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Posted September 30, 2010

Richmond garners 2010 Sustainable Contra Costa Awards, California Urban Greening Grant

Richmond, CA – Efforts to transform Richmond into a model of sustainability continue to receive local and statewide recognition and support.

Sustainable Contra Costa, a growing coalition of individuals, families, businesses and organizations committed to creating and maintaining sustainable communities, announced the winners of its 2010 Sustainable Contra Costa Awards on Sept. 29 at a reception in Pleasant Hill. Urban Tilth--a Richmond organization dedicated to building a more sustainable, healthy and just food system--was the winner in the Community/Nonprofit award category, with Solar Richmond--serving people, place and planet through training and job placement--being one of the finalists.

First place in the Government award category went to the City of Richmond, Sustainability Division for its holistic approach that includes waste reduction, energy conservation and climate impact, transportation, environmental purchasing, green building and sustainable food.

At the state level, Sustainable California recently announced that the State of California’s Strategic Growth Council has awarded an Urban Greening Planning Grant to the City of Richmond in the amount of $225,040 to implement neighborhood design standards, ensure survivability of trees, develop private tree planting programs in residential neighborhoods, implement citywide landscaping and lighting maintenance districts and promote urban agriculture as a strategy to address childhood obesity and improve food access.

Mayor McLaughlin stated, “I am delighted to see that the exemplary efforts coming from within our community and City staff are getting the recognition and support that they deserve. Richmond is clearly leading the way to a greener and more sustainable future. We remain profoundly committed to not only creating a sustainable environment, but also to creating those essential pathways out of poverty through healthy jobs in the areas of clean energy, local food production and neighborhood revitalization.”

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