253-5618 | email@example.com